Rock Lobster

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"Rock Lobster" by The B-52's is a song on the Canon of many sites.

It is traditional to skank to this song. During the line, "Down, down," crouch slowly towards the ground and slap the ground repeatedly; then, jump up when the music returns to its fast tempo. During the final verse, which begins with "Here comes a stingray," many students run through the circle acting out animals or unrelated actions.

At 6 minutes 51 seconds, it is the third longest Canon song after American Pie at 8 minutes 34 seconds and Stairway to Heaven at 8 minutes. It is the longest song that requires continuous repeated motion and certainly one of the most tiring, second only to James Brown is Dead if you are a glowsticker and closely followed by Birdhouse In Your Soul (jumping) and BLT (perpetually-raised-arm-numbing).

Starting in LAN.08.1 there was a movement made by the students to replace Rock Lobster with the Dr. Mario Dance after its creation by Dan Salvato. It was voted on and was successfully taken out of the first session Canon on a one year trial basis. In LAN.09.1 another vote was held and Rock Lobster was officially taken off the first session Canon. A similar movement has not been started in second session.


We were at a party
His ear lobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster

We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels
Somebody went under a dock
And there they saw a rock
It wasn't a rock
It was a rock lobster

Motion in the ocean
Oooo wooo
His air hose broke
Oooo wooo
Lots of trouble
Oooo wooo
Lots of bubble
Oooo wooo
He was in a jam
S'in a giant clam

Down, down

Underneath the waves
Mermaids wavin'
Wavin' to mermen
Wavin' sea fans
Sea horses sailin'
Dolphins wailin'

Red snappers snappin'
Clam shells clappin'
Muscles flexin'
Flippers flippin'

Down, down
Let's rock!

Boys in bikinis
Girls in surfboards
Everybody's rockin'
Everybody's fruggin'

Twistin' 'round the fire
Havin' fun
Bakin' potatoes
Bakin' in the sun

Put on your noseguard
Put on the lifeguard
Pass the tanning butter

Here comes a stingray
There goes a manta-ray
In walked a jelly fish
There goes a dog-fish
Chased by a cat-fish
In flew a sea robin
Watch out for that piranha
There goes a narwhal