"Who Needs the Peace Corps?
" is the second track on the 1968 album We're Only in It for the Money
by Frank Zappa
and The Mothers of Invention
The song quickly became dated when the hippie movement faded and was only performed live during the early years of the Mothers of Invention. It was briefly revived in 1988 however, as can be heard on the live album The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
..Review on allmusic.com
.Retrieved February 1st, 2010. In this version, Mike Keneally
performs the monologue at the end of the song in a style reminiscent of Johnny Cash
's, who, ironically, was very unlike the hippie portrayed in the song..Zappa Wiki Jawaka
.Retrieved February 1st, 2010.
The lyrics of "Who Needs the Peace Corps
?" mock hippies
and people who follow the hippie fashion (such as wearing beads
, leather bands and long hair
, or "smoking dope
") without caring about the social reflections and political views of the concept. It includes a monologue of a stereotypical "phony hippie" who aspires to find a rock band and become their road manager
in order to become part of the hippie movement.