Agency Man

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

 

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)

 

Comments

Neil Slaven, Electric Don Quixote—The Definitive Story Of Frank Zappa, 2003, p. 85-86

Another, this time full-page, ad appeared in the next issue [of Freep, early February, 1967] with the headline, "HEAR THE NEW M.O.I. SONGBOOK". The [...] "Songs We Just Learned This Week That Will Sound Crappy" were 'Agency Man' 'Wherein RONALD REAGAN is elected to the PRESIDENCY because nobody took the time to stop him' and 'Archie's Home.'

The different versions (studio vs. live)
studio version lyrics live version
KSAN, November 10, 1968 Mystery Disc (1986) Mystery Disc (1986) Ahead Of Their Time (1993)
1:09-1:56 0:00-0:45 [piano intro] 0:00-0:52 0:00-0:52
1:56-2:35  

Sell us a president, agency man
Smiling Big Brother, stern father perhaps
Sell us a president, agency man
A gay smiling nothing we know never craps

(Never goes doo-doo.)

0:52-1:28 0:52-1:28
2:35-2:58 1:17-1:39

One, two, three, four!

When he's closed the schools
And burned the books the way we've planned
We'll get the press together
And the Barry Sadler Band!

(Another one!)

   
2:58-3:02  

(Alright.)

One. Two. One, two, three.

   
3:02-3:45 1:39-2:21

(Rousing, mmh . . . )

When he's closed the schools
And burned the books the way we've planned
We'll get the press together
And the Barry Sadler Band!

With lots to drink from 9 o'clock
They'll all be bombed by 10
We'll reveal he's bound for Washington
And sell him once again!

FZ: Okay!
Ray: That ending— That ending comes up like ransa-pransa-prance . . .
FZ: Okay, now the next ransa-pransa . . .

   
3:45-4:06  

Let's try California,
(Pay us first before we do it!)
We'll get a smiling nazi
And march him right on through it

Rent a baby, kiss a baby
Ladies in for tea
And here's a bunch of speeches
We'll toss them in for free

  1:28-1:52
4:06-4:08   (piano intro)   1:52-2:39
4:08-4:41 0:45-1:17 Sell us a president, agency man
Smiling Big Brother, stern father perhaps
Sell us a president, agency man
A gay smiling nothing we know never craps
4:41-4:59  

We'll sell him in the movies
On the tube throughout the year
We'll sell him by the buckets
To the Okies drinking beer

We'll teach him how to walk and talk
We'll putty up his chin
We'll print his picture everywhere
Of . . .

1:28-1:46 2:39-2:58
4:59-5:13 2:46-2:59

. . . course the SCHMUCK will win

FZ: You gotta, you gotta sing, "Of course the schmuck will win" on the end.
Ray: Yeah . . .
Roy: Take it, Don.
Ray: . . . that sound kind of funny if we're rumpa-pumping and then we stop and go uh, "Of course the schmuck will win."
FZ: Yeah, it's a little funny.

5:13-5:15   (rump-pump-pump)    
5:15-5:35 2:26-2:46

One, two . . .

We'll sell him in the movies
On the tube throughout the year
We'll sell him by the buckets
To the Okies drinking beer

We'll teach him how to walk and talk
We'll putty up his chin
We'll print his picture everywhere
Of . . .

   
5:35-6:19  

. . . course the SCHMUCK will win

Sell us a president, agency man
Smiling Big Brother, stern father perhaps
Sell us a president, agency man
A gay smiling nothing we know never craps

   
6:19-6:24 2:21-2:26

FZ: Go!

   
6:24-6:53 2:59-3:27

People are a lot of pigs
They're greedy and they're dumb
I'm sure that's just a simple truth
Look how far he's come!

   
From the heart of old Death Valley
To the ruling of our land
A simple trick, you simple pigs
Just the way we planned
1:46-2:05 2:58-3:17

 

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