The muffin man is seated at the table
in the laboratory of the utility muffin Research kitchen.
Reaching for an oversized chrome spoon,
he gathers an Intimate quantity of dried muffin
remnants and brushing his scapular aside,
Procceds to dump these inside of his shirt...
He turns to us and speaks:

"Some people like cupcakes better.
I for one care less for them!"

Arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas
snoot of a fully charged icing anointment utensil,
he 'poot's forths a quarter-ounce green rosette,
- oh ah yuk, yuk... let’s try that again...! -
he 'poots' forth a quarter-ounce green rosette
near the summit of a dense,
but radiant muffin of his own design.
Later he says:

"Some people... some people like cupcakes
exclusively, while myself, I say,
there is naught nor ought there be nothing
so exalted on the face of god’s grey
Earth as that prince of foods... the muffin!"

Girl you thought he was a man,
But he was a muffin,
He hung around till you found,
That he didn’t know nuthin’,

Girl you thought he was a man,
But he only was a-puffin’,
No cries is heard in the night,
As a result of him stuffin’,

Bruce Fowler on trombone,
Napoleon Murphy brock on tenor sax and lead vocals,
Terry Bozzio on drums,
Tom Fowler on bass,
Denny Walley on slide,
George Duke on keyboards,
Captain Beefheart on vocals and soprano sax and madness.
Thank you very much for coming to the concert tonight. Hope you enjoyed it. goodnight
Austin, texas, where ever you are.



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    MardyAsson August 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I have no clue what it's supposed to mean, but my dad's friend told me that it'll describe every guy I'll ever date. Not much help, but if I figure anything out (I doubt I will) I'll tell you. =/
    LittleZepGirlon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Zappa named his recording studio the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, but I think it may have been after the song rather than vice versa.

    After Bongo Fury the song was usually medleyed live with a fast-tempo Camarillo Brillo, but there's nothing else really notable about the song I can recall.
    TheUniversalon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song, the intro makes me laug every time.
    Red_Left_Handon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:great guitar solo. great advice from your dads friend zep girl!? you'd have to be pretty naive to not know if your guy was a man or a cake.
    sleepsyon February 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:it's all about the solo on this one, makes my neck hair stand up every time
    also i think the drums and bass are also notably very good, as well as the lyrics and frank's voice...arghhhh hell, its just classic Zappa is what it is.
    ikhabaat_craneon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is about rug munching, muffin refers to the vag, and its about guys who either suck at or plain refuse to do it
    whippiton December 06, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:i agree with whippit because it says "but he only was a puffin and no cries in the middle of the night"
    ally4lifeon October 20, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:I think the focus is more on the stuffin' than the rug munchin'!

    Remember the 1984 version - how could we forget! - which had a chorus/tag:
    "as a result of him/stuffin' it in/he shoulda been stuffin' it in!"

    Muffin Man was one of Frank's nickname for Ray Collins - Nigey Lennon believes the song is about her imagined (by FZ) sexual liaison with Ray.
    But that doesn't take account of the seemingly crucial spoken section: "The muffin man is seated..." etc. That part of the song was written by Frank back in 1964 when he was in jail.
    imrazoron July 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:Some people... Some people like cupcakes exclusively, while myself, I say there is naught nor ought. There be nothing so exalted on the face of God’s gray earth as that prince of foods… The muffin!

    -Frank Zappa-

    Here is Recipe for "Muffin Man" muffins

    frankzapppa.blogspot.com/2013/10/…
    klemenon February 26, 2014   Link

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