"Hungry Freaks, Daddy" as written by and Frank Zappa....
Mr. America, walk on by your schools that do not teach
Mr. America, walk on by the minds that won't be reached
Mr. america try to hide the emptiness that's you inside
But once you find that the way you lied
And all the corny tricks you tried
Will not forestall the rising tide of hungry freaks daddy

They won't go on four no more
Great mid-western hardware store
Philosophy that turns away
From those who aren't afraid to say what's on their minds
The left behinds of the great society

Hungry freaks, daddy

Mr. America, walk on by your supermarket dream
Mr. America, walk on by the liquor store supreme
Mr. america try to hide the product of your savage pride
The useful minds that it denied
The day you shrugged and stepped aside
You saw their clothes, and then you cried
those hungry freaks, daddy

They won't go on four no more
Great mid-western hardware store
Philosophy that turns away
From those who aren't afraid to say what's on their minds
The left behinds of the great society


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"Hungry Freaks, Daddy" as written by Frank Zappa

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  • +2
    General CommentI think I sort of got imprinted by this song when I was a kid; first heard it as a teenager.

    It's one thing to say that this song is "true", but another to look at a particular detail: It's Frank, telling us that people who can see the spiritual impoverishment of America--the out-of-control "work ethic", the despoiling of nature, the ever-increasing gulf between our glorious self-mytholization and the bleak reality of our march toward social/political stupidity and the ensuing dystopia; all of it--that those people are basically mutants. From whence cometh their X-ray vision? Is it just a DNA anomaly?

    We're FREAKS, and we're hungry... for TRUTH.
    razajacon July 19, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI think this song is about President Lyndon B. Johnson domestic programs, which were named the Great Society. The album Freak Out! was released in 1966. "Your schools that do not teach"; Elementary & Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act were passed in 1965."You saw their clothes and then you cried:THOSE HUNGRY FREAKS, DADDY!"; Food Stamp Act of 1964.
    Mister America can either be a reference to Uncle Sam or the President LBJ. I also think this was not only a criticism of the president, but of the country itself during this time period.
    danfig951on February 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised the comments are so low especialy here i thought that the song spoke very powerfully.
    TheVoiceofTruthon September 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song is about the government. How foolish they can be. Cool song, this is. Very catchy.
    drownnsodaon February 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquestioning how ideal American society is...
    Dressed2Depresson December 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly one comment? This song is so amazing. Definitely one of Zappa's most powerful songs.
    cerpintaxt83on May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about America, and sadly its still relevant.
    flavour countryon January 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's Zappa at his iconoclastic best. He's stating the society in general is worthless and that those hungry freaks are looking for better and more from life.
    guitarickon May 31, 2014   Link

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