Who Sang Pena? Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1969-11
length: 2:35
producer: Frank Zappa
lead vocals: Antennae Jimmy Semens
engineer: Dick Kunc
Some other versions of "Pena"

Lyrics
Don Van Vliet: Heh-heh-ha-ha . . . Fast 'n bulbous.
The Mascara Snake: Fast 'n bulbous!
Don Van Vliet: That's . . . heh-heh.
FZ: OK, do it again, then you've won.
Don Van Vliet: I love that, I love those words.
The Mascara Snake: Fast 'n bulbous!
Don Van Vliet: That's right, The Mascara Snake, fast 'n bulbous!
The Mascara Snake: Bulbous also tapered.
Don Van Vliet: Yeah, but you've gotta wait until I say, "Also, a tin teardrop."
The Mascara Snake: Oh, Christ.
FZ: Alright, again, beginning.
The Mascara Snake: Fast 'n bulbous!
Don Van Vliet: That's right, The Mascara Snake, fast 'n bulbous! Also, a tin teardrop.
The Mascara Snake: Bulbous also tapered.
Don Van Vliet: That's right!

Pena
Her litle head clinking
Like uh barrel of red velvet b____
Full past noise
Treats filled 'er eyes
Turning them yellow like enamel coated tacks
Soft like b___er hard not t' pour
Out enjoying the sun while sitting on
Uh turned on waffle iron
Smoke billowing up from between her legs
Made me vomit beautifully
'n crush uh chandelier
Fall on my stomach 'n view her
From uh thousand happened facets
Liquid red salt ran over crystals
I later band-aided the area
Sighed
Oh well it was worth it
Pena pleased but sore from sitting
Choose t' stub 'er toe
'n view the white pulps horribly large
In their red pockets
"I'm tired of playing baby," she explained
'n out of uh blue felt box let escape
One yellow b___erfly the same size
Its droppings were tiny green phosphorous worms
That moved in tuck 'n rolls that clacked
'n whispered in their confinement
Three little burnt scotch taped windows
Several yards away
Mouths open t' tongues that vibrated
'n lost saliva
Pena exclaimed, "That's the raspberries."

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Frownland
  • 2 The Dust Blows Forward ’n’ The Dust Blows Back
  • 3 Dachau Blues
  • 4 Ella Guru
  • 5 Hair Pie: Bake 1
  • 6 Moonlight on Vermont
  • 7 Pachuco Cadaver
  • 8 Bill’s Corpse
  • 9 Sweet Sweet Bulbs
  • 10 Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish
  • 11 China Pig
  • 12 My Human Gets Me Blues
  • 13 Dali’s Car
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Hair Pie: Bake 2
  • 2 Pena
  • 3 Well
  • 4 When Big Joan Sets Up
  • 5 Fallin’ Ditch
  • 6 Sugar ’n’ Spikes
  • 7 Ant Man Bee
  • 8 Orange Claw Hammer
  • 9 Wild Life
  • 10 She’s Too Much for My Mirror
  • 11 Hobo Chang Ba
  • 12 The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)
  • 13 Steal Softly Thru Snow
  • 14 Old Fart at Play
  • 15 Veteran’s Day Poppy

  • Release information
    label: Straight Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin