Albuquerque 2007 3

Song: Albuquerque

Running Time: 11:23

Year: 1999

Style parody of: Dick's Automotive by The Rugburns

Album: Running With Scissors

Genre: Alternative rock

Lyrics: Lyrics

Video: None

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Listen/Download: Albuquerque.ogg

Forum: Forum Discussion Page


  • This song is very similar to The Rugburns' "Dick's Automotive." Al gave them a special thanks on his next album, Poodle Hat.
  • Al incorporates multiple recurring jokes, used through his entire career, into the song:
    • Food: "a big ol' bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast", warm root beer, Dr. Pepper, salted peanuts, "eat your soup right out of the ashtrays", little chocolate mint, donuts (glazed donuts; jelly donuts; Bavarian cream-filled donuts), cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, "the color of strained peaches", "we ate together", "The world was our burrito", Sizzler, "he hasn't had a bite in three days" and "I HATE SAUERKRAUT!".
      • The donut bit is likely a reference to the Cheese Shop sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, in which a customer gets increasingly frustrated that the cheese shop has no cheese to sell.
      • When performing this song live, Al sometimes extends the donut bit, with his character asking for more kinds of donuts than in the original song (including "Halle Berry donuts")
    • 27: Al says he was fed sauerkraut every day until he was 26½ years old (an almost-reference to the number).
    • Television: Leonard Nimoy (American actor known for playing Spock in the Star Trek franchise), "in-flight movie was Bio-Dome with Pauly Shore", Spectravision.
    • nostrils: "some big fat hermaphrodite with a Flock-Of-Seagulls haircut and only one nostril".
  • At 11 minutes and 23 seconds long, this is Al's longest recorded song.
  • The lyric booklet that comes with Running With Scissors only contains the first few sentences of the lyrics followed by a message: know what? The rest of these lyrics aren't gonna fit on here. There's just no room left. What a drag, huh? I guess we didn't plan this out very well . . . probably should've used a smaller font or a bigger piece of paper or something. Sorry. We all feel just horrible about this. Well, I guess you'll just have to listen really carefully and try to figure out the words for yourself. Good luck.
  • Al claims he didn't foresee this song becoming particularly popular with fans; his main goal was to annoy listeners with a needlessly long and rambling song.
  • When performing this song live, during the bit where Zelda calls him "Sweety Pumpkin", Al will often throw in a few other names for her to say.
  • The "box of one dozen starving, crazed, weasels" may be a reference to the Frank Zappa album Weasels Ripped My Flesh.
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