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Tom Lehrer performs The Elements song live (1967)

Watch singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician Tom Lehrer perform ‘The Elements’ song live from Copenhagen in 1967. Set to the melodyI Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, it challenges the speed at which you can recite all of the elements known in the early-1960s.

Read more about Tom Lehrer on Wikipedia, buy ‘The Elements’ song on Amazon, or watch Daniel Radcliffe sing it with gusto on the Graham Norton Show:

Related browsing: TomLehrerSongs.com, a site that contains lyrics and sheet music free for download and use as if they “were in the public domain.” Permission appears to have been granted by Lehrer himself. But note: The site will disappear at the end of 2024. With that in mind…

🎵 Elements Lyrics: view or download PDF
🎵 Elements Sheet music: view or download PDF
🎵 Elements, Aristotle version: view or download JPEG