What's there to live for?
Who needs the peace corps?
Think I'll just DROP OUT
I'll go to Frisco
Buy a wig & sleep
On Owsley's floor

Walked past the wig store
Danced at the Fillmore
I'm completely stoned
I'm hippy & I'm trippy
I'm a gypsy on my own
I'll stay a week & get the crabs &
Take a bus back home
I'm really just a phony
But forgive me
'Cause I'm stoned

Every town must have a place
Where phony hippies meet
Psychedelic dungeons
Popping up on every street
GO TO SAN FRANCISCO . . .

How I love ya, How I love ya
How I love ya, How I love ya Frisco!
How I love ya, How I love ya
How I love ya, How I love ya
Oh, my hair is getting good in the back!

Every town must have a place
Where phony hippies meet
Psychedelic dungeons
Popping up on every street
GO TO SAN FRANCISCO . . .

Hotcha!

First I'll buy some beads
And then perhaps a leather band
To go around my head
Some feathers and bells
And a book of Indian lore
I will ask the Chamber Of Commerce
How to get to Haight Street
And smoke an awful lot of dope
I will wander around barefoot
I will have a psychedelic gleam in my eye at all times
I will love everyone
I will love the police as they kick the shit out of me on the street
I will sleep . . .
I will, I will go to a house
That's, that's what I will do
I will go to a house
Where there's a rock & roll band
'Cause the groups all live together
And I will join a rock & roll band
I will be their road manager
And I will stay there with them
And I will get the crabs
But I won't care
Because . . .


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    Song MeaningHard to believe nobody here has pointed out the obvious: The song is about 1967's Summer of Love, particularly with regards to San Francisco. In the summer of 1967, hippies traveled to San Francisco as well as other cities to participate in communal living, music, free love, drugs, and other countercultural activities. This kind of crystallized the hippie movement. Anyway, Zappa had a jaundiced eye toward "flower power" and especially what he regarded as phony hippies who were just latching on to the latest trend. Zappa also thought drug use was stupid. Hard to believe such a creative freak disdained drugs and hippies, huh? Actually reminds me of the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, who is very creative and freaky and also doesn't use drugs.
    giantsloron August 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA clear skewering of the "flower power" movement. And no, I don't think it was an especially loving tribute, as TransparentSunChild seems to think. I think the whole album is pretty vicious.
    Comicstripperon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfrank zappa was a satirist, and this song is about phoy hippies in america who just sit around and smoke dope instead of acting on anything. he points out a problem about abusive police, and the hippies not doing anything about it...just loving each other and thinking everything is okay.
    tiedtoaclockon September 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, "We're only in it for the money" is as important as "Sgt Pepper" in rock history. And really vicious, you said it, Comicstripper !
    I was just asking myself : when you're completely "stoned", are you supposed to shout "Help, I'm a rock" ???
    The Dog That Ate...on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is hilarious, but it's also a brilliantly crafted tune. The lyrics may be outdated, but it's still an amazing song. It's a shame this song doesn't get much recognition.
    cerpintaxt83on May 31, 2007   Link
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    General Comment...actually, Zappa wasn't fond of the Beatles. Not so much because he hated their music, but mainly their reception.

    Sgt. Pepper's was considered "the first concept album", and by some people, the creative apex of the time. This was BS to Zappa, because he had released two "concept albums" in the past, and considered himself and his peers in the business to be eons more creative than the Beatles.

    Basically, the whole album is a lash-out on popular culture and the autonomous thought, and isn't specific. But the Beatles were the symbol of 60's pop culture, a thing Zappa despised. If you read some of what he says in interviews and stuff, he was strongly against pop culture. This was not a "tribute", more like a scathing satire.
    Imperfect_Strangeron October 03, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"okay idiots, once again i shall point out the obvious for you all.

    "we're only it for the money" has nothing to do with Sgt Peppers besides them parodying the cover, thats it.
    the album is not a satire of the beatles in any way

    it's more about the 70's AND the 60's, and the general purpose is to put shit on every single 'side' of the hippie movement, the police, the parents, the drugs, and the hippies themselves, and this is having a go at the idea of how cool it was to be an all loving hippe when you did'nt actualy have those views. it actualy contanes a large section where the character PLANS how the intend to become a hippie.

    nothing to do with the beatles, it's just a funny cover. "

    You're both a jackass, and wrong. "Absolutely Free" is an obvious parody of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and this album came out in 1968... but you claim it's about the 70's?

    I think Zappa kinda makes an ass of himself on this album. He's really not being that clever, the music is only OK, and he's excessively pessimistic for no reason. That being said, overall I do think Zappa is a great musician.
    Chard121on February 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHOW COME NO ONE HAS POSTED A COMMENT ABOUT THIS SONG?! well it's pretty amazing to say the least. the whole cd (We're Only In It For The Money) is a parody of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper. They are basically making fun of it (when i say making fun, i dont mean they are putting the beatles down) it's as harmless as wierd al.
    TransparentSunChildon December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentokay idiots, once again i shall point out the obvious for you all.

    "we're only it for the money" has nothing to do with Sgt Peppers besides them parodying the cover, thats it.
    the album is not a satire of the beatles in any way

    it's more about the 70's AND the 60's, and the general purpose is to put shit on every single 'side' of the hippie movement, the police, the parents, the drugs, and the hippies themselves, and this is having a go at the idea of how cool it was to be an all loving hippe when you did'nt actualy have those views. it actualy contanes a large section where the character PLANS how the intend to become a hippie.

    nothing to do with the beatles, it's just a funny cover.
    kid-44on April 10, 2007   Link

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