In the early 1980s, the Doc Fingers Band came up with an unusual way to keep their spirits up. They concocted some “fishy” puns. Later, pun creations cropped again when the band joined Rex Allen’s All-Star Swing Express on a long bus tour of Germany in 1993.
Here are some of the many puns ~ fish and sea creatures combined with song titles ~ that they (and some of their friends) shared on a funny webpage: *
- Clam Every Mountain
- It Haddock Be You
- When You Wish Upon a Starfish
- Shark! The Herald Angelfish Sing
- Fiddler Crab on the Roof
- You Walrus Hurt the One You Love
- Sole Train
- Heart and Sole
- A-Tuna Mattata
- My Foolish Carp
- Roe, Roe, Roe Your Boat
- I Cod Have Danced All Night
- Boogie Woogie Bluegill Boy
- Pompano and Circumstance
- In Your Oyster Bonnet (with All the Gills upon It)
- Red Snails in the Sunset
- Mahi’s Makin’ Eyes at Me
- Gill of My Dreams
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow Trout
- Coi Me a River
- Let Me Call You Sweet Carp
- What’s It All About, Algae?
- Salmon Chanting Evening
And my (Dawn’s) personal favorite:
- Whistle a Happy Tuna
Well, that was a whale of fun, wasn’t it?
What sparked my interest in fish recently was a decal I saw on a car window in front of me. I’m sure you’ve seen similar ones. The decal had an Ichthys symbol (like the “Jesus Fish” Christians once used as a secret symbol). This one included a little cross.
The only problem was, the driver of the car drove like a crazy person, weaving in and out of traffic. Another car almost hit the driver when she darted across lanes toward an exit. I held my breath and shot up a prayer.
But then (I guess my prayer wasn’t long enough), a sarcastic thought came and I yelled out, alone, in my car: “Oh great. What a wonderful testimony THAT was, you stupid woman. GET OFF THE ROAD!”
I wished that the little fishy decal would come unglued and fall off.
But as I drove the rest of the way home, I thought about my own “testimony” (spurred on, I’m sure, by my not-so-nice yelling).
Have you ever had the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) whisper in your ear, “HA! You’re doing that? And you call yourself a Christian?”
So I asked God, “Is this really something that would cause people to question whether I know or love You or Your Word, Lord?”
We are all accountable to God, but sometimes we believers forget that people are watching, and they form an opinion of God sometimes based on what they see in us ~ our testimony (Matthew 7:16; Luke 6:43; Matthew 5:16). God is faithful to show us our sin, if we ask. Had people heard my angry outburst, it would indeed cause them to wonder about me; but I knew my heart wasn’t right. And God was faithful to forgive me as I confessed my judgmental spirit (1 John 1:9).
How about you? Is there anything in your life ~ even something that you might think is of little consequence ~ that might cause others to think there’s “something fishy” about your testimony?
Why not stop for a moment now and make that right? Then you can ~ pardon my pun ~ “Whistle a Happy Tuna” today!