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Song Parodies -> "The Animals"

Original Song Title:

"The Elements"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"The Animals"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

A breakdown of animal classes.
There's holothuroids, hexapods, dicyemids, larvaceans,
And trematodes and polychaetes and birds and thaliaceans,
And crinoids, pelmatospherids, chelicerates, crustaceans,
And reptiles, archiannelids, enoplans, sorberaceans,
Chondrichthyans, catenulids, marrellomorphs, echiuroids,
Onychophores, xenusians, enopleans, ophiuroids,
Poriferans, eutardigrades, aplachophores, cnidarians,

And clittelates and heteromyotes and turbellarians.

There's pterobranchians, chromadoreans, archisagittoids,
And mammals, leptocardians, anoplans, nectonematoids,
And strontium and silicon and cestodes and sipunculids,
And bivalves, myxines, micrognathozoans, and priapulids.

Isn't that interesting?
I knew you would.
I hope you're all taking notes, because there's going to be a lab practical.

There's entoprocts and phoronids and gordioids and echinoids,
And craniiforms and rhynchonelliforms and asteroids,
And trilobites and rostroconchs, graptolithines, cephalopods,
Synapsids and amphibians and xenopneusts and gastropods.
And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, stenolaemates,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, gymnolaemates,
And phascolosomatids, kinorhynchans, xenoturbellids,

And scaphopods and gastrotrichans and nemertodermatids.

There's rhopalurids, myriapods and sarcopterygians,
And also cephalaspidomorphs, actinopterygians,
And monogeneans, phylactolaemates, and myzostomids,
And eurotatorians, sagittoids and gnathostomulids.

These are the only ones which are reported by biology
And I've probably missed some, so I must offer my apology.
Archiacanthocephala - Eoacanthocephala - Palaeacanthocephala - Polyacanthocephala Linguliformea Ascidiacea Eucycliophora Enteropneusta Loricifera Micrognathozoa Polyplacophora - Monoplacophora - †Helcionelloida Pararotatoria Heterotardigrada - Mesotardigrada

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Old Man Ribber - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Beastly! You also slyly slipped in some elements as well. An exemplary recitation...if you can sing this, I'd be honored to make your acquaintance. (5-5-5) ;D
Katharine - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Actually, the elements were unintentional, but. :P
Mark Scotti - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Parodying one of my all time favorite entertainers gets you fives alone. Very imaginative and informing!
John Barry - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Most educational. I'm gonna print this out and look everything up.
Old Man Ribber - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
My younger brother has a master's degree in lymnology...I'm forwarding this to him. ;D
Phil N - April 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Good list and parody, fascinating
Katharine - April 07, 2010 - Report this comment
It occurs to me that I mixed up several phyla in there that have subclasses. Whoops.
penny larkins - August 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Hi Katharine, Found you here because of the bio-diversity page and your 'come together' parody. :) How do we find you??

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