Frank Zappa (guitar, lead vocals)
Ray White (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Ike Willis (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Bobby Martin (keyboards, saxophone, vocals)
Alan Zavod (keyboards)
Scott Thunes (bass)
Chad Wackerman (drums)

I used to have a job
An' I was doin' fairly well
Depression came along
An' everybody start to yell
"Where'd they go, them good ol' days,
An' all that crap we used to sell?"
Now I'm in Hot-Plate Heaven,
at the Green Hotel

Republicans is fine,
If you're a multi-millionaire
Democrats is fair,
If all you own is what you wear
Neither of 'em's REALLY right,
'Cause neither of 'em CARE
'Bout that Hot-Plate Heaven,
'Cause they ain't been there

They really oughta go
'N find out how the hall-way smell --
They'd benefit to know
'Bout what the bums in there could tell
(I guess we're only dreamin',
But I s'pose it's just as well
That's ALL you get to dream
Up in the Green Hotel)

Nature didn't put me here,
An' neither did my fate --
It musta been some evil ol'
Republican candidate!
He's over there in Washington,
But I wish he was in HELL
'Cause I'm in Hot-Plate Heaven
At the Green Hotel
Things is slightly better now;
They hope we will forget
The misery of 'TRICKLE DOWN',
An' jelly-bean etiquette
The Regal Presidential Style
Has simply not worn well,
But neither has my rags,
Up in the Green Hotel

I said the Green Hotel
I mean the Green Hotel
Been there once
The Green Hotel
We're goin' again
The Green Hotel
Neither has my rags,
Up in the Green Hotel
Hey, pass me the dog-food!


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Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel song meanings
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    General Commentalways liked this song because "Green Hotel" is a chain of "business" hotels in Japan. Rooms are so small you have to go outside to change your mind.
    Gooeduckon February 01, 2013   Link
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    General Comment10 years ago when I in Las Vegas, I stayed in a hotel called the Stardust that had a restaurant and all the food was served on hotplates and it was an eat as much as you like buffet.

    This song conjures up images of Frank being on the road sometime in the 70's, staying in a green painted Motel and dinning at one of these Buffets.

    I think this is likely as Frank answered the legendary myth that he had eaten shit on stage at one of the Garrick shows in 67 in his autobiography by saying that 'He's never eaten shit in his life except when staying at a Holiday Inn' and after dining at the Stardust Buffet, I can see what he means,lol.
    BarnabyHugheson October 30, 2015   Link

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