Frank Zappa

Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up

Composed by Frank Zappa

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The closing piece in Act I of Joe's Garage, "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up" is not the same composition as the one credited to and appearing on Jeff Simmons' solo LP by the same name -- even though the libretto of the concept album seems to indicate so. Frank Zappa lifted the title from his ex-bass player's piece, but that's all he took. The song has lyrics and adopts a slow reggae format. The story line: Joe's relationship with a waitress named Lucille ended in disaster and left him with an aching heart and a gonorrhea (see "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?"). This very simple opus is based on a single riff, repetitive lyrics, and allows room to jam. On the album, it fades out to let the Central Scrutinizer conclude, trying to tie together the bits of stories previously laid down: "As you can see...girls, music, disease, heartbreak...they all go together." Joe turns to the First Church of Appliantology for consolation -- the subject of the first piece in Act II, "A Token of My Extreme." Note that this monologue was separated from the song and given the title "Scrutinizer Postlude" for the CD reissue of Joe's Garage. "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up" was not performed on-stage upon the album's release. It crept up in set lists a couple of times in 1980 and became an occasional but regular feature during the 1984 and 1988 tours. The vocal group the Persuasions covered it on Right Around the Corner.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Joe's Garage, Acts 1-3 1979 Rykodisc 5:43
Peaches en Regalia 1987 Rykodisc 5:24