Observations of a Nerd

In which I embarrass myself even more.

You can download it here

Lyrics: PhD (rewrite of Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire“)

I wanna get my PhD so fricking bad
Get all of those jobs I never can
I wanna be on the cover of Science Magazine
And all your future research will cite me

Oh every time I close my eyes
I see my name with letters on the side
Oh call me doctor if you don’t mind, oh yeah
You’ll see, my life will be complete
When I get my PhD

I would have an office of my own
Where I can be alone, buy myself a nice chair
Close my eyes and sit there
You know, I’ll prolly make my TAs do the grading
Meanwhile I’ll hit the beach for a bit of sunbathing
When I give a lecture, they’ll all sit up and listen
Every single undergrad will wanna be in my section
And the grad students, hell they’ll love me too
Cuz aint no other doc that can do what I do
Check it – I was born to excel
In just a few years I’ll be polishing my Nobel
Just don’t call me misses such-and-such
That’s Doctor Christie, thankyouverymuch.

Oh every time I close my eyes…

I’ll be getting grants from government
Saving for retirement
And still will be able to afford to live decent
You know, above the poverty line
Cuz as a grad student I can barely scrape by
I think I’m gonna pay my future students better
I’ll be raking in grant money so it won’t even matter
They’ll be able to afford things like food and clothes
They’ll have it so good, man, they won’t even know
None of my students will suffer like me
They’ll fully funded, living easy
I know we all have a similar dream
So grad students out there, raise your glass and sing with me

I wanna get my PhD so fricking bad…


  1. #1 Dorid
    April 18, 2011

    LOVE IT! am sharing on FB and forwarding to Brine Queen.

  2. #2 EcoPhysioMichelle
    April 18, 2011

    On the contrary, I think Travis would be proud. (Does he actually go by Travie now? I haven’t paid much attention since he split off from Gym Class Heroes.)

  3. #3 HennaHonu
    April 18, 2011

    Dude this is awesome! I now have this version stuck in my head… what a great way to start another week in the lab.

  4. #4 Eva
    April 18, 2011

    This is awesome!

  5. #5 idragosani
    April 18, 2011

    This is too cool! Thanks for sharing!

  6. #6 Wesley
    April 18, 2011

    Haha, I love it. Keep writing and singing!

  7. #7 Chuck
    April 18, 2011

    So when does the album drop?

  8. #8 Barry
    April 18, 2011

    Did you write this?

  9. #9 Christie Wilcox
    April 18, 2011

    The lyrics you mean? Yes. The music, unfortunately, no… that’s all Travie and his homeboys.

  10. #10 Morgan Jackson
    April 19, 2011

    That. Is. Awesome! Well done!

  11. #11 Jason F. Cannon
    May 2, 2011

    First time reader of your blog and now I’m hooked! Awesome rendition!!!!! Cheers!!! : )

  12. #12 Prof.Pedant
    June 15, 2011

    That was absolutely excellent! You really ought to consider developing a small music career in the free time that writing your dissertation allows. The effort would be greatly appreciated by a lot of people in academia.

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