The Elements Lyrics - Tom Lehrer

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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, 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.

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
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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 sulphur, californium and fermium, berkelium
And also mendelevium, einsteinium and 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 Harvard,
And there may be many others, but they haven't been discovered.



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epicness | Reviewer: kenny | 10/15/14

This song is awesome and funny. My teacher said that if I memorize the song, I get a king size candy bar and a 2L pop. If 2 people in my class memorize it, we get a donut party. I am trying to memorize it right now. I am not very far in the song yet, but I am having fun.

Amazed but worried. | Reviewer: Ritz | 10/22/14

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!
My science teacher said we could exempt any test we wanted if we could sing/speak it to him. My only problem is I don't know how to memorize it. Please help!!!!!!! Thanks :)

LOL | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/6/14

My science teacher offered us 100 points of extra credit if we learned the song and so i learned it in less than 2 days and didn't do anything the rest and still had enough extra credit points to give me like a 200 % in the class.

Crazy | Reviewer: CrazyDude43 | 9/29/14

It's really hard to understand and follow. There is no rhyme or reason to it (well, there is rhyme, but you know what I mean, it's just all over the place)

most amazing song listened for class | Reviewer: kay lyan | 9/6/14

so last year in my 6th grade class my teacher play this for us so I listen to it and I found another one and both of them are now stuck in my head so in 8th or 9th grade I don't have to worry about remembering the elements

Totally awesome! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/20/14

OMG, best song ever!! My chemistry teacher said the one that learns the whole song could get a ten in chemistry without getting anything right in the upcoming tests!! Looking forward to the ones who will try ;)

If only.. | Reviewer: David | 8/6/14

If only they found a way to incorporate the new elements into the song. They (the new elements) have really complex names, like Ununoctium e.t.c. It would make the song even funnier.

re iritated 5/19/14 | Reviewer: poor Student | 7/1/14

I know what you mean, however this song was written more than 50 years ago... Not only have several more elements been discovered, but to include them in the song now would require a complete rewrite, 3 or 4 extra verses, and about 3 years additional work n to make sure it scans properly... That's saying nothing of whether man-made elements should be included our just the naturally occurring ones... There's often a reason you don't mess with the classics... Is like rewriting Wacko's countries of the world song to include North and South Sudan, the channel islands, plus however many countries have either gained independence or change their name since the early 1990s...

Wicked! | Reviewer: Alpha | 6/29/14

I laughed so hard when I found this song, it's awesome! My Science teacher said that when we learn about the elements she'd play this song, and I'm looking forward to it :D Well done Mr. Lehrer, you made a good song :)

marge | Reviewer: the memories | 5/27/14

I remember my chemistry teacher used to play that song and now that I saw a quote from Google I searched it up and brought memories from then ..... its funny and fast though

Irritated | Reviewer: Minions | 5/19/14

I have always loved this song, but I am disappointed by the fact that many new elements are not included in this song. Well....not exactly disappointed, more irritated really. When I was younger I thought it would be cool if included sing this song in my head during a science test and ace it, but though I now know there is more to a test than that, I have still clung to that fantasy that this song was wholesome and holy. I have worshipped it and thought it awesome....UNTIL I learned that it was missing some parts. *sniffle*

love it so funny | Reviewer: singer | 5/1/14

so funny lol. the last part: there's earth and air and fire and water. totally made me laugh. though I'm only like gr.4 I always wanted to know how to mem. the periodic table. addicted to this song love it love it love it! btw, u guys should see the new math song

The best song i ever heard!!!!!! | Reviewer: Da Science Lover | 3/30/14

As soon as I heard this song it got stuck in my head. I sing it every day in the morning and whenever I am bored. This is probably the best scientific song that I ever heard!!!!!!

BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Love Science | 3/30/14

This is the most catchy and amazing song. The first time I heard it I fell in love with it. All I can say is that this is the best scientific song. The first time you hear it it is very hard to follow along, even with the lyrics, but when you keep hearing it and practicing you start to memorize it little by little.

I would rate its song 11/10.

I'm in it for the chocolate | Reviewer: Sasha | 2/22/14

My science teacher told us that she will buy boxes of chocolates and who ever can stand up and sing the whole song in front of the class by the end of the term gets one. I've already memorized the first verse


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