1980 (Mar-Jul): Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV. When Frank composed the criteria for the YCDTOSA series (listed in the front of each CD booklet), I think he had this song in mind when I wrote #7- "Does the inclusion of this song help the stylistic flow...by providing contrast or relief?" This song is a beacon of musical simplicity amidst a sea of chaotic rhythms and nonsensical juxtapositions. It is the least likeliest of Frank Zappa song titles, and a refreshing breath of air no matter where its put in the canon of Zappa works. In the live context, it provides the ultimate contrast, from the almost sincere lyrics to the heartbroken wail that punctuates the latter half of the proceedings. One of my continual live favorites.
1980 (Oct-Dec): Essentially performed as on "Tinseltown Rebellion." One of my continually favorite songs in Zappa's touring repertoire. No, there's not much to this song, but amidst the humor and chaos of the rest of the tour, this songs appears as a beacon of simplicity and sincerity. Bob Harris' hilarious yet beautiful falsetto achingly floats over the majority of the proceedings, and consistently hits that painfully long note towards the end of the song.
1981: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, accounting for obvious differences in instrumentation. The perfect example of YCDTOSA Criterion # 7- a song that provides contrast and relief. In a concert chock full of odd time signatures, in-yer-face guitar solos, and offbeat and irreverent humor, this two-minute ditty of love and romance- with a beautiful falsetto floating through the second half- is quite a healthy breath of sincerity (almost).
1988: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume IV, allowing for obvious differences in instrumentation. As I've said on every page that this song appears on, I absolutely love this song in a live context. While I do not much care for it amid the greasy trappings of "Ruben and the Jets", I find that it provides the perfect contrast and relief (YCDTOSA Criteria #7) in the live chaos that is a Frank Zappa concert.
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