Interpretations:Mammal

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Simply a song of life! Linnell at his most innovative and fascinating.


The beginning of TMBG's edumacational songs, teaching us through catchy lyrics. Next stop, off to the Bloodmobile -King of Hearts


"Explosive radiating growth" is a reference to the concept of adaptive radiation, from evolutionary biology.

One noteworthy mammalian species is not mentioned. And the last note of the song fades to extinction. -- Nehushtan 10:07, 8 Mar 2006 (CST)

... and that is why the song is more profound than The Bloodmobile or Meet The Elements. Those songs are also immensely entertaining & informative, but they were written "for kids" to the Franklin Institute and Disney. In Mammal, Linnell has composed an adult contemplation of our insignificance in the stretch of deep time. The song's punch is so subtle that it can go unnoticed. --Nehushtan (talk) 02:22, 26 December 2019 (EST)

This belongs to the TMBG series of tributes to living organisms (See also C Is For Conifers).


I think this song breaks down mammals, a living creature, into a series of functions. Since humans are mammals, the point of this song is basically that humans are animals and can be broken down into a series of functions, fundamentally. --Penumbra


One thing I find interesting is that the lyrics, both on this site and in the liner booklet, do not include a comma between "koala" and "bear". In fact a koala is not a bear, but a marsupial that happens to look like a teddy bear. This would seem to be a glaring oversight in what is otherwise an accurate educational song. However, it's worth noting that TMBG liner booklet lyrics are often missing verses or changing words. This has been happening since their first album, I believe. So it may have been an intentional "mistake" to draw the reader's attention to the fact that although there's no such thing as a "koala bear", in fact a "koala" and a "bear" are both mammals. --The Almighty Doer of Stuff 16:49, 11 May 2012 (EDT)