"Po-Jama People" as written by and Frank Zappa....
Some people's hot
Some people's cold
Some people's not very
Swift to behold
Some people do it
Some see right through it
Some wear pyjamas
If only they knew it

The pyjama people are boring me to pieces
Feel like I am wasting my time
They all got flannel up 'n down 'em
A little trap-door back aroun' 'em
An' some cozy little footies on their mind

Po-jama people
Po-jama people, people
They sure do make you sleepy
With the things they might say
Po-jama people
Po-jama people, people
Mother mary 'n jozuf, I wish they'd all go away

Po-jama people
It's a po-jama people special
Take one home with you, save a dollar today
Po-jama people
Po-jama people, people
Wrap 'em up
Roll 'em out
Get 'em out of my way
Hein nya-nya-hein nya-nya-hein nya-nya-hein
Hoey hoey hoey
Wrap 'em up
Roll 'em out
Get 'em out of my way
Hein nya-nya-hein nya-nya-hein nya-nya-hein
Hoey hoey hoey
Wrap 'em up
Roll 'em out
Get 'em out of my way
Hein nya-nya-hein nya-nya-hein nya-nya-hein
Hoey hoey hoey

(Well ) now some people's hot
An' some people's cold
(Well, lawd) an' some people's not very
(Very) swift to behold (swifty)
(I told you) some people do it (do it)
(Yes, they do) (no)
Some see right through it
(See right through it)
An' some wear po-jamas
If only they knew it

The pyjama people are boring me to pieces
They make me feel like I am wasting my time
They all got flannel up 'n down 'em
A little trap-door back aroun' 'em
An' some cozy little footies on their mind

Po-jama people
Po-jama people, people
Lawd, they make you sleepy
With the things they might say (hey, yeah-hey)
Po-jama people
(Well now) po-jama people, people
(I said) arf arf arf
I wish they'd all go away

Po-jama people (people) (oh, yeah)
Po-jama people special
(I said, I said, I said)
Take one home with you, & save a dollar today
Po-jama people
(It's a) po-jama people, people (special)
Wrap 'em up
An' roll 'em out
Get 'em out of my way
Hoey hoey hoey
Wrap 'em up
An' roll 'em out
Get 'em out of my way
Hoey hoey hoey
Wrap 'em up
Roll 'em out
Get 'em out of my way
Hoey hoey hoey

(Yeah-ha-ha)


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"Po-Jama People" as written by Frank Zappa

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    General CommentIt's about boring people, I'd hazard.
    flavour countryon April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentparticularly people who were doing a lot of downers, giving themselves "cozy little footies on their mind"... part of the pajamas, but also referring to the drugged state of mind: euphoria, and being kind of unaware as to what's really going on around the po-jama people trying to interact with sober people. the people say stupid shit cause they're all drugged up, hence the people are boring and "sleepy" (pajamas for sleeping duh)
    nerd-lifeon December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's at least partially about the musicians he was touring with during the Grand/Petit Wazoo era. "The most boring band I ever had", he said - and he wasn't referring to the music they made.
    imrazoron July 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's about bureaucrats. Po-jama people are the guys in suits, because they seem like pajamas. Zappa is giving an anarchist statement against the modern political form of domination, and rules the guys in suits make and enforce, tiring Zappa to his ass.
    ghostbustamanton September 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentFrank was notoriously anti-drug. He was rather famous for stopping in the middle of a concert, if he saw people in the audience passing a joint, or popping pills, or doing something else obviously drug related, and lecturing them about drug use. There is an example of this in at least one of his concert videos.

    That said, the song is about a number of people in his band and entourage that would come to work stoned on downers (and other drugs, but primarily downers). He had little patience for such people, and even fired a few of them. This song is his rant about it.
    reagan0on July 10, 2015   Link

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