Dec 19 2012

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fish-men

It’s beginning to look a lot like fish-men
Everywhere I go;
From the minute I got to town
And started to look around
I thought these ill-bred people’s gill-slits showed…

I still think that Christmas Rhapsody is the best Christmas song parody ever. But this is a damn close second. My only problem is that I find myself humming or whistling it jauntily, and people think I’m whistling the Christmas song, and they have no idea that what I’m humming to myself is, “As I try to escape in fright/ To the moonlit Innsmouth night/ I can hear some more.”

Courtesy of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Enjoy!


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  1. 1
    Nick Gotts

    I remember a similar thing from years ago, when I was working as a programmer for the Inland Revenue (UK equivalent of the IRS). Guy at the next desk was a strong union man. I’d got into the habit of humming the tune to The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and eventually he asked me to stop. I never told him I was actually humming the IWW version Solidarity Forever.

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    WMDKitty -- Survivor


    The HPLS has made my holiday season bearable.

  3. 3

    Lovecraft’s short story “The Festival” (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Festival) is probably the best holiday tale there is.

  4. 4
    Gregory in Seattle

    If we are going to pull out Cthulhu carols, my favorite is Death to the world!. The melody goes amazingly well in a minor key. It comes from an album made a few years ago by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

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    Gregory in Seattle

    Other songs worth looking up are “Away in a Madhouse”, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth” and “I’m Dreaming of a Dead City.”

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    My vote is for “A Cyclopean Tomb Down in Deep Rl’yeh”.

  7. 7

    The delightfully evil H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society has released TWO WHOLE ALBUMS full of Cthulhu Carols! You can find them all on Youtube. Personally I’m partial to “Carol of the Old Ones” and “Es Y’golonac”.

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    They also parodied song-for-song the entirety of “Fiddler on the Roof”, using the story of the Arkham Horror. “Byakhee Byakhee” is great, and “If I Were a Deep One” should be some kind of national treasure!

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    Gregory in Seattle

    @abbeycadabra #8 – Ah, yes: A Shoggoth on the Roof by He Who (for legal reasons) Must Not Be Named.

    A Shoggoth on the roof
    Sounds crazy – no, certifiably insane!
    But here in our little village of Arkham, Massachutes, you might say every one of us has a Shoggoth on the roof
    And I’m not speaking of metaphorically!
    It’s not easy having a malevolent shapeless monster like that, hanging over your head, but there it is!
    Arkham is the home of many strange things
    A big monster like that on such a pointy roof
    You may ask: How does it stay up there, if it’s so difficult?
    That, I can tell you in one word: Tentacles!

  10. 10
    Gregory in Seattle

    And bless YouTube for having the song Tentacles (Tradition.)

  11. 11

    I own both of these albums. Great stuff!

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    amy obukuro

    Jack Frost roasting on an open fire,
    chestnuts nipping at your nose….

    …oh, wait. I think I always get that song wrong somehow…. (evil eye twinkle ;-))

  13. 13

    Funny. Loved your comment. Amy.

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