Deadsplinter Up! All Night: Critters

two and two of all flesh wherein is the breath of life

and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Man, there are a lot of animals out here in the country. All sorts. Birds and furry creatures and everything that creeps on the ground. And let me tell you, they make some NOISE. Birds singing and sheep baa-ing and donkeys braying and barn cats mewing and bees buzzing. Dogs barking, roosters crowing. Frogs that sound (no shit) just like cows mooing. Little bitty frogs over in the same pond called “spring peepers” that sound like wind chimes. Deer making that weird huffing sound out there in the dark when I sit on the porch late at night. Animal noises that I can’t even begin to identify. There is a lot going on in these parts, especially in summer. My current fave is the little brown woodchuck/groundhog-looking thing with the two chubby wee babbies that follow her around across my back yard. I’m not even sure what these things are, but I would definitely pet and kiss them if they didn’t waddle away like senior citizen shoplifters at Wal-mart when I approach them.

Tonight we celebrate all the critters. Big ones, little ones, furry, feathered or scaly. All creatures great and small. Even the ones with exoskeletons.

Thank you fellow Deadsplinterers for coming around for my DUAN. You are my favorite beasties.



  1. Pink Floyd – Several Small Species of Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict.


    Bonus points for why this title is so hilarious.  No cheating with the Google.

    • Boy, does this take me back! I don’t know the answer though.

      • The Picts were an ancient warrior tribe who lived in modern day Scotland.  They would paint, or tattoo, themselves blue and fought completely naked.  The Roman Empire basically came to a screeching halt in its conquest of the island once it ran into them.

        • There’s an episode of “I, Claudius” where a Pict, or at least someone from Britain, is brought before the Roman Senate and shown off as some kind of spoils of war. He must have been a ruler or a fearsome general or something. He is dyed a bright blue. 

          I mentioned this to my boss, who is a native of Rome. God knows how it came up. He is so chatty that he makes me seem like the famously taciturn Calvin Coolidge.

          “And imagine my crazy ancestors all those years ago marching in where they weren’t wanted and running into people like that. It must have been like that show, what’s it called in English, where we go to other planets and the women look like Brigitte Bardot?” 

          “Star Trek?”

          “Yes, exactly.”

    • “the wind cried mary”

      I’d have to Google wht it is about the title.

  2. ill go with squirrels

  3. Animals came from miles aroundSo tired of walking so close to the groundThey needed a change; that’s what they saidLife is better walking on two legsBut they were in for a big surprise’Cause they didn’t know the law!

    bonus if you know what movie and book this song is based on.

    • “What is the rule?”

      • The lyrics to this song were inspired by the H.G. Wells book The Island of Dr. Moreau, which is about a mad scientist on a remote island who conducts horrific experiments on animals, turning them into man-like creatures. Devo’s “Jocko Homo” was also inspired by Dr. Moreau. 

  4. I Like Cows!

  5. An old one

    Geetchie Smith – The Frog Song



    And a newer one

    Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Shorty’s Ark


  6. I saw Frog Song & thought it was going to be this one…

  7. The Dickies – You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)

  8. Westerman Ark

    Richard Houghten Bird Song



  10. Toads of the Short Forest from
    Weasels Ripped My Flesh

  11. The Creatures – Killing Time

  12. What if the gang from “Clockwork Orange” formed a pop band?

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