Will Phish Change Its Name?

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Caravans of caring Phish phans are sure to put their phins, er, hands together and cheer when they learn that PETA has asked the legendary jam band to change its name to Sea Kittens.

After all, sea kittens are phriends, not phood—they are intelligent beings who have unique personalities, and they feel pain, just as puppies do. People would be outraged if billons of Phidos were dragged out of their homes in massive nets and left to suffocate to death.

I’m crossing my fingers that Phish will agree. Check out these lyrics from the band’s live track, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing”:

(Run away, run away, run away, run)
A song I heard the ocean sing
(Run away, run away, run away, run)
Shining light in darkness deep

Swap “run away” with “swim away” and it appears that Phish is warning sea kittens to escape the fishing trawlers, doesn’t it?

Written by Karin Bennett

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