I Have Been in You

"I Have Been in You", by Frank Zappa, is the opening song on the 1979 album Sheik Yerbouti. Taking the structure of a love song pastiche, Zappa used the composition to ridicule Peter Frampton's album and single I'm in You.[1] Zappa's parody was directed at Frampton's change from the earnest musician to teen pop idol, replete with bare chested album cover, and syrupy love ballads.[2][3] The song is in the same vein as the Mothers of Invention's lampooning of the Beatles with We're Only in It for the Money.[4]

"I Have Been in You"
Song by Frank Zappa
from the album Sheik Yerbouti
ReleasedMarch 3, 1979
RecordedHammersmith Odeon, London
January 25, 1978
GenreComedy rock
Length3:33
LabelZappa Records, CBS Records International
Songwriter(s)Frank Zappa
Producer(s)Frank Zappa

Lyrically, it describes a sex scene between a boy and girl, "I have been in you, baby/And you have been in me".[5] Recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, Zappa later re-recorded the vocals at his personal studio, the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen facility, using a close micing technique. Musically, the bass singer and the bass guitar are giving a counter melody. When Zappa begins singing the song develops into a slow reggae beat. At various points Zappa sings slightly off beat, letting the speech lengths of the syllables prevail, which emphasises the lyrics. In concert, "I Have Been in You" was usually performed as part of a long medley, featuring "Flakes" and "Broken Hearts Are for Assholes".

The song was later referenced in the track "Is This Guy Kidding or What?" from the 1992 live album, You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6.[6]

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  1. ^ Slaven, Neil (2009). Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story of Frank Zappa. London: Omnibus Press. p. 338. ISBN 978-0-85712-043-4.
  2. ^ Fisher Lowe, Kelly (2007). The Words and Music of Frank Zappa. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-8032-6005-4.
  3. ^ Halligan, Benjamin (2014). "From Countercultures to Suburban Cultures: Frank Zappa after 1968". In Whiteley, Sheila; Sklower, Jedediah (eds.). Countercultures and Popular Music. New York: Routledge. p. 196. ISBN 978-1-472-42106-7.
  4. ^ Miles, Barry (2004). Zappa. London: Grove Press. p. 282. ISBN 978-1-78239-678-9.
  5. ^ Kostelanetz, Richard; Rocco, John, eds. (1997). The Frank Zappa Companion: Four Decades of Commentary. New York: Schirmer Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-02-864628-2.
  6. ^ Watson, Ben (1994). Frank Zappa: the Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play. London: Quartet. p. 353. ISBN 978-0-312-11918-8.