A new really old version of The Elements

I hope you’re all fans out Tom Lehrer (“Mr. Lehrer’s muse [is] not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste.” – NYT, apparently). Well, via those Improbable Research (“Mr. Abraham’s muse [is] not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste.” – NYT, possibly) comes a new old version of Lehrer’s classic The Elements:

The lyrics are below the fold.

There’s Sb, As, Al, Se,
& H & O & N & Re,
& Ni, Nd, Np, Ge,
& Fe, Am, Ru, U,
Eu, Zr, Lu, V,
& Lsa & Os & At & Ra,
& Au & Pa & In & Ga,

& I & Th & Tm & Tl.

There’s Y Yb, Ac Rb,
& B, Gd, Nb, Ir,
& Sr & Si & Ag & Sm,
& Bi, Br, Li, Be, & Ba.

There’s Ho & He & Hf & Er,
& P & Fr & Fl & Tb,
& Mn & Hg, Mo, Mg,
Dy & Sc & Ce & Cs.
And Pb, Pr, and Pt, Pu,
Pd, Pm, K, Po,
& Ta, tc, Ti, te,

And Cd and Ca and Cr and Cm.

There’s S, Cf, & Fm, Bk,
& also Md, Es, No,
& Ar, Kr, Ne, Rn, Xe, Zn, & Rh,
& Cl, C, Co, Cu, W, Sn, & Na.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others, but they haven’t been discovered.

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3 Responses to A new really old version of The Elements

  1. When I was about fourteen I could sing the whole of the song by heart, in authentic Lehrer-ese accent. Sad but true. I can still do the first verse.

    Talking of which, Lanthanum (line 6) is La, not Ls.