La liste des éléments chimiques chantée par Tom Lehrer

Tom Leh­rer chante la liste des élé­ments chi­miques connus à l’époque, en 1967. Il manque donc les élé­ments décou­verts après cette date : le Sea­bor­gium, le Boh­rium, le Meit­né­rium, le Has­sium, le Darm­stad­tium, le Roent­ge­nium, le Coper­ni­cium, le Niho­nium, le Flé­ro­vium, le Liver­mo­rium, le Oga­nes­son, le Mos­co­vium et enfin le Ten­nesse.

 

Now, if I may digress momen­ta­ri­ly from the main stream of this eve­nings sym­po­sium, I’d like to sing a song which is com­ple­te­ly point­less but which is some­thing I picked up during my career as a
Tist. This may prove use­ful to some­bo­dy some day per­haps, in a somew­hat bizarre set of cir­cum­stances. It’s sim­ply the names of the che­mi­cal ele­ments set to a pos­si­bly reco­gni­zable tune.

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 phos­pho­rus and fran­cium and fluo­rine and ter­bium,
And man­ga­nese and mer­cu­ry, molyb­de­num, magne­sium,
Dys­pro­sium and scan­dium and cerium and cesium.
And lead, pra­seo­dy­mium, and pla­ti­num, plu­to­nium,
Pal­la­dium, pro­me­thium, potas­sium, polo­nium,
And tan­ta­lum, tech­ne­tium, tita­nium, tel­lu­rium,

And cad­mium and cal­cium and chro­mium and curium.

There’s sul­fur, 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.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to ha’vard,
And there may be many others, but they haven’t been dis­ca­vard.
Now, may I have the next slide please ?
Got car­ried away there.

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