…like a fish needs a bicycle

November 27, 2007


I know, I know, enough with the fish already. What is this my third fish post?

Well, you see, on Thanksgiving day, my brother-in-law Carl, when I told him about the animal idiom themes I’ve been sketching lately, he suggested a phrase from the U2 song “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” (Achtung Baby.)

…nothin’ much to say I guessJust the same as all the restBeen trying to throw your arms around the worldAnd a woman needs a manLike a fish needs a bicycleWhen you’re tryin’ to throw your arms around the worldI’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to youI’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to youI’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you……and on and on.

So what is the meaning of this particular song?

You got me there.

I understand that Bono and the lads meant it as a bit of a drinking song. In fact, I believe it may have been one of the 5 thousand U2 songs we heard performed by The Glass Onion Band, at the Quays Pub in Galway, on our trip to Ireland last year. They love their U2 over there in Ireland. I’ll tell ya, get enough Jameson whiskey in your gullet and you might find yourself singing U2 songs all night as well.

Now, as for the phrase, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” well that’s simply a feminist slogan, suggesting that men are superfluous to women’s needs.

You know.

Funny, I realized how far I’d come, when Carl reminded me of that line and my mind conjured up the ridiculous fish image you see above, rather than the passionate, bra-burning, feminist fervor it once would have. I’m not saying my political views have changed all that much, but I have calmed down a tad over the years. These days I burn up any excess energy by drawing goofy cartoon animals and I try to keep my under garments in a nice, cool, dry place.

As for women and men, I don’t know about need, but a little interdependence is always nice. As for fish, they should probably stick to roller blades.

8 Responses to “…like a fish needs a bicycle”

  1. Helena C. Rådström Says:

    Hmmm… hello, Linda, why would the fish be having a can of worms? Perhaps he stole the fisherman’s bicycle…?

    Okay, okay, don’t get mad at me! Just kidding around! I think your sketches are always very funny!

  2. sketched out Says:

    Hee hee. Yeah, that’s it! He stole the fisherman’s bike. I like it.

  3. Joni Says:

    I love your illustration and I absolutely love your post and agree whole heartedly with the message as well!!!

  4. artseafartsea Says:

    Cute sketch. As for the phrase and being of Irish descent, I am aware of the role women play in that culture. Either from necessity or for other reasons, women are in charge of the family and whatever else come up in the course of their lives. The Irish men know this and act accordingly. They respect their mothers, sisters, wives, etc. Even tho they may be drunks, sober or ner do wells.
    Both of my Grandmothers and my Mother were strong women who for one reason or another had to go it alone and raise their families which were large. And did a good job of it. Of course the same is true of a lot of women today.

  5. sketched out Says:

    Thanks guys, for props and for the great insights.

  6. Oh my cod (sorry, sorry—I’m severely short on sleep), I love this, especially the fin on the horn. But the poor lad needs some sort of tarp for his basket, he’s losing his comfort food…

  7. Absolutely marvelous, i love it a lot. Good luck to the worm trying to escape, I think he knew his fate, the others probably did not, instead they look like they are enjoying the wind. I think an expression on the worms would be a great thing to add. But then again I am always trying to find things to add to my drawings. Still very lovely work.

    Renzo E. Hernandez

  8. Bekah Says:

    I love this!!!!! He’s so cute! Drawing is my favorite pastime, and yours are truly inspiring!

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