Genesis: Squonk Meaning
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anonymous Dec 29th 2019 report
Genesis uses stories as metaphors (see Dancing on a Volcano). Some may find Prog Rock as pretentious, but I fine Genesis as excellent musicians and also artists trying to say something. It is too bad more pop/serious contemporary doesn't at least try.
"An anti-hunting song" may be true, but true of these guys, they leave MUCH unsaid. It is much more. It is about what you are hunting.
"The exasperated hunter notes that the squonk race is surely doomed" misses the point. It is the human race, looking to try to hold on to Squonk, that is doomed.
The squonk is a mythological creature that supposedly lives in the marshes of Pennsylvania. Legends say that the squonk is a very ugly creature that spends most of its time alone and weeping because it knows how ugly it is.
Some say the squonk tries very hard to avoid water, because it doesn't want to see its own reflection.
There was once a comical book of folklore that claimed a hunter once captured a live squonk in a bag, and tried to bring it to a zoo... but before he got very far, the squonk melted away into a pool of its own tears.
The song "Squonk" by Genesis is simply a retelling of the legend. A squonk is captured by a hunter, and placed in a bag, where it dissolves into nothing but tears.
The exasperated hunter notes that the squonk race is surely doomed.
anonymous Dec 21st 2015 report
This is an anti hunting song, per mike rutherford.
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