Thursday, June 5, 2008

Obviously They're Not Simple Windmills.

They never are.
What was that? Probably nothing but a fatuous intro. Then again, probably not.
I got the link to this wonderful site of science-themed songs on from my local homeschooling egroup and I love it. I haven't listened to everything yet (of course, as there are lots of songs on there), but my eye had been instantly caught by a note from the author of the page recommending this particular song to fans of They Might Be Giants.
I think I may have indirectly mentioned in the past how much I love this band. I have a penchant for fun rock. I had been a fan of Weezer way before young kids thought they were in league with Simple Plan or Good Charlotte (definitely not a fan of those two). I think geek rock is adorable. I certainly think alternative rock bands making children's music are doubly so (FYI, TMBG did the theme songs for The Higglytown Heroes and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). I always suspect them to be behind show theme songs that I like (Malcolm in the Middle, True and Amazing Vacation Homes), although I was foiled once by Psych's (like it too). Anyway, the fact that their name has associations with Don Quijote, one of my fave books ever (okay, they actually got it from a movie based on a broadway show based on the book), and one of the parts of which I love (hence the told-you-it's-not-fatuous title - DQ fighting windmills he mistook for giants).
Here are the words to "Why Does the Sun Shine". It's a really cute song.

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace,
where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.

The sun is hot, the sun is not a place where we could live.
But here on earth there'd be no life without the light it gives.

We need its light.
We need its heat.
We need its energy.
Without the sun without a doubt there'd be no you or me.

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace.
Where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.

The sun is hot.
[It is so hot that everything on it is a gas, iron, copper, aluminum, and many others.]

The sun is large.
[If the sun were hollow, a million earths could fit inside, and yet the sun is only a Middle-sized star.]

The sun is far away.
[About 93,000,000 miles away, and thats why it looks so small!]
But even when its out of sight, the sun shines night and day.

We need its light.
We need its heat.
We need its energy.
The sunlight comes from our own sun's atomic energy.

[Scientists have found that the sun is a huge atom-smashing machine. The heat and light of the sun are caused by the nuclear reactions of hydrogen, Nitrogen, Carbon, and helium!]

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace.
Where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.

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