The Elements - Sung by Tom Lehrer





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Published on Oct 10, 2009

Due to popular demand (well my obsession actually!) I have posted my animation with the original Tom Lehrer recording. This song was released on the album More of Tom Lehrer in 1959! If you enjoy the song, try singing it with the backing track, which is also uploaded on YouTube.

Each picture in the song represents a possible use of that element. However, since the song was published, there are now 15 more elements have been discovered (some synthetically), and ten of those have been named. The ten are lawrencium, rutherfordium, dubnium, seaborgium, bohrium, hassium, meitnerium darmstadtium, roentgenium and copernicium.

I am a primary school teacher from Sydney (Australia), and appreciate any feedback. I hope that you enjoy the video. Below are the lyrics to the song if you are game to have a go. Best of luck!

The Elements Song
By Tom Lehrer

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, molybdinum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium
And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
Tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

Theres sulfur, 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 havent been discovered.

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • Tom Lehrer
  • Album

    • The Best & Worst of Tom Lehrer
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • INgrooves (on behalf of Roslin Records); ASCAP, Public Domain Compositions, and 15 Music Rights Societies


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