We're Turning Again

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They were mellow
They were yellow
They were wearing smelly blankets
They looked like
Donovan fans
  Donovan is an english pop-star with a hippie aroma. Mellow Yellow is the name of his 1966 hit.
US - 2
UK - 8
  And another piece of conceptual continuity for you right from notorious Mother! book of Michael Grey ( 1994 ed. p.99 )
  "Suzy Creamcheese was on stage that night too (as she was on the other European dates that followed the London gig) - and she sang, without knowing the words, a version of Donovan's 'Mellow Yellow'.
  'We were surrounded by people on all the sides, even behind us, smiling faces and glazed eyes... Frank teling me to sing "Mellow Yellow"; I didn't know the words; so what?'
  See also
200 Motels. I'm Stealing The Towel.


Tinsel Town Rebellion. The Blue Light.
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Now I've seen 'em tightenin' up they headbands
On the weekend
  The meaning of the manipulation discussed in boring details in YAWYI N&C.
See track Teen-age Wind.
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And they get loaded
When they came to town
They walked around in Greenwich Village
To buy posters they could hang up
In them smelly little secret
Black light bedrooms
On Long Island
From: Cliff Heller <>
  [For those who] didn't grow up in this culture. Many Long Island teens would have bedrooms in the basement or elsewhere that smelled from teenage hygiene. They would have blak lights and "black light posters" (purchased in greenich village). And it was "secret" in the sense that they tried to hide their activities from their parents (as if that were possible).
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Singin': "Jimi come back!"
  Hendrix, November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970
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Now come back and regulate the boy's fuzz-tone
haze was so purple
  One of the Jimi Hendrix' smashing pot-smellin' hits was song Purple Haze
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It caused your axis to be bold as love
From: "Mark " <mutantmoose@worldnet.att>
  ... Axis Bold as Love was Hendrix's second album. He released two more after that...
From: (John Henley)
  "Axis: Bold as Love" was his second album and I think the biggest seller.
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Now Jimi (feed back) gimme some feedback
Come back and
feed back on my knapsack
From: Bill Lantz <>
  Well, since the word feed back is seperated, it might mean to "feed" as in dine or eat. Maybe the rest is a simple rhyme or maybe it has meaning to FZ related to his meetings with Jimi - a knapsack is a small backpack. Who knows for sure on this one!
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  In fact in ZONX songbook the official spelling is FEED-BACK.
From: Mark Edmonds <>
  Well, I don't know for sure but could this be a reference to vomiting? Knapsack - mangled version of napkin to rhyme with feedback? Or knapsack being like a sick bag?
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You can feed back the fuzz tone from your wah-wah
While you bend down
set your stuff on fire
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  The Jimi's stage trade mark was pouring gasoline from small bottle on his guitar and setting it on fire with the lighter at the end of the show. FZ was proud owner of the one such way baked Electric Lady:-)))
From: (Biffyshrew)
  Not gasoline, but lighter fluid. Specifically Ronson (in its distinctive yellow and blue can).
From: (Paul Hinrichs)
  There's also a touch of red on it - specifically the stylized flame which might appear as an open set of labia mejora to a fundamentalist with an overactive imagination as well as the red around the box which says: "Also excellent for removing grease stains, tar & labels"
From: Peter Overton King (
  ... it's one of only about 40 authenticated Hendrix-owned guitars known to exist (1968 Fender Stratocaster with a sunburst finish and a rosewood neck).
From: (David Sage)
  The following excerpt is taken from _Guitar Player_ 11:1, January 1977, 25.
  ... Another one of my Strats is the one Hendrix burned at the Miami Pop Festival; it was given to me by this guy who used to be his roadie. I had it hanging on the wall in my basement for years until last year when I gave it to Rex [Bogue] and said, "Put this sucker back together," because it was all tore up. The neck was cracked off, the body was all fired, and the pickups were blistered and bubbled. That's the one that's got the Barcus-Berry in the neck. A lot of people thought I had Hendrix' guitar from Monterey, but it was from _Miami_; the one at Monterey was white, and this one is sunburst.
From: Bill Lantz <>
  Steve Vai has said that he didn't like playing this song. I wonder if it was because of his love for Hendrix's music.
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We can turn it around
We can do it again
We can go back in time
Through the
canyons of your mind
  The line from the Bob Lind's 1966 hit "Elusive Butterfly".
  See comments to
  Just Another Band From L.A. Billy The Mountain.
  And of course funny parody of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on their third album Tadpoles.
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On the eve of destruction
From: (Charles Ulrich)
  "Eve of Destruction" was a protest song written by P. F. Sloan and recorded by Barry McGuire. (The Turtles covered it on their first album.) Zappa was not the first to quote its title; cf. "Ball of Confusion" by the Temptations.
From: (John Henley)
  "Eve of Destruction" was a big "folk-rock" hit on the mid-60s Top-40 radio for a singer named Barry McGuire, originally a clean-cut member of The New Christy Minstrels (TV-show folk music) who made himself over into a "hippie protest singer."
From: (Stephen Thompson)
  Somewhere around the mid- to late-70's, McGuire became a born-again Christian. He performed regularly at churches populated by "Charismatic Christians" as they called themselves, or by "Jesus Freaks" as others called them.
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We can act like we are
Something really special
You just jump in the bath-tub
With that
other guy Jim
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  Obviously, Jim Morrison of The Doors. (December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971) He died in bath-tub of the Paris' hotel, after day-long hiccoughing and listening to his own song The End.
  Check out the great parody on this monument of pretensiousness YCDTOSA vol.4. Tiny Sick Tears.
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And make him be more careful
We can visit
Big Mama
And whap her on the back
When she eats her sandwich
(La la la la)
From: (Biffyshrew)
  First off, it's "whap" (hit) her on the back ... Mama Cass was Cass Elliot (real name Ellen Naomi Cohen) of the Mamas & the Papas. Mama Cass died in 1974 while eating a sandwich, so it was initially reported that she had choked to death, thus the reference to helping her out by whapping her on the back. In fact she had died of a heart attack (I believe brought on by fatty degeneration of the heart). After the word "sandwich" a bit of the tune of the Mamas & the Papas' hit "Monday, Monday" is heard.
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  And I must add that she was fat. I mean really fat!-)))
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We can take care of Janis
When she gets so depressed
She can't take it no more
  Janis Joplin, (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) another flower power icon, died from O.D.
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We can laugh at Keith Moon's jokes
(Ha ha ha ha ha)
And the colour TV
(Ha ha)
He threw out the windum
From the second floor
From: Cliff Heller <>
  Drummer from the Who. Another famous casualty of the 60's. (Most of these folks died in the early 70's anyway, but I consider the 60's to run from the Kennedy Assassination to the Vietnam Troop Withdrawal/Nixon Resignation). Keith had a habit of trashing hotel rooms.
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  BTW, he played the crazy pill-abusing nun in 200 Motels movie. And died from O.D. later. (August 23, 1946 - September 7, 1978)
Turn and turn
Turn and turn
We're turning again
Turn and turn
Turn and turn
We're turning again
From: (Joe Newman)
  Has anyone else heard the extended version of this song? It has extra lyrics:
Why Jimi why Jimi why ja get so wasted? You strangled on your vomit. That's really pretty gross. Promoters are weeping coast to coast.
  I've got one version with this on tape, but every other version I've heard has this segment removed. Does anyone know if there was ever an explanation for this?
From: (Bill Lantz)
  That's just the tip so to speak,
  Here's an excerpt from the Fall 80 tourbook:
Oh Jimi come back
Come back and regulate our fuzztone
Your haze was so purple
And we all knew your axis was bold as love
Oh Jimi feed back
Oh back 'n feed back when you come back
You can feed back the fuzztone from your wah-wah
While you squat down 'n set your guitar on fire
You can smash up your equipment
And throw all the pieces to the audience
And we love it
We promise not to laugh even though it might look stupid
Since we're so evolved
Oh Jimi-Jimi-Jimi
Why did you have to die-die-die
Why Jimi, why Jimi, why
did you get so wasted
That you strangeled on your vomit
If you would have stayed alive
Just a little bit longer we would have liked it
Then if strangling on vomit was your idea
Of a neat way to die
You could have strangled on ours
Even today, even though we're so evolved
We keep puking alot
There's tons to go around
After every single concert at the ____________
Jimi come back 'n feed back 'n wah-wah
And watch us puke for you
We forgot how to laugh
And now that's all we know how to do
We dress like the 60's, yes we still look the same
You'll think you never went away
You prob'ly wear the same clothes too
And then we can all take some acid together
And go to a concert and get trampled to death
When we watch The Who...

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