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Duration: 2:14 
Release Date: 1986  (Tim P. Ryan) 
Lyrics By: Leslie Fish (Tim P. Ryan) 
Music By: Leslie Fish (Tim P. Ryan) 
Produced By: Teri Lee (Tim P. Ryan) 
Released By: Off Centaur-1987, Firebird-1989 (Tim P. Ryan) 
Published By: Firebird Arts and Music Inc. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI  #185620 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
  • Also a Baen Book, published in 1990, edited by Don Sakers (Tim P. Ryan)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Carmen Miranda's ghost is haunting Space Station Three.
    Half the staff has seen her, plus the Portmaster and me.
    And if you think we've had too much of Cookie's homemade rum,
    Just tell me where those basket-hats of fruit keep coming from.

    Don't go down to the cargo-bay when there's no ship in dock.
    You just might hear maracas clack and get a nasty shock
    And if you hear a rumba-beat, don't pass the messroom door;
    You just might see a tangerine come rolling down the floor.

    We sometimes catch a glimpse of her, by station night or day,
    But when we try to catch her, she just laughs and fades away.
    The station's chief headshrinker takes his notes and drains his cup.
    We get rotated often, but she still keeps showing up.

    We don't know why we're haunted here, or why it's her that haunts.
    We've got a betting-pool for all who wonder what she wants.
    The best odds say she likes the rhythm of the station's drive;
    They didn't have phase-generators while she was alive.

    Carmen Miranda's ghost is haunting Space Station Three.
    Not that we're complaining, since the fresh fruit all comes free.
    But now and then we wonder what it means for the human race
    That ghosts of generations past are taking off for space.
    (Captain Wayne)
    Current Rating 9.5 (4 votes)
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    Messages about the song: "Carmen Miranda's Ghost"
    Tim P. Ryan   Offline  -  Participant, MP3  -  10-22-05 11:17 AM  -  18 years ago
    From my response on r.m.d. to a question about how many releases/versions are there of Carmen Miranda's Ghost:

    The version we hear now has been played since 10/27/2002, as found on Dr. Demento's Hits from Outer Space.

    The version we heard starting in 1988, is her Off Centaur version, heard on at least 2 cassette tape releases: Free Fall & Other Delights (1987), a various artists compilation, and on a 1989 cassette release named Carmen Miranda's Ghost, also a various artists compilation, now published by Firebird Arts & Music, a new name for the company after (ahem) re-organization. Both of those releases used the same artwork by Kelly Freas for the cover. Off Centaur also has at least one live version by Leslie Fish, on a 1986 tape called Rebel Yells, and it, or another version probably used/re-used on another compilation by Firebird. I have heard Leslie Fish perform several different times, so I may have heard a live version.

    Leslie Fish is also known on Dr. Demento as the fish that sings about cats, with F. A. P. (Feline American Princess) first heard in 1992, but available years before that. In fact, it may be not hearing that song on the 1987 Cat show that made me realize that I have some funny music that Dr. Demento doesn't. Others helped to get him educated about Leslie Fish. I let him know about other freinds.

    Leslie Fish is a very prolific musician with many songs written and performed over the years, ranging from the funny to the serious to the very emotional, with most of her tape releases now out of print, but highly sought after.

    -Tim Ryan
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