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  but you keep shooting
 
  but you keep shooting
 
  past protons, bosons, quarks  
 
  past protons, bosons, quarks  
  'til even a part of a particle's too big  
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  'til even a part of a particle's too big ,
 
  Then boom
 
  Then boom
 
   
 
   
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  the tiniest fragment
 
  the tiniest fragment
 
  the planck length,
 
  the planck length,
 
 
  past that, Gravity becomes fallacy,
 
  past that, Gravity becomes fallacy,
 
  try contrasting that with the galaxies
 
  try contrasting that with the galaxies
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  If that insane length was one dollar bill
 
  If that insane length was one dollar bill
 
  Then to reach the wavelength of the smallest particles
 
  Then to reach the wavelength of the smallest particles
  Quarks, that are so fundamental they don't have an inherent size
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  Quarks, that are so fundamental
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they don't have an inherent size
 
  Would be the current price you'd gain if you sold
 
  Would be the current price you'd gain if you sold
 
  Mount Everest made out of gold.
 
  Mount Everest made out of gold.
 
  That is insane.
 
  That is insane.
 
   
 
   
  if you applied the Midas touch to my mind
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  If you applied the Midas touch to my mind
 
  it'd be quite enough to buy a car to drive
 
  it'd be quite enough to buy a car to drive
 
  And the gluons and 3 quarks combined
 
  And the gluons and 3 quarks combined
 
  make a large hadron those guys collide;
 
  make a large hadron those guys collide;
 
   
 
   
  a proton / and to magnify to that
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  A proton, and to magnify to that size
  size would turn that Midas mountain
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  would turn that Midas mountain into a diamond
into a diamond / my
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  My mind made of that could buy you an island.
  mind made of that could buy you an island
 
 
/ and next we ramp up, from
 
quarks and protons to atoms,
 
atoms the fractions of matter the ones that
 
that grant us our mass, and
 
 
if that quark was counted every time you take a
 
/ single breath / you'd respire
 
Midas mountains then
 
until your death
 
 
   
 
   
  / and if that life / was compressed
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  And next we ramp up,
  into one lock of hair / then as we
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from quarks and protons to atoms,
  climb / up the rest / of these
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  atoms the fractions of matter
  atomic stairs / then we'd pass
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  the ones that that grant us our mass,
 +
and if that quark
 +
was counted every time you take a single breath
 +
  you'd respire Midas mountains then until your death,
 +
yeah!
 
   
 
   
  / DNA / when we get to my red streak
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  And if that life was compressed
 +
into one lock of hair
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then as we climb up the rest of these atomic stairs
 +
then we'd pass DNA
 +
when we get to my red streak
 
  and the size of our cells
 
  and the size of our cells
  / we equate / to every
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  we equate to every hair on my head, sing.
hair on my head...
 
 
   
 
   
 
  Sometimes you make me feel so small
 
  Sometimes you make me feel so small
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  Yet I'm a giant in your eyes
 
  Yet I'm a giant in your eyes
 
   
 
   
  If we took my
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  If we took my head of hair that a cell represents
head of hair that a cell represents
 
 
  lifetimes of Midas Everest breaths
 
  lifetimes of Midas Everest breaths
 
  and then you would stretch it out to the skyline,
 
  and then you would stretch it out to the skyline,
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  before you meet me... and you.   
 
  before you meet me... and you.   
 
  Right here the reach of a human,
 
  Right here the reach of a human,
  a meter or two / and if we were to choose
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  a meter or two and if we were to choose
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  one song to represent those horizons,
  one song to represent those
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  an MP3 on our device then,
  horizons, an MP3 on our
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  to reach the size of the earth
  device then to reach the size of the earth
 
 
  compared to like our size
 
  compared to like our size
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  That's a terabyte hard drive,
  That's a terabyte hard drive filled with our files
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filled with our files
  it seems immense
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  It seems immense!
 +
 
 
  And if we compress that collection to one word
 
  And if we compress that collection to one word
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  to represent our world,
  to represent our world, then scaling coefficients
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then scaling coefficients
 
  from the planet to the solar system
 
  from the planet to the solar system
 
  would let me re-read the whole of Deathly Hallows
 
  would let me re-read the whole of Deathly Hallows
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  And then to travel between stars
 
  And then to travel between stars
 
  as we take to the skies
 
  as we take to the skies
  Would be 10 times every word
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  Would be ten times every word
 
  you'll ever say in your life
 
  you'll ever say in your life
 
   
 
   
 
  And as an analogy of the expanse of
 
  And as an analogy of the expanse of
 
  galaxies up in space
 
  galaxies up in space
  10 times the total of every word
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  Ten times the total of every word
 
  in every book ever made
 
  in every book ever made
 
   
 
   
 
  And to move up to the scale of galaxy clusters
 
  And to move up to the scale of galaxy clusters
  would be every word said by everyone in Shanghai, in London
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  Would be every word said by everyone in Shanghai, in London
  Berlin, delhi, LA, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Moscow
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  Berlin, Delhi, LA, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Moscow
 
  Jakarta, Karachi, Dubai, Telford, Tokyo, and Stockholm
 
  Jakarta, Karachi, Dubai, Telford, Tokyo, and Stockholm
 
   
 
   
  And then to galaxy superclusters in the large-scale structure
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  And then to galaxy superclusters
 +
In the large-scale structure
 
  with filaments that feel inadequately described as humungous
 
  with filaments that feel inadequately described as humungous
  since if we stay with the scale of Earth as a word that equates
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  Since if we stay with the scale of Earth as a word that equates
 
  to all the words everyone alive today will ever say
 
  to all the words everyone alive today will ever say
 
   
 
   
  Finally we reach the biggest physical thing we can confirm
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  And finally we reach the biggest physical thing we can confirm
 
  The indescribable size of the observable universe
 
  The indescribable size of the observable universe
 
  which would be more than every word that every person ever has said
 
  which would be more than every word that every person ever has said
  Every word that was ever written and every word that was ever read
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  Every word that was ever written,
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Every word that was ever read!
 
   
 
   
 
  Sometimes you make me feel so small
 
  Sometimes you make me feel so small
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  No no no noooo
 
  No no no noooo
 
   
 
   
  To summarise
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  To summarize,
 
  Every word that every person has ever said in their lives
 
  Every word that every person has ever said in their lives
 
  where each word implies enough MP3s to fill a terabyte hard drive
 
  where each word implies enough MP3s to fill a terabyte hard drive
  Where each song is 10 times the number drives to the horizon
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  Where each song is ten times the number drives to the horizon
 
  that it'd take to ride around the world each time you set eyes on one
 
  that it'd take to ride around the world each time you set eyes on one
 
   
 
   
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  of mount Everest made entirely by Midas
 
  of mount Everest made entirely by Midas
 
   
 
   
  and that finally describes it, and it's increasing in size
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  and that finally describes it,
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Oh, and it's increasing in size
 
  So each time you listen to this song again
 
  So each time you listen to this song again
 
  it'll be even more difficult to comprehend.
 
  it'll be even more difficult to comprehend.

Revision as of 13:03, 26 August 2013

Scale of the Universe is a song by Boy In a Band. It was composed by Dave Lens and features Vihart.

The song is an attempt to describe the incomprehensible size of the universe compared to the equally incomprehensible smallness of the Plank length. It does this by using analogies that we can just barely begin to understand. The song is just wonderful and reminds of me previous attempts like Monty Python's Galaxy Song and the Animaniac's Yakko's Universe. Like the others, the song evokes a strong sense of epic grandeur and humility capable of bringing tears to my eyes when I let the strength of the song affect me. I especially love this because it creates a similar feeling to my religious days, only in this case, the feeling is evoked by something real!


Lyrics

If you were to zoom in, 
phase-out, move in,
focus on this human,
whose cells magnify
as you fly through them, 
and see atoms, looming
but you keep shooting
past protons, bosons, quarks 
'til even a part of a particle's too big ,
Then boom

An end to the intrusion
As you hit the resolution 
of the universe
the strands of its fabric
the tiniest fragment
the planck length,
past that, Gravity becomes fallacy,
try contrasting that with the galaxies
Try to grasp the huge magnitude
of the universe it's unimaginable.

But let's try anyway.

If that insane length was one dollar bill
Then to reach the wavelength of the smallest particles
Quarks, that are so fundamental
they don't have an inherent size
Would be the current price you'd gain if you sold
Mount Everest made out of gold.
That is insane.

If you applied the Midas touch to my mind
it'd be quite enough to buy a car to drive
And the gluons and 3 quarks combined
make a large hadron those guys collide;

A proton, and to magnify to that size 
would turn that Midas mountain into a diamond
My mind made of that could buy you an island.

And next we ramp up,
from quarks and protons to atoms,
atoms the fractions of matter
the ones that that grant us our mass,
and if that quark 
was counted every time you take a single breath
you'd respire Midas mountains then until your death,
yeah!

And if that life was compressed
into one lock of hair
then as we climb up the rest of these atomic stairs
then we'd pass DNA
when we get to my red streak
and the size of our cells
we equate to every hair on my head, sing.

Sometimes you make me feel so small
Can't comprehend your size
Yet I'm a giant in your eyes

If we took my head of hair that a cell represents
lifetimes of Midas Everest breaths
and then you would stretch it out to the skyline,
again and again

you'd find circle round the earth 10 times
before you meet me... and you.   
Right here the reach of a human,
a meter or two and if we were to choose
one song to represent those horizons,
an MP3 on our device then,
to reach the size of the earth
compared to like our size
That's a terabyte hard drive,
filled with our files
It seems immense!
And if we compress that collection to one word
to represent our world,
then scaling coefficients
from the planet to the solar system
would let me re-read the whole of Deathly Hallows
Awesome.

And then to travel between stars
as we take to the skies
Would be ten times every word
you'll ever say in your life

And as an analogy of the expanse of
galaxies up in space
Ten times the total of every word
in every book ever made

And to move up to the scale of galaxy clusters
Would be every word said by everyone in Shanghai, in London
Berlin, Delhi, LA, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Moscow
Jakarta, Karachi, Dubai, Telford, Tokyo, and Stockholm

And then to galaxy superclusters
In the large-scale structure
with filaments that feel inadequately described as humungous
Since if we stay with the scale of Earth as a word that equates
to all the words everyone alive today will ever say

And finally we reach the biggest physical thing we can confirm
The indescribable size of the observable universe
which would be more than every word that every person ever has said
Every word that was ever written,
Every word that was ever read!

Sometimes you make me feel so small
Can't comprehend your size
Yet I'm a giant in your eyes.
I can't control the scope
But I'm not losing hope
No no no noooo

To summarize,
Every word that every person has ever said in their lives
where each word implies enough MP3s to fill a terabyte hard drive
Where each song is ten times the number drives to the horizon
that it'd take to ride around the world each time you set eyes on one

where each horizon is a head of hairs
and every hair there is the length of a lifetime
and each breath in that life is the price
of mount Everest made entirely by Midas

and that finally describes it,
Oh, and it's increasing in size
So each time you listen to this song again
it'll be even more difficult to comprehend.


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