Inca Roads

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Lyrics

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Just to land in the Andes?
Was it round
And did it have
A motor
Or was it
Something
Different

George: Sure was different. I ain't never seen nothing like that in my entire life!
Napoleon: Whose python boot is that? That ain't my sh-- What?
FZ: Why don't you sharpen it then?
George: Little round ball . . . I could . . . couldn't . . . That white cain't do nothin'
Napoleon: Je-he-zus! Wait a minute!
FZ: Mother Mary and Jozuf!

Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Did a vehicle
Fly along the mountains
And find a place to park itself
Park it
Se-e-e-elf
(PARK IT . . . PARK IT)

Or did someone
Build a place
To leave a space
For such a thing to land

Did a vehicle
Come from somewhere out there
Did a vehicle come
From somewhere out there
Did the Indians, first on the bill
Carve up the hill

Did a booger-bear
Come from somewhere out there
Just to land in the Andes?
Was she round
And did she have a motor
Or was she something different

Guacamole Queen
Guacamole Queen
Guacamole Queen

At the Armadillo in Austin Texas, her aura,
Or did someone build a place
Or leave a space for Chester's Thing to land
(Chester's Thing . . . on Ruth)
Did a booger-bear
Come from somewhere out there
Did a booger-bear
Come from somewhere out there
Did the Indians, first on the bill
Carve up her hill
On Ruth
On Ruth
That's Ruth

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Records On Which This Song Has Appeared

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Notes About This Song

GW: Is it true that you once transcribed Frank's entire "Inca Roads" solo from One Size Fits All (Rykodisc, 1975), strictly from memory, while riding on a bus?
Steve Vai: Yes, it's true. I doubt I got it exactly right, but that solo was something that I really, really loved. The One Size Fits All album was very important to me, and I loved that song in particular. It said in the credits that the main part of the tune was recorded in a Los Angeles TV studio, and the solo was taken from a concert in Helsinki, Finland. I could hear where the edit was, and I thought, "Wow, this is incredible." The way he'd combined those two elements was one of the coolest things I'd ever heard.

CC Clues In This Song

  • Towards the end, the song makes reference to Chester Thompson's encounter with a particular groupie ("Chester's thing", "a booger-bear").