Album Name : The Final Rip Off
Release Date : 1990-01-01
Song Duration : 2:49
Monty Python Fish Licence
Praline: (whistles a bit, then) Hello. I would like to
buy a fish license, please.
Postal clerk: A what?
Praline: A license for my pet fish, Eric.
Clerk: How did you know my name was Eric?
Praline: No, no, no! My fish's name is Eric. Eric fish.
He's an halibut.
Praline: He is an halibut.
Clerk: You've got a pet halibut?
Praline: Yes, I chose him out of thousands. I didn't
like the others, they were all too flat.
Clerk: You must be a loony.
Praline: I am not a loony. Why should I be tarred with
the epithet 'loony' merely because I have a pet
halibut? I've heard tell that Sir Gerald Nabarro has a
pet prawn called Simon - you wouldn't call him a loony!
Furthermore Dawn Pathorpe, the lady show jumper, had a
clam called Stafford, after the late chancellor. Alan
Bullock has two pikes, both called Chris, and Marcel
Proust had an 'addock! So if you're calling the author
of 'A la recherche de temps perdu' a loony, I shall
have to ask you to step outside!
Clerk: All right, all right, all right. A license?
Clerk: For a fish.
Clerk: You *are* a loony.
Praline: Look, it's a bleeding pet, isn't it? I've got
a license for me pet dog Eric, I've got a license for
me pet cat Eric.
Clerk: You don't need a license for your cat.
Praline: I bleedin' well do and I've got one! Can't be
caught out there!
Clerk: There is no such thing as a bloody Cat license.
Praline: Yes there is.
Clerk: No there isn't.
Praline: What's that then?
Clerk: This is a dog license with the word 'dog'
crossed out and 'cat' written in, in crayon.
Praline: Man didn't have the right form.
Clerk: What man?
Praline: The man from the cat detector van.
Clerk: The loony detector van, you mean.
Praline: Look, it's people like you what cause unrest.
Clerk: What cat detector van?
Praline: The cat detector van from the Ministry of
Praline: It was spelt like that on the van. I'm very
observant. I never seen so many bleedin' aerials. The
man said their equipment could pinpoint a purr at four
hundred yards, and Eric being such a happy cat was a
piece of cake.
Clerk: How much did you pay for this?
Praline: Sixty quid and eight for the fruit-bat.
Clerk: What fruit-bat?
Praline: Eric the fruit-bat.
Clerk: Are all your pets called Eric?
Praline: There's nothing so odd about that. Kemel
Attaturk had an entire menagerie called Abdul.
Clerk: No he didn't.
Praline: Did, did, did, did, did and did!
Clerk: Oh all right.
Praline: Spoken like a gentleman, sir. Now, are you
going to give me a fish license?
Clerk: I promise you that there is no such thing. You
don't need one.
NB: The TV Version continues.....the album version
Praline: Then I would like a statement to that effect
signed by the Lord Mayor.
(Fanfare of trumpets. Mayor gorgeously dressed with
dignitaries enters flanked by trumpeters.)
Clerk: You're in luck.
(In long shot now. The Mayor, who is nine foot high,
and dignitaries approach a startled Praline. Organ
music below a reverent voice over)
********** TV Version finishes - continuation of Album
Praline: In that case give me a bee license.
Clerk: A license for your pet bee.
Clerk: Called Eric? Eric the bee?
Praline: No, Eric the half bee. He had an accident.
Clerk: You're off your chump.
Praline: Look, if you intend by that utilization of an
obscure colloquialism to imply that my sanity is not up
to scratch, or even to deny the semi-existence of my
little chum Eric the half bee, I shall have to ask you
to listen to this. Take it away, Eric the orchestra-
Song Meanings for Fish Licence