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Lab Track: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fishmen

Today’s lab track, courtesy of fellow Labber Anne, explores the idea of…I mean, it illuminates the issue that…well, really, it’s just fun. It’s a musical parody of a famous Christmas carol with lyrics based on the story of The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft. What better for the day after Christmas than a song that turns a Christmas carol on its gills?

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 gillslits showed.
I’m beginning to hear a lot of fish-men
Right outside my door,
As I try to escape in fright
To the moonlit Innsmouth night
I can hear some more.

They speak with guttural croaks and to hear them provokes
A profound desire to flee
Their eyes never blink and quite frankly they stink
Like a carcass washed up from the sea.

I wish I’d paid attention to that crazy drunken man.
He tried to warn me all about old Marsh’s Deep One clan.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Fish-men
Everywhere I go;
They can dynamite Devil Reef,
but that’ll bring no relief,
Y’ha N’thlei is deeper than they know.
I’ll continue to see a lot of fish-men
That I guarantee.
For the fish-man I really fear
is the one who’s in the mirror
And he looks like me.
He looks just like me.

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Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.


  1. December 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hat tip to Greta Christina, from whom I snagged this bit of fun.

  2. December 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Solstice CDs are a hoot. My favourite is the Carol of the Bells send-up. 🙂

  3. December 27, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Oh man, I didn’t even realize there were more! Just played through a bunch…Away in a Madhouse was quite good.

  4. December 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love this so much!

  5. December 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This is wonderful, and proof of (elder) god(s).

  6. January 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    My Scary Solstice CDs arrived today, alas not even in time for Eastern Orthodox Cthulhumas, but good enough.

    Oh tidings of madness and woe!

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