Take your clothes off when you dance

I feel I may need a new category for "ukulele" soon. Diverging from my normal musical fare of Half Man half Biscuit covers, here's a little something from one of the 20th Century's greatest composers, Frank Zappa. No, seriously.

OK, so it's not one of his sprawling catalogue of complex post-jazz and synclavier-classical pieces, but it's still a Zappa song, and one eminently suited to the little 4-stringed soprano ukulele. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance, from "We're only in it for the money". If you really want the feeling of a master arranger rather than a comedy songwriter, there's rather a nice jazzy instrumental of this on "The Lost Episodes" which flips the song up a peg or two and really gives an idea of how great the melody is.

And yes, I have chords and lyrics for those wanting to join in

Am
There will come a time when everybody who is lonely
Bm Bm A#m
Will be free to sing and dance and love
Am
There will come a time when every evil that we know
Bm
Will be an evil that we can rise above
C7
Who cares if hair is long or short or sprayed or partly grayed
G Em
We know that hair ain't where it's at
Am D G
There will come a time when you won't even be ashamed if you are fat!
Em
Wah-wah-wah-wah!

(Instrumental/Melodic Vocal):

Am
La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La
Bm Bm A#m
La La La La La La La La
Am
La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La
Bm
La La La La La La La La
C7
Deedle deedle dee

(Deedle deedle dee)

Deedle deedle dee

(Deedle deelde dee)
G
Deedle deedle dee

(Deedle deedle dee)
Em
Deedle deedle dee

(Deedle deedle dee)


Am D G

Em
Wah-wah-wah-wah!

(VERSE 2):

Am
There will come a time when everybody who is lonely
Bm Bm A#m
Will be free to sing and dance and love
Am
There will come a time when every evil that we know
Bm
Will be an evil that we can rise above
C7
Who cares if you're so poor you can't afford
G Em
to buy a pair of mod a-go-go stretch elastic pants?
Am D
There will come a time when you can even
G
Take you clothes off when you dance

This can be segued quite nicely into "What's the ugliest part of your body?", which I'll probably do one night after a few beers. Stay tuned.

posted @ Wednesday, March 3, 2010 2:05 PM

 
 
 
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