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Emperor Penguin

This song is by The Tragically Hip and appears on the album Phantom Power (1998).

I like the tone of your trumpet, come on let's spill some paint
Let's raise a glass of milk to the end of another day
And to the kiss that's still intangible, the kids are all right just unmanageable
They won't do a damn thing you say

Your voice is all detached on a radio wave breeze
We have another caller with a bachelor degree
Talking alien invasion is the only chance of unity
Well, sorry to interrupt you, caller, but that's a physical impossibility
That's a physical impossibility
That's a physical impossibility

You'd be tossed up or washed up, the narrator relates
In a spartan antarctican walk for many days
Meet with Emperor Penguin, devotion to the egg
And their women are swimming from half an ocean away

Don't sound so detached, this is you and me
Just give me your opinion before you turn to leave
Your crust is just incredible, the radio was edible
When you said don't wipe your arses with your sleeves
You're a physical impossibility
You're a physical impossibility
It was a physical impossibility


Written by:

Baker, Downie, Fay, Langlois, Sinclair


(1) Emperor penguins travel about 90 km (56 mi) inland to reach the breeding site. The penguins start courtship in March or April, when the temperature can be as low as –40°C (–40°F). Emperor Penguins are serially monogamous. They have only one mate each year, and stay faithful to that mate.

In May or June, the female penguin lays one 450 gram (1 lb) egg, but at this point her nutritional reserves are exhausted and she must immediately return to the sea to feed. Very carefully, she transfers the egg to the male, who incubates the egg in his brood pouch for about 65 days consecutively without food by surviving on his fat reserves and spending the majority of the time sleeping to conserve energy. The transfer of the egg can be awkward and difficult, and many couples drop the egg in the process. When this happens, the chick inside is immediately lost as the egg cannot withstand the low temperatures on the icy ground. To survive the cold and winds of up to 200 km/h (120 mph), the males huddle together, taking turns in the middle of the huddle. They have also been observed with their backs to the wind to conserve body heat

After about two months, the female returns. She finds her mate among the hundreds of fathers via his call and takes over caring for the chick, feeding it by regurgitating the food that she has stored in her stomach. The male then leaves to take his turn at sea. His trip is slightly shorter than before, because the melting of ice in the summer gradually decreases the distance between the breeding site and the open sea. After another few weeks, the male returns and both parents tend to the chick by keeping it off the ice and feeding it regurgitated food. Eventually, both the chick and parents return to the sea and spend the rest of the summer feeding there.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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