A Little Green Rosetta

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Lyrics

Läther Version:


A little green rosetta
A little green rosetta
A little green rosetta
A little green rosetta
Make a muffin betta, make a muffin betta
With a green rosetta
A green rosetta
A little green rosetta
A little green rosetta
A little green rosetta
A little green rosetta
You'll make a muffin betta
Whereupon the door closes violently


Joe's Garage Acts II & III Version:

Act III

SCENE EIGHTEEN
A LITTLE GREEN ROSETTA

CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER:
This is the CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER ... As you can see, MUSIC can get you pretty fucked up ... Take a tip from Joe, do like he did, hock your imaginary guitar and get a good job ... Joe did, and he's a happy guy now, on the day shift at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas snoot of a fully-charged icing anointment utensil. And every time a nice little muffin comes by on the belt, he poots forth ... And if this doesn't convince you that MUSIC causes BIG TROUBLE ... then maybe I should turn off my plastic megaphone and sing the last song on the album in my regular voice ...

FZ:
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
You'll make a muffin betta with a green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a tiny green rosetta

ALL:
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a tiny green rosetta
You'll make a muffin betta, betta, it's really getting betta
It's betta, it's betta with a green rosetta-setta-setta

FZ:
And a green rositti too!

ALL:
Green rositti
A little green rositti, a little green rositti
It's really, really meaty, a little green rositti
Betta, betta, it's really getting betta
It's betta, it's betta with a greenrosetta-setta-setta
Green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta

FZ:
Setta, setta, setta... Make a muffin, make a muffin, make a muffin, make a muffin betta, make a muffin betta… Good God! You're really Jamming’! Now the reggae version, hey, for the People in the Third World. We haven't forgotten anybody on this song. For all of you French people who think that you’re outta-sight, and for the people in Spain who think the French people are where it’s at, and for the people in Mongolia who always wanted to go to Spain for a vacation, and for those of you in Taiwan who got chumped, this chorus is for you: “Rang-tang, ding-dong, I'm The Japanese Sandman. Take eight.”

ALL:
Green rosetta, green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta...

FZ:
Against the reggae beat, though. No, it's still reggae, but it’s all backwards.
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
You'll make a muffin betta with a green rosetta
You'll make a muffin betta with a green rosetta
You'll make a muffin betta with a green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta

Now you see, some places in the Third World it might be difficult to dance to this because the kerosene record player is not a very efficient device. And a lot of times they run out of, they run out of spunk right in the middle of the chorus, causing the song to sound like this.

ALL:
A little green rosetta-a-a-a-a-a-a-a…

FZ:
However we continue in spite of the fact that the fuel may be low on your record player, se suggest that in places like the Fourth World where things are really tough, that you keep the record player going by rubbing two sticks together. And if all else fails, throw the record away, build your own green rosetta. Try this recipe: Well start with a lump of grass. The grass bone connected to the ankle bone, the knee bone connected to the wishbone, and then everybody moves to New York and goes to a party with Warren. Hey! And we've flown in, at great expense - triple scale, no less, ladies and gentlemen. Steve Gadd's clone to play the out-chorus on this song. He’s really outa-site, in spite of the fact that the click track is totally irrelevant to what he's doing now. I’m listening to the click, yes I'm suffering with the click track right now. This guy is totally out of sync with it, but what the fuck! Ed Mann will call him up later, show him the sign. Okay Vinnie, where is five?

ALL:
They're pretty good musicians, they’re pretty good musicians
They're pretty good musicians, they're pretty good musicians

FZ:
But it don't make no difference if they're good musicians
Because anybody who would buy this record doesn't give a fuck if there's good musicians on it
Because this is a stupid song and that’s the way I like it

ALL:
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta, a little green rosetta
You make a muffin betta with a little green rosetta
A little green rosetta, rosetta, rosetta, rosetta…

AL MALKIN:
Setta.

Players On This Song

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Notes About This Song

  • A few lines refer to the American session drummer Steve Gadd (1945), who back then was one of the highest paid session drummers of his time:

"Hey! And we've flown in, at great expense - triple scale, no less, ladies and gentlemen. Steve Gadd's clone to play the out-chorus on this song. He’s really outa-site, in spite of the fact that the click track is totally irrelevant to what he's doing now. I’m listening to the click, yes I'm suffering with the click track right now. This guy is totally out of sync with it, but what the fuck! Ed Mann will call him up later, show him the sign."

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