Montana

Album: Over-Nite Sensation (1973)
  • I might be movin' to Montana soon
    Just to raise me up a crop of Dental Floss Raisin' it up
    Waxen it down
    In a little white box
    I can sell uptown
    By myself I wouldn't
    Have no boss,
    But I'd be raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Well I just might grow me some bees
    But I'd leave the sweet stuff
    For somebody else...
    but then, on the other hand
    I'd Keep the wax N' melt it down
    Pluck some Floss N' swish it aroun'
    I'd have me a crop
    An' it'd be on top

    (that's why I'M movin' to Montana)

    Movin' to Montana soon
    Gonna be a Dental Floss tycoon
    (yes I am)
    Movin' to Montana soon
    Gonna be a mennil-toss flykune
    I'm pluckin' the ol' Dennil Floss
    That's growin' on the prairie
    Pluckin' the floss!
    I plucked all day an' all night an' all Afternoon...
    I'm ridin' a small tiny hoss
    (His name is MIGHTY LITTLE)
    He's a good hoss
    Even though He's a bit dinky to strap a big saddle or
    Blanket on anyway
    He's a bit dinky to strap a big saddle or
    Blanket on anyway
    Any way I'm pluckin' the ol' Dennil Floss
    Even if you think it is a little silly, folks
    I don't care if you think it's silly, folks
    I don't care if you think it's silly, folks
    I'm gonna find me a horse
    Just about this big
    An' ride him all along the border line
    With a Pair of heavy-duty
    Zircon-encrusted tweezers in my hand
    Every other wrangler would say
    I was mighty grand
    By myself I wouldn't
    Have no boss
    But I'd be raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Well I might Ride along the border
    With my tweezers gleamin'
    In the moon-lighty night
    And then I'd Get a cuppa cawfee
    N' give my foot a push...
    Just me 'n the pymgy pony
    Over the Dennil Floss Bush
    N' then I might just Jumb back on
    An' ride Like a cowboy
    Into the dawn to Montana
    Movin' to Montana soon

    (Yippy-Ty-O-Ty-Ay)

    Movin' to Montana soon Writer/s: GUSTAVO ALFREDO SANTAOLALLA
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 16

  • Big Brutha from EarthRe: Enigmaguy - Really? WEED? You clearly don't get Zappa.
  • Enigmaguy from SomewhereI think most have missed the lyrical encryption of this song. The song is about smoking weed (i.e., the earlier version of the most string was made from the hemp plant; hence weed.)

    In the early 70's, there was a lot of hemp being grown in Montana until the Gov't started cracking down on the industry (for those of you that are familiar with the 'High Times' magazine, you'll find tons of past articles to validate my claim).

    The lyric "...I'll wax it down" is referring to the common practice of cleaning the buds of seeds to prepare the weed to smoke.

    "Zircon encrusted tweezers" is referring to the common practice of using tweezers to smoke the last part of a joint, better known as the 'roach'.

    Although I can't validate this next claim, it appears this was certainly a very clever way on Zappa's part, to put out a record about weed under the censor radar screen for maximum airplay potential.
  • Barry from Gagetown Nb Canada, -FZ was a total music genius !
    Anyone who can compose songs about dental floss , enemas , catholic girls , slime , AND titties and beer is #1 !!
  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrLike the Bozzios, the Underwoods fit the bill to a "T" !! Lov 'em all !!!!
  • Mike from Matawan, NjI believe Tina Turner and/or the Ikettes also can be heard on 'Cosmic Debris'. "Look here brutha....who you jivin' wit dat Cosmic Debris??"
  • Dave from Sterling, FlI was addicted to Zappas music and had to stop cold turkey so I could listen to other music.
  • Thomas from Somerville, AlZAPPA IS A GOD. He could play a one string guitar and get more sound out of it than most modern musicians can get out of their whole band.
  • Jason from Tampa, FlBen Watson was a pretentious quack. His book was overblown nonsense that was written just to show off his vocabulary.
  • Kate from Burnaby, CanadaXD This makes D/L far more interesting.
  • Billy from Palm Harbor, FlMasterbation?
  • Razor from London, EnglandActually Ruth Underwood played the marimba, Ian Underwood played reed instruments.
    Zappa maintained the song was just an idle fantasy, prompted by discovering a box of dental floss in a hotel bathroom, about "how do they manufacture it? and where?" But Ben Watson (Zappa biographer) reckons the whole song is just an elaborate metaphor for masturbation.
  • Frank from Cambridge, MaWhat I love most about this song is the comedy in the music. It's pure silliness performed like it's a serious topic. His singing is just too sincere and all those parts like the bass line gliss that are just too overplayed. It makes you want to experience the serenity and bliss of riding along the border with your Zercon encrusted tweazers gleaming in the moonlighty night, doesn't it?

    Like he says - "I don't care if you think this is silly folks. I don't care if you think this is silly folks".

    P.S. - Ruth Underwood is a monster player.
  • Nick from Detroit, MiAt the time this song came out, everyone in Southern California had a scheme to go to Montana, buy some land and engage in some sort of outlandish life style or business. This song parodies that prevailing attitude.
  • David from Mesa, AzIn 1985, when rock music was targeted for sexual and violent lyrics and it was suggested that these words affected its young listeners, Zappa referenced this song--"I wrote a song about dental floss, but did anybody's teeth get cleaner?"
  • Alan from City, MiRuth and Ian Underwood did percussions for Zappa at this time. Probably Ruth on the xylophone (might be a marimba).
  • Eddie from Lachine, MiLike many Zappa compositions. . . features a majestic xylophone part. No other artist has ever focused so much attention on the instrument.
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