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Welcome to The Beatles' Zoo! (part I)
Beatles Something in Common
"Many tunes by The Fab Four contain references to animals - real or imagined. Hop on the bus for a magical mystery tour through the Beatles' Zoo and answer questions at each exhibit."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
EXHIBIT 1 - The Aviary: One rollicking number from the 1966 album "Revolver" is titled "And Your ___________ Can Sing". What creature completes the title of this fun song?
EXHIBIT 2 - Canis familiaris: What strangely worded tune from 1967 contains the bizarre imagery "Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye"?
I Am The Walrus
Strawberry Fields Forever
EXHIBIT 3 - Lepidoptera: The 1965 album Help! includes a coy little love song written and performed by John Lennon titled "It's Only Love". What creatures does he cite to describe the feelings in his stomach when he meets his girl?
EXHIBIT 4 - The Grasslands: In the song of the same name, what does Bungalow Bill go out hunting for with his mother and elephant?
EXHIBIT 5 - Procyon lotor: What animal-inspired song from The White Album speaks of a young lad from the hills of Dakota with a girlfriend named Magil and a rival that called himself Dan?
Martha My Dear
Blue Jay Way
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
EXHIBIT 6 - English Breeds: The track "Martha My Dear" is widely reputed to be about a pet owned by Paul McCartney. What type of animal does he celebrate in this song?
New Forest Pony
Old English Sheepdog
EXHIBIT 7 - The Sty: George Harrison chimes in at this exhibit with a beautifully satirical number called "Piggies". (Now hum along with me....) What rhyming lyric follows, "In their eyes there's something lacking"?
Fold their shirts and send them packing
The bigger piggies deserve a sacking
In their sties with all their backing
What they need's a damn good whacking
EXHIBIT 8 - At The Zoo: Remember this musical question, "How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people"? It is taken from a song on the B-Side of All You Need is Love and refers to a man who likes to "keep all your (his) money in a big brown bag inside a zoo". What song is this?
Baby You're a Rich Man
Mean Mr. Mustard
EXHIBIT 9 - Farm Life: Okay, think hard, roll it around in your head and try to put a tune to it. What classic Beatles song offers up this gem, "Show me round your snow peaked mountains way down south, take me to your daddy's farm"?
The Fool on the Hill
Back In The U.S.S.R.
EXHIBIT 10 - Apis mellifera: The song "Cry Baby Cry" features a number of colourful characters including the King of Marigold and the Duchess of Kircaldy. Where precisely was The Duke having problems with the message?
The local honey tree
The local bird and bee
Near the kitty's tree
The king's aviary
EXHIBIT 11 - You Calling Me?: In what animal-inspired song would one hear, "Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles, what makes you think you're something special when you smile"?
I Dig A Pony
EXHIBIT 12 - The Aquarium: Hop off the bus and put on your scuba gear. Follow me down to the embankment where we can "...shout and swim about in the coral that lies beneath the waves". Where are we?
Across The Ocean of Dreams
The Green Sea of Pepperland
In a Yellow Submarine
EXHIBIT 13 - The Genus Serinus: In 1965 The Beatles recorded a rocking cover of a Larry Williams tune called "Bad Boy". As the title suggests, the lad was mischievous. One of his pranks involves throwing a certain bird and feeding it to the neighbour's cat. What is this unfortunate creature?
EXHIBIT 14 - Equus: Horses appear in a number of Beatles' tunes. Recall rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies? Hmmm, but do you recall the name of the waltz-dancing horse that performs in the theatrical song "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"?
EXHIBIT 14 - Turdus merula: Thanks for joining us on the tour! Our last exhibit recalls an acoustic number by McCartney who urges the main character to "take these broken wings and learn to fly". What fine feathered friend is he referencing?
(Hope you enjoyed the tour)
Free As A Bird
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Compiled Jan 23 13