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Lyr Req: The Christmas Amoeba (Steve Lyon)

robomatic 04 May 05 - 08:41 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: 'Christmas Amoeba' by Steve Lyon
From: robomatic
Date: 04 May 05 - 08:41 PM

Apparently the album came out of Flying Fish in 1976. I heard the song on the air in Anchorage in Christmas of 1984. If I don't make headway here on finding the lyrics I will probably spring for the record over the web or in the used vinyl dens of Cambridge.

Cheers,

RoBo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Christmas Amoeba' by Steve Lyon
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 May 05 - 11:16 PM

What's it all about, RoBo?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Christmas Amoeba' by Steve Lyon
From: beardedbruce
Date: 04 May 05 - 11:26 PM

The Dr. Demento Show #84-51 - December 16, 1984
Special Topic: Kid Addotta interview
Grow, Mrs. Goldfarb - Allan Sherman
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas - Gayla Peevey
Christmas Amoeba - Steve Lyon The Doctor

Big Bottom - Spinal Tap
Junk Food Junkie - Larry Groce
The Boa Constrictor Ate My Wife Last Night - Simon Stokes
Inka Dinka Doo - Jimmy Durante

Short Skis Suck - Ski Patrol
Super Skier - The Chad Mitchell Trio
You Can't Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd - Roger Miller
Christmas In Jail - The Youngsters
Ratt Race - Rick Dees

My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
Monster - Fred Schneider & The Shake Society
Get Nekked - Rick Dees

Kip Addotta interview, part 1

Wet Dream - Kip Addotta
Delaware - Perry Como
Geminis - Kip Addotta
Kip Addotta interview, part 2
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus - Kip Addotta
Hanukah Rocks - Gefilte Joe & The Fish
Erik The Awful - Ray Stevens
#5 Bringing Me Back Today - The Non-Musicians
#4 This Is The Life - "Weird Al" Yankovic

#3 The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Bob & Doug McKenzie
#2 Rock And Roll Doctor - Travesty, Ltd.

#1 Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
next week: Christmas


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Christmas Amoeba' by Steve Lyon
From: beardedbruce
Date: 04 May 05 - 11:30 PM

Christmas Amoeba - Steve Lyon The Doctor (first played on 1984-12-16, last played on 1984-12-16)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Christmas Amoeba' by Steve Lyon
From: beardedbruce
Date: 04 May 05 - 11:33 PM

no luck on the lyrics...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Amoeba (Steve Lyon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 May 05 - 09:26 AM

allmusic lists one album by Steve Lyon: "There's No Place Like Mars," Flying Fish LP FF-306, 1976. It doesn't give a track listing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Amoeba (Steve Lyon)
From: GUEST,robomatic
Date: 07 May 05 - 02:41 PM

Thank y'all. I had achieved some of that info off the web, plus an offer to sell me at a reasonable price ;-) from a used LP connection.

Susan, there was a cute little radio station broadcasting from an island in the middle of a lake (they said) north of Anchorage. I had just moved up there and sublet a cheap generic downtown aparment from an oil worker. There was a cheap christmas tree already in and I spent my time getting to know my new job and coworkers and coming home int he dark and cold and tuning in to KABN radio, which had a wide assortment of DJ's. One of them played two intriguing songs, "Christmas Amoeba" being one of them and for the life of me I can't remember hardly anything about it except it was interesting and seemed to be a long winded kind of holiday come-on to a would-be girlfriend. But I may be way off.

Another charming song I could barely remember was the song "Cropduster '49" sung by a guy who is spraying grape fields and as he flies he muses over whether an errant flick of the stick or throttle might plant him among his charges in which case he hopes they name a vintage after him! Turns out that cute little song was by none other than Tom Russell and I was able to procure that album, just a couple years ago.

In this case I was hoping the wide knowledge of mud'ers might encompass Steve Lyon. It was a longshot, but stranger things have happened.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Amoeba (Steve Lyon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 10 - 02:08 AM

There's a song called MY CHRISTMAS AMOEBA sung by Mr. Nicky on his album "Mr. Nicky's Science Project." It's available for download at Amazon.com. From a sample:

...is the one thing on my Christmas list.
I don't need Santa or mistletoe
'Cause my amoeba makes me go "Ho-ho-ho."
I don't need reindeer or jingle bells
'Cause my amoeba is single-celled.

On Christmas day I'll feed my amoeba
A microscopic candy cane.
He'll wrap his pseudopod...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Amoeba (Steve Lyon)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 15 - 06:51 PM

Christmas Amoeba
One will fill your stocking
If it is watertight
And if you don't mind
Mind over matter
Makes a protozoan

That's all I remember


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CHRISTMAS AMOEBA (Steve Lyon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:48 PM

This complete album has been uploaded to YouTube as a single file. This song runs from 10:35 to 13:40. (My link should have it correctly positioned.)

There are a few Latin or pseudo-Latin words in the last verse that I don't recognize, so I have tried to spell them phonetically.


THE CHRISTMAS AMOEBA
(Tune: "O Come, All Ye Faithful")
As recorded by Steve Lyon on "There's No Place Like Mars" (1976).

O come all ye formless
Myriad and tiny,
You split personalities
That multiply
Split into millions
Serve no useful function
With pseudopod mitosis
And minuscule neurosis
Too simple for psychosis
Split and be free

Come have a plateful
We ordered a crateful
We knew you'd be grateful
We knew you'd be here
Cranberry sauce
The recipe was lost
And will you say the blessing
Before you eat your dressing
No, I don't mind confessing
I stuffed it myself

Yea, Lord, we greet thee
Honor and defeat thee
Mimic repeat thee
The best that we can
Glory is God
I know that that sounds odd
But consider our position
Our complex inhibitions
That strange erudition
The mind of man

Christmas amoeba
One will fill your stocking
If it is watertight
And if you don't mind
Mind over matter
Makes a protozoan
Benide(?) citecillia(?)
Agape eros philia
And if I ask ya, will ya
Under the tree


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