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Passionate Fishes

This parody (written by Greg Crowther) is sung to the tune of "Passionate Kisses" (written by Lucinda Williams and performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter).


This song is sung from the perspective of a female salmon. Having spent her adult life in the ocean, she now heads up the river of her birthplace to reproduce in a fit of piscine passion -- and then to die shortly thereafter. The mechanism by which salmon navigate is unclear, although some scientists think that they "smell" their way home.


Is it just a foolish dream?
I want a few more days to get upstream,
A gentle current that won't hold me back,
And a distant scent to keep me on track.

Shouldn't I have this? Shouldn't I have this?
Shouldn't I have all of this like the passionate fishes,
Passionate fishes, whoa-oo-oh,
Passionate fishes upstream.

Is it too much to demand?
I want a sturdy nest in the riverbed sand,
A big stash of eggs to drop,
And a fertile mate to complete the job.


Do I want too much?
Does a salmon's life have to be this tough?
The end is near for me,
But I want my young to make it out to sea.