Character.eel
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg
Date 1947
Source Finian's Rainbow (musical)
Publisher Chappell & Co. Inc.; Glocca Morra Music Corp.

"When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love," from Burton Lane and Yip Harburg's musical Finian's Rainbow, was parodied on The Muppet Show as "When I'm Not Near the Fish I Love."

This variation was performed by an eel as the UK Spot on episode 124, with altered lyrics from an unknown source. The revised lyrics include a series of fish puns, replacing, for example, "For Sharon I'm carin'/But Susan I'm choosin'" with "For herring I'm caring/For tuna, I swoon-a."

The eel appears to sing and swim underwater around real fish.

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