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    Chemists Can Dance

    Mark Obrien

      In business suits, lab coats and dressed as everything from magnesium to Marie Curie, more than 200 chemists kicked up their heels for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC) with a mass dance and original rap at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 28 at the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting.

       

      Original Lyrics and Music:
      Richard Li and Utsarga Sikder
      Event coordination:
      Rachael Bishop and Dammione Meyers
      Choreography:
      Richard Li, Rachael Bishop, Dammione Meyers, Larry Hartwell, Terri Taylor
      Video Direction/Music Remixing and Mastering:
      Adam Dylewski
      Camera operators:
      Sean Parsons, Kirk Zamieroski, Adam Dylewski, Janali Thompson, Doug Dollemore, Dru Korab
      Video Editing:
      Kirk Zamieroski and Adam Dylewski
      DJ:
      Dru Korab
      Video produced by the
      ACS Office of Public Affairs, Digital Services Unit

       

      Video produced by the
      ACS Office of Public Affairs, Digital Services Unit

       

      Download the original song here:
      http://web.1.c2.audiovideoweb.com/1c2web3536/ChemistryRapRemix_FINAL.mp3

       

       

       

      Lyrics:
      VERSE 1
      International year of chemistry-- two thousand eleven
      
We're representing science -- 24/7

      We've got antimatter, fuel cells and a ton of Nobel Prizes

      Sustainable energy solves the problem as it arises
      Chemistry -- the central science, building blocks of life
      
Engineering new solutions, rid the world of its strife

      We're part of the solution, we ain't no precipitate,

      This is the chemistry dance, now get up and participate

       

      CHORUS
      Now, I know a dance that we do every day
      
In the cells of our bodies, in biological pathways
      
It happens when two molecules react by perchance

      Now get up everybody, do the chemistry dance
      Move to the left now move to the right
      
We'll be doing the chemistry dance all through the night

      Now clap your hands everybody let's go

      We'll be rocking it out to the chemistry show
      
Move to the left now move to the right

      We'll be doing the chemistry dance all through the night

      Now clap your hands everybody let's go

      We'll be rocking it out to the chemistry show

       

      VERSE 2
      Now it's been a hundred years since
      Curie had copped her second prize

      Discovering new frontiers, changed the world before our eyes

      The mother of radioactivity, had an electronic affinity

      To study the reactivity of polonium and radium --
      Gotta' give a shout-out to Heck for his palladium-
      
Catalyzed reactions that shifted our course of action

      Towards alkene substitution, it's the primary solution

      To halogenate the substrate - a chemical revolution!

       

      CHORUS
      Now, I know a dance that we do every day
      
In the cells of our bodies, in biological pathways

      It happens when two molecules react by perchance
      
Now get up everybody, do the chemistry dance
      Move to the left now move to the right

      We'll be doing the chemistry dance all through the night

      Now clap your hands everybody let's go
      
We'll be rocking it out to the chemistry show
      
Move to the left now move to the right

      We'll be doing the chemistry dance all through the night

      Now clap your hands everybody let's go

      We'll be rocking it out to the chemistry show

       

      Bridge
      An ingenious combination of environmental innovations

      Of water purification that's helping our league of nations

      These chemical applications and their many implications

      Will provide the accommodations to ensure our rejuvenation
      So Obama got together with the UN forces
      
To address all of these problems and utilize our resources

      Pasteur passed-your expectations with all his pasteurization
      
Get out of your hibernation, it's IYC's inauguration

       

      CHORUS
      Now, I know a dance that we do every day
      
In the cells of our bodies, in biological pathways

      It happens when two molecules react by perchance
      
Now get up everybody, do the chemistry dance
      Move to the left now move to the right
      
We'll be doing the chemistry dance all through the night

      Now clap your hands everybody let's go

      We'll be rocking it out to the chemistry show

      Move to the left now move to the right
      
We'll be doing the chemistry dance all through the night

      Now clap your hands everybody let's go

      We'll be rocking it out to the chemistry show

       

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