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Song Parodies -> "Brownian Motion"

Original Song Title:

"Eleanor Rigby"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Brownian Motion"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Continuing Phil's series of science lectures set to music...
Ah, look at all the little particles
Ah, look at all the little particles

Brownian motion tries to explain how a dust mote can move when there's nothing else there
Except the air
Air isn't moving - there must be something that is on the move but that we cannot see
What can it be?

All those little part'cles
Why do they rise and fall?
All those little part'cles
Why do they move at all?

Ah, look at all the little particles
Ah, look at all the little particles

Air is made up from atoms and molecules whizzing around at high speed
So now take heed
See the dust jerking, something is hitting that speck just to make it go whizz
Know what it is?

All those little part'cles
Why, what is it we've found?
All those little part'cles
Why do they move around?

Ah, look at all the little particles
Ah, look at all the little particles

Brownian motion caused by collisions with something that's too small to see
Wbat can they be?
Miniscule mol'cules banging the dust motes we see as they go whizzing past
Moving quite fast

All those little part'cles
Why do they move in jerks?
All those little part'cles
Now I know how it works...

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Johnny D - May 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Great job, Philbo. Reminds me of an incident that occurred when I lived at M.I.T. Student House (a co-ed cooperative living group for M.I.T. students in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood).....one evening, at dinner, we were having brownies for dessert, and one of my housemates picked up a brownie and hurled it through the air across the dining room, and then he said to everybody, "Look - it's a brownie in motion!" I don't recall exactly what happened next, but perhaps numerous other brownies suddenly went into motion towards him...... ;-D
neminem - May 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Seems to have a few too many syllables crammed into a line. Now if this were a folk song instead of classic rock (thanks, Lehrer) then that would be ok... humor's spot on.
Also, nice story Johnny.
Phil Alexander - May 25, 2004 - Report this comment
You know, you're right, neminem - I've been singing it through with an extra triplet in the first two long lines. It seems to fit the music, though... Anyway, I hate poverty, war and injustice, too ;-)
Meriadoc - May 25, 2004 - Report this comment
This parody made all the motes in my head spin. It was very diffusing... :-)
Bush League - May 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Your syllable problem corrected itself as the piece went on. I'm sure if I'd ever actually studied physics, I could come up with some clever metaphor for that... 4-5-5
Phil Alexander - May 25, 2004 - Report this comment
BL - Obviously an example of Convergent Recapitulative Amplitudinal Polysyllables, wouldn't you say?

JD - "Brownie in motion"? I suppose one being thrown is preferrable to other thoughts of what that phrase might imply...
Kristof Robertson - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Hey Phil, I didn't expect to get an edgy-kayshun at Amiright! Some probs with oversyllablisation but very cerebral all the same 444
Phil Alexander - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Didn't expect an education here, eh? In which discipline would you like your education, Kristof? I can offer Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History or English...
John Jenkins - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
Illuminating.
alvin rhodes - May 28, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks for the laughs and the science lesson
BL - May 28, 2004 - Report this comment
Exactly.

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