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Friday, July 27, 2007

Spineless Songs - Solitary Coral


Erhardt's Solitary Coral (Javania erhardti), from this excellent website of photos on marine life from Starfish at Zubi's Wetpage.


Solitary corals are a one-polyp stony coral and can often hide attached to reef-forming corals, where it mimics the reef-building coral. I have seen this many times on reefs of Lophelia pertusa, a deep-sea reef-forming coral. This song is about a solitary coral that is about to be overgrown, but can't do anything about it (any guesses why?) and can't seem to find any prey. Tragic. Some may recognize that this is sung to the tune of "Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond. Link to song is in the Spineless Songs sidebar. The singing was after drinking lots of homemade aquavit and I was too lazy to redo it. Should be entertaining enough for everyone!

Solitary Coral

The reef was mine 'til the time they overgrew me
Slow and long
Many polyps strong
Then food came along, made me strong, that's what I thought
then my prey,
Went away

Don't know that I will but until I can find me
Some prey that'll stay and won't play games behind me
I'll be in this world
A solitary coral
A solitary coral

I've had it to here - being where one is a small number
No strength in many
Can’t move any
I know it's been done havin' one polyp survive
Right or wrong
Weak or strong

Don't know that I will but until I can find me
Some prey that'll stay and won't play games behind me
I'll be in this world
A solitary coral
A solitary coral
[Repeat]

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