The theme in "America Drinks and Goes Home," the closing track on Absolutely Free, was hinted at in "America Drinks" at the beginning of side B. This full-blown version is delivered in cheesy piano bar fashion. Ray Collins croons along while the band swings behind him, all accompanied by a track of bar noises (conversation, glasses being hit, etc.). The topic is standard love crooning: a man suffers from a breakup but has no regrets. The song was occasionally performed by the Mothers of Invention in 1967-1968, and reappeared briefly in Frank Zappa's set during the Petit Wazoo tour in October-December 1972. Surprisingly, it was covered by Woody Herman's big band on the LP Thundering Herd. A jazzier version of "America Drinks and Goes Home" appears on Jean-Luc Ponty's record of Zappa songs, King Kong. Without the vocals, the piece becomes a lot less caricatured. It features very heavy piano playing by George Duke.