Tuesday, 11 August 2009

After the striking success of my last fossil-themed song...

... behold, a new and similarly pointless, obscure oeuvre. To be sung to the tune of Desmond Dekker's "Israelites":

Driftin' on de current through a cloud of phytoplankton
So that every mouth can be fed
Ooooooooh - oooooooooh
Me graptolites

[Long pause while singer waits for audience to look up graptolites in the vain hope of understanding wtf the song is about, after which the audience leaves hurriedly through a fire exit, taking their drinks with them]


Scarlet-Blue said...

Well, why not?
I thought it was about pencils.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Are they like Skatalites?

inkspot said...

Thanks for the link Gyppo, fabulous stuff. Nobody wears clothes like that any more.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Gyppo, your lyrics are as good as good any other suggestions of wtf he was singing! I was a huge fan of Dekker and saw him in concert a couple of times in London. He does a great Louis Armstrong impersonation; how about:

I see trees of green, red roses too;
I see em fossilise, for me and for you;
And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.

Gyppo Byard said...

Scarlet - Indeed it is...

Dapphers - Sort of, but with less drug use (graptolites are hemichordates, and therefore the most closely related phylum to vertebrates (which includes, believe it or not. I could draw you a cladogram but I can tell you're not really interested...

Inky - thank goodness. I saw Desmond Dekker on stage in the 90s when he had toned down a lot. The early stage costumes are fabulous though.

Gadjo - maybe I should go on to explain the palaeontology behind "Louis, Louis" or "Smells like teen spirit" ["Load up your hammer - bring your hand lens/It's fun to chip at cliffs with your friends/That rock's an ammonite I know/Oh no - I dropped it on your toe..."]

Gadjo Dilo said...

Excellent, Gyppo, this theme can run and run... I've just read that Des died in 2006; I hope he was given a fitting tribute at the time.

No Good Boyo said...

Last time anyone grabbed my tolites I nearly got engaged.

The Jules said...

Long dead critters, doing their bidness,
Not knowing one day it would be collected.
Ooooooooh - oooooooooh
Me coprolites.

I like this game!

BigAl said...

Coprolites ROOL!

Signed, a palynologist.