Strange Life

by Frank Zappia

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Frank's second album as a singer/songwriter.

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released December 21, 2019

All songs written, recorded and produced by Frank Zappia.

Michael Slater features on electric guitar for "String".
Ivan Skrtic features on finger clicks for "String".
Mark Braham features as the voice of future man on "Make It Real".

Cover art by Leti Prat.

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Frank Zappia Canberra, Australia

Frank Zappia is a piano player, composer, singer/songwriter from Canberra, Australia. Frank showcases his gentle musical style, melodically and dynamically through his original songs, pop covers and instrumental piano compositions.

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Track Name: Seven
SEVEN

These seven cylinders of steel
Cold to the touch,
holding images of trees
Distorted and twisted,
reflecting the horizon
Revealing another state to be

I place my hand upon your surface
evoking harsh cold reality
Sensual symmetry,
You stir the warmth of my heart
A reminder of the night he drained the trust from my sheath

Skin of machinery
Never breathe
We don’t have to suffer anything

Skin of machinery
Never bleed
Now you’ve shown me that we never have to suffer any...
...to be beautiful

[Break: Icaros Magic Song]

The raptor takes his perch
upon your silver sheen
Move in close and catch his predatory grin
Captivated by a stare into the gleam
He raises broken wing
and washes clean those finger stains
with seven drops blood then flies away

[Break: The Call to Freedom]
Rest now, my seven cylinders. Our time has come, moving in to the divine. Our world of completion, the power of creation, whole and complete. We are ready now, to make sacrifice to ourselves. A new state of being. Bathed and cleansed of society’s disease. Marching heads held up high, blow seven trumpets to the sky, in resounding resonance of our arrival. Free of abomination.

These seven cylinders of steel
Holding reverie in exanimate appeal
Connecting to the ones who gaze upon your lead
Taken to the state of evoluted empathy

Skin of machinery
Never breathe
We don’t have to suffer anything

Skin of machinery
Now I see...
...that we never have to suffer any
Never suffer anything...
...to be beautiful
Track Name: Breakin' Out the Bad Man
BREAKIN' OUT THE BAD MAN

Raise your hand,
block out my sun
Cut me loose now
or give me the gun

Turn it around
I prayed for you from the start
Ooohhh you look so good
Left me down in the park

Thought you’d covered up
what wouldn’t be found
I’m breakin’ out the Bad Man

Did you get your kicks
playin’ around on me
I see you’re pissed
I know your tricks
and I won’t breakdown

Hiding in lies in lines,
but truth penetrates
“The love of my life” he says
to put up the stakes

Thought you’d covered up
what couldn’t be found
Now I’m breakin’ out the Bad Man

Didn’t hurt that much (I’m sorry, I love you)
Maybe I’m sensitive (I’m sorry, I love you)
Maybe I talk too much (I’m sorry, I love you)
I’ll be more attractive (I’m sorry, I love you)

I really used to love you but you never gave a fuck about me
(This will never happen again)

Explanation,
a root for a cause
Absolution
with my back to the wall

Disengagement
before it’s too late
Bona fide position
with promise of fame

Thought you’d covered up
what wouldn’t be found
I’m breakin’ out the Bad Man

Used up all your luck,
now you’re talk of this town
I’m breakin’ out this bad, Bad Man

Bad Man
I’ll break you
(yeah, I’ll break you)
Bad Bad Man
Track Name: Make It Real
MAKE IT REAL

Righteous Man
closing in on our evolutionary distance
How have we come to this?
What we do to survive
so we don’t have to die

Extending our existence
No mythology or lore could have identified the time
Brave New World
Experiment and sow,
test what we can grow
in our neo Garden of Eden

Take a dream
to the highest homo sapien
He’ll find a reason to believe
and make it real

Take the dream
into the 22nd century
Man’s apotheosis
He’ll redefine mortality
and make it real

A life well lived is lived a little longer
A life well lived is lived a little longer
A life well lived is lived a little longer
Not every question has an answer, does it?

Host of parts
Oh, so lucky he made the cut
to keep me alive

Take my order
let’s begin
Mice and men
and hair and skin
pigmenting blood with blood,
modified
So personalised

I wonder will his thoughts be carried on with mine?

Take a dream
to the highest homo sapien
He’ll find a reason to believe
and make it real

Take the dream
into our 22nd century
Man’s apotheosis
He’ll redefine mortality
and make it real

[Future man and present man reprise]
A life well lived is lived a little longer

Not every question needs an answer,
does it?

We know that we’re selected
Our common deficiency
Turn to the sick and broken
Turn blind from obligation
Affecting consequence

Take a dream
to the highest homo sapien
He’ll find a reason to believe
and make it real

Take the dream
into the 22nd century
Man’s apotheosis
He’ll redefine mortality
and regulate his own way

We regulate our own way
We regulate our own way

So we don’t have to die
Track Name: How We Take Our Honey
HOW WE TAKE OUR HONEY

I see our Donnie in the clouds
I wonder if he be,
if he be our shroud?
and on a dark and rainy day
is it his wet that’s dripping
down onto our heads?

Into our hearts
and on our heads

He says it’s overcast
We say it’s partly sunny
I guess that all depends on how,
how we take our honey

If I open up the brood box
would you taste what’s made within?
Would you fly off with the Queen Bee
or have dinner with the King?

We honour our defences and stay captive to our fear
Together we can work away the augury
until the sky is clear

Sweet...
I pray the wise wind
comes and blows our Donnie away
before you leave...

Wonder will he see us through
another year again?
Tarry the winter on the cheer of a good friend
and will we smell the rain when air rises to cool
Hope dear Don adjudicates
the weatherman a fool,

sees the sun shinin’ through
and the weatherman a fool

He says it’s overcast
We say it’s partly sunny
I guess it all depends on how,
how we take our honey

He says it’s overcast
We say it’s partly sunny
I guess that depends on how,
how we take our honey

How we take our honey
How we take our honey, honey
Track Name: Great Big Hole
GREAT BIG HOLE

I see you’re a little green from the rain
Only took a few more years
and tears
runnin’ through into our veins
Still they make a man grow
like the wild weeds
down in the valley

We were undercover of fog
but then the storm came
with the wind
Us like birds
flying next to waterfalls
blown into a spin

We’d been leaning on the shoulders of the sky
only to slide down on
peak to slope
Had no time to fly the in-between
Swallowed deep and low
into this great big hole

Thought we were so secure
strong and so intimidating
like giants
standing tall
Can’t move a mountain
I recall

With our egos up in the heavens
and our heads in the clouds
not even the eagle could see
an emptiness so deep
Desolation forming
Running downstream
to a new misery

We’d been leaning on the shoulders of the sky
only to slide down on
peak to slope
Had no time to fly the in-between
Swallowed deep and low
into this great big hole

Like wildflowers our seed is sown,
not to design
Songbirds and butterflies
secrete addiction to desire
Hanging in, Gravity
He waits on wilted stems
We can’t escape the cavities
until we see
that the light is bent

We’d been leaning on the shoulders of the sky
only to slide down on
peak to slope
Had no time to fly the in-between
Swallowed deep and low
into this great big hole

Into this great big hole
Track Name: One In A Billion
ONE IN A BILLION

One in a billion
won’t you connect with me
You’ll see me in my best light
Comin’ out of your C.R.T.

I don’t like bars,
run down my battery
Follow me hard
I promise I won’t waste you

It doesn’t change the way I love
Still I want it
Put my happy on
and hope
the one will come along
and like it

It’s easy to express,
put on my smiley face
Go undercover agent
and watch your page
I know where you’re going
might see you there

It doesn’t change the way we love
Still we find it
Put my message out
and hope
that I’m still good
when we’re alone

It doesn’t change the way we love
Still we make it
Carry off and tell our friends
all we’ve done
before we take it

My one in a billion
I’ll be your history
Running through your machine
(secretly)
for all to see
Track Name: Strange Life
STRANGE LIFE

Uncover up and settle in
pour yourself another drink
we move in,
pull up close
and reminisce
on the things we did

How the years go by
they went so quick
From that Tuesday
I felt like I was in the thick of it
take a blink
and here I sit

When I stop and think on what I feel
in this strange life
This strange life
All it takes
is you telling me
it's gonna be alright,
be alright

The times I worry
on what tomorrow brings
Time is the master
but only if I let him,
let him win

Plans they follow through
yeah, it’s not just when it’s up to you
I guess I’ll learn to take the rain
when pain and love can feel the same

Is it that we’re favoured by
the ones that run the show?
Oh heaven knows that we
should never be alone

Hand me over to
uncertainty
and let my angel
walk with me
This mystery
unravelling

With a just a smile
he brings me home
sweet home

When I stop and think on what I feel
in this strange life
This strange life
All it takes
is you telling me
Please tell me one more time
It's gonna be alright

It’s gonna be alright
Track Name: String
STRING

Run it through our fingers and our thumbs
Hold it up, examine what we done to it
Stretch it out at both ends
We wrap it 'round our hearts
Tying us together
Will this be forever?

If we can't tell how long it is,
I guess we'll just have to sit with it

You think we're hangin' by a thread
I say it's a stretch
Wire and twine
I hope we never get them crossed again

Borrowed time will it suspend the
inevitability of even
the strongest rope wearing thin

and if we can't tell how long it is,
I guess we'll just have to sit with it
and if we can't tell how long it is,
I guess we'll just have to sit with it

and if we talk on our tin can telephones
would you hold the line until we're home
Home again

We open up our palms and lay a piece of string
along our lifelines
Yours next to mine
and measure the length

Forming our conceptions of the
inextensible
Until then, we'll just stay the link

and if you can't tell how long it is,
I guess we’ll just have to sit with it
and if we can't tell how long it is,
I guess we'll have to sit with this
and if we can't tell how long it is,
I guess I'll just have to sit with this
and if we can't tell how long it is,
I guess I'll just have to sit with it

until we're home

until we're
home
Track Name: Hangman
HANGMAN

Today I wear the chains
these shackles bound to my name
Carry the weight of another man
one who struggled in vain

If I say it out loud
is it any more real?
If I say it strong
will it shake me still

Recounting the tale
animated, an actor in a play
Take this tallow, for you I made
hold it dear, closer to the flame

If I say it out loud
is it any more real?
If I say it strong
will it shake me still

Standing behind
Running beyond
Wayward intention
Can’t settle the answer
Set back and set in
with a maddening cry

No longer can this wait
Ghost it beckons consummation of my fate
While we gasp for breath we cannot sing
Call out the Hangman and take him to the gallows

If I say it out loud
Is it any more real?
If I say it strong
Will it shake me still

If I say it out loud
Is it any more real?
If I say it strong
Will it shake me still

Today I wear the chains
Track Name: Feel the Wind
FEEL THE WIND

If you feel it in the wind
don’t forget to feel and follow
It might show you how to win
Kiss your finger and hold it up to the sky

Blow a breath of life into the dandelions
sending seeds of life across the sky
Watch them fly to where
the beauty of it all comes to life

If you feel it in the wind
run ahead, don’t look over your shoulder
It might give your head a spin
Fly your kite and then let go of the string

Watch the colours rise up to meet the rainbow
reaching for the sky to greet the angels

Seasons can turn
and wind can burn
Blowin’ fires across the Earth

Save your pennies and build your walls
a better tomorrow for us all
it makes our world turn

Believin’ if we build on solid ground
our world will turn
(oh we just keep makin’ up what we want)
our world will turn
(and feel so good about what we done)

Believin’ if we build on solid ground
our world will turn
(oh we just keep makin’ up what we want)
our world will turn
(and feel so good about what we done)

If only our world would turn to the wind

If you feel it in the wind
If you feel it in the wind
Track Name: Close To You (Ventimiglia)
CLOSE TO YOU (VENTIMIGLIA)

The stories that you told me
over black coffee
come to life before my eyes

Walking through your history
meeting all the family
my heart opens wide

Now you’ve shown me how our spirit can fly
Over mountains and oceans wide
Looking back now at your life through mine

I’m feeling close to you
I know you better now
Close to you
I know you better

You were only 19
running through the cobbled streets
within the old town walls

Down the stairs at number 8
memories and friends are made
and your sisters live up on the hill

Now you’ve shown me how our spirit can fly
bound together through the passage of time
Took me to your home, connecting the line
and I feel so close to you (vicino a te)
I know you better now
Close to you (vicino a te)
I know you better

[Spoken]
Mia madre sole,
con il tuo spirito dentro di me
abbiamo viaggiato insieme
dall'altra parte del mondo
a casa tua
alle tue sorelle
al punto di partenza
alle nostre linee di sangue collegate

Taken by the lights below
up high from Castel D’Appio
I watch the sun set to the sea
and I feel you with me...

...and I light a candle for you
(accendo una candela)
I light a candle for you
(accendo una candela)
I light a candle for you
(accendo una candela)

We light a candle for you
Track Name: Building Blind
BUILDING BLIND

66 million years
Took that long to get us here
Why do I feel so sick?
How’d we even get to this?

They say hindsight is a beautiful thing
Now I’m looking back at where we’ve been
You and me so simple then
Scared to see how this all ends

Please...
give me a warm hand to hold
Look me in the eyes
and remind me what it’s like
to feel I’m in control

Building blind on our history
Yesterday’s now tomorrow’s dream
They were calling out the turn
and we turned away
Maybe we were just afraid
of something we might learn that day

See this damage that we done
Reckless living, had our fun
Scientific evidence
Think we overstepped the precedence

Please...
Give me a warm hand to hold
Our world is getting older
The stories we were told
when we were young
Now they’ve taken form
So many tried to warn us
only to be ignored

We been building blind on our history
Yesterday’s now tomorrow’s dream
They were calling out the turn
but they were turned away
Maybe they were just afraid
of what they had to advocate

Wonder should we say a prayer
Take the Yahweh, get us there
Devils draped in purity
Deliver us Humanity

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