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Trouble Every Day

Sing it, Frank!
Well I'm about to get sick
From watchin' my TV
Been checkin' out the news
Until my eyeballs fail to see
I mean to say that every day
Is just another rotten mess
And when it's gonna change, my friends
Is anybody's guess

So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Wednesday I watched the riot...
I seen the cops out on the street
Watched 'em throwin' rocks and stuff
And chokin' in the heat
Listened to reports
About the whisky passin' 'round
Seen the smoke & fire
And the market burnin' down
Watched while everybody
On his street would take a turn
To stomp and smash and bash and crash
And slash and bust and burn

And I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Well you can cool it,
You can heat it...
'Cause, baby, I don't need it...
Take your TV tube and eat it
'N all that phony stuff on sports
'N all the unconfirmed reports
You know I watched that rotten box
Until my head began to hurt
From checkin' out the way
The newsmen say they get the dirt
Before the guys on channel so-and-so
And further they assert
That any show they'll interrupt
To bring you news if it comes up
They say that if the place blows up
They'll be the first to tell
Because the boys they got downtown
Are workin' hard and doin' swell,
And if anybody gets the news
Before it hits the street,
They say that no one blabs it faster
Their coverage can't be beat
And if another woman driver
Gets machine-gunned from her seat
They'll send some joker with a brownie
And you'll see it all complete

So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Hey you know something people
I'm not black
But there's a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I'm not white

Well, I seen the fires burnin'
And the local people turnin'
On the merchants and the shops
Who used to sell their brooms and mops
And every other household item
Watched the mob just turn and bite 'em
And they say it served 'em right
Because a few of them are white,
And it's the same across the nation
Black & white discrimination
They're yellin' "You can't understand me!"
And all the other crap they hand me
In the papers and TV
'N all that mass stupidity
That seems to grow more every day
Each time you hear some nitwit say
He wants to go and do you in
Because the color of your skin
Just don't appeal to him
(No matter if it's black or white)
Because he's out for blood tonight
You know we gotta sit around at home
And watch this thing begin
But I bet there won't be many left
To see it really end
'Cause the fire in the street
Ain't like the fire in my heart
And in the eyes of all these people
Don't you know that this could start
On any street in any town
In any state if any clown
Decides that now's the time to fight
For some ideal he thinks is right
And if a million more agree
There ain't no great society
As it applies to you and me
Our country isn't free
And the law refuses to see
If all that you can ever be
Is just a lousy janitor
Unless your uncle owns a store
You know that five in every four
Just one amount and nothin' more
Don't watch the rats go across the floor
And make up songs about being poor
Blow you harmonica son!
Damn 29.Mar.2004 15:05

Sheepdog

The album Freak Out ( which I have) has the the song 'Trouble comin' Everyday'
Please listen to it and don't rewrite the lyrics please...
"well I'm about to get upset, over watching my TV"

Re: Damn 29.Mar.2004 15:27

goatlove

Yup, you're right... I just snagged the lyrics from the Znet lyric database, and reading them more carefully now, there are several lines wrong, including the ones you list.

As for the song title, on my "Freak Out" CD it's listed as "Trouble Every Day".

I'm sorry 29.Mar.2004 15:56

Sheepdog

I grew up with Frank.
I guess I'm a purest with an anal retentive, obsessive compulsive, neurotic psychotic, manic depressive penchant for details.
You should check out 'Lumpy Gravy'
Frank Zappa, Mae Brussel and Sherman Skolnick are/were some of my heros.

great song - Trouble Every Day 29.Mar.2004 17:18

Zappa fan

that is the correct title.

after I got the original CD issue of 'Freak Out' in 1988,

I was so blown away by the lyrics of this song - and the fact that it was dated 1965 - that I transcribed them myself.

(those online 'lyric databases' always have major mistakes, anyway)

true enough about the 1st line: "well I'm about to get upset, over watching my TV"

another, from memory:

"because a few of them are white" - should be "WERE white" (I think)

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I blame Verve 29.Mar.2004 18:35

Sheepdog

okay, okay!!!
The damn title on the cut of the damn song on my LP says " Trouble Comin'Every Day' 6:16
The title on the COVER is 'Trouble Every Day'
now excuse me as I must self flagalate!!!

well technically 30.Mar.2004 12:49

ahem

The cover of the nineteen-eighty-seven LP release has a slight manyoofakshuring defect on the cover which makes the title of the song "Trouble coming My Way". This is due to the X044kfgsdf94 machines that they used to print said copy. They had a programming defect which makes said copy worth five billion kajillion dollars.
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