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The Giant Squid Has Not

from Items from 2008! by Brooke Abbey

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Written for Jeri-Lynn Cornish in a MOLYBDENUM COMPOSER meme after she provided the words "squid, pony, sock."


Birds have flocks and ponies have socks G G7
The surface of the moon has craters and pocks C C7
Cars have shocks and mobsters have glocks G E7
Mutual funds have large-cap stocks D D7
But the giant squid G
The giant squid C Cm
The giant squid has not. G Cdim C D7 G

No, the giant squid has nothing his own B Em
But the icy depths he prowls alone B Em
And if he looses a sad squid moan B Em C
It's lost in the murk of the deep G C
Where only the giant squid sleep D7 G

Jewelers have clocks and doors have locks
Highschool football teams have jocks
Boats have docks and toddlers have blocks,
Vulcanologists have igneous rocks
But the giant squid
The giant squid
The giant squid has not.

A squid's possessions do not exist
His inventory is an empty list
His economic model isn't capitalist
That invisible hand can't reach
A mile below the nearest beach

A hound has a fox and farmers have cocks
Pedestrian crossings have a signal for "walk"
Climbers have chalk, butter has a crock
Schrodinger's cat has a hazardous box
But the giant squid
The giant squid
The giant squid has not.

But there's one detail I've swept under the rug
For tentacles wiggling like excitable slugs
Are the features of a creature who was built to... hug!
So if you dive in to the blue
A giant squid might have... you.

Bagels have lox and sed has awk
Fastidious painters are sure to have smocks
Ladies have frocks and gardens have phlox
A CDC research lab has samples of pox
But the giant squid
The giant squid
The giant squid has not.


from Items from 2008!, released December 31, 2008




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Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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