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Unnatural blues

This parody (written by Greg Crowther) is sung to the tune of "Natural Blues" (written and performed by Moby).


Who says fish never get the blues? This teleost is concerned that the water is becoming too darn hot. After noting that his upper lethal limit is 42 degrees Celsius, he lists the three major mechanisms ectotherms use to minimize heat-induced damage to their bodies: evaporative heat loss (e.g., sweating); relocation to cooler areas; and expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs), which help prevent other proteins from denaturing under warm conditions.

This song was written and performed for Biology 334 at the University of Puget Sound in the fall of 2002.


Oh, Lordy, water so hot.
Oh, Lordy, water so hot.
Two different acclimation methods I've got.
Two different acclimation methods I've got.

I am adapted to life in the lake;
Put me in a lab, and I'll acclimate.
But there is a limit to the heat I can take;
At 42 Celsius, I surely will bake.

Some can keep cool with secretions of sweat;
I can't do that 'cause I'm already wet.
So I'll swim to the shade, where the water is fine,
And pray that HSPs keep my proteins in line.


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