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Songs and parodies about science

GUEST,Neon Leon 11 Feb 18 - 10:09 PM
Jim Dixon 10 Dec 14 - 02:36 PM
Howard Kaplan 09 Dec 14 - 10:53 PM
Vic Smith 09 Dec 14 - 08:00 AM
Rob Naylor 08 Dec 14 - 01:29 PM
GUEST,John from Kemsing 08 Dec 14 - 12:43 PM
Vic Smith 08 Dec 14 - 12:12 PM
Jim Dixon 08 Dec 14 - 10:59 AM
Desert Dancer 18 Feb 11 - 04:25 PM
pavane 20 Jul 10 - 09:15 AM
pavane 20 Jul 10 - 09:14 AM
Joe_F 19 Jul 10 - 09:15 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Jul 10 - 06:39 PM
Suffet 18 Jul 10 - 07:00 PM
Gingerbeardman 18 Jul 10 - 06:51 PM
dick greenhaus 18 Jul 10 - 12:16 PM
GUEST,guest, john f weldon 18 Jul 10 - 11:49 AM
GUEST,Steamin' Willie 18 Jul 10 - 11:33 AM
Joe_F 18 Jul 10 - 11:01 AM
Joe Offer 18 Jul 10 - 01:03 AM
GUEST,raredance 18 Jul 10 - 12:50 AM
beeliner 17 Jul 10 - 07:43 PM
GUEST,Philippa 17 Jul 10 - 10:23 AM
GUEST,deanofrochester 17 Jul 10 - 10:01 AM
mousethief 16 Jul 10 - 11:49 PM
GUEST,JimP 16 Jul 10 - 11:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,Neon Leon
Date: 11 Feb 18 - 10:09 PM

I would offer They Might Be Giants' "Particle Man", and, from the old school yard, "One Ton Amoeba".

BONUS TRACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NU51lJIdrg


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Dec 14 - 02:36 PM

Howard Kaplan: The thing I like most about your song NOGIES CREEK is that it contains a description of how science is done.

Too often people talk as if science is a collection of facts, forgetting that, more importantly, science is a process.

People often think they are studying science when in fact they are learning some of the facts that have been brought to light by science. Often they learn nothing about the process by which those facts were brought to light, which is a shame.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 09 Dec 14 - 10:53 PM

Thanks to Jim Dixon for mentioning one of my songs. By my count, there are about two dozen songs of some scientific interest on my web site, starting here. All of them are in the form of lead sheets and MIDI files, but only a few have .mp3 versions at the moment.

It's now mid-December, though of course it may not be mid-December the next time someone re-activates this thread. If you're looking for something seasonal and scientific as an antidote to the usual sort of Christmas song, I can suggest these four:

Long is the Winter Till the Sun's Return, a counting-down song with natural rather than biblical references

The Holly is the Ilex, a recounting of the botanical, rather than religious, attributes of holly, with a passing reference to ivy

Wren 2K, a depiction of the annual Christmas bird count in the style of The Cutty Wren

The Moon and the Solstices, an explanation of why Earth's axis tilts enough to make the solstices important


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Vic Smith
Date: 09 Dec 14 - 08:00 AM

OK if ever I get the words, I alter the last line to :-
Rounded up, but 3.142
if that makes people happy.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 08 Dec 14 - 01:29 PM

Vic: The answer, my friends is 3.142
Recurring but 3.142


But it's not....the most significant property of pi is that it's decimals *don't* recur :-)


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 08 Dec 14 - 12:43 PM

Here`s one that may fit the bill.

"https://soundcloud.com/john-hills/when-were-gone">


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Vic Smith
Date: 08 Dec 14 - 12:12 PM

More mathematical than scientific, but I remember a parody of Dylan's Blowing In The Wind that had some lines in the form of questions about dividing the radius of a circle into its perimeter and so on. I can only remember the last few lines which went:-
...And what is the value of pi?
The answer, my friends is 3.142
Recurring but 3.142

I would be delighted if anyone can supply more of this.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NOGIES CREEK (H Kaplan via M Cooney)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Dec 14 - 10:59 AM

These lyrics and the footnote copied from the songwriter's web site where he also has a song sheet (PDF), MIDI file of the voice part, MIDI of a 4-part arrangement, and a performance MP3. (The latter is not as good as Michael Cooney's.)


NOGIES CREEK
Written by Howard L. Kaplan, ©1979.
Recorded by Michael Cooney on "Together Again" (2002)

1. My name is Edwin Crossman, and I'm an ecologist.
I'm studying the bullfrog now; I also study fish.
My group works down at Nogies Creek in east Ontario.
We make extensive measurements to see the species grow.
We measure tadpoles, note their weight, and estimate their age.
We want to know how many pass through each important stage,
But there are few statistics in these facts which I now speak:
What happened on the booming ground last year at Nogies Creek.

CHORUS: Tell me, why does the bullfrog begin to go courting?
Is it something in the water? Is it something in the sky?
Is it daylight getting longer? River current growing stronger?
Do not ask me; I'm the expert, but I cannot tell you why.

2. Some things we learn by measurement; some things we learn by chance.
We've learned that water lily pads are not their favourite plants.
The bullfrog is too heavy for a perch upon their leaf.
He'd rather something bushier that's stronger down beneath.
He'll set his feet upon the stems as wind and wave go by,
To catch the food that comes to him, the beetle and the fly,
And when the heat of summer comes, each cottage owner wants
His fifty feet of waterfront kept free of tangled plants.

3. Each spring throughout the province in the rivers and the ponds,
Each male cries his greeting out; each female responds.
To us it is a message that the springtime does arrive.
For them it has the meaning that the species will survive.
At Nogies Creek we see them meet in shallows by the shore.
They gather by the hundreds now; there once were many more.
We've named their place of gathering; it's nothing too profound.
It's taken from the sound they make and called the "booming ground".

4. Last spring we went to Nogies Creek in time to see them mate.
The sound of males booming let us know we weren't too late.
We set out with our dip nets and our cameras and our pails,
To take our yearly census, and discovered only males.
We spent some days in listening; the sound brought no delight,
To hear that male chorus crying out into the night,
And when their time had ended, and the earth had lost their sound,
We saw the females swimming out to fill the booming ground.

5. What caused this lack of synchrony? Which sex is wrong? Which right?
Do males follow temperature? Do females follow light?
Is this some fault in nature's plan? Unlikely that does seem.
Is this a batch of chemicals that someone dumped upstream?
A scientist knows causes and effects recur again.
Those things that happen once, we find much harder to explain.
It may not be good science, but I've not the heart to seek
Another instance of last year's events at Nogies Creek.


Based on a lecture given by Dr. Edwin Crossman of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, at the 1979 annual meeting of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. Nogies Creek (no apostrophe) is located about 130 miles northeast of Toronto.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:25 PM

Yet another MM-G parody:

The Model of a Psychopharmacologist

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: pavane
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 09:15 AM

But I think the post from Amrit PZ10,COM (above) is spam


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: pavane
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 09:14 AM

"As Time Goes By" music and words by Herman Hupfeld

The first verses are often omitted!

[This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension.

Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory.
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension

And no matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed.]

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 09:15 PM

Sung at a celebration of Linus Pauling's first Nobel prize (1954):

Diggin' rocks in the chandelier,
And was I havin' fun.
Then one night, I got it right,
Now Stockholm here I come!

Hey, lay them crystals down, boy,
Lay them crystals down,
Crystal-crackin' papa,
Lay them crystals down.

I measured all the bond lengths,
The contacts all looked swell.
The H-bond's straight, now ain't that great?
It filled the unit cell.

Peptide bonds and side groups,
I put them all in place.
It sure was plain, they formed a chain
And had such HELLical grace.

Diggin' rocks in the chandelier, etc.

(Digging was already hip slang for understanding. Rocks was still ham-radio slang for crystals. One of the chemistry buildings at Caltech had a chandelier representing a crystal structure.)


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 06:39 PM

"Little Willie's dead and gone"

I remember from at least the 1960s, maybe even a decade earlier....


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Suffet
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 07:00 PM

To the tune of Harrigan by George M. Cohan:

H C double bond O
With one more H you see,
Is a smell you can tell
Inside your laboratory,
Formaldehyde -- that's me!

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Gingerbeardman
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 06:51 PM

Jonathan Coulton has some great songs about science, notably his mini-album "Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms". I won't list them all (his website lets you listen and you can download several songs for free) but they're original songs (not parodies) and very catchy. The songs cover things like the attraction between Charon & Pluto ("I'm Your Moon"), heredity ("That Spells DNA"), and an ode to Benoit Mandelbrot ("Mandelbrot Set"). Most of his songs have tabs or chords on the website, and you can find video tutorials for how to play many of the songs on guitar here (choose 'Lesson A Week' from 'Playlists').

To give an idea of what they're like, here are the lyrics from "That Spells DNA":

We start the story when Mom met Dad
And they danced all night and he took her home
It might have been all the wine they had
But they rolled the dice and won your genome

Then you grew and you grew and one day you were you
And you looked like your father and mother
If you're looking for someone convenient to blame
You can take your pick it's one or the other

DNA, you're in my heart
DNA, in fact you're in every part of my body
Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes
And DNA, baby, that spells DNA

Guanine met Cytosine, fell in love
And then Thymine got busy with Adenine
They sent the messenger-RNA
To the ribosome to make more protein

And while it's killing you dead it will mess with your head
And it's the light in the dark that will guide you
It's the pages and pages of what you are like
In the giant book that's hidden inside you

DNA, you're in my heart
DNA, in fact you're in every part of my body
Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes
And DNA, baby, that spells DNA

If it says TGGTCGAAC
Then you might get the cancer
If it says GTCACGACAGG
Then you shouldn't eat shrimp or nuts
If it says TATACACATATCCTCGT
Then you'll probably wish that you didn't know

The time will come when you're almost gone
And you try to guess but you'll never know
You do your best and you soldier on
Every day you're here till it's time to go

All the good things and bad that you do or don't have
You can find out for sure if you got 'em
But there's a spiraling staircase that you're falling down
And you're nothing but dead at the bottom

DNA, you're in my heart
DNA, in fact you're in every part of my body
Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes
And DNA, baby, that spells DNA


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 12:16 PM

From the aforementioned Lyrical Learning series:

The Scientific Method

to the tune of "Dixie"

Oh, what do you think a scientist does
To solve a problem found because
Many scientists are scientists
'Cause they're great problem solvers

There is a systematic way
They go about 'most every day
It's methodical and it's logical
The scientific method

Chorus:
A way to solve a problem, a way, a way
The scientific method is a way to solve a problem
A way, a way, a way to solve a problem
A way, a way, a way to solve a problem

It may not seem important to you
But the first thing that they always do
Is state the problem or ask a question
So, they know just what they're after

Then they review everything involved
that might help get the problem solved
By reading, researching
And gathering information...


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,guest, john f weldon
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 11:49 AM

This song video about Isaac Newton's dog.....

diamond

...qualifies, sort of....


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 11:33 AM

The late lamented Ian Dury wrote a wonderful song that was released as the B side of Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, called "There ain't half been some clever bastards."

One verse goes;

Einstein can't be classed as witless,
He claimed atoms were the littlest, *
When you did a bit of splitiness,
Frightened everybody shitless.

Mind you, ignoring science (to a degree) my favourite verse goes;

Van Gogh did some eyeball pleasers,
He must have been a pencil squeezer,
He didn't do the Mona Lisa,
That was an Italian geezer.

He was one of my heros, that guy...

* yes, yes, I know he didn't, but Nils Bohr doesn't scan as good I suppose!


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Joe_F
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 11:01 AM

One by me


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 01:03 AM

Raredance, I haven't seen a post from you in years! Nice to see you back.
Contact me if you need a password reset.
-Joe-
joe@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,raredance
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 12:50 AM

http://practicality.wordpress.com/2008/01/13/the-pcr-song-with-lyrics/

The PCR Song by Scientists for Better PCR

There was a time when to amplify DNA,
You had to grow tons and tons of tiny cells.
(Oooh) Then along came a guy named Dr. Kary Mullis,
Said you can amplify in vitro just as well.

Just mix your template with a buffer and some primers,
Nucleotides and polymerases too.
Denaturing, annealing, and extending,
Well it's amazing what heating and cooling and heating will do.

[Chorus]
PCR when you need to detect mutation (detect mutation)
PCR when you need to recombine (recombine)
PCR when you need to find out who the daddy is (who's your daddy?)
PCR when you need to solve a crime (solve a crime)
[x2



http://practicality.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/video-bio-rad-gtca-song/

GTCA Song

Randolph: Six years of graduate school, and look at our boy now.
Randolph's Wife: Oh Randolph! Now I remember somebody who wasn't too different from this not too long ago.

Enzyme, whatcha doin' today?
I said enzyme, want to make DNA?
I said enzyme, show me your binding way
Let me mix you with some primers
Enzyme, time to build a new strand
I said enzyme, cause I know that you can
I said enzyme, these letters also spell DAN
All we need to get things started

Is just a little bit of GTCA
Is just a little bit of GTCA
I can build DNA
I can be a big star
You're the key to my PCR
Thats right I'm talkin' bout GTCA
Just a little bit of GTCA
I can make some new strands
I can view all my bands
I can be the best that I can

Enzyme, you have come a long way
But in my lab, demands are higher today
I said enzyme, now its time to go fast
We have got to increase throughput
Enzyme, I think I found what I need
It's an enzyme, it gives me much higher speed
It goes so fast, when it builds DNA
All we need to get it started

Is just a little bit of GTCA
Is just a little bit of GTCA
I can build DNA
I can reach for the stars
I can do faster PCR
Yeeeeeaaaa-eeee-ehhh


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: beeliner
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 07:43 PM

Hy Zaret is, of course, best known for "Unchained Melody". A lot of old, and sometimes obscure songs get mistakenly credited to the performers who revive them.

Surely Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science" deserves a place on the list. British scientist and eccentric Dr. Magnus Pyke (1908-1992) shouts the word "Science" throughout the recording and also appears in the video.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 10:23 AM

has anyone else come across a physics song to the tune of Men of Harlech, with lines "What's the new equation, governs radiation, what's the new and only true electrodynamical equation?...."?


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,deanofrochester
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 10:01 AM

sally ironmonger trio do a great song called 'sod's law' which is a hilarious richard digance song includes pythagoras einstein archimedes laws etc as well as sods law


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: mousethief
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 11:49 PM

I didn't realize that TMBG didn't write "Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)". Although they do lots of covers (most famously "Istanbul (not Constantinople)") so it's not a total surprise. A quick google turned up this:

[b]The song was written by Hy Zaret in 1950, for Space Songs, part of the "Ballads for the Age of Science" series.[/b]

The same website notes that the sun is not, in fact, a mass of incandescent gas, and says that on a newer album, TMBG sang, "The sun's a miasma of incandescent plasma." Not nearly as catchy, even if scientifically more up-to-date.

Unfortunately, another website says the song was written by one Tom Glazer. Wikipedia, the repository of all knowledge and wisdom, says it's from Glazer's 1965 album Space Songs. But when you click the hypertext link on the album name, the page it takes you to says it was released in 1959 and written by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. Their page on Glazer, on the other hand, claims he [i]sang[/i] the song on the 1959 album, and admits it was written by Zaret and Singer.

So you figure it out!

Anyway it might be worthwhile to find the Space Songs album, or any of the albums in the series mentioned. The wikipedia article on Space Songs is probably the best place to start.

ANYway, the original words:

Why the Sun Shines
Hy Zaret (music) and Lou Singer (words)

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

Yo ho, it's hot, the sun is not
A place where we could live
But here on earth there'd be no life
Without the light it gives

We need its light
We need its heat
We need its energy
Without the sun, without a doubt
There'd be no you and me

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

The sun is hot

[spoken] It is so hot that everything on it is a gas: iron, copper, aluminum, and many others.

The sun is large

[spoken] If the sun were hollow, a million earths could fit inside. and yet, the sun is only a middle-sized star.

The sun is far away

[spoken] About 93 million miles away, and that's why it looks so small.

And even when it's out of sight
The sun shines night and day

The sun gives heat
The sun gives light
The sunlight that we see
The sunlight comes from our own sun's
Atomic energy

[spoken] Scientists have found that the sun is a huge atom-smashing machine. the heat and light of the sun come from the nuclear reactions of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and helium.

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

(The best TMBG version is the up-tempo live ska version. Well worth looking for.)


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,JimP
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 11:25 PM

Theme song from The Big Bang Theory by Barenaked Ladies:

Big Bang Theory (full)


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 08:29 PM

An outfit called Lyrical Learning has a bunch of recordings ably performed by Bobby Horton, each covering a different fields of science. They're aimed at kids, and they manage to be both accurate and fun.
(Available from CAMSCO, of course).


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Micca
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 03:38 PM

OOOps, My mistake, and misquotw .ine 1 should read
"The World of Science was cloaked in Stygian night"
Sorry


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Micca
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 03:26 PM

The World was cloaked in darkest Stygian night
God cried "let Newton be"! and all was light!!!
The devil watching, leaped up crying "Ho
Let Einsein be" restored the status quo.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 02:40 PM

Little Willie's dead and gone,
His face we'll see no more;
For what he thought was H20
Was H2S04.

Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 02:35 PM

Emily (Kates? Kaitz?) wrote & sings one about "I'm from the shallow end of the gene pool". This song is a lot of fun. She's from down here in Texas.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: oldhippie
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 09:16 AM

Hard to believe nobodys posted:

"Modern Physics In Five Easy Verses" by Bruce Lesnick.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,Stephen
Date: 14 Oct 05 - 08:42 PM

Out here in the Portland (OR, not cement) area, Shanghied on the Willamette sings this:

EINSTEIN THE GENIUS (3:21)          MP3
by Henry Jankiewicz (Kicking Mule)

Einstein was a genius
As smart as he could be.
He wrote one equation every day.
On Mondays he wrote three,
On Mondays he wrote three.

CHORUS
Albert dance around , Albert be profound.
Albert let your hair stick out, And your socks hang down.
Albert dance around , Albert be profound.
Albert let your hair stick out, And your socks hang down.

A man got in a spaceship.
And flew a million miles.
He busted through the speed of light
And he came back a child,
Yes, he came back a child.

REPEAT CHORUS

Well, a man looked through a telescope
Until his eye was red.
He looked around space and saw
The back of his own head,
Saw the back of his own head.

REPEAT CHORUS

A wave and a particle
Were walking side by side.
One to the other said
Which one of us am I?
Which one of us am I?

REPEAT CHORUS

Albert played the fiddle.
He loved to shout and sing.
Now if that ain't genius,
Well, that ain't anything.
No, that ain't anything.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: moongoddess
Date: 14 Oct 05 - 07:29 PM

When I was part of the Providence Journal's Follies ( the ProJo is a RI newspaper) we sang a song about an Amoeba that one of the reporters wrote. I used to sing it every year to the Science classes on my team, even though I was a mathematics teacher.

I saw you there, with some algae in your hair,
I knew right away we were meant to love and share.
I walked up to you and I said in a voice so rare,
"Be my amoeba, baby, be my amoeba, be my babe"

We swam for a while and then we swam away,
We swam around together all night and all day,
We swam with our arms around our pseudopodea,
"Be my amoeba, baby, be my amoeba, be my babe."

Then one dark and stormy night,
You gave me such a fright,
Said that you were feeling sick,
And then by gosh you began to split!

"Be my amoeba,baby, be my amoeba, be my babe."

Now I have a problem, I don't know what to do.
Now I have two lovers, and they both are you!
How can I love one, and still be true to two?
"Be my amoeba, baby, be my amoeba, be my babe."

My students really loved this song. Diana


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Jon W.
Date: 14 Oct 05 - 12:56 PM

The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas" is a song about the sun, covered in recent years by They Might Be Giants but composed in the '50s as an educational ditty (possibly produced by the Nuclear Power industry).


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Flash Company
Date: 14 Oct 05 - 12:08 PM

My wife and I , we worked alone,
In a sweet little lab we called our own,
We developed a germ that would kill in an hour,
And sold it to a foreign power!

Ch....
Ha ha ha, He he he
Little brown bug how I love thee.....

It's good to be back!

FC


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Oct 05 - 09:43 AM

Here's one based upon "Ya gotta pick a pocket or two" (from Oliver):

Pick a Packet or Two

Strangers with
    Strange accounts
Porno GIF
    Large amounts
Villains like these use FSP
You godda pick a packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

FSP you do not see
Unless you pick a packet or two.

Forged IPs
    Leave no tracks
When they launch
    SYN attacks
Never know why your mail has dried
Unless you pick a packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

Buffers fill, net I/O's killed
Unless you drop a packet or two.

RTM
    What a worm
Internet
    All asquirm
When he was caught he said it ought
To've only sent a packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

Spaf revealed the bug that yielded
More than just a packet or two.

IP port
    Six-six-six
Firewalls play
    Deadly tricks
Never assume cross-campus Doom
Won't yield an evil packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

Name the campus Ether spammers
When you pick a packet or two.

MBA
    Browsing by
Activates
    CGI
Credit-card details, indiscreet
Disclosure in a packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

Whiff of porn, all caution's gawn
A compromising packet or two.

IP frags
    Steal your breath
When they yield
    Ping o' Death
Kernels beware, rebuild with care
Or gag upon a packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

Bound'ry checks can save your neck
A kamikaze packet or two.

Thoughts of this
    Sort of trick
Reboots my
    Facial tic
Simply to find some peace of mind
I have to pick a packet or two
    You
Godda pick a packet or two, boys
You godda pick a packet or two.

We will find some peace of mind
When he can pick a packet or two.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Oct 05 - 09:39 AM

The Bug Came Back
(Copyright 1991 by Joel Polowin. Music: "The Cat Came Back" by Harry Miller)

The program wasn't complex, and it wasn't very long,
Though it seemed a bit erratic, its results were seldom wrong.
But that little error nagged us, so we stayed up late one night -
Found a missing comma, and we thought that fixed it right -

(Chorus)
But the bug came back, the very next day
The bug came back, we thought it was a gonner
But the bug came back, it just wouldn't stay away.

We put away our documents, rewrote the code from scratch
To find out where the new and older versions didn't match.
A subtle shift of logic showed where we had gone astray;
We felt a bit embarrassed, but at least it ran okay -

(Chorus)

We wrote in other languages, from FORTH to APL
And ev'ry one ran ev'ry time - just sometimes not too well.
Translation to assembler didn't give us any clue;
The COBOL version crashed on ev'ry system it went through -

(Chorus)

We gave it to the hacker squad - the folks who code for fun -
And asked them if they couldn't get the stupid thing to run.
But less than one week later, they no longer wished to play -
Three paranoids... one suicide... and six who ran away...

(Chorus)

We got a summer student in to check the code by hand,
With paper, pen and calculator, run through each command,
But suddenly the lights went out -- the air went thin and queer --
A sudden FLASH! of lightning -- and the student... disappeared..?

(Chorus)

(Last verse and corresponding alternate chorus are optional)

We set up an experiment that Schrodinger inspired:
A box; a cat; some poison; a computer system wired
Such that IF the program failed, the little moggy would be gassed.
A quasar was - almost - the only remnant of the blast...

(Chorus)

But the cat came back the very next day
The bug came back, we thought they were a goner
But they both came back, they just wouldn't stay away


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Tootler
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 04:14 PM

Flanders and Swann did a song about the laws of thermodynamics.

I did a Google search and found the words. The tune is more of a chant.

The First Law of Thermodymamics:
Heat is work and work is heat
    Heat is work and work is heat
Very good!
The Second Law of Thermodymamics:
Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body
    (scat music starts)
    Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body
Heat won't pass from a cooler to a hotter
    Heat won't pass from a cooler to a hotter
You can try it if you like but you far better notter
    You can try it if you like but you far better notter
'Cos the cold in the cooler with get hotter as a ruler
    'Cos the cold in the cooler with get hotter as a ruler
'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler
    'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler

First Law:
Heat is work and work is heat and work is heat and heat is work
Heat will pass by conduction
    Heat will pass by conduction
Heat will pass by convection
    Heat will pass by convection
Heat will pass by radiation
    Heat will pass by radiation
And that's a physical law

Heat is work and work's a curse
And all the heat in the Universe
Is gonna cooool down 'cos it can't increase
Then there'll be no more work and there'll be perfect peace
    Really?
Yeah - that's entropy, man!

And all because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which lays down:

That you can't pass heat from the cooler to the hotter
Try it if you like but you far better notter
'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler
'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler
Oh, you can't pass heat from the cooler to the hotter
You can try it if you like but you'll only look a fooler
'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler
That's a physical Law!

Oh, I'm hot!
    Hot? That's because you've been working!
Oh, Beatles - nothing!
That's the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics!


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Susan of DT
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 04:05 PM

Check out the following keywords in the Digital Tradition:
@science @computer @medicine
Both Dick and I have been scientists, so we like this stuff.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: open mike
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 12:35 PM

i think there is a thread about leprosy--but this isn't it..
i guess it is scientific though. as science may be needed
to find a cure--but have they?


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Don Firth
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 12:13 PM

Well . . . It's a slow morning here at the Skunk Works, so I tried googling "leprosy" and "parody" and came up with a fair amount of stuff. I randomly selected two of them. For what they're worth:
To the Beatles' "Let It Be."

I was sittin' in Rwanda when a pimpled guy came up to me!
Now I have a disease,
Leprosy!

And everywhere I go people stare and call me friggin' freak!
Please put on a ski mask,
Leprosy!

Leprosy, Leprosy, Leprosy, Leprosy!
Please burn off these lesions, Leprosy!

Now im sittin on the sofa with a shotgun propped up next to me!
Mother Mary wouldn't save me,
Leprosy!

And when my brains are splattered and you have to call an EMT!
Make sure they don't touch me,
Leprosy!
What is this with the Beatles and leprosy? Here's another one, to the tune of "Yesterday."
Leprosy.
That old rotten man just touched my knee.
Now my flesh is falling off of me.
I think he gave me leprosy.

Suddenly
I'm just half the man I used to be.
Bits and pieces coming off of me.
Yes, leprosy came suddenly.

Why'd my arm fall off?
I don't know, no one will say.
I know something's wrong,
'cause my leg just walked away (without me.)

Yesterday,
I could always lounge the time away.
Now my bed is in a slimy way,
Leprosy has ruined my day.

Why did I get cursed
With this rot, I need to hide.
I'm sure I'm diseased
For my spleen fell out my side. (ooooohhhh.)

Leprosy
It really is a drag for me.
All my friends now run away from me.
Oh how I hate this leprosy.
I've read these through, but I haven't tried singing them, so I'm not sure they scan all that well, but give 'em a try of so moved. Fell free to "folk process" them if they need it.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: JohnB
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 10:47 AM

What about Donovan's "Intergallactical Laxative" it is about space travel, I think :)
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: Splott Man
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 03:44 AM

NaCl by Kate & Anna McGarrigleis an Inter-elemantal love song


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 01:27 AM

Also check out Tom Lehrer's "Lobochevsky," sometimes referred to by the subtitle "Plagiarize." It's a "how I succeeded in science" sort of thing, but apparently accurate for tenured academics. Academics of all kinds - including scientists should appreciate it.

His "Wernher von Braun" might also fit your description.

Both of these are more about "scientists" than about "science," but you can't have one without t'other.

John


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 13 Oct 05 - 12:40 AM

What about biology? Because if you'd consider this topic, here's one I put together called Grossosity which loosely hints at some of the grosser workings of our human anatomy. ;o) Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: open mike
Date: 12 Oct 05 - 11:38 PM

i can't find that reference..
but if you search for physics
this thread will come up..
What Do Physicists Think About??
along with some other musical ones.


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: open mike
Date: 12 Oct 05 - 11:29 PM

i do remember a thread we had a while back featuring two scientists
(physiscists?) who had an album or c.d. of songs used in university
classrooms?

or are the atoms of my brain dissapating??


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 05 - 11:28 PM

Don, that's the song! The one that got me thinking about starting this thread. But I want more...more...HaHahahahhaa


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Subject: RE: Songs and parodies about science
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Oct 05 - 11:25 PM

Alaska Mike's "Iditerod" fits the category.


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