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Gary Bowman: Music

Galapagos

(Gary Bowman)
August 31, 2019
Gary Bowman
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"Another feature in these isles is their emphatic uninhabitableness. Little but reptile life is here found: tortoises, lizards, immense spiders, snakes, and that strangest anomaly of outlandish nature, the iguana. No voice, no howl is heard - the chief sound of life here is a hiss." - The Enchanted Isles (Las Encantadas) by Herman Melville, 1854.
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Grim and charred, Volcanic isles Arch-i-PEL-a-go
Dross from iron furnace, Fueled by fury and foam
Born of fury and foam, Ocean’s fury and foam
Dross from iron furnace, Fueled by fury and foam

Las Encantadas, Enchanted Isles, Galapagos
‘Less you be reptilian, Most un-in-habit-a-ble
In-hos-pit-a-ble, Un-in-habit-a-ble
Unless you be reptilian, Un-in-habit-a-ble

We’re going to Galapagos, Giant tortoises everywhere
Eat the fruit of succulent, Galapagos cactus pear
Mystic creatures of Galapagos Ancient inhabitants
Ante-di-lu-vian, timeless beasts In-def-i-nite Endurance

Land of desolation, Lava rock and caves
Dark and melancholic, Oppressive, cloudy days
Dark and dreary days, Oppressive, cloudy days
Dark and melancholic, Oppressive, cloudy days

We’re going to Galapagos, Sea lizard colonies
Bask in equatorial sun, And swim in Galapagos seas
Crested spines, flattened tails, Lizards of the sea
Algae-eating marine iguana, Nature’s anomaly