on November 13, 2016 | Last updated June 22, 2018
Frank ZappaInca Roads
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
UPDATE 6/22: Fixed guitar, drums, and outro vocals phrasing error.
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"Inca Roads" is one of Frank Zappa's most cherished, covered, and appreciated pieces. It allied his ability to write a catchy song with his mastery of complex music forms, making it a favorite among progressive rock fans (who are not always kind for the man's music) and virtuoso ensembles. The lyrics begin on a UFO theme: "Did a vehicle/Come from somewhere out there/Just to land in the Andes?," referring to South American architectural structures some believed were landing sites for flying saucers. But quickly the song takes a dive into "life on the road." The word "vehicle" is replaced by "booger-bear," a title given to the band member who ended up with the ugliest groupie the previous night (which makes it the contrary of "Bwana Dik"). The name of drummer Chester Thompson comes up in regards to that, as it will again under similar circumstances in "Florentine Pogen." The song ends with a tutti "On Ruth!," a wink at percussionist Ruth Underwood's amazing marimba fireworks in the finale.