America Drinks (& Goes Home)

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Other recordings:


Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)



Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1968: Simply beautiful in all its cheesy splendor. This often ignored classic pops up at least once this year (on 4/10), and apart from the slightly improvised lyrics, essentially appears as on "Absolutely Free". Sandwiched between a healthy dose of energy called "Hungry Freaks Daddy" and the tour-de-force musical monster of "King Kong", this lounge act homage provides the perfect contrast and relief, and highlights one of the most enjoyable tapes from this tour.

1972: An instrumental, busily arranged version of the "Absolutely Free" track, with some random jazz madness thrown in just to be safe. Running at about 4 minutes in length, this upbeat tune basically consists of a series of themes and motifs—heavy on the horn arrangements—interspersed throughout with short horn solos.


Themes "America Drinks" (Absolutely Free, 1967) "America Drinks & Goes Home"(Absolutely Free, 1967) "America Drinks And Goes Home" (Jean-Luc Ponty King Kong, 1970) America Drinks (San Francisco, CA, December 15, 1972) (Waka/Wazoo, 2022) "America Drinks" (Woody Herman Thundering Herd, 1974) "America Drinks" (New York, NY, December 26, 1976) (Zappa In New York 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, 2019)
intro         0:00-0:08  
theme A 0:17-1:19 0:04-1:08 0:00-1:06 0:46-1:40 0:08-0:40 0:48-1:39
link 1 (solos)     1:06-1:22 1:40-1:53   1:39-1:51
theme B     1:22-2:28 1:53-2:51   1:51-2:56
theme C       2:51-3:12   2:56-3:18
theme A (solos)   1:08-2:08   3:12-4:08    
theme A (solos & variants)         0:40-2:57  
theme A (fade out)         2:57-3:22  
theme D       4:08-4:32    
solos           3:18-4:35
theme A1 (fast)     2:28-2:36 4:32-4:43   4:35-4:39
theme A2 (slow finale)       4:43-5:10    
finale   2:08-2:40        


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