Sofa (Frank Zappa song)

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"Du Bist Mein Sofa"
Single by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
from the album One Size Fits All
B-side "Stink-Foot"
Released August 8th, 1975
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre Rock, experimental jazz, jazz fusion
Length 2:38
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Frank Zappa
Producer(s) Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa singles chronology
"Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"
(1974)
"Du Bist Mein Sofa"
(1975)
"Find Her Finer"
(1976)

"Sofa" is a composition by American musician, Frank Zappa. In 1993, the year of Zappa's death, Steve Vai covered "Sofa" for Zappa's tribute album Zappa's Universe. The cover won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1994. This was Vai's first of three grammies. [1]

Appearances[edit]

Originally "Sofa" was only performed in concert and was part of a longer composition around the Flo and Eddie era of Zappa's music where Mark Volman pretended to be a sofa. In 1975 Sofa made its first album appearance on Frank Zappa's album One Size Fits All as an instrumental version and a vocal version (Sofa No. 1 and Sofa No. 2.) There is a huge sofa in the center of the album cover for "One Size Fits All" and the album's initials, "OSFA" can be re-arranged to spell "SOFA". In the same year, "Sofa No. 2" was released as a single and referred to as "Du bist mein Sofa". The same track as "Sofa No. 1" now only titled "Sofa" appeared on the 1976 live album Zappa in New York. On the album You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1, "Sofa #1" contains the vocals and "Sofa #2" is the instrumental. On both "One Size Fits All" and "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1", "Sofa No./#1" is track 3, while "Sofa No./#2" ends each album. It was also referred to as "Divan" on the album Playground Psychotics. "Sofa" is one of the most referenced Zappa songs throughout his discography.[2][3][4]

Lyrics and meaning[edit]

The vocal version of "Sofa" contains lyrics in both German and English. According to critics because it contains German it stood out the most on the album.[5] The English lyrics sing about being various parts of nature (The heavens, the water, the clouds) while the lyrics in German explain how they are "the sofa's chrome dinette" and "all days and all nights.[2] All in all "Sofa" was a result of Zappa's fascination of the German people as he toured in Europe.[6][3]

Ya Hozna[edit]

"Ya Hozna", from the 1984 album Them Or Us is mostly "Sofa No.2" played backwards. It also contains parts of "Lonely Little Girl" from We're Only In It For The Money and "Valley Girl" from Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch played backwards.[7]

Single track list[edit]

7"

A. "Du bist mein Sofa" - 2:38
B. "Stink-Foot" - 4:25 [8]

References[edit]