Geeky songs, part 2

September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Vaguely triggered by finding the TMBG science songs, I’ve been looking for video or audio of the science songs by the late lamented Ira Herskowitz — such as “Nights In the Cold Room”, or “I’ve Been Working on the Genome”.  Can’t find them anywhere.  Can it be that no recordings survive? That would be sad.

But — although I have to say that most science song videos are really really bad — I did find this, from geekpop.  Lyrics after the jump.

Chromosome

It’s in my chromosomes
that’s my excuse
I’d fight it off
But it’s no use
It’s the way I’m made
I don’t know how
And I don’t know why
But it’s too late now

I guess it’s X and Y
Not theology
It’s the basic facts
Of biology
It’s Darwinian
How I struggle to survive
And the hardest part
Is to stay alive
So don’t, don’t blame me
Blame the selfish gene
don’t blame me

I’d love to change my ways
I’d love to mend my ways
But my DNA
Says it’s just a phase
And the way I feel
Is just the way to feel – it’s
Nothing more
Than a double helix
So don’t, don’t blame me
Blame the selfish gene
don’t blame me

Done awful things
Done selfish things
In this human life
I’ve done everything
But if you think
That I’ve done wrong
Well, think again
It was Nature all along
So don’t, don’t blame me
Blame the selfish gene
don’t blame me . . .

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