Frank Zappa – Cosmik Debris – lyrics about the stupidity of superstition.

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Frank Zappa was a genius. He poked fun at the religious right, the establishment and American society. He also ridiculed ‘Flower Power’ and the sixties underground.

He thought everything was phoney.

He was probably right. Most of what humans as a society do is farcical, hypocritical, violent and thoughtless. For most of the soldiers fighting wars there was no personal animosity towards their enemy apart from what was stoked up by the politicians and media followed by the trauma of seeing their friends killed and maimed.

Most people, on an individual level, are friendly and pleasant. It is only collectively that they turn nasty.

Religion has always been used for power and wealth. The mystery man is typical of the way some people exploit others. The TV evangelists are a typical example – fleecing the population with their smooth talking.

This song is both hilarious and thought provoking.

Cosmik Debris

The mystery man came over
And he said “I’m outta sight!”
He said for a nominal service charge
I could reach nirvana tonight
If I was ready, willing and able
To pay him his regular fee
He would drop all the rest of
His pressing affairs and devote
His attention to me

But I said “Look here brother
who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
Look here brother, don’t waste your time on me”

The mystery man got nervous
And he fidget around a bit
He reached in the pocket of his mystery robe
And he whipped out a shaving kit
Now I thought it was a razor
And a can of foaming goo
But he told me right then when the top popped open
There was nothin’ his box won’t do
With the oil of Aphrodite, and the dust of the Grand Wazoo
He said “You might not believe this, little fella
But it’ll cure your asthma too”

And I said “Look here brother
Who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now what kind of a guru are you, anyway?
Look here brother, don’t waste your time on me”
*(Don’t waste your time)*

“I’ve got troubles of my own”, I said
“And you can’t help me out
So, take your meditations and your preparations
And ram it up your snout!”
“But I got the crystal ball”, he said
And held it to the ligh
So I snatched it, all away from him
And I showed him how to do it right

I wrapped a newspaper ’round my head
So I looked like I was deep
I said some mumbo-jumbo, then
I told him he was going to sleep
I robbed his rings and pocketwatch
And everything else I found
I had that sucker hypnotized
He couldn’t even make a sound
I proceeded to tell him his future, then
As long as he was hanging around
I said “The price of meat has just gone up
And your old lady has just gone down!”

And I said “Look here brother-who you
Jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
Don’t you know, you could make more money as a butcher?
So, don’t waste your time on me”
Don’t waste it, don’t waste your time on me

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