"Who Are The Brain Police?" as written by and Frank Zappa....
What will you do if we let you go home
And the plastic's all melted
And so is the chrome?
Who are the brain police?

What will you do when the label comes off
And the plastic's all melted
And the chrome is too soft?

Wah
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm going to die
I'm gonna die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm gonna die
I'm going to die
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm gonna die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm going to die
I think I'm going to die
Who are the brain police?

What will you do if the people you knew
Were the plastic that melted
And the chromium too?
Who are the brain police?


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"Who Are the Brain Police?" as written by Frank Zappa

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    General CommentInteresting comments above. But get with the programme guys. Which professionals "police" the brains, or at least the thoughts that come from it? Answer = psychiatrists. They are known as the brain police. "When we let you go home" refers to being discharged from a mental or psychiatric hospital. A psychiatric diagnosis is known as a "label". The ideas about plastic and chrome are the delusional ruminations of a madman.
    brainticketon February 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningApart from the more common Psychiatric / Criminal / Government / Society type meanings...

    You could also interpret it as talking about running out of resources, and/or losing big corporations that sell products.

    What will you do when all the resources / products are gone?.. Die die.

    It could also be looked seen as growing older and less attractive.

    And the plastic's all melted,
    And so is the chrome?

    What will you do when the label comes off,
    And the plastic's all melted,
    And the chrome is too soft?

    What will you do when your looks are fading and your body is becoming soft / old.
    Buddy Guyon May 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, to me at least, is about someone who breaks away from societies norms and doesnt know what to do, because that individual has only lived within the confieds of the norm.
    Incinerateon September 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Dressed2Depress it is definatly very Orwellion-like.

    The narrator is taking on the identity of an authoritative figure talking to you, someone who has escaped the psycological prison we are trapped in (especially in the western world) and the labels that are placed on all of us since birth, from all the propaganda that is shoved down our throats each and every day. Also the fact that our peers are the ones that keep us in the prison because ridicule of being abnormal is the only thing keeping us from being truley free.
    Billcoton June 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song trips me the fuck out - espescially when i'm high. but anyways.. it sounds like something that would come out of the movie "willy wonka and the chocolate factory". mmmmhm.
    lasertagon March 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh yeaaaaaa this is Stravinsky-esqe for sure
    floydian18on July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell I think it relates to the book 1984 by George Orwell, in which the Thought Police liquidate those who are deemed guilty of "Thoughtcrime". Zappa is drawing parelells between the conformity of 1960's America and Orwell's dystopian nightmare...

    also, one possible interpretation would be that the first line "What will you do if we let you go home?" could be a police interrogation and the abrasive middle section, in which the line "I think I'm gonna die" is repeated, mimics torture.
    Dressed2Depresson December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAll thoughts above are great - also could be a reflection about the fakeness of American society - something Frank often satires - especially in the first 3 MOTHERS albums.

    WHO ARE THE BRAIN POLICE may be a reflection of the media bullcrap being fed to society from the 50's into the 60's (especially television - Frank comes back to this in I AM THE SLIME)- or how BIG BUSINESS runs things. We believe what they tell us/sell us...etc.

    Frank points out things like: Chrome, plastic and labels. All important products of industry. Chrome for the automobile, labels for all material items and plastic which at that time was becoming a growing industry, making items cheaper to create but sometimes crummier quality.

    What will happen to us if we don't have all these wonderful items big business have sold us???

    mageestouton March 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Translationwow....Anybody see that this song is so obviously about getting away with murder?

    "ah ah ah ah ah who are the brain police?"...sounds like they are making fun the police like they are too stupid,they have no brains to figure this out.

    As for "what will you do if we let you go home?", "And the plastic's all melted,And so is the chrome","what will you do when the label comes off?" ,"And the plastic's all melted and the chrome is too soft"
    This sounds like they are talking to the victim at first"what will you do if we let you go home".Then after the murder they are getting rid of the evidence.Melting plastic and chrome,taking labels off.

    "whaaaaaa","i think i'm going to die","I'm gonna die","I'm going to die","going to die" sounds like it is the victim screaming during the murder.

    This song is really demented... the frank zappa band is from southern California this song came out in the 60'S...lots of bands were apart of cults at this time...the mothers of invention album was done on lsd,witch would exsplain why all the songs sound so strange,a lot of it is double meanings ....this makes me think of the Manson family.Who knows what if they possibly hung out?

    All i know is if i tripped to this song,i would freak the fuck out.
    truthlovelife92on June 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI remember I was driving home late one night, I was tired and this song came on my mp3 player and about half way through It got to the "I think im going to die" part and I thought at the time it was saying your going to die, anyway it really freaked me out the only time music has ever scared me.
    drunkmonk2on October 14, 2011   Link

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