The Periodic Table Of The Elements Song Lyrics

Artist: Tom Lehrer

Actually, I did rather well myself this past Christmas. The nicest present

I received was a gift certificate, good at any hospital, for a lobotomy.

Rather thoughtful. Now, if I may digress momentarily from the main stream

of this evening's symposium, I'd like to sing a song which is completely

pointless, but is something which I picked up during my career as a scientist.

This may prove useful to some of you some day, perhaps, in a somewhat

bizarre set of circumstances. It's simply the names of the chemical elements,

set to a possibly recognisable tune.

[Note from Adam: It's "I am the very model of a modern major-general"

by Gilbert and Sullivan.]

There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium

And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium

And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium

And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium

Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium

And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium

And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium

And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium

And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium

And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium

And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium

(Isn't that interesting? I knew you would. I hope you're all taking notes

because there's going to be a short quiz next period.)

There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium

And phosphorous and francium and fluorine and terbium

And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium

Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and caesium

And lead, praeseodymium and platinum, plutonium

Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium

And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium

And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium

There's sulphur, californium and fermium, berkelium

And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium

And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium

And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium.

There 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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