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June 17, 2013


Thanks for this - very enjoyable read.for a longtime Zappa fan like myself. Your brother Alan referenced it on the Beefhheart discussion group. FWIW, I've always believed the title "Blessed Relief" related to a back-of-the-magazine ad that appeared in the 1960s featuring those words as a headline. The product promised hemorrhoid relief, though I don't recall if it was a cushion or an ointment. This would seem consistent with Zappa's somewhat puerile sense of humor. Unfortunately, I can't find anything on the Internet to substantiate this recollection.

Looking forward to the rest of your review!

I, too, am indebted to you as a Zappa man. Suzy Creamcheese, yes. The satire hits the mark. Not sure about Jewish Princesses and Catholic Girls: is his intent to show that he is an equal opportunity offender, or that everything is fair game? Because the words and the intentions are important, not just the music, incredible as it is.

thnx John. "Princess" and "Girls" are just two hysterical songs about real people. I'm Jewish and I know *exactly* what he's singing about there! As far as Catholic girls -- don't have that much experience - but it sounds like it could be true enough! :)- (Zappa wrote songs about stupid GUY things, too!)

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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