Songs mentioning kangaroos - #2 - Bedbugs and Ballyhoo - Echo and the Bunnymen
By Judy Evans
November 13, 2017 5:01pm CST
The second song I’ve chosen that mentions kangaroos is by Echo and the Bunnymen and it’s called Bedbugs and Ballyhoo. Although I’ve read all the lyrics I don’t really have any idea what’s it’s about but I like the sound they create. The photo shows a doe and her yearling joey who is drinking from her pouch. The one on the right is a buck or male. Notice how his arms are much longer and more muscled than the does. He doesn’t have to bend over very far at all until his hands reach the ground in contrast to the much shorter arms of the doe. The bucks are weightier and taller than the does. The kangaroos in our area are Western Greys and the does are sometimes called ‘blue flyers’ as some are a greyish-blue colour and they are very fast. It isn’t really usual to see a ‘family’ group like this. If there is a large mob of 20 or 30 there will be a few bucks among the group but this one is obviously courting the doe. We often see groups of three but it is usually a doe, a yearling joey and the current joey. They are very family oriented although if something frightens them it is every kangaroo for itself, except for the smallest joeys who will be desperately trying to clamber back into the pouch. The larger joeys will flee in a panic and the mothers sometimes go in a different direction. I guess this is a survival tactic.
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• Preston, England
surprised there could be a list of Kangaroo songs - the only one I can think of is by disgraced performer Rolf Harris (now in jail for child abuse). Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport. Of course, there is always the Skippy theme too
• Preston, England
@JudyEv Kate Bush's The Dreaming refers to them as Kangas
• Bunbury, Australia
@hereandthere Very occasionally you'll hear them give a sort of cough but that's it. I've heard a joey do it searching for his mum - and subordinate bucks must cough to the dominant buck to signify submission or else the two will fight.