“Meet the Elements” by They Might Be Giants is a fun and elemental treasure trove!

I think this video just made my day- probably my week! What a fantastic summary of the amazing world of elements combined with a catchy and fun sound!

Thanks to PeteRock for bringing it to my attention!

Elephant Photo Credit: William Warby via Wiki Commons
Periodic Table of Elements: Wiki Commons
“Meet the Elements” by They Might Be Giants Lyrics:
Iron is a metal, you see it every day
Oxygen, eventually, will make it rust away
Carbon in its ordinary form is coal
Crush it together, and diamonds are born
Come on come on and meet the elements
May I introduce you to our friends, the elements?
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they areNeon’s a gas that lights up the sign for a pizza place
The coins that you pay with are copper, nickel, and zinc
Silicon and oxygen make concrete bricks and glass
Now add some gold and silver for some pizza place classCome on come on and meet the elements
I think you should check out the ones they call the elements
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they areTeam up with other elements making compounds when they combine
Or make up a simple element formed out of atoms of the one kindBalloons are full of helium, and so is every star
Stars are mostly hydrogen, which may someday fill your carHey, who let in all these elephants?
Did you know that elephants are made of elements?
Elephants are mostly made of four elements
And every living thing is mostly made of four elements
Plants, bugs, birds, fish, bacteria and men
Are mostly carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygenCome on come on and meet the elements
You and I are complicated, but we’re made of elements
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they areTeam up with other elements making compounds when they combine
Or make up a simple element formed out of atoms of the one kindCome on come on and meet the elements
Check out the ones they call the elements
Like a box of paints that are mixed to make every shade
They either combine to make a chemical compound or stand alone as they are

 

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