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Needed: Biodiversity theme song

From Science Blogger David Ng at World’s Fair

O.K. Sorry this took a while, but you know, things are busy, having just finally launching the Phylo game website. A while back, I mentioned getting an acoustic bass, and wanting to work on yet another science-geekery song. This one with a biodiversity theme and the inclusion of reader supplied latin names as well. That part was tough, but I tried my best.

Anyway, below is a very quick demo cut of the song (with drums and most backup vocals courtesy of my talented brother Steve), as well as the lyrics below. I quite like this song, so will probably try to do a better take later.

Here the Music

There’s you and me, within biodiversity
Connecting us together in this world.
But you can’t see, it all works so majestically
Almost imperceptively – everyday

Look around yourself and you will find it everywhere
Species with their latin names, they’re here and over there
Can you name them? I don’t think so.

It’s such a shame. They’re beautiful and marvelous
Daily and a part of us, wild and tame.
So let us see, if we can act responsibly
Learn more ecologically, play that game.

Look around yourself and you will find them everywhere
Species with their latin names, they’re here and over there
Should we name them? Here we go.

How about a carrot, that’s Daucus carota
And a mollusc, Granata imbracata
Watch for Sturnus Vulgaris

There’s a Raven, Corvus corax
Kogia Breviceps, a whale well how about that!
Chiroptera, well that’s a bat.

Mimus polyglottos, a mocking bird
Equus hermionus hemionus, an ass
A home for E. coli, alas

Malus domestica, everyday
Turdus migratorius, as the robin says
Gorilla gorilla gorilla!


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Anyway, don’t forget that it is the International Year of Biodiversity – so if you’re looking for a subject to write a song about, then why not biodiversity? In any event, this here is a challenge – write a better one and send the link on via the comments or @dnghub.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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