Interpretations:Nine Bowls Of Soup
This feels like a quintessential Linnell song, in which he imagines some preposterous situation and then describes it as perfectly as could be expected. There's the ichthyosaur carrying 9 bowls of soup in increasingly preposterous ways, and of course almost spilling them each time. Then there's another character (a bird, according to the video) trying to talk him into sharing one of the bowls, for its own selfish purposes.
The ichthyosaur gives varying reasons for not giving up some of the soup (they're for friends, I don't want to break up the set). Only in the end, when pressed, does he reveal that the bowls will be used to make a RADAR array that will guide aliens to Earth for lunch (soup, of course).
Any typical questions -- like why does the ichthyosaur balance the soup on a rake or what is an ichthyosaur doing contacting aliens anyway -- are never addressed so that the absurdity of the situation can exist on its own. In my mind, this is the best Linnell mind-melter since "The House at the Top of the Tree." Jstohler 02:32, 21 February 2008 (UTC)
I think this song might be about sharing, and children learning to share. Near 19:13, 2 January 2010 (UTC)