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The Mammy Nuns Lyrics

Artist: Frank Zappa
Album: Thing-Fish

Frank Zappa (guitar, synclavier)
Steve Vai (guitar)
Ray White (guitar, vocals)
Tommy Mars (keyboards)
Chuck Wild (piano)
Arthur Barrow (bass)
Scott Thunes (bass)
Jay Anderson (string bass)
Ed Mann (percussion)
Chad Wackerman (drums)
Ike Willis (vocals)
Terry Bozzio (vocals)
Dale Bozzio (vocals)
Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals)
Bob Harris (vocals)
Johnny "Guitar" Watson (vocals)

ENSEMBLE: (singing)
We got de talkin' shoes!
We de MAMMY NUNS!

THING-FISH:
(Dominose Vobiskmmmmm!)

ENSEMBLE:
We is important news!
We de MAMMY NUNS!

THING-FISH:
(Et cum spear a TU-TU, Ohhhhh!)

ENSEMBLE:
We destroy de blues!
We de MAMMY NUNS!

THING-FISH:
Sho' am, y'all!
(MAMMIES, step faw'd 'n express yo'sevs!)

ENSEMBLE:
We sho can dance 'n sing!
We's a lot o' fun!

THING-FISH:
(D'ja get any on ya down dere?)

ENSEMBLE:
We's doin' everything!
We's a lot o' fun!

THING-FISH:
(How'd YOU like to use my nakkin'?)

ENSEMBLE:
We's doin' de buck 'n wing!
We's a lot o' fun!
We's offa de wall!

THING-FISH: (pointing to his skirt)
(Fo' those of you unfamiliar wit de' nakkin,
Dis be de nakkin'!)

ENSEMBLE:
ON BROADWAY,
IT'S A NEW DAY...

THING-FISH:
On Broadway, It's a New Day!
Dat's right! Dat's what I say!

ENSEMBLE:
WHEN WE SAY...

THING-FISH:
Oh yeah! You 'bout through wif my nakkin'?

ENSEMBLE:
"We is de ones dey be callin' de 'MAMMY NUNS'!"

THING-FISH:
We ugly as SIN!

ENSEMBLE:
We de MAMMY NUNS!
WE BE LOOKIN' GOOD
WIT DE NAKKIN' ON!

THING-FISH:
We gots a nasty grin-n-n-n-n!

ENSEMBLE:
We de MAMMY NUNS!
WE BE LOOKIN' GOOD
WIT DE NAKKIN' ON!

THING-FISH: (pointing to HARRY)
We sho' ain't ugly as him...

ENSEMBLE:
We de MAMMY NUNS!
LAWD LAWD LAWD,
LAWD LAWD LAWD,
LAWD LAWD LAWD,
WE DE MAMMY NUNS!

THING-FISH:
Step right up, folks, 'n meet de 'MAMMY NUNS'! You two ugly white folks hafta excuse de SISTERS, as what dey put in de mash potatoes have rendered dem INCONTINENT! Anyhow, ovuh heahhhh, de scintillating SISTER OWL-GONKWIN-JANE COW-HOON, and de delectable SISTER GHENGHIS-ADONIS-OSMOSIS... 'long wif SISTER POTATO-HEAD BOBBY BROWN, and de ever-popular SISTER ANNE de DEVINE ...an' howsabouta heart-warmin' welcome fo' SISTER JASMINE NOXEMA-TAPIOCA an' her unscrutable companium, SISTER OB'DEWLLA 'X'...an' I's yo host: de THING-FISH!

ENSEMBLE:
ON BROADWAY,
IT'S A NEW DAY,
WHEN WE SAY:
"We is de ones dey be callin' de
'MAMMY NUNS'!"

THING-FISH:
We is dressed to kill!

ENSEMBLE:
We be lookin' good!

THING-FISH:
We gives you quite a thrill!

ENSEMBLE:
We be dancin' good!
(Whom a ninny? Him? Him a ninny! Hah!
Whom a ninny? You'm a ninny! Haw!)
Wit de dancin' skill,
Wit de nakkin' on, LAWD!

Comments/Interpretations

by anaman51 on 2/12/2015 12:44pm
This is one of the most hilarious of Frank's tunes, and I fell in love with the album when my daughter gave it to me for my birthday right after it came out. This stuff is golden! The last I heard, Ike Willis was performing the entire album on occasion at whatever venue he's working in. I'd purely love to see it.








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