Flies all green and buzzin’
In this dungeon of despair
Prisoners grumblin
Piss they clothes
Scratch their matted hair
A tiny light from a window-hole
Hundred yards away
That all they ever get to know
’bout the regular life in the day
’bout the regular life in the day

Slime and rot and rats and snuck
Vomit on the floor
Fifty ugly soldier men
Holdin’ spears by the iron door
Stinks so bad, stones are chokin’
Weepin’ greenish drops
In the den where
The giant fire puffer woiks
And the torture never stops
The torture never stops, torture
The torture never stops
The torture never stops

Flies all green and buzzin’
In this dungeon of despair
An evil prince eats a steamin’ pig
In a tumbers right near there
In the chambers right near there
He eats de snouts an trotters first!
The loins and the groins are then dispersed
His carvin style is well rehearsed
He stands and shouts
All men be cursed (4x)
And disagree it, well no one durst
He the best of cause of all the woist
Best of cause of all the woist

He stinks so bad his stones been chokin’
Weepin’ greenish drops
In the room with the iron maiden
And the torture never stops, torture
Torture never stops
Torture never stops, torture
Torture never stops

Flies all green and buzzin’
In dungeon of despair
Who are’ll those people
That is shut away down there
Are they crazy
Are they sainted
Are they heroes someone painted
Someone painted
Are they -isms
Later ornated
Once they come they have been tainted
Once they come they have been tainted
Never been explained
Since at first it was created
But a dungeon and his kin’
Require naught but lockin’ in
Of any anything thats been
Could be a her but it’s probly a him
Could be a her but it’s probly a him
Its what’s the deal were dealin’ in
Its what’s the deal were dealin’ in
An he stinks so bad it’s hurt
To the pearl and the piles of blast
Any dungeon have a trailer
Were the torture never stops, torture
Torture never stops
Torture never stops, torture
Torture never stops
Torture never stops, talkin’ to you
Torture never stops


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    General Commentgod damn... a wonderful song...
    Captain Beefheart i think sung this.
    the funny thing i think is. i like this song, ut im like only 17...

    i reccomnd this song to anyone with a good sence of humor
    navtiidiaon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNAh it's sung by Frank and I love this song and all of his work and i'm 16
    atomic_dogon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's a Beefheart version, too. With a harmonica solo!
    flavour countryon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo-one is quite sure what the hidden meaning of this song is - but everyone believes there is one.

    Frank said it was partly about Beefheart's teenage slovenliness (and the way his family put up with it!) - later he appeared to confirm a suggestion that it was partly about himself working late nights in the editing room.

    Ben Watson of course has a really wild theory about the song, linking it to "Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station", which is that they're both about Nazi concentration camps. (For more detail, read "Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics")
    imrazoron July 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's about having diarrhea in the back of tour bus.
    OddLeggedOswldon October 21, 2016   Link

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