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Continuing on with my promise to play around with this science songwriting thing (1, 2), here is the third song in my World’s Fair repertoire. This one on the awesome mitochondrion!


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Here is the demo mp3 for your listening pleasure (might be best with headphones), and the lyrics reprinted for all to see below:

MITOCHONDRIA!

(verses)
Floating round in a cell,
making A T P
In your own kind of hell
in the cytoplasmic sea

You got own DNA
Came maternally
Never sure how you stayed
Endosymbiotically

(Chorus)
Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria
Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria

(Bridge)
Inner membrane, oxidation, many cristae, metabolism
Electron transportation chain!

REPEAT VERSES

My vocals have much to be desired, and I’m a little unpracticed with the electric, but hey, didn’t that describe Dylan at some point in his career (not that I’m even remotely comparing myself to Dylan, although if Dylan ever wrote a song about mitochondria, then that would be something else). Favourite lyric this time around is getting the word “endosymbiotically” to rhyme with “maternally.”

Alright then… What should the next song be about?

Comments

  1. #1 Kato
    May 8, 2009

    That chorus is kind of addicting. Your other post on the thermodynamics song, said something about TMBG covering this kind of stuff, and my two cents is to say that that would be cool.

  2. #2 Brandon
    May 8, 2009

    Write a song about the quadratic equation. I dare you.

  3. #3 John S. Wilkins
    May 8, 2009

    Krebs cycle! I want to hear a rhyme for tricarboxylic acid

  4. #4 Luigi Cooper
    May 8, 2009

    If you enjoy science songs, please enjoy the motherload over at Singing Science Records. From jet propulsion to gravity and friction, it’s a whole lot of old skool awesome. http://www.acme.com/jef/singing_science/

  5. #5 Chris Condayan
    May 8, 2009

    Loving this. Sounds like you need a bass track and a grounded guitar amp. What are you mixing this on? If you like I’d be happy to drop some bass on it :)

    Honestly, I’d like to collaborate with someone who can right a good rap song about a microbiology-related topic so I can go head on against these other science gangstas LOL

    Enjoy – http://is.gd/xNHS Regulatin’ Genes, Y’all

  6. #6 Adnan
    May 8, 2009

    Pigface has a song entitled “Methylated”. It even mentions evolution.

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/song/Methylated/4582644

  7. #7 Ellen
    May 8, 2009

    How about a song about tagmosis or even cephalization?

    Regionalized endothermy?

    Ostracoderms? Nah, Ray Troll has got the fossil fish genre all locked up.

    So many wonderful things, so many wonderful words. Write a love song to allele, just because it sounds so pretty.

  8. #8 Clare D
    May 8, 2009

    Yes, like the chorus, and the cytoplasmic sea!

    I came across this a few weeks ago which I really liked: Am I a wave or a particle at geekpops.

    http://geekpop.podbean.com/2009/tetrahedron/spiritofplay

  9. #9 Martin S
    May 8, 2009

    Sweet!
    Neurons, please… astrocytes, maybe? Or better yet: glial cells!

  10. #10 diona
    May 8, 2009

    Buckyballs are begging for a song.

  11. #11 Tom
    May 8, 2009

    Not the only song about mitos, although my favorite (a few years old, at least) does not actually mention them by name: http://www.science-groove.org/Now/Oxidative.html

  12. #12 Toaster
    May 8, 2009

    @Chris Condayan:

    I happen to be one such scientific gangsta. I’ve got many tracks of beats waiting for lyrics to be xenografted on top. If you wish to collaborate, I can be reached at Toaster(DOT)Sunshine(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

    And I agree that it needs more bass. If I had a direct line in for my bass I’d offer, but as it is I haven’t yet figured out how to reliably get the buzz out of my mic.

  13. #13 David Morrison
    May 8, 2009

    Hey, fun song!

    Looks like we have a very unusual common interest. I also have a song about mitochondria!

    Mine’s over at:

    http://cherrypeel.com/#p=/comments/53406

    Cheers, fellow nerd!

    David

  14. #14 Freya Fitzpatrick
    May 8, 2009

    As a teacher, all I can say is THANK-YOU!! This is probably about all most of my students will ever remember about the cell.

  15. #15 Boinkie
    May 8, 2009

    linked to my blog.

  16. #16 Pteryxx
    May 8, 2009

    And don’t forget the Biochemist’s Songbook! Dr. Baum allowed all the songs to be made available as mp3s here:

    http://www.csulb.edu/~cohlberg/songbook.html

  17. #17 Joseph j7uy5
    May 8, 2009

    In my freshman biology class, the professor showed a movie with a modern dance routine. It illustrated DNA transcription. The choreography and dance were done by students at one of those hippie colleges in California. Made quite an impression.

  18. #18 Reed
    May 9, 2009

    Hey! Don’t forget the fabulous “PCR Song” –“When you want to know who your Daddy is…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5yPkxCLads

    Cheers.

  19. #19 Suzanna
    May 9, 2009

    Hey! My four year old caught onto the chorus and was singing right along.

  20. #20 punkscience
    May 9, 2009

    Loving your work.

  21. #21 blf
    May 9, 2009

    Not really the same at all, but there’s Boiled in Lead’s The Microorganism:

    In April when your barge sailed through
    I fell in love with you
    Alas my paramour alack
    A stranger to me ’til the test comes back
    Chorus:
    Oh the micro-organism
    Oh the micro-organism
    Dive in the gene pool down you swim
    Down to where the light grows thin
    Flail little fishies flail if you can
    But avoid the micro-organism man
    [Chorus]
    Caffeine sugar and THC
    Is all that the doctors are gonna find in me
    When they do the autopsy
    The micro-organism won’t get me
    [Chorus]
    God is good and God is great
    God’s a big invertebrate
    God made the river change its route
    But he won’t pull the micro-organism out
    [Chorus]
    The cowslips bloom and the bluebells too
    Here’s advice I’ll give to you
    Rattle your sword before you strike
    And never kiss anyone you like
    [Chorus]

  22. #22 twiga
    May 9, 2009

    Might that chorus owe a touch to The Kinks’ “Victoria”? Easier for me to do baritone harmonies w/yours; it’s slower… now Don’t be insipid, sing me a lipid.

  23. #23 Clare
    May 12, 2009
  24. #24 TerribleNews
    May 12, 2009

    I think this is awesome! Do you take requests for upcoming science songs? My graduate supervisor’s birthday is coming up and it’s a big one this year…

  25. #25 Felix
    May 16, 2009

    This is seriously the most excellent song ever! Great work!!!

  26. #26 Jim H
    May 20, 2009

    I’ve got the bluegrass & Unplugged versions down. Just have to find time to record it…

  27. #27 baba black sheep
    September 3, 2009

    my anatomy techer sings this song best! i love the sciences!! 8-D

  28. #28 baba white sheep
    September 3, 2009

    **teacher

  29. #29 mirc indir
    September 4, 2009

    I think this is awesome..yea

  30. #30 king of spam
    October 7, 2009

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  31. #31 Student
    November 4, 2009

    Wow I was just getting notes off the internet and I saw the caption. It sure was catchy. Who knew there was a song about mitochondria.

  32. #32 Kurye
    May 17, 2010

    my anatomy techer sings this song best! i love the sciences!!

  33. #33 me
    August 22, 2010

    I love it! Never knew there were so many science songs – I’m psyched! Keep writing and share the knowledge:)

  34. #34 Me
    October 24, 2010

    I found this while doing research for a project on mitochondria! This definitely made it more fun.

  35. #35 rojerr
    January 12, 2011

    This is seriously the most excellent song ever! Great work!!!Who knew there was a song about mitochondria.

  36. #36 me
    February 18, 2011

    secta 7 – Cells of mitochondria

  37. #37 Tiller
    March 4, 2011

    heheh pretty nice song about MITOCHONDRIA. i am keep pushing replay button

  38. #38 Gemma Davies
    London
    November 13, 2012

    Please, please repost this song. Link doesn’t work anymore and we used it in the school where I teach.

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