Frank Zappa

Frogs With Dirty Little Lips

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By the early '80s, Frank Zappa had four children. They were growing up, becoming more interested in music in general and curious about their father's activities in particular. Between 1980 and 1984 they were all given a chance to contribute. Dweezil played guitar on-stage with his father, Moon recorded vocals for "Valley Girl," and Diva supplied the title for "Moggio" and the story behind "Chana in de Bushwop." Ahmet, the youngest Zappa sibling, had sung a verse in "Drafted Again" and co-wrote the lyrics to "Frog With Dirty Little Lips," which he performed on-stage with the band in December 1981. The song was later recorded in the studio (without Ahmet) and released on the 1984 album Them or Us.

"Frogs With Dirty Little Lips" reads like a nursery rhyme. The lips, eyes, and nose of a frog are described in three verses. The last line, "Dirty little frogs is what you eat," could be pointing the finger at the French, thus linking the song to "In France," also on Them or Us. The music has a pompous marching style that sounds like a cross between France's national anthem "La Marseillaise" and Jacques Offenbach's French cancan. Apart from the 1981 appearance mentioned above (and documented on at least two bootleg albums), the song was not performed on stage.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Them or Us 1984 Rykodisc 2:42