Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

(The Mothers Of Invention, LP, Bizarre/Verve V/V6-5055, December 2, 1968)

  1. Cheap Thrills 2:20
  2. Love Of My Life 3:17
  3. How Could I Be Such A Fool 3:33
  4. Deseri (Collins/Buff) 2:04
  5. I'm Not Satisfied 3:59
  6. Jelly Roll Gum Drop 2:17
  7. Anything (Collins) 3:00
  8. Later That Night 3:04
  9. You Didn't Try To Call Me 3:53
  10. Fountain Of Love (FZ/Collins) 2:57
  11. "No. No. No." 2:27
  12. Anyway The Wind Blows 2:56
  13. Stuff Up The Cracks 4:29

Apostolic Studios, NYC
1967-1968

Produced by Frank Zappa
Engineered by Dick Kunc

Cover by Cal Schenkel

Ray Collins—lead vocals
FZ—low grumbles, oo-wah and lead guitar (plus uncredited drums, piano & bass)
Roy Estrada—high weazlings, dwaedy-doop & electric bass
Don Preston—redundant piano triplets
Ian Underwood—redundant piano triplets & tenor and alto sax
Motorhead Sherwood—baritone sax & tambourine
Bunk Gardner—tenor and alto sax
Jimmy Carl Black—lewd pulsating rhythm
Arthur Dyer Tripp III—lewd pulsating rhythm
+
Jay Anderson—1984 mix new string bass tracks
Arthur Barrow—1984 mix new bass tracks
Chad Wackerman—1984 mix new drums tracks

1. Cheap Thrills 2:20

FZ—guitars, piano, bass, drums (original mix)

Darling, darling, please hear my plea
God only knows what your loving does to me

Cheap thrills in the back of my car
Cheap thrills, how fine they are
Cheap thrills up and down my spine
I need it, I need it, 'cause it feels so fine, now

Cheap thrills all over the seat
Cheap thrills, your kind of lovin' can't be beat
Cheap thrills up and down my spine
I need it, I need it, 'cause it feels so fine, now

Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills

Cheap thrills, I can't wait another day
Cheap thrills, you gotta try to sneak away
Cheap thrills up and down my spine
I need it, I need it, 'cause it feels so fine

Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills

Cheap thrills set fire to my soul
Cheap thrills, like a story untold about
Cheap thrills up and down my spine
I need it, I need it, 'cause it feels so fine

Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills

Cheap thrills in the back of my car
Cheap thrills, how fine they are
Cheap thrills up and down my spine
I need it, I need it, 'cause it feels so fine

Cheap thrills all over the seat
Cheap thrills, your kind of lovin' can't be beat
Cheap thrills up and down my spine
I need it, I need it, 'cause it feels so fine

Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills
Cheap thrills

2. Love Of My Life 3:17

includes a quotation from Earth Angel (Williams)

Love of my life, I love you so
Love of my life, don't ever go
I love you only
Love, love of my life
(Love of my life)

Stars in the sky, they never lie
Tell me you need me, don't say goodbye
I love you only
Love, love of my life

Stars in the sky, they never lie
Tell me you need me, don't say goodbye
I love you darling, I love you only
Don't ever leave me
Don't make me, don't make me
Don't make me lonely
(Please, don't leave me!)

Love of my life, I love you so
Love of my life, don't ever go
I love you only
Love, love of my life

(Spoken)
Stars in the sky, they never lie
Tell me you need me, don't say goodbye
I love you darling, I love you only
Don't ever leave me
Don't make me, don't make me
Don't make me lonely
(Please, don't leave me, a-ah!)

Love of my life, I love you so
Love of my life, don't ever go
I love you only
Love, love of my life
Love of my life,
Love of my life,
Love of my life,
Love of my life

3. How Could I Be Such A Fool 3:33

When I won your love, I was very glad
Every happiness in the world belonged to me
Then our love was lost, you went away
Now I shed my tears in lonely misery

I know now you never really loved me
Oh, it hurts me now to think you never really cared
I sit and ask myself a thousand times, try and find
What really happened to the love that we shared

(How could I be)
How could I be
(Be such a fool)
Such a fool
(How could I be)
(Be such a fool)
(How could I be)
How could I believe
(Be such a fool)
All those lies
(How could I be)
You told me
(Be such a fool)
(How could I be)
How could I be taken in
(Be such a fool)
By your
(How could I be)
Sweet face
(Be such a fool)
You spoiled our love,
You ruined my life
I'm so tore down,
I'm a terrible disgrace

But there will come a time, you'll regret the way, ah
You treated me as if I was a fool and didn't know
The many times you lied about your love for me
Someone is gonna know your love is just a show

How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool
How could I be, be such a fool

4. Deseri 2:04

(Ray Collins/Paul Buff)

When I'm dancing with Deseri
(Oo-ooo Deseri)
All the boys are jealous of me
(Deseri)
I'm as happy as I can be
Oh, Deseri

I'm as happy as I can be
(Oo-ooo Deseri)
Whenever I'm with Deseri
(Deseri)
She saves her lovin' just for me
Oh Deseri

I will never be untrue
I will never ever make her blue
She'll never sigh, cry, sit and pine
We will share a love divine
Deseri is mine

I'm as happy as I can be
(Oo-ooo Deseri)
Whenever I'm with Deseri
(Deseri)
'Cause she saves her lovin' just for me
Oh Deseri

De—
(Deseri oo-ooo)
Deseri, the first day we met
(Deseri oo-ooo)
I'll never forget
(Deseri oo-ooo)
I saw you walking down the street
My heart skips a beat
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(Deseri)
I told you of my love for you
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(Deseri)
But there's nothing . . .
(Deseri oo-ooo)
Nothing you would do
(The one for me)
I said, please hear my plea
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(My-y Deseri)
Come dance with me
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(Please, hear my plea)
(Deseri oo-ooo)
Oh Deseri . . .
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(Come along with me)
You came
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(Aa-aah Deseri)
We went to the dance that night
I held you so tight
(Deseri oo-ooo)
(My-y Deseri)
(Deseri oo-ooo)
And I know . . .
(My-y Deseri)
That our love will last . . .
(Deseri oo-ooo)
Thru the years
(Deseri . . .)
For ever, holding each other, for cram & for dorssn.

5. I'm Not Satisfied 3:59

Got no place to go
No love left for me to give

Why should I pretend I like
To roam from door to door
I guess that I'll just kill myself
I just don't care no more

I'm not satisfied
Everything I tried
I don't like the way
Life has been abusing me

Who would care if I was gone?
Who needs me to care for them?

Why should I just sit and watch
While the others smile?
I just wish that someone cared
If I was happy for a while

I'm not satisfied
(I'm not satisfied)
Everything I tried
(Everything I tried)
I don't like the way
(I don't like the way)
Life has been abusing me

I'm not satisfied
(I'm not satisfied)
Everything I tried
I don't like the way
(Everything I tried)
Life has been abusing me
(I'm not satisfied)
I'm not satisfied
(Everything I tried)
Abusing me . . .
(I'm not satisfied)
I'm not, I'm not satisfied
(Everything I tried)
I'm not satisfied
(I'm not satisfied)
I-I-I . . .
(Everything I tried)

6. Jelly Roll Gum Drop 2:17

Oh, Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
Baby don't you know now
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
The way you do the bop
Like a spinning top
The Pachuco Hop
And the L.A. Slop
You make a street car stop
At the soda shop
And my eye-balls pop
When I see my
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
Mama don't you know now
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
The way you boogie all night
You're my heart's delight
You know I wish I might
Get a tiny bite of your
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, I wanna, I wanna
(Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, I wanna, I wanna
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, I wanna, I wanna Jelly Roll
Got to have it
(Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)
And . . . eeeh!
Got to . . . Oh, Jelly Roll!
(Jelly Roll Gum Drop, Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)
Cough, cough . . .
Tch, tch, tch . . .
Gimme . . . I got to have it
Got to have it

ah-ahh
(Jelly Roll Gum Drop, Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)

Sha-la-la-la, Sha-la-la-la
Lemme have . . .
(Cough, cough, cough)
Got to have it . . .

Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
Baby don't you know now
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
The way you do the bop
Like a spinning top
The Pachuco Hop
And the L.A. Slop
You make a street car stop
At the soda shop
And my eye-balls pop
When I see my
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
Mama don't you know now
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, got my eyes on you
The way you boogie all night
You're my heart's delight
You know I wish I might
Get a tiny bite of your
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, I wanna, I wanna
(Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)
Jelly Roll Gum Drop, I wanna, I wanna
Got to, got to . . .
Jelly Roll Gum Drop
Got to!
(Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)
Oh, I neeeeeed . . .
(Cough, Cough, Cough!)
Your Jelly Roll Gum Drop
(Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)
Got to have Jelly Roll Gum Drop

(Did-dee did-dee bop bop did-dee)
(Did-dee did-dee bop bop did-dee)

(Jelly Roll! Jelly Roll! Jelly Roll! Jelly Roll!)
(Did-dee did-dee bop bop did-dee)
Got to have . . .
(Jelly Roll Gum Drop)

(Jelly Roll! Jelly Roll! Jelly Roll! Jelly Roll!)
Aaaah . . .
(Did-dee did-dee bop bop did-dee)
Aaaah . . .
(Did-dee did-dee bop bop did-dee)
(Bop bop bah, Bop bop bah)

7. Anything 3:00

(Ray Collins)

For you, I could do anything
For your love, my heart cries
Take my heart, my love my everything
For so long I've needed your love

Oh, when, when you first came to me
I-I-I-I-I doubted your love
But now you mean everything to me
And each day I love you more

For you, I could do anything
For your love, my heart cries
Take my heart
(Take my heart)
My love, my everything
(Take my love)
For so long
(Take my heart)
I've needed you
(Take my love)

Take my heart
Take my love
Take my heart
Take my love
Take . . .

8. Later That Night 3:04

includes a quotation from Glory Of Love (Hill) by The Velvetones

You surely must be trying
To break this heart of mine
I thought you knew I loved you
And we'd share a love so fine

But later that night
(You threw a) padlock on my door
(My) clothes out on the street
('Cause you) don't want my love no more

And I cryyyd
I-I-I cryyyd
Oh, I cried
(I cried)
My heart out
Cried
(I cried)
My heart out
Later that night

You surely must be trying
To break this heart of mine
I thought you knew I loved you
And we'd share a love so fine

But later that night
(You threw a) padlock on my door
(You threw my) clothes out on the street
('Cause you) don't want my love no more

And I cryyyd
I-I-I cryyyd
I cried
(I cried)
My heart out
Cried
My heart out
Later that night

(Spoken)
Don't go baby, don't put me out on the street. You threw my best sharkskin suit out on the lawn, right on top of some dog waste (I hold in my hand three letters from the stages of your fine, fine, super-fine career . . . ) and my best white shirts with the Mr. B collar laying all over the front lawn. Where's my cuff links? Lemme back in dere. Dere? Ha!

"Huffa puffa, Huffa puffa
There's no room to breathe in here"

"That's alright honey. You can come out of the closet now"

9. You Didn't Try To Call Me 3:53

You didn't try to call me, why didn't you try?
I'm so lonely
No matter who I take home, I keep calling your name
And you, (I need you so bad) you're the one babe

Tell me, tell me who's lovin' you now
'Cause it worries my mind and I can't sleep at all
I stayed home on Friday just to wait for your call
And you didn't try, you didn't try, you didn't try
You didn't try to call me

Why didn't you try, I'm so lonely
(I'm so lonely!)
No matter who I take home, I keep calling your name
And you, (I need you so bad) You're the one babe

Tell me, tell me who's lovin' you now
'Cause it worries my mind and I can't sleep at all
I stayed home on Friday just to wait for your call

I can't say what's wrong or what's right
All you've gotta do is call me babe

You make me feel so excited girl
I got so hung up on you from the moment that we met
That no matter how I try, I can't keep the tears
from running down my face
I'm all alone in my place

You didn't try to call me
You didn't try to call me
You didn't try to call me
You didn't try to call me
You didn't try to call me
You didn't try to call me

10. Fountain Of Love 2:57

(FZ/Ray Collins)

includes a quotation from Le sacre du printemps (Stravinsky)

Fountain . . . of . . . love!

One . . . two . . .

It was September, the leaves were gold
That's when our hearts knew that story untold
We were young lovers
(We were young lovers)
Strolling near
The fountain of love
Fountain of love
Fountain of love
(Fountain of love)
Fountain of love

Do you remember, I held you so near
Our love's glowing ember so precious and dear
We were young lovers
(Lovers)
Strolling near
The fountain of love
Fountain of love
Fountain of love
(Fountain of love)
Fountain of love

We made a wish
(Lo-o-o-o-ove)
And threw in a coin
And since that day
(Lo-o-ove)
Our hearts have been joined
So all you young lovers
(Lo-o-o-o-ove)
Wherever you are
The fountain of love is not very far
We'll go on dreaming of that golden day
And remember the fountain is not far away

We were young lovers
(Lo-o-o-overs)
Strolling near
The fountain of love
Fountain of love
Fountain of love
Fountain of love

(Spoken)
(Lo-o-ove)
We made a wish and threw in a coin
(Lo-o-ove)
And since that day, our hearts have been joined
(Lo-o-ove)
So all you young lovers wherever you are
The fountain of love is not very far

Fountain of love, oooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (wee-oo)
Fountain of love, oooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (wee-oo)
Fountain of love, oooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (wee-oo)
Fountain of love, oooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (wee-oo)
Fountain of love, oooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (wee-oo)
Fountain of love, oooo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (wee-oo)
Fountain of love . . .

11. "No. No. No." 2:27

FZ—guitars, piano, bass, drums (original mix)

Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo

No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
Makes me cry to see you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
Makes me cry to see you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)

Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo

Left me here to cry alone
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
With a bottle of juice & a pork chop bone
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
Makes me cry to see you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)

Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo

Gave my money all to you-oo
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
You took my watch and pawned it too-oo
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
Three gold teeth and one glass eye
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
You didn't have the nerve to say goodbye
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)

Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo

You know you treat me funky baby
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
And some day you'll have to pay
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
I ain't such a fool that I would let you go
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
And treat me this way
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
I ain't going to let you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo
Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(And some day you'll have to pay)
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(I ain't such a fool that I would let you go)
I ain't going to let you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(And treat me this way)

(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)

(You know you treat me funky, baby)
No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
I ain't going to let you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
No no no no no no no-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)
I ain't going to let you go-o-o-oo-oh
(Boppa dooayyydoo Boppa dooayyydoo)
(You know you treat me funky, baby)

12. Anyway The Wind Blows 2:56

Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Is a-fine with me
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
It don't matter to me
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
'Cause I'm thru with the fussin' and a-fightin' with you
I went out and found a woman who is gonna be true
She makes me oh so happy now, I'm never ever blue
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Is a-fine with me
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
It don't matter to me
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
'Cause she treats me like she loves me
And she never makes me cry
I'm gonna stick with her till the day I die
She's not like you baby, she would never ever lie
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Is a-fine with me
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
It don't matter to me
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Now I'm gonna go away and leave you standin' at the door
I'll tell you this baby, I won't be back no more
'Cause you don't even know what love is for
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Anyway the wind blows
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
Oh! Anyway
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
The wind blows
Anyway
(Blo-o-oo-o-oo-o-o-ow-ow-ows)
The wind blows
Mmm-mm-mmm-mmm . . .

13. Stuff Up The Cracks 4:29

If you decide to leave me, it's all over
If you decide to leave me, it's all over
I tried to make you happy
I gave you all my love
There's nothing left for me to do but cry

If you decide to leave me, it's all over
If you decide to leave me, it's all over
I tried to make you happy
I gave you all my love
There's nothing left for me to do but cry

Ooo, oo-ooo, ooo, oo-ooo, ooo, oo-ooo
Stuff up the cracks, turn on the gas
I'm gonna take my life
Sss—stuff it!

If you decide to leave me, it's all over
If you decide to leave me, it's all over
I tried to make you happy
I gave you all my love
There's nothing left for me to do but cry

If you decide to leave me
If you decide to leave me
I'll cry
(If you decide to leave me)
(I'll cry!)
O-oh, I'll cry
(If you decide to leave me)
(I'll cry!)
I-I-I'll cry
(If you decide to leave me)
O-oh, don't go
(If you decide to leave me)
Don't le-ee-ee-ee-eave me
(If you decide to leave me)
(If you decide to leave me)
(If you decide to leave me)
Don't go
(If you decide to leave me)
O-oo-oh . . . don't go . . .

 

All compositions by Frank Zappa except as noted
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Lyrics from the album booklet
with corrections and additions from The Old Masters Box One booklet
and St. Alphonzo's Pancake Homepage
Further corrections and additions by Román and Charles Ulrich
The parts on the original vinyl and not on the CD remix are printed this way,
and the parts on the CD mix not on the original vinyl this other way
This page updated: 2014-09-30