Singin' Songs of Science Vol 2

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Hey oh, Galileo!
©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Way back in time in Italy
It was the 16th and 17th century
There was a guy who in time would be
One of the greatest scientists in history
What Galileo found out made people jump and shout
It was all about the solar system
He could prove it was the sun to the shock of everyone
That was the center of our solar system
Hey oh, Galileo, with that telescope up to your eye
Hey oh, Galileo, what’d you see there up in the sky?
Now Galileo did experiments with all sorts of things
He even watched and measured how a pendulum swings
He watched with his telescope and then pretty soon
He could see the planet Jupiter was circled by moons!
Hey oh, Galileo, looking at the pendulum swing
Hey oh, Galileo, back and forth with the very same timing!
And Galileo did experiments to try and see
If there was any difference in the gravity
On heavy things and lighter things whatever they be
When he dropped ‘em from a tower everyone could see
Hey oh, Galileo, dropped those balls from the Pisa tower
Hey oh, Galileo, they hit the ground with scientific power!
Hey oh, Galileo, with that telescope up to your eye
Hey oh, Galileo, what’d you see there up in the sky
Hey oh, Galileo, looking at the pendulum swing
Hey oh, Galileo, back and forth with the same timing!
Hey oh, Galileo, dropped those balls from the Pisa tower
Hey oh, Galileo, they hit the ground with scientific power!
Hey oh, Galileo, with that telescope up to your eye

Nine Fine Planets

©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Planet number one is the closest to the Sun
And Mercury is its name
It’s a tiny little spot with a surface that’s so hot
And a metal’s got a name that’s the same
Now planet number two is an easy one to view
And bright as any star you can see
Venus is the same as the goddess with that name
She’s a beauty of a planet you’ll agree
Planet number three is the place for you and me
It’s the planet that we all call home
It’s got air and water too, and some land for me and you
Yeah Earth’s the place we call our own
We’ve got nine, we’ve got nine, nine fine planets
(in the solar system)
We’ve got nine, we’ve got nine, nine fine planets
(in the solar system)
The fourth planet from the Sun is a reddish colored one
With two moons to call its own
Night and day’s a lot like ours, it’s the planet we call Mars
A neighbor pretty close to home
Planet number five is the biggest my oh my
With a big red spot on its face
It’s a spinning ball of gas, and it’s going round so fast
Yeah, Jupiter’s quite a place
Now planet number six has really got some tricks
Saturn is a sight to see
But the really special thing is Saturn’s famous rings
A telescopic treat for you and me
(chorus)
The seventh planet out makes you want to jump and shout
Uranus is big and blue
It’s spinning on its side, there’s no way for it to hide
What a strange thing for a planet to do
Planets eight and nine play a game from time to time
Neptune and Pluto like to play
They’re so far from the Sun it’s hardly noticed by anyone
When they change places along the way
Well I’m glad you came along and joined us in this song
About the planets going round the Sun
Yeah, we went from one to nine, and really made good time
And now our song is almost done
(chorus)

Circulate!
©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Now that blood pumping through you is a wonderful thing
It goes round and around in a circuit
And there’s all kinds of very good stuff that it brings
And your heart is the muscle that works it
You got your veins in, and your arteries out
You got your veins in, and your arteries out
You got your veins in, and your arteries out
And those capillaries sittin’ in between ‘em
Now circulate! (circulate!, circulate!, circulate!)
Now to carry that blood all the way around your body
You got to have something that’ll hold it
So we have arteries and veins and there’s even capillaries
That move all your blood and control it
(chorus)
There are red blood cells that carry all the oxygen
And white ones that help us fight infection
Then the platelets are there to help our cuts get to healin’
And the plasma is the fluid they’re all floatin’ in
(chorus)
Now day after day after day your heart’s pumping
Pushing blood through your circulatory system
In an average lifetime two and a half billion times
What a marvelous piece of equipment!
(chorus)

On Goes the Water Cycle
©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Some days you see the dark clouds rolling up over your head
It makes you want to stay inside, and maybe just stay in bed
But you must remember this my friend, the clouds are a part of it all
Yeah, the deep blue sea and the Sun up above together make the water fall
And we sing,
Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation
And on goes the water cycle
Evaporation isn’t magic, but it makes water disappear
If you want to know how it happens, just listen and I’ll make it clear
When the Sun comes out the water heats up and changes into a gas
And the gas floats up and goes into the sky and clouds are what we’ll have
(chorus)
Now there’s something called condensation
That sounds pretty complicated, too
But if condensation didn’t happen, the water wouldn’t know what to do
It’s when water that’s already changed into gas, cools down by and by
And it changes back into a liquid and makes clouds up in the sky
(chorus)
Now the third part of this cycle that makes water go round and round
It’s what we call precipitation, when water falls to the ground
When those drops of water up in the clouds get bigger and more and more
They fall down to Earth and the cycle begins, just like it did before
(chorus)

It’s All About Attraction, Baby!

©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Magnets are special, they’re made of special stuff
And what they can do looks like magic, sure enough
But you don’t need a magic wand or special words to say
To get them to do their thing, it doesn’t happen that way
It’s all about attraction, baby
Magnetic action, maybe
It’s all about attraction, baby
And if the poles are right
Well the north and the south will unite
Now just like the Earth, all magnets have poles
One’s called the north, and one the south I’m told
And when two magnets get together it’s interesting to see
What happens when the poles agree or disagree
(chorus)
Well it’s really kind of weird, but it’s interesting to see
The kinds of things attracted to magnets, like me!
Lots of metal things will fall under their spell
But until you go try it you really just can’t tell
(chorus)
Magnets can be permanent or temporary ones
And if you’ve got some wire an electromagnet can be done
And the force around a magnet is its magnetic field
You might think that you can’t see it, but it’s there and it’s real!
(chorus)

Me and My Senses
©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

I can feel it
I can hear it
I can smell it and taste it and see it
I got my senses
My five senses
I’m so very glad I’ve got my senses
I’ve got my eyes and my fingers
And my ears and my nose
And the taste buds on my tongue tell me what I need to know
They keep me safe they keep me strong
They help me know what’s going on
I wouldn’t have a clue and neither would you without our senses
(first chorus)
I got my eyes to see the world around me and my senses
I got my ears to hear all the sounds around me and my senses
I got my fingers and my toes to feel around me and my senses
I can smell with my nose all the smells around me and my senses
Me and my senses
(repeat first verse)
(second chorus)
I got my eyes to see the world around me and my senses
I got my ears to hear all the sounds around me and my senses
And my tongue is the one that tastes for me and my senses
I got five, count ’em, five that keep me alive, they’re my senses
Me and my senses

Archimedes, If You Please
©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

They say one day when you were getting
All ready to take a bath
You thought about the water in the tub
You saw that it was full before you got into the water
And watched it overflow as you got in
Well now that got you to thinking’ bout the reason that it is
That the water overflowed out on the floor
And just how much the water weighed and how much of you there was
And were they just the same or was one more
Archimedes, Archimedes, Archimedes, if you please
What happened when you got into the tub?
Archimedes, Archimedes, won’t you share it with me please
What happened when you got into that tub?
Rub-a-dub-dub
Now Archimedes was a brilliant guy he really truly was
Born way long ago in Sicily
He invented things and he loved math, oh what a mathematician
Especially plane and solid geometry
Well hydrostatics is the name we use for the law that he discovered
When he stepped into the water for his bath
It might have been a little step, a way long time ago
But it changed a lot of science with a splash!
(chorus)

Talkin’ ‘Bout Microbes
©2003 John Paul Taylor, Jr.

In the world of science, there’s biology
We study living things, some that move and some that breathe
But sometimes there’ll be, things so small they’re hard to see
Microbes, talkin’ ‘bout Microbes - Microbes

Sometimes they act like plants, like blue-green algae
They’ve got that chlorophyll, that makes ‘em green you see
Photosynthesis, green plants make their food like this
Microbes, talkin’ ‘bout Microbes - Microbes

In a drop of water, it may surprise you some
The tiny animals, “Hey, where did they come from?”
Paramecium and Amoeba that’s just some
Microbes, talkin’ ‘bout Microbes - Microbes

And when they move around they’re a sight to see
With hairy cilia, or bulging arms and feet
Or a whip-like flagellum, that sure pulls them around some!
Microbes, talkin’ ‘bout Microbes - Microbes

I think you’ll agree, things this small are fun to see
Microbes, talkin’ ‘bout Microbes - Microbes

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