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A IS FOR ATOM

A.T.O.M.G

words and music by John Hinton
with a little help from Michael Hinton and Jo Eagle
video animation by Mark Baldridge

'Atom' - from the Greek words 'A', meaning 'not',                
And 'temnein', 'to cut', because it was thought            
That atoms were unbreakable
And utterly unshakeable
No part of them was takeable
Their oneness unmistakeable
But now we know they're breakable
And we do it quite a lot.

An astronaut has trillions of trillions of atoms,
And that's just in a single strand of armpit hair,
So hold on to your noses, and let us see what happens
If we take a trip in there.

A-T-O-M                                                                    
Impossible to count cos there's so many of them      
A-T-O-M-I-C                                                             
So small that they are totally impossible to see        

(A A7 D E)
So let's dive down to the depths of the atom
It's a world so wild that it's difficult to fathom
The tiny things whizzing round the outside
Are electrons five or six femtometres wide
A simple fact that you've got to embrace
Is that most of an atom is empty space
If an atom was a big as Westminster Cathedral
The nucleus would be a baby bee busy buzzing in the middle

A-T-O-M                                                                    
Impossible to count cos there's so many of them      
A-T-O-M-I-C                                                             
So small that they are totally impossible to see        
Now back to the bee...

That bee is made of hadrons - which are protons or neutrons
Which are held together with the help of gluons
Now we're getting quite advanced for the brighter sparks
But hadrons actually consist of quarks
And of what sort of thing do those quarks comprise?
Well, if you can tell us that, you'll win the Nobel Prize.

A-T-O-M                                                                    
Even air is literally swarming with them
A-T-O-M-G                                                                
I can't believe that there are oh so many many trillions of trillions of those things in me

Now on we go to B.

©2017 John Hinton

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