The Sounds of Science
While sifting through my iTunes library recently, I came across more than a handful of songs on the subject of science. Sometimes the lyrics directly address science, sometimes the reference is more tangential, and sometimes only the song title is relevant. I’ve included links to audio/video (of mixed quality).
Do it. Dooooooo it.
This land is mine, this land is free
I’ll do what I want but irresponsibly
It’s evolution, baby
I’ve got science for any occasion
Postulating theorems formulating equations
Cheech wizard in a snow blizzard
Eating chicken gizzards with a girl named Lizzy
Dropping science like Galileo dropped the orange
She said I made some new connections to astound them all
in ways we’ve never dreamed about
This is what we all dream about in lab. One of my favorite bands couldn’t have stated it better.
Yeah, damn this thing. Why must it insist on half-a-tick-mark accuracy on my P1000?!
Ok, this song definitely takes the cake for the scienceiest song from a legitimate rock band I’ve ever heard.
You must listen to it–it’s a real hoot.
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
What is the light
That you have
Shining all around you?
Is it chemically derived?
Colors are a fascinating physical phenomenon. This song has a real nice melody, and sounds really sciencey too.
So sell your suit and tie and come and live with me
Leukemia schizophrenia polyethylene
There is no significant risk to your health
She used to be beautiful once as well
Plastic bag, middle class, polyethylene
Decaffeinate, unleaded, keep all surfaces clean
Here but for the spinning of a sphere,
Electric skies and vibrations rise the breach,
the birth, the seed inside,
The chemistry of common life
Cobain was speaking about atomic number 3; or maybe he was talking about mood stabilizing drugs.
Who cares the song rocks.
The great Detroit troubadour Jack White went simple for the lyrics to this song.
Oh yeah, and this track is off their album White Blood Cells.
The blue pill opens your eyes
Is there a better way?
A new religion prescribed
To those without the faith
Here I lie in my hospital bed
Tell me, Sister Morphine, when are you coming round again?
Oh, I don’t think I can wait that long
Oh, you see that I’m not that strong
Hey baby you better come here quick
This ol’ cocaine is making me sick
Cocaine all around my brain
Yeah, it’ll do that.
If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
. . . Newton got beaned by the apple good. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
. . . Mister Charles Darwin had the gall to ask. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
No it wasn’t. It happened. Listen to the R.E.M. song.
Polemic and Beyond
Science fails to recognize the single most
potent element of human existence
letting the reigns go to the unfolding
is faith, faith, faith, faith
The world may seem cruel
The world may hate us
In time we will show the world why the world made us
You might be wondering why a song with this title is on this list. I find the lyrics really fascinating actually; while a scientist’s explanation for these “mistakes” may be far simpler, they are probably unlikely to resonate as profoundly as Lynn’s with most people.
Why I’ve heard people say
Why is my child blind
Why is that old drunk still livin’
When a daddy like mine is dyin’
our blessed father gives us life
has the power to take it away
There’s no reason for what he does
God makes no mistakes