zdbd – I’m Not Satisfied

The opening “yeahs” set the stage for this multi-vocalled song, where Zappa speak-sings over the melancholy chorus of his bandmates. The jilting, staccato rhythm of the chorus is compelling, and builds to an unusual variation on the main theme, integrating the same “yeahs” from the opening with a growing orchestral section. The production continues in this dynamic vein, as Zappa’s laments continue. The structure is standard verse-chorus fare, but the production and arrangement elevates this simple tune.

The “yeahs” will return in a very similar form soon, as we’ll see. The close of the song conjures images of grand, Hollywood musicals, as the orchestra shifts keys, building to the grand finale.