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Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?

GUEST,JTT 13 Oct 04 - 05:21 PM
*Laura* 13 Oct 04 - 05:25 PM
Blackcatter 13 Oct 04 - 05:26 PM
Blackcatter 13 Oct 04 - 05:27 PM
HuwG 13 Oct 04 - 07:37 PM
Blackcatter 13 Oct 04 - 08:17 PM
Bill Hahn//\\ 13 Oct 04 - 08:25 PM
Mark Cohen 14 Oct 04 - 02:35 AM
The Fooles Troupe 14 Oct 04 - 05:17 AM
JohnInKansas 14 Oct 04 - 10:29 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Oct 04 - 10:43 AM
Pauline L 14 Oct 04 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,JTT 14 Oct 04 - 12:59 PM
Jim McLean 14 Oct 04 - 02:10 PM
Susan of DT 14 Oct 04 - 03:27 PM
*Laura* 14 Oct 04 - 05:31 PM
GUEST 14 Oct 04 - 05:44 PM
Bill Hahn//\\ 14 Oct 04 - 06:18 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 05:21 PM

I was sure there was a Monty Python song based on the Periodic Table of Elements, but on a Cat search (thanks, puss) found it was a Tom Lehrer song about chemicals.

But is there a song about the PTofE?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: *Laura*
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 05:25 PM

I've never heard of a Monty Python one - and I know alot of Monty Python, believe me!
But there's always more to see of it so...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 05:26 PM

I think you'll find that the Tom Leher song is about the Elements.

Check out the following webpage for an animated version of Lehrer's original recording.

http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 05:27 PM

MP didn't do an elements song or skit.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: HuwG
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 07:37 PM

Here is the DT entry for Tom Lehrer's Elements.

The Pythons (or John Cleese and Graham Chapman at any rate) were fond of this reference-book humour. See The Cheese Shop for instance. However, I think Tom Lehrer rather cornered the market on the Periodic table.

The closest Python ditty I can find is The Universe Song (from "The Meaning of Life").


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 08:17 PM

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and revolving at 900 miles an hour . . .

Oddly enough - both the Universe Song and The Elements are in my repitoire.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 08:25 PM

I only know of the Tom Lehrer piece sung to the melody of The Major General's Song in Pirates of Penzance (G&S).   Amazing how he pulled it off.

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 02:35 AM

There are several threads about this, as referenced above. There's also The Formulary Song, which I wrote a quarter of a century ago. It's interesting to see how many of the drugs mentioned are no longer in use. (There's a line missing: line 3 of verse 3 should be "And Miltown, Motrin, Medrol, Maalox, Myleran and Miradon" -- note that back then Motrin was available by prescription only!)

This animated version of "The Elements" is absolutely wonderful--and it uses Lehrer's original version. Check it out!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 05:17 AM

I one found on the web "The Periodic Table of The Elephants" ---

there were only two entries...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 10:29 AM

Lehrer's Elements has to be considered "folk," or at least "historical," since it omits a few dozen that have been discovered. Maybe his last line "they haven't been discovered" needs updating to "just recently discovered."

or

The transitory elements that last less than a minute
Have mostly been omitted 'cause there is no future in it

?

John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 10:43 AM

No one but Lehrer could do a credible job of fitting any new elements into the song, and since the words suggest that others will be discovered, the original version is best left alone. If nothing else it is a historic point in time for the world of science.

My kids have actually learned that song so well they can sing along with Lehrer and pronouce it up to speed. I wouldn't attempt it! Best I can do is listen and get the last element or two in several lines of the song.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Pauline L
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 10:48 AM

Thank you so much for the link to the animated version. I'm a chemist, so this song has special meaning to me. I've bookmarked it with all the other versions of the periodic table which I've collected. In fact, I may use it as Fig. 7 in the paper I'm writing now.

Pauline


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 12:59 PM

Thanks very much!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 02:10 PM

Around 1980 I produced an EP sung by Johnny Ball who had A British TV series at the time, a kind of popular science program for kids. He sings The Elements, The Minute Waltz and Think of a Number which was the theme tune to the program. Johnny won't mind me sayin that he is first and foremost a presenter cum entertainer rather than a singer. I have two spare copies in my files and I would be happy to post them to the first two replies (PM me)at no cost.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 03:27 PM

Check out searches for both chemistry and chemical for related items. Neither come with the "Demi said to Me" which is under science rather than chemistry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: *Laura*
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 05:31 PM

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs Brown, and things seem hard or tough...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 05:44 PM

Note, however, that the order in Lehrer's song is not that of the periodic table, but was chosen for the sake of rhyme & meter.

A song that devoted one line to each element, with perfect rhythm & suitable rhymes, and forming stanzas corresponding to the rows of the table, might be of great value to students.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 06:18 PM

Guest: The idea has merit---but, William Schwenk Gilbert is dead---he could have pulled it off. After all how many people will use the phrase: "to your.......I hate to be a dimunitioner" (Mikado--as sung by PooBah the Lord High Everything Else).   He surely could rhyme what would seem to be unrhymable words---and pull of a great humor with insight.

         Perhaps Lehrer can pull it off also. Now---genuflect, genuflect, genuflect.

       Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 09:03 PM

Theres Dubnium, Lawrencium, Seaborgium and Bohrium
Theres Hassium, Meitnerium as well as Rutherfordium
Those sixties men of Harvard, this might come as a shock to them
They've gone from Unununium as far as Ununoctium
And those Periodic experts would surely be surprised
Theres at least another hundred that they're trying to synthesise.

apologies to SRS. This is from a previous thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Pauline L
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 10:02 PM

Being a chemist, I have a collection of periodic tables from the Internet. The two worst have a (conventional) poem or a Heikku for each element. Then again, maybe the one with comic strips is the worst. The one with a blog for each element is kind of interesting. Chemistry wasn't like this when I studied or taught it.

Pauline


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 10:15 PM

Mr. McLean!

Please post Johnny Ball's lyrics to this thread....if your first two respondents are as stingey, tight, crusted, rusted, old and busted....as your pathetic, parsimonous offering....it may be another mellenium until the lyrics are shared with the rest of the universe.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

McMembership may have "its" rewards but surely it is more than a faggot's fart in the wind?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 10:23 PM

Mark Cohen -

Brillant - truly brillant! Truly, well done!

Cripes! Think of the ones you could add today!

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

It also explains why, in mid-life-crisis, others have not been able "to score" on my recommendations of adolescent favorites.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Periodic Table of Elements song?
From: Jim McLean
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 04:30 AM

Gargoyle, I'm afraid I don't understand your posting. Johnny Ball was singing The Elements by Tom Lehrer, there was no question of lyrics by Johnny Ball. I was offering to send free gratis a couple of copies I had to anyone interested. You really do seem to have a problem.


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