From firstname.lastname@example.orgThu Oct 3 07:39:26 1996 From: "Dr. William C. Kimler, History"
Subject: Re: 'Evolution' diffusing into the arts (Blues) Jeremy Ahouse asked about "other examples of evolution moving into popculture". For novels and poetry, start with David Oldroyd's _Darwinian Impacts_ (1983). In music, there are a number of modern rock songs with lyrical reference to biological origins and thus human nature. But I figured Darwin-L members would be more interested in this gem from 1874: "Too Thin. Or Darwin's Little Joke. A humorous Song." Words by Grace Carleton. Music by O'Rangoutang. Published by Wm. A Pond & Co., New York. Lyrics: 1. Upon my life the strangest things Now come to pass each day; One Darwin to a fellow brings Our ancesters [sic] so gray! It's very funny, odd and queer, He says this manly shape, This form to all the girls so dear Descended from an Ape! Chorus: It certainly is most absurd The fact can never be! My great grand daddy never was A "Monkey" up a tree! 2. He tells us, years and years ago That we were only Fleas! That ev'ry fellow had to grow From wretched bugs like these. Then we were Ostriches and Rats When this old world was new. And Elephants and Thomas-cats, Likewise a Kangaroo! 3. Now if it should be true that we Were "Croton Bugs" and "Flies," One may be a "Managerie" [sic] Before a fellow dies! -- A "Lapdog" for the girls to pet, A "Porpoise" or a "Frog;" Who knows that I may not be yet A festive "Polliwog!" 4. What Darwin says may all be true, Though very rough on us; Who wants to be related to A "Hippopotamus?" I choose to be a daisy bright, And I'll be that alone; All other relatives, in spite Of Darwin I disown! The cover illustration to the sheet music is priceless, with dancing monkeys encircling a Lincoln-esque figure in a position of prayer [Lincoln was often called a monkey in the press]; and off to the side is a caricatured African in ruffed shirt, cut-away, and yet no shoes, and he's holding hands with a chimp. You can take a look at a scan of a weak photocopy. William ******************************** Dr. William Kimler Department of History - Box 8108 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8108 (919) 515-2483 FAX 515-3886 email@example.com