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Orange Roughy

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I am a Roughy Fish
I live for a very long time
I am to be found all over the world
Since 1889

Yes, back when Van Gogh was painting
All orange and yellow and gold
A human discovered a Roughy Fish
150 years old

(That takes us to 1739
The year that Dick Turpin was hanged
But how could I possibly know this
And why should I give a damn?)

For I am a Roughy Fish
And I like to take it slow
I live right down at the bottom of the sea
And take a very long time to grow

So leave me alone please don’t catch me
With your deadly deep water technique
Once I was safe and unreachable
But now my future is bleak

They say my oil could substitute
For that of the mighty sperm whale
As much as we all hate the harpoon
My courage is starting to fail

Yes I am a Roughy Fish
And I breed very late in life
I haven’t got that many eggs you see
And was slow to become a wife

So please be kind to the Roughy Fish
And let me slip through the net
Don’t catch me before I have children
I haven’t got round to it yet.

 

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