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Song Challenge: Barbie Lobster Tale

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Subject: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 10:32 AM

Life can be a challenge along the coast of Maine, especially if you're a member of our State's hard-scrabble lobster fishing community. However, according to our local newspaper, a small group of lobstermen in the Mount Desert Island area are now rising to this challenge in a new and creative fashion:

"BARBIE LOBSTER, ALL DOLLED UP, PROVES EASY TO PICK UP

(AP, Portland Press Herald, 12/23/03, p. 3B)

Mount Desert Island:

A female lobster crawling around off the Maine coast has cheated death at least 10 times, thanks to Barbie and a couple of Mount Desert fishermen.

As a gag, Jim Bright and his sternman, Chris Costello, outfitted the lobster in doll clothes – a blue blouse, a red-and-white checkered shirt and pink high heels – before putting her into a friend's trap in September. "It's a monotony hauling traps day after day," said Costello, "and we just wanted to break it up a little. It totally worked."

Barbie Lobster, as she is known, has been hauled up by various fishermen at least 10 times along the 26-mile channel between Baker's Island and Mount desert Rock. The VHF radios used by lobstermen would buzz with chatter and laughter each time a new sighting of Barbie was reported.

Costello made a special trip to Ellsworth to buy the Barbie clothes. The fishermen had wanted to dress up a jumbo lobster, but it was too fat to fit into the Barbie doll outfit. They choose a svelte 1.5 pound crustacean instead. "They slipped right on, just like Cinderella," Bright said of the tiny pink shoes he and Costello slipped on Barbie. Costello disagreed, saying it was a challenge to put high heels on the little lobster legs. There are four legs on each side, so the men attached the shoes to the center two. "You try squeezing Barbie shoes on a lobster," he said. "That was the most time-consuming thing."

Barbie hasn't been seen since early December and apparently was unkept at the time, with just her pink heels still hanging on. If she and the shoes survive until spring, she may be home free for another season, Costello said. "We have our spring fashions all ready to go," he said.

Maybe there is a ballad here!

Sorry about your morning coffee...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 11:36 AM

LOL!! Charley there are a lot of ramifications to this that need reflection!! Why are wizened old Down East lobstuhmen playing with doll clothes? And what strange passion drove some other lobster to rip the dress off Barby Bug? And abandon her...him?... to walk the sea floor dressed only in shoon? Oh, the shame of it!!

This could end up right up theah with Dangerous Dan McGrew!!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 12:04 PM

I expect she'll shed the shoes in a molt.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Art Thieme
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 12:57 PM

Hey, guys, I just tried a box of LOBSTER HELPER for the first time.
Came out tasting like Chinese food. That bothered me until I figured out it was really crushed Asians.

Art


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 01:05 PM

ow!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 01:17 PM

You'll have to haul up a tune for this, and I am sure you can come up with a better ending, but here is a first draft for amusement:

The Tale of the Barby Bug



Many tales are told of the waters cold, in the deeps off Mount Desert town,
Where the ocean roar meets the rocky shore, and the cold granite ribs run down
Where the lobsters grow, in the deeps below, and the men meet their fate with a shrug--
But there's no tale told, by those shores so cold, like the tale of the Barby Bug.

Now the lobster traps in the frozen climes, they are manned by a special breed,
Men as hard of eye as a winter's sky, who march to their own good speed,
And their words are few, and if one but knew, their thoughts might be few as well,
'Til the day that their haul brought a Barbie Doll from the ocean's icy well.

It was old Jim Bright, on a dark cold night, and his sternman loyal and strong
With a load of bouys and a muffled noise slipped out past the bell-bouy's gong,
'Round Pemaquid Point down the Indian Shore, while the neighbors slept and snored
But down in the hold, like a pirate's gold, was a bag from K-Mart's store.

Now they'd never told, those boatmen bold, what they bore in that precious bay,
They just snuck it aboard, like a smuggler's horde, as though too ashamed to say,
And it's hard to prove, when they made their move, and slipped their lines and hauled,
But the gossips say that their cargo dark was -- clothes for a Barby doll!

There was an apron neat, so the story goes, and a sweet gingham dress o'blue
And a hat with a ruff -- and if that ain't enough -- six pairs of little pink shoes!
And they hauled the traps in the channel close, while they pulled on their old clay jug,
And before the day, on the deck boards lay, a motherin' old Maine bug!

She had roamed the floor of the ocean shore for a decade -- maybe two!
And anything that a bug could know that that lobster already knew,
She was mean and hard, and at least a yard, she'd a' won any tripper's cup!
But she didn't much cuss, or fight, nor fuss, 'til they tried to dress her up!!

"Now see here", said Bright, "We must do this right! So just hold you her legs and her claws
And we'll slip on these shoes, and this dress so blue, with nary a hitch or a pause!"
So the mate grabbed hold, and he grabbed those clothes, and he thought that he'd made his luck,
'Til Shellback Sue took a differing view, and commenced to nip and buck!

Wal, she bucked and nipped and she clawed and she flipped, and the deck ran with blood and water,
And the cussing rare in the cold night air woulda stunned a fisherman's daughter,
But the men are hard from those Down East yards, and these two were no exception,
When the dawn came round, she was pegged and down, and dressed to rare perfection!

She looked awful sweet, in that apron neat, and those six pairs of little shoes
And they grinned a grin (as they threw her in) as Maine men are wont to do.
Yes they tossed her back, in her shoes and dress, and they nursed their cuts and their bites
And none of the townsfolk ever knew what those two had done that night.

But from time to time, when the fogs close in, on that cold Atlantic town,
And night grows dark outside the hearth, and the winds from the North come down
They say there's a sound on the cold night air, like the hymn of a summer's rose,
And a lobstery voice sings a faint, faint song:
"Oh, thanks for the loverly clothes!"


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 01:27 PM

There are strange things true, I'm telling you
Done by the folks in Maine.
Where the lonely nights and monotonous sights,
Can drive lobstermen insane.
On an autumn day, both windy and grey
Or so the story goes,
Two men with style from Mount Desert Isle
Dressed a lobster in Barbie clothes.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 01:46 PM

Amos-

I think this is a great start and a wonderful way to model the song. However, I'd urge sticking closer to the story which is funny enough, and I'm still chuckling over an image of the first lobsterman's face as he hauled up a trap and was confronted with Barbie Lobster. Probably blew out his remaining front teeth!

We have a Roll & Go annual party scheduled for next Tuesday and I'd love to sing some version of this song. Please keep working on it; it's a keeper.

And, Art, no puns? Oh, dear, "crushed asians"!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 04:07 PM

Alaska Mike- Yes!;~)

Here's my revision of Amos' ballad. We may get something good out of this story yet!

Amos ©2003
As reviseded by Charlie Ipcar 12/23/03


The Tale of Lobster Barbie


Many tales are told of the waters cold, in the deeps off Mount Desert Isle,
Where the ocean roar meets the rock-bound shore, and the weather's somethin' vile;
Where the lobsters grow, in the depths below, and men meet their fate with ennui--
But there's no tale told, by those shores so cold, like the tale of Lobster Barbie.

Now them lobster boats in them lands remote, they are manned by a special breed,
Men as hard of eye as a winter's sky, who march to their own good speed,
And their words are few, and if one but knew, their thoughts are few as well,
'Til the day that their haul brought a Barbie Doll from the ocean's icy swell.

It was old Jim Bright, on a dark cold night, with his sternman loyal and strong,
Throttled down to a muffled sound, slipped out past the bell-buoy's gong,
They swung her bow right toward Baker's Light, while their neighbors slept and snored
But down in the hold, like pirate's gold, was a bag from an Ellsworth store.

Now they've never told, them boatmen bold, what cargo they bore away,
They just snuck it aboard, like a smuggler's horde, as though too ashamed to say,
And it's hard to prove, when they made their move, and down the Sound did prowl,
But the gossips say that their cargo that day was clothes for a Barbie doll!

There was an apron neat, a blue blouse sweet, and a checkered gingham skirt,
And to go with the deal some pink high heels, for a classic Barbie flirt!
They grinned at them wraps as they hauled their traps, and passed the jug impatient,
And by the end of day, on the deck boards lay, a svelte female crustacean!

"Now see here", said Bright, "We'll do this right! You hold her legs and claws,
And we'll slip on them shoes, and this skirt so blue, with nary a hitch or a pause!"
So his mate grabbed a-holt, and Jim slipped on them clothes, and she sure looked wicked sha'p,
Then they latched onto a buoy of their good buddy Louie, and dropped "Barbie" into his trap.

Now early next morn, they was cruisin' along, with their VHF tuned for chatter,
When with much mirth they heard Louie curse, and then dissolve in laughter;
And for a month or more, as they cruised that shore, their VHF would explode in glee,
As a new lobsterman was swept up in their plan, hauled in a bedraggled Lobster Barbie.

But as winter begins, and the cold north wind, sweeps down on the Deer Isle shore,
As the nights grow long, there's rum and song, and no one ships out any more;
Jim and his friend, their jug upend, and grin at the drifting snow,
For as soon as it's spring there'll be a new fling, for "Barbie's spring fashions are ready to go!"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Dahlin
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 04:23 PM

Charlie


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: EBarnacle
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 06:25 PM

Well, Charlie, it would seem that you've got a bon molt there. A friend forwarded the story to me and I knew you would turn it into a ballad. Eric


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Gareth
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 06:46 PM

I won't even attempt to top that - Robert Service - Click 'Ere has a worthy succesor.

It will go down in history, along with such poems as "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" (SP) and "Eskimo Nell"

Gareth

"When a man grows old,
And his **** grow cold,
And the tip of his **** turns blue,
When it bends in the middle
Like a one string fiddle,
Well he can tell you a tale or two !"


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 11:12 PM

LOL!!

Take it away, Chahlie -- you've got the hang of the thing alright!!

Wodda chohtle, eh?

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:17 AM

Thanks, Amos! I didn't have a clue how to start this one till you boldly showed the way. I do hope Alaska Mike offers some more advice. Here's where we are now after some more tinkering, primarily with verses 4 and 7:

Amos ©2003
As adapted by Charlie Ipcar
Apologies to Robert Service

The Tale of Lobster Barbie


Many tales are told of the waters cold, in the waves off Mount Desert Isle,
Where the ocean roar meets the rock-bound shore, and the weather's somethin' vile;
Where the lobsters grow, in the depths below, and men meet their fate with ennui-
But there's no tale told, by those shores so cold, like the tale of Lobster Barbie.

Now them lobster boats in them lands remote, they're manned by a special breed,
Men as hard of eye as a winter's sky, who march to their own good speed,
And their words are few, and if one but knew, their thoughts are few as well,
'Til the day that their haul brought a Barbie Doll, from the ocean's icy swell.

It was old Jim Bright, on a dark cold night, with his sternman loyal and strong,
Throttled down to a muffled sound, slipped out past the bell-buoy's gong,
They swung her bow right toward Baker's Light, while their neighbors slept and snored
But down in the hold, like pirate's gold, was a bag from an Ellsworth store.

Now they've never told, them lobstermen bold, what in that bag did lay,
They just snuck it aboard, like a smuggler's horde, and quietly sailed away,
And it's hard to prove, when they made their move, and down the Sound did prowl,
But the gossips say that their cargo that day was clothes for a Barbie doll!

There was an apron neat, a blue blouse sweet, and a checkered gingham skirt,
And to go with the deal some pink high heels, for a classic Barbie flirt!
They grinned at them wraps as they hauled their traps, and passed the jug impatient,
And by the end of day, on the deck boards lay, a svelte female crustacean!

"Now see here," said Bright, "we'll do this right! You hold her legs and claws,
And we'll slip on them shoes, and this skirt so blue, with nary a hitch or a pause!"
So his mate grabbed a-holt, and Jim slipped on them clothes, and she sure looked wicked sha'p,
Then they latched onto a buoy of their good buddy Louie, and dropped "Barbie" into his trap.

Now early next morn, they was just cruisin' along, with their VHF tuned for chatter,
When with much mirth they heard Louie curse, and his sternman ask "Wassa matter?";
And for a month or more, as they cruised that shore, their VHF would explode in glee,
As a new lobsterman was swept up in their plan, hauled in a bedraggled Lobster Barbie.

Now as winter begins, and the cold north wind, sweeps down on the Deer Isle shore,
As the nights grow long, there's rum and song, and no one ships out any more;
Jim and his friend, their jug upend, and grin at the drifting snow,
For as soon as it's spring there'll be a new fling, for "Barbie's spring fashions are ready to go!"

I think I'll give it a go at the Roll & Go party next week.

If I send a copy into the Portland Press Herald, Amos, how would you like to be credited? You probably should PM me.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:28 AM

No worries, Charlie. A. Jessup will do. Pity we had to give up the bug fighting back, though. LOL!!! Occurs to me that "bug" is a West coast slang term, innit? You don't use it up theah, eh?

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:43 AM

Small correction: That should be "smuggler's hoard", not "horde".
Wrong word.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: EBarnacle
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 10:13 AM

We use "bug" in Nueva Eboraca {New York}, too.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 10:34 AM

I think the rhyme of ennui with BAR-by is a stumbling point. Shrug and bug provide smoother scansion; but if you're adamant about using Lobster Barby stet, I would suggest using "hardy" to rhyme unless you can find something better (I know it is n't a pure rhyme but at least it scans well). Offhand I can't think of anything that rhymes purely with Barby, except Darby!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 10:47 AM

This is a work in process and rhymes, as well as spelling, does need more work. No, we don't call lobsters "bugs" in Maine; we calls 'em "lobsta."

I'm reconsidering a rhyme for "Barbie" but "ennui" is so bad a rhyme that I may just leave it in.

I'm still curious what Alaska Mike might suggest.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 02:29 PM

One more try on that first verse:

There are strange things true, I'm telling you, in the waves off Mount Desert Isle,
Where the ocean roar meets the rock-bound shore, and the weather's somethin' vile;
Where the lobsters grow, in the depths below, and men cast their lot to the sea,
But there's no tale told, by those shores so cold, like the tale of Lobster Barbie.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, on break from wrapping presents


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 04:14 PM

Well, you're just gonna have to sing it Barrr-BEee -- kinda like High Barbar-eeee -- which is still a tad awkward, which is why I went for jug/bug. But it doesn't apply ethnologically, as 't'were. :>)

Amos, finished shopping for stocking stuffers


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 05:11 PM

Stuff them stockings, Amos!

We're sitting around our little Xmas tree in our office, listening to 1950's "Rocking "Round the Christmas Tree" and drinking Black Swan Chardonay.

Here's to you!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 06:12 PM

I think my plastic has melted from excessive swiping, but we're done. Not another dime!!

Charlie and all good Down Easters wherever ye roam, God bless and best of the season to you all!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 08:54 PM

Now THAT's what I call FOLK music.... :-)

It's Folkin' Good!

Robin


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 09:53 AM

Thanks, Robin.

Sorry we missed you in Oz.

Charley Noble, the morning after


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 10:39 PM

Next time, Charley, plan to get up into Queensland... :-)
Vist the Buderim Ginger factory! (wait on - I should be getting commission for all these plugs!)

Lost of good things in The Sunshine State!

Robin


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 10:49 AM

I had good fun reciting this poem to my family and my wife's family over Christmas. I wisely refrained from my presentation until folks had finsished with their servings of cranberry sauce and gravy.

Now I think I'll forward the poem to several of the Maine newspapers which covered the story, as a follow-up. Probably, by next summer the lobstermen/losterwomen down in Deer Isle will be incorporating "Barbie Lobster" competitions in their special events.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Dec 03 - 02:45 PM

Well, I may have stirred up some interest with my e-mails to the newspapers. I've received several complaints about keyboards and monitor screens ruined by coffee. We'll see if they print anything.

I'm still tinkering with this poem, which seems to work well to the old California Gold Rush tune "Days of '49". There have been some more revisions and what I'm working with now looks like this:

A. Jessup and Charles Ipcar ©2003
Apologies to Robert Service
Inspired by an AP article in the Portland Press Herald, 12/23/03, p. 3B
Tune: after "Days of '49"
Key: Cm (5/Gm)

The Tale of Lobster Barbie


There are strange things true, I'm a-telling you, in the waves off Mount Desert Isle,
Where the ocean's roar meets the rock-bound shore, and the weather's somethin' vile;
Where them lobsters grow in the depths below, and men cast their lot to the sea,
But there's no tale told by them shores so cold, like the tale of Lobster Barbie.

Now them lobster boats in them lands remote, they're manned by a special breed,
Men as hard of eye as a winter's sky, who march to their own good speed;
Their words are few, and if one but knew, their thoughts are few as well,
'Til the day that their haul brought a Barbie Doll, from the ocean's icy swell.

'Twas old Jim Bright, on a dark cold night, with his sternman loyal and strong,
Throttled down to a muffled sound, slipped out past the bell-buoy's gong,
They swung her bow right, toward Baker's Light, while their neighbors slept and snored,
But down in the hold, like pirate's gold, was a bag from an Ellsworth store.

Now they've never told, that pair so bold, what in that bag did lay,
They just snuck 'er aboard, like a smuggler's hoard, and quietly sailed away,
And it's hard to prove when they made their move, and down the Sound did prowl,
But the gossips all say that their cargo that day was clothes for a Barbie Doll!

There was an apron neat, a blue blouse sweet, and a checkered gingham skirt,
And to go with the deal some pink high heels, for a classic Barbie flirt!
They grinned at them wraps as they hauled their traps, and passed the jug impatient,
And by the end of day on the deck boards lay, a svelte female crustacean!

"Now see here," said Bright, "we'll do this right! You hold her legs and claws;
We'll slip on them shoes and this skirt so blue, with nary a hitch or a pause!"
So ol' Chris grabbed hold, Jim slipped on them clothes, and she sure looked wicked sha'p;
Then they latched onto a buoy of their good buddy Louie, dropped "Barbie" into his trap.

Now early next morn, they was cruisin' along, their VHF tuned for chatter;
With much mirth they heard Louie curse, and his sternman shout, "Wassa matter?"
And for a month or more as they cruised that shore, their VHF would explode in glee,
As a new lobsterman was swept up in their plan, hauled in a bedraggled Lobster Barbie.

Now as winter begins and that cold north wind, sweeps down on the Deer Isle shore,
As them nights grow long there's rum and song, and no one ships out any more;
Jim and his friend, their jug upend, and grin at the drifting snow,
For soon as it's spring there will be a new fling, for "Barbie's spring fashions are ready to go!"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 27 Dec 03 - 03:08 PM

Sounds like its time for a new verse to an old song:

What do you do with a small Maine lobster?
What do you do with a small Maine lobster?
What do you do with a small Maine lobster?
Early in the morning!

Dress her up like a Barbie Doll!
Dress her up like a Barbie Doll!
Dress her up like a Barbie Doll!
Early in the morning!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 27 Dec 03 - 08:20 PM

Let me know if anything hits print, then, Charlie!! I'll want a copy to sigh over!! LOL!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 02:32 AM

The Tale of Barbie Ellen..

In scarlet shell, with pincers swell,
was such a lobster dwelling
Made every fisherman drool and sigh
Her name was Barbie Ellen

Sweet William on the sea shore walked
He saw her slender talons
Blushed rosy pink with Barbie shoes
White flesh like tiny melons

Young William called out Barbie love
I think my heart you're breakin'
Your gingham top, your beady eyes
Have sent my thighs a achin'

But slowly slowly she crawled off
And waggled her tail right at 'im
She slid into the frothy sea
That hard hearted pink crustacean

'Twas in the merry month of May
When green seas were a swellin'
Sweet William on his death-bed lay
For the love of Barbie Ellen.

He sent his servant to the shore,
To the rocks where she was a-dwellin',
Cried, "Master bids you come to him,
If your name be Barbie Ellen."

Then slowly, slowly she crawled back,
And slowly went she did eye him,
And when she pulled the curtains back
Said, "Young man, I think you're lyin'.

"Oh, yes, I'm sick, I'm very very sick,
I'm craving soft crustaceans,
my mouth is watering at the sight
Of the fleshy Barbie Ellen."

"Oh, Ken, where are you, Ken my love
Where are you when I need you?
Sick William wants to fondle me
He's of a different breed dear."

And Ken he came in his hiking boots
Beside young William lyin',
He said William, leave my Barbie love
For she's mine for this evenin's fryin'

And Barbie's heart did snap in two
That both men would deceive her
While both men tried to flatter her
Her heart was like a cleaver

Then lightly crawled she down the stairs,
While Ken was in the kitchen
'Tis neither of you who'll get me now,
if my name be Barbie Ellen.

She wandered to the wide green seas
with never a glance behind her
And plunged into the ocean deep
Where nary a man could find her

and sometimes by the soft moon's light
when fisherman are a sleepin'
she sits upon the lonely rocks
a wailin' and a weepin'

will nea man love me for myself
they only want to eat me
I'll ne'er surrender to their tongues
They'll never yet defeat me

From William's grave hung a fisherman's line,
And from Ken's a copper griddle,
While Barbie Ellen e'er does dwell
Where nae man dares to meddle..


freda


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 06:07 AM

wonderful - one of your best!! will you perform it at Gulgong?

And you WILL perform it at the next Friday night session (please??)

sandra


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 09:07 AM

i might crawl onto a rock and howl it to the moon..


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 09:29 AM

Ach, Frewda, it's a tear-jerker all right!! LOL!! Nicely done.

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 10:47 AM

Freda-

Simply brilliant!

I was wondering if someone was gonna give "Barbary Ellen" a try, and your ballad has some of the dark unsettling elements that resonate still in the original. You may quote me, if you like.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 03:55 PM

thanks Charlie and Amos

this version has a couple of mistakes corrected.

The Tale of Barbie Ellen..

In scarlet shell, with pincers swell,
there was a lobster dwelling
Made every fisherman drool and sigh
Her name was Barbie Ellen

Sweet William on the sea shore walked
He saw her slender talons
Blushed rosy pink with Barbie shoes
White flesh like tiny melons

Young William called out Barbie love
I think my heart you're breakin'
Your gingham top, your beady eyes
Have sent my thighs a achin'

But slowly slowly she crawled off
And waggled her tail right at 'im
She slid into the frothy sea
That hard hearted pink crustacean

'Twas in the merry month of May
When green seas were a swellin'
Sweet William on his death-bed lay
For the love of Barbie Ellen.

He sent his servant to the shore,
To the rocks where she was a-dwellin',
Cried, "Master bids you come to him,
If your name be Barbie Ellen."

Then slowly, slowly she crawled back,
And slowly went she did eye him,
And when she pulled the curtains back
Said, "Young man, I think you're lyin'.

"Oh, yes, I'm sick, I'm very very sick,
I'm craving soft crustaceans,
my mouth is watering at the sight
Of the fleshy Barbie Ellen."

"Oh, Ken, where are you, Ken my love
Where are you when I need you?
Sick William wants to fondle me
He's of a different breed dear."

And Ken he came in his hiking boots
Beside young William lyin',
He said William, leave my Barbie love
For she's mine for this evenin's fryin'

And Barbie's heart did snap in two
That both men would deceive her
While both men tried to flatter her
Her heart was like a cleaver

Then lightly crawled she down the stairs,
While Ken was in the kitchen
'Tis neither of you will get me now,
if my name be Barbie Ellen.

She wandered to the wide green seas
with never a glance behind her
And plunged into the ocean deep
Where nary a man could find her

and sometimes by the soft moon's light
when fisherman are a sleepin'
she sits upon the lonely rocks
a wailin' and a weepin'

will nea man love me for myself
they only want to eat me
I'll ne'er surrender to their tongues
They'll never yet defeat me

From William's grave hung a fisherman's line,
And from Ken's a copper griddle,
While Barbie Ellen e'er does dwell
Where nae man dares to meddle..


freda


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 11:37 AM

The Barbie Lobster Patrol

We were on patrol
Where the blue seas roll
Up off the coast of Maine
Checking the haul
Of the lobstermen's trawls
And trying not to be too much of a pain

When we came upon
A boat at dawn
And over the side we all went
But what we found
Would confuse and confound        
And leave our minds permn'ently bent

Some of us laughed
As we climbed out our raft
At the sight which was before us
And some of us gagged
At the lobster in drag
Looking like she'd stepped out of a chorus

Now I've seen
Many a strange thing
And of weirdness I've had my ration
But never before
(and I hope never more)
Have I seen a "Barbie" Crustacean

The crew then spoke
Said it was a joke
Looking as embarrassed as could be
They didn't confess
How they got on the dress
Though it was quite beyond me

I knew right then
This couldn't happen again
Stern measures were called for of course
It could get out of hand
And ravage the land
And from there things could get only worse

So I began a citation
For this Barbie Crustation
But I just couldn't decide you see
Was this lobster dressage
Unlawful Crustacean Knowledge (groan)
Or just plain animal cruelty?

I was saved from this question
By a crewmans suggestion
Why don't we just set Barbie free?
So off came her gown
And her shoes of reknown
And back Barbie went to the Sea

Somewhere in the brine
Her dress and shoes left behind
Is the lobster we all called Barbie
We'll remember her well
As we ride on the swell
Of that rolling blue sea.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 02:57 PM

I like it!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 03:42 PM

You know, come summer there's a string of lobster festivals and other special events down in the Mount Desert Island area. I bet they'll be offering a prize for the best lobster, combining the scores from the swim suit competition, evening dress, and other talent. They might even offer a prize for the best poem. There could be real money in this, gang. Maybe even $5.

Chief Chaos-

You're certainly in the competition, but you've got to be in Maine to compete. Or we'll steal your poem.

Freda-

It's a long run along the "outside track" from Oz but you just might want to consider it. Maybe someone looking for a "traveling companion" would subsidize your trip.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 05:39 PM

Ugh, I just noticed that neighboring "Deer Isle" sneaked in where "Mount Desert Isle" should be in the last verse. It does scan better but it's geographically askew. The verse should run:

Now as winter begins that cold north wind, sweeps down on the Mount Desert shore;
As them nights grow long there's rum and song, and no one ships out any more;
Jim and his friend, their jug upend, and grin at the drifting snow,
For soon as it's spring there'll be a new fling, for "Barbie's spring fashions are ready to go!"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 05:43 PM

As long as you take mind to mention THe U.S. Coast Guard in a good light before reciting or singing it, I don't mind at all. The unfortunate thing is that these songs just sit in my head and don't allow me to get any work done until they're on paper. I'm transferring this summer, don't know where yet, but I doubt Maine is on the menu. Keep having fun. And to all a Happy New Year!

Chief Chaos


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 08:06 PM

maybe I should advertise like gadabout. wanted: wealthy travelling companion for spherically challenged babe, must like lobsters, be compliant, generous to a fault and carry a tune.. extensive haemmerrhoid check will be conducted before travel..

fred


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 08:37 PM

Chief Chaos-

It's payback time! For your fine work on this thread I provide you with a link to my Coast Guard Song "Swabbing Days are Gone" which you can find on my personal website:Charley Noble Website

You'll probably have to save the song to your desktop and access it in Word. But it's worth it!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Dec 03 - 04:08 PM

refresh for the Chief


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 09:11 PM

Amos-

Score one for us! The editor, David Platt, of the Working Waterfront Newspaper here in Maine has just confirmed that we made the deadline for his January issue. This paper is published by the Island Institute, headquartered in Rockland, ME. I'll send you a copy if they actually print this fine ballad but it looks very promising. To learn more about this interesting newspaper:Click Here!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 09:49 PM

Yay, Team!!!

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 08:51 AM

Fame but not fortune...

I'll have to see that Jim Bright and Chris Costello get copies of this ballad before it goes much further. The version I sang at the annual Roll & Go party at Sea Dog Brewery last Tuesday was well received, although some porter had to be cleaned off the brickwork as a consequence.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 09:16 AM

*grin* from the sound of it - perhaps the porter CLEANED the brickwork?


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 09:34 AM

Hey Charlie,

I picked up your Swabbing Days the other day. It's sitting on my desk. My brother Chiefs got a chuckle out of it. They only took exception to the third verse. I guess we'll call it poetic license that you chose "bed" instead of rack. Congrats on getting published!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 09:49 AM

Chief-

Thanks for your feedback on "Swabbing Days." "Rack" it should be, but it don't rhyme as well with "head":

I remember well how our old chief said,
As he gently stirred me from my bed,
"Rise up, me lad, and clean the head!"
Now, those swabbing days are gone...

Always thought Tom Lewis would like that song.

I hope you were also able to access the MP3 file on my website. I'm still not sure where I stole the tune.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 10:36 AM

When I ran across this article on legal issues associated with "Barbie Doll" I considered starting a new thread. However, we may already have exhausted Mudcat patience with this topic and I think it's best to post the article here so that we can sit back and more fully appreciate the context within which our above creative efforts fall, or sink as some would say:


Artist Can Toy With Barbie's Image

An appeals court says Mattel can't sue a Utah man
who makes nude photos of the dolls.

By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 12/30/03

Maybe it's time for Intellectual Property Law Barbie.

Mattel Inc. could use some help after losing another round Monday in its legal battle against artists who skewer the iconic doll in social commentary.

In the case, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling that the El Segundo company had stepped over the line when it sued a Utah artist who photographed naked Barbie dolls stuffed into blenders, rolled up in enchiladas and speared on fondue forks.

The court ruled that the toy maker ought to pay the legal costs Tom
Forsythe racked up defending his "Food Chain Barbie" artwork, a bill that is expected to exceed $2 million.

The copyright law's "fair use" exception gives Forsythe the right to strip and contort the impossibly perfect doll for his art, the court said, so Mattel's infringement claims could be viewed as unreasonable.

After all, the court reasoned, it's not as if Mattel were going to bring out its own version of naked Barbie-in-a-blender. Forsythe's "infringement had no discernible impact on Mattel's market for derivative uses," the court said. "The benefits to the public in allowing such use – allowing artistic freedom and expression and criticism of a cultural icon – are great."

A Mattel spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.

The case is at least the third in two years in which a court has told
Mattel that copyright laws are meant to hammer street vendors who sell
knockoffs, not artists' free expression.

Last year, a New York court ruled out a Mattel suit against an artist who sold Barbie-like "Dungeon Dolls" clad in sadomasochistic outfits. The U.S. Supreme Court this year refused to allow Mattel to press suit against MCA Records Inc. for a Danish band's deriding the doll as a "blond bimbo" in its song "Barbie Girl."

"There has been a disturbing trend with companies using a variety of
copyright and trademark laws to suppress forms of speech they do not like in ways that stifle legitimate criticism," said Peter Eliasburg, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer in Los Angeles who represented
Forsythe. "This sends a message that there is a risk involved in bringing these kinds of cases."

Looks to me as if our creative efforts are legally protected. Of course, I'm not an attorney.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 04:31 PM

Parodies arising to either protest an article or to poke fun at something are all not covered by the copyright laws / trademark laws. They're trying to protect an image by suing. Unfortunately I've never seen a barbie doll do enough work to merit all those fancy cars, RVs, Salons, ranches, jumbo jets, etc. At least G.I. Joe has Uncle Sam footing the bill. I've told my wife that Barbie is a high priced hooker. It's the only way to explain away all the wealth she seems to have amassed. She could have gotten it from her parents but that doesn't seem to be in line with the independent image they have promoted over the years.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 08:48 PM

A judge with a sense of humor wrote his findings on a lawsuit by Mattel against a rockband and their publishers (MCA) who wrote and published a song called Barbie Girl.

The following excerpt is a classic of judicious language:

10502 MATTEL, INC. v. MCA RECORDS, INC.

"After Mattel filed suit, Mattel and MCA employees traded
barbs in the press. When an MCA spokeswoman noted that
each album included a disclaimer saying that Barbie Girl was
a "social commentary [that was] not created or approved by
the makers of the doll," a Mattel representative responded by
saying, "That's unacceptable. . . . It's akin to a bank robber
handing a note of apology to a teller during a heist. [It n]either
diminishes the severity of the crime, nor does it make it
legal." He later characterized the song as a "theft" of "another
company's property."

MCA filed a counterclaim for defamation based on the
Mattel representative's use of the words "bank robber,"
"heist," "crime" and "theft." But all of these are variants of
the invective most often hurled at accused infringers, namely
"piracy." No one hearing this accusation understands intellectual
property owners to be saying that infringers are nautical
cutthroats with eyepatches and peg legs who board galleons
to plunder cargo. In context, all these terms are nonactionable
"rhetorical hyperbole," Gilbrook v. City of Westminster, 177
F.3d 839, 863 (9th Cir. 1999).

The parties are advised to chill.

AFFIRMED."


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 08:39 AM

I like "traded barbs."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 10:50 AM

do you have barbequeues in Maine?

if so, you will have to throw another barbie on the barbie..

(groan)


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: JennyO
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 11:40 AM

If you have a long line of them, would it be a barbie-queue?


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 01:39 PM

This discussion is entirely too Barby-arian for my tastes! :>)


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 01:54 PM

Amos-

Freda and JennyO are from Downunder and should be excused for their lack of good taste. They are only familar with crabs and Morton Bay Bugs, not the true Lobster Barbie. I owe both of them a lobster dinner down at the Five Islands wharf in return for their warm hospitality.

Oh, and I just realized the timeline is screwed up in verse 5. Here's a quick patch:

There was an apron neat, a blue blouse sweet, a red checkered gingham skirt,
And to go with the deal some pink high heels, for a classic Barbie flirt!
They grinned at them wraps as they hauled their traps, and passed the jug impatient,
And WELL BEFORE day on the deck boards lay, a svelte female crustacean!

And I've learned that there was no "Louie"; "Mark Fernald" was the good buddy who was the first recipient of Lobster Barbie. "Mark" doesn't make it as a rhyme so I propose that he rename himself "Louie."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 02:00 PM

Charley:

Well, you set the guideline of being true to the original tale, so I guess you're entitled to decide how far it should bend as well! :>)

A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 05:25 PM

Aussie lobsters are very good....


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 06:50 PM

Then theres the divorced Barby Doll - A little bit more expensive but it does come with :-

Ken's House
Ken's Car
Ken's Yacht
Ken's Dog
Ken's Bank Account
and half of Ken's Paycheck.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 08:53 PM

Thanks, Gareth.

Maine Boats and Harbors magazine also is nibbling on this ballad:Check out their website

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 09:25 AM

not only do we have lobsters, we have tropical rock lobsters and champagne lobsters..

being a vegetarian of 30 years i can't remember what they taste like. but my brother assures me they're delicious!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 10:00 AM

Charley,

Can't find the article to which you referred.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 05:39 PM

Chief-

No has reprinted our ballad yet; we'll probably have to wait a month or two. But I'm not sure which article you're trying to find since I've provided so many links.

My dear friends from Oz-

Clearly we'll have to do a lobster-bake-off, a competition held on neutral grounds, say Guam, where an unbiased person such as Naemanson samples the various steamed lobsters. We may want to start a new thread if this challenge gets serious.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, who knows there's NOTHING sweeter than a steamed Maine lobster


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: MMario
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 08:44 PM

On the 'Iron Chef' they claimed that the American lobster was the sweetest and most tender of the various species.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 09:26 PM

G'day Charlie,

We almost have a musical cross-link in the matter of Aussie (rock) lobsters ... local species Palinuridae - normally called "crayfish" or "crays" down in Tasmania, which produces the best ones. (And I don't know about "Iron Chef" ... but the last time I could afford cray/lobster was when I was in Tasmania at the time the last Japanese Emperor was dying ... and the Japanese had cancelled all fancy business dinners - so Tasmania had a glut of their best crays that normally are all air-freighted off to Japan!)

Anyway, the bloke who dealt with all these fisheries matters in the '70s also wandered along to the Bush Music Club for some folk music ... he was a banjo-playing Canadian named Don Francois who had been appointed head of Fisheries Research at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation). He was the one who re-named crayfish as "Rock Lobsters" for export (and revitalised the local trout hatcheries by reintroducing vigorous survivor genes from the Australian trout streams.

Incidentally, he seems to have come from somewhere close to your northern borders (indeed, a lot reckoned he was really a Yank pretending to be a Canadian, because that drew less flak!) so he might be an old banjo-plucking friend of someone out there.

Anyway ... back towards the thread!

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 08:06 AM

Bob-

Nay, let's continue the drift!

"He was the one who re-named crayfish as "Rock Lobsters" for export..."

Smart man to rename your native crustaceans. Reminds me of my Uncle Tessim Zorach who credited himself for reviving the Alaskan giant crab fisheries back in the 1950's by renaming the "Spider Crab" the "King Crab." There's probably a song in that too!

As an update on the Barbie Saga I received this e-mail:

"Thanks for the ballad of lobster barbie. Barb Fernald, our correspondant on Islesford knows the guys and I will forward your
remarkable ballad to her so she can get it to them. I can also run it in the paper.

Earl D. Brechlin
Editor, Mount Desert Islander"

Barb Fernald is probably related to Mark Fernald, the first lobsterman to haul in Lobster Barbie. Actually, Mark was reported to have hauled in Barbie two times, the last time a month later and by then she had lost her red-and-white gingham skirt. At any rate we're getting close to contacting the creators of this "strange tale true" who will either love this ballad or hate it.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 09:03 AM

I just wanna know who pulled her skirt off...


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 09:42 AM

a (gentleman) lobster? or maybe a jealous lady lobster!!

sandra


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 10:03 AM

Sandra - Are you intimating that our beloved Barbie is no longer (Gasp!) virginal! I'm sure she just got it caught in a trap door and it was a matter of life or death that made our swet innocent barbie remove her dress. Why, she blushes everytime she takes a bath (in hot water with a little salt, garlic, and thyme)!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST,Hugh Jampton
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 10:16 AM

Amos and Charley,
                  You have said it all. Let the challenge stop there.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: freda underhill
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 11:05 AM

what about yabbies - do you have these in .. the rest of the world?

freda


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 11:06 AM

Wassa yabbie then, duck?


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 04:19 PM

Small prawn size lobster (salt water) looking thing - harvested on beaches with a "Yabbie pump" which is a suction tube used to lift wet and up to expose them - these are small size and were often used as live bait for line fishing.

Also larger (fresh water) specimens harvested from dams (in Oz, a man made pond - not necessarily associated with a stream or running water) casually (especially by kids years ago) or now farmed commercially from large ponds. These were usually called "Lobbies" -
Tasty.

Robin


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 04:33 PM

Guest Hugh-

You're logically right.*BG* But this is Mudcat and only time will tell when a thread will die...

However, some are still curious about the origin and the lurid details of this story. Here is the earliest printed version I've unearthed, prior to the AP version:

Mount Desert Islander (monthly newspaper), 12/18/03
By Lauren Gifford

'Barbie' lobster is making the rounds

CRANBERRY ISLES – There's something strange lurking on the bottom of the ocean. It has sharp claws, a tough exo-skeleton and wears a tiny pair of pink plastic high heels. It's a 1.25-pound mature female lobster fishermen here have named Barbie, after the popular fashion doll whose clothes she wears.

Barbie has caused quite a stir over the last two months, showing up in traps from Baker's Island to Mount Desert Rock, each time causing a flurry of chatter over the fishermen's radios.

Barbie originally was caught in late September about a mile off Baker's Island by Jim Bright of Islesford and his sternman, Chris Costello. The two had planned to dress up a jumbo lobster and place it in a friend's trap for a few laughs. Mr. Costello, however, showed up for work with a Barbie doll outfit so small it could only fit on a regulation lobster.

Once she was dressed in the blue blouse, red and white checkered skirt and high heels, the men placed the lobster in one of Mark Fernald's traps, a few miles out to sea, west of where Mr. Bright and Mr. Costello first picked her up.

Mr. Fernald found the lobster in September. He was surprised when he first saw her but knew right away it was a joke by one of his friends. He threw her back, wardrobe and all, hoping other fishermen would catch her and get a chuckle. In all, Barbie has been caught about 10 times. Mr. Fernald even caught her two months later about seven miles inside Mount Desert Rock, he said.

While hauling about five miles south of Baker's Island on Nov. 17, Ted Spurling of Cranberry Isles pulled up a trap with Barbie in it. A few days later Steve Philbrook of Islesford caught her about 10 miles south of Baker's Island. "She looked like she had been ravaged several times," said Mr. Philbrook. Her blue blouse appeared to be in rough shape, but she still was wearing her pink high-heel shoes. She had lost her skirt.

Other lobstermen have caught Barbie and tossed her back to keep the gag going. It has been reported that Bruce Fernald of Islesford, Robert Higgins of Southwest Harbor and Todd Goodell of Bar Harbor have hauled her up.

Barbie is not the first time fisherman have had fun with catching the same lobster. It is common to find a large lobster with initials and a date carved in its shell or one with a rubber band on its tail, said Mr. Spurling.

For Mr. Bright, marking lobsters has brought more than a few laughs. "I think it's interesting to see how much they trap," he said.

Like the rest of the lobster population in the Gulf of Maine, Barbie was moving fast during November, a big feeding month when the crustaceans move into deeper water in search of food. It was during that time when several fishermen caught her in succession.

Barbie has not been caught for a few weeks. Fishermen are pulling up their traps for the winter and Barbie has lost most of her outfit so it's likely she will not be recognizable.

"Last I heard," said Mr. Spurling, "the heels were gone but she still had the top."

Stay tuned! We'll see if we can get some closing remarks from Jim Bright and Chris Costello.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Apr 04 - 02:31 PM

Well, we are gratified to see that the ballad of "Lobster Barbie" has appeared in print in the May issue of MAINE BOATS AND HARBORS magazine. The introduce the song as "a throne worthy of royalty, and a pr飩s for a blockbuster novel."

Shall we send a screen play version to the Disney studios? Our former U.S. Senator George Mitchell of Maine is now chairman of the board.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: MMario
Date: 09 Apr 04 - 11:11 PM

The new guys - the ones that did Shreck - would probably do a better job.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 09 Apr 04 - 11:35 PM

Sorry,

This one belongs to Pixar as a follow up to Finding Nemo.
Good way to stay current. They could call it
"Finding Barbie"; The story of a young species challenged crustacean trying to find love and acceptance on the stormy coast of Maine!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 10 Apr 04 - 12:45 AM

...who turns out to be a cross-dresser...but finds herself in the end...


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Apr 04 - 02:36 PM

But, but, that would be changing the whole tale!

What about Jim and Chris?

Geeze, guys.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 10 Apr 04 - 03:25 PM

They are the kind and caring, although strictly heterospecial, fischermen that help her realize through granting her wish to be more woman like, that her place is in the sea with some nice young lobster.


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Amos
Date: 10 Apr 04 - 03:50 PM

Charley,

Chill, baby!! Changing the story around is part of the folk process!!


A


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Apr 04 - 06:21 PM

I'm beginning to think we should pass this one over to the Chief. I can tell that he really cares.

So, who's in charge of product placement? We do need to contact Jim and Chris and work out a plan for sharing the royalties. After all, they are real Maine people, with minds as weird as the best of us Mudcatters.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Gareth
Date: 10 Apr 04 - 07:04 PM

On the other hand - It could have a horror ending involving a pan of boiling water !

Gareth


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 10:03 AM

Gareth-

Perhaps, you could promote the concept to the Red Lobster chain.

I was idly musing over the Lobster Barbie saga when another old ballad popped into my mind:

Off Mount Desert Isle where I was born,
There was a crustacean fancy-free,
Made every decapod cry, "Well-a-day!"
Her name was Lobster Barbie.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, who clearly has too much time on his hands


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 05:30 PM

I'm sure we could get Charlie the tunafish for a cameo if not the part of the wise old sage.

The Gortons fisherman could find her in his trap and remembering his younger years set her free.

Ah the curse of the creative mind!


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 07:32 PM

Here's a MP3 sample file link to my personal website which demonstrates how I play "Lobster Barbie:"Click here!


If you decide to record this ballad, please contact me first.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 07:47 PM

Freda Underhill sang her Lobster Barbie Ellen song in the Black lion session this Sunday . Great stuff .


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Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 08:37 PM

Here's one to Freda! I'm sure she brought the house down.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Dec 11 - 07:54 AM

I'm reviving this old thread primarily for the benefit of a new friends from Down East Maine who knows the principal characters.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST,999
Date: 04 Oct 12 - 02:03 PM

That last post is SPAM from

http://www.arcus.ind.br/index.php/component/k2/comments/report?commentID=159


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Oct 12 - 04:03 PM

Well, one has to question their taste if they revived this thread.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: Barbie Lobster Tale
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 22 Mar 17 - 01:38 PM

I remember reading this story in the Portland Press Herald.
It is the sort of thing one cannot forget.


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