America Drinks and Goes Home

"America Drinks and Goes Home" is a song written by Frank Zappa and recorded in 1966 for the Mothers of Invention album Absolutely Free. The song actually appears in two different versions on the album at the beginning of side 2 under the title "America Drinks" and finishing at the end of side 2 under the title "America Drinks and Goes Home". In between these songs is a sequence containing the songs "Status Back Baby", "Uncle Bernie's Farm", "Son of Suzy Creamcheese" and "Brown Shoes Don't Make It". Zappa's title for the entire piece was "Suite No. 2: The M.O.I. American Pageant (2nd in a Series of Underground Oratorios)". The piece was performed many times during the Mothers of Invention residency at the Garrick Theater in Greenwich Village in New York City during 1967.

Zappa wrote the song to parody his experiences playing with drunken bar bands in the early 1960s. The song combines a silly love song lyric with an equally cliched melody. The members of The Mothers perform the song in a very sloppy way on purpose. Many sound effects were creatively added to the recording to give it an authentic nightclub feel. At the end of the recording lead vocalist Ray Collins says good night to the audience and tells them to "drink it up, folks."

Soon after the song was released in early 1967 a few other songs appeared which used very similar ideas such as "On with the Show" by The Rolling Stones (released in 1967), "My Friend" by Jimi Hendrix (recorded in 1968, released in 1971) and "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" by The Beatles (recorded in 1967 and 1969, released in 1970.)

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