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Original Song Title:

"Sound of Silence"

Original Performer:

Simon & Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"Glucose Song"

Parody Written by:

Luminous Veil

The Lyrics

This is my second Sound of Silence parody, but it's based off of a different idea from my first. Most of the information contained in it is technically correct, except for the fact that the end product of glycolysis isn't acetate but pyruvate. I hope you can forgive for this minor detail, I only added it because "pyruvate" does not fit into the pacing of this song. Also I did not add in the minor detail that FAD is involved in glucose metabolism, and that individually electrons from FAD and NAD pass through only three of the four complexes on the mitochondria inner membrane. But adding all these details is too much to ask for in such a short parody song. I hope this is useful for students who are studying this subject.
Hello glucose my old friend
I've come to burn you up again
Because my body needs ATP
And the molecules which I need
And the power that is needed in my brain
Still remains
Making some joules with glucose

Glycolysis turns you to two
Acetate and CO2
If your body lacks oxygen
The enzymes in your cells will take action
And make lactic stuff to renew all your NAD
And make some joules with glucose

And in the TCA I saw
'Bout eight reactions, maybe more
Citrate, malate and fumarate
Isocitrate and succinate
Ketoglutarate, and succinyl Co-A
Are all in play
To make some joules with glucose

"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Joules from glucose where they go
The reduction of NAD
The production of ATP
And the great, electron transport chain
And takes place
In a cell with glucose

Inner mitochondria 'brane
Where electrons flow and drain
As they flow through all four complex
Protons' pumped out from the matrix
And the windmill of ATP synthase will rotate by the gradient
And it all was meant
For making into joules with glucose

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Pacing: 4.2
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Overall Rating: 4.2

Total Votes: 9

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Phil Alexander - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
I was about to say "it's not acetate", then I read your initial comments. I can't see what's wrong with "pyruvate", though: they're both three syllables (and 3 carbons... no, acetate's only two). But kudos for getting in nearly all the Krebs cycle into Sound of Silence.
John Barry - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
Mounds of science. . .very informative.
Johnny D - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
Luminous Veil - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
You're partially correct that pyruvate can fit into the lyrics, seeing that it has three syllables. Perhaps I should have thought out these lyrics better before I submit it. However, pacing has two parts to it, the first part is matching the number of syllables and the other is matching the stress. "Acetate" has a better stress pattern than "pyruvate." The other thing which concerned me was the rhyming scheme, the only word which I could come up with a word which rhymes with "two" is "CO2." If I'm meticulous about things such as rhyming scheme, pacing and technical correctness of the information that I'm presented, I would have thought these things out and written better lyrics. The reason I do not is that I have a life beyond writing parody lyrics, therefore I only spend a reasonable amount of time but not quite enough to perfect my lyrics, otherwise it would be interferring with the other things I'm supposed to do. Thank you for pointing out my inaccuracies, though.
Tommy Turtle - September 28, 2007 - Report this comment
The rest of us have no life beyond writing parody lyrics, and therefore would have come up with something like:

And from glycolysis, ensue: CO2, pyruvate, too...

... or something. There is always a way to make it work. But this is still a honey of a parody, so take these Fives, and tell pedantics like Phil Alexander and TT to go fructoselves.
Ann Hammond - September 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I too say sweet
Susanna Viljanen - September 29, 2007 - Report this comment
Aww... life is sweeter through chemistry. 555 grams of everything that's nice

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