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Last name Tharp, first name Marie
With an expertise in cartography
Got a job mapping the ocean floor
Using sonar data from the second World War
But she needed new data to complete her map
So they loaded up a research vessel ASAP

They sailed out on the sea
But they didn’t bring along Marie

They didn’t let women on the research vessel
So with map-making tools Marie did wrestle
She showed it to her colleague Bruce Heezen
He said, Marie, you got no rhyme or reason.

She caused a commotion
When she said there was a rift valley at the bottom of the ocean

Girl Talk!
That’s what the man said, yeah, that’s what the man said, he called it
Girl Talk!
Rejected like that, in two seconds flat, he called it
Girl Talk!
A valley with a rift implies continental drift
There ain’t no place science
For your stubborn reliance on that
Girl Talk!
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!

So Marie went back to the drawing board
Literally, she had a drawing board
She checked her map, she checked it twice
To be triple sure, she checked it thrice
She took it back and showed it to Bruce
And this time he called a truce
He shook his head and said Marie Marie
I think I owe you an apology
Your map is right, yes I must admit
But I’m worried that this map implies Continental Drift

They published it anyway
Even though the scientists were bound to say

T’aint nothin’ but
Girl Talk!
That’s what the men said, yeah that’s what the men said they called it
Girl Talk!
Rejected like that, in two seconds flat, they called it
Girl Talk!
A valley with a rift implies Continental Drift
There ain’t no place in science for your
Stubborn reliance on that
Girl Talk!
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!

Still one man was intrigued
He was a well known scientific celebrity
Jacques Cousteau was his name
Undersea exploration was his kind of game
He said, Huh huh hee hee, I’ll go under the sea
I’ll be sure to take Marie’s map with me
I’ll film it for the whole world to see
And settle this bubbling controversy
Sacre Bleu, how can it be?
Everything’s where Marie said it would be!
The rift valley, every mountain peak
It’s enough to make a man’s knees grow weak

It caused a revolution
Marie Tharp’s girl talk was the solution

Girl Talk!
That’s what the man said, yeah that’s what the man said, he called it
Girl Talk!
With photographic proof, they learned the truth
Girl Talk!
A valley with a rift proved continental drift
She changed modern science
With her stubborn reliance on that girl talk

Girl Talk!
Girl Talk!
Girl Talk!

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from The Fossil Record, released May 10, 2019
jacques cousteau: todd faux
backing vocals: joey annesley
drums, percussion, vocals: dustin jordin
bass, vocals: ryan mosley
guitars, vocals, keyboards: ray hedgpeth

words and music by ray hedgpeth
2019 Improbable Futon Music ASCAP

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The Amoeba People Lakewood, California

The Amoeba People are musical ambassadors from the Planet Crouton, here to learn about our world, to unravel the wonders of its natural history, to study the life which inhabits it and to parse the mysteries of the human species by learning its dance moves. The band consists of Mr. Hedgpeth (captain), Mr. Jordan (navigator), and Mr. Mosley (engineer and technician). ... more

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