The Elements Song (Tom Lehrer tune), Super Cute Japanese Version


30 Responses to “The Elements Song (Tom Lehrer tune), Super Cute Japanese Version”

  1. secretagentmoof says:

    @19: Japanese does have native words for a few elements (‘suzu’ for tin), but its chemical engineering nomenclature mostly comes from German – e.g. kalium for potassium, naturium for sodium. On the other hand, they use ‘tungsten’ instead of ‘wolfram’.

  2. minamisan says:

    Anything with the words ‘super cute’ and ‘Japanese’ is usually enough to make me run away screaming, but that song wasn’t bad. I must be getting soft.

  3. sic transit gloria C.F.A. says:

    #28 – no longer true? It will always be true.

    Funny how An got so much of the Eur- genes and Je got so much of the -Asian.

  4. AlphaLackey says:

    You’re cousins with Thomas Howard Lichtenstein? That’s awesome! I played many of the early Guitar Freaks / Drummania games (illegally imported into a couple select arcades, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone) and some of my favorite songs were ones he composed and sang in. Primal Soul, Depend on Me, Stop Spinning Me In Circles being my favorites. Glad to see he’s still hard at work doing what he loves. On my behalf, please give him a high-five from an overseas fanboy!

    • Gag Halfrunt says:

      In case you thought Thomas Howard Lichtenstein was Xeni’s cousin, he isn’t. He’s Theodore Gray’s cousin.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to sneak this onto my boyfriend’s phone and make it his ringtone.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cool. I volunteer this from Taiwan with Ry Cooder

  7. caipirina says:

    Nothing beats starting the day with a big fat smile on my face!

    And I learned what autotune is (always wondered about Cher and T-Pain, just never knew what it was called)

    For twins, they look like An got papa’s genes and Je got all of mama’s …

  8. Anonymous says:

    does anyone has a link to an mp3 version?
    i have gotten a reputation at work for annoying ring tones and this might just be the one.
    also, it would make a perfect alarm clock sound with the introduction part and all…. (talking about big smile day starts)
    any suggestions, please?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Link to MP3 offered for sale by the composer/the performers’ dad

  10. kib says:

    I just played TL’s original for my J’se wife last month and we were trying to figure out some of the element names in her language. Can’t wait to show this to her!

    “twin 13-year-old, half-Japanese first cousins once removed”


  11. Dave Faris says:

    Pretty sure it’s autotuned, isn’t it?

    • KanedaJones says:

      its autotuned like it was originally ment to be used.. where some people miss it and think it is natural. I think she still sounds like nails on chalkboard because of it though.

      I still have burned into my brain the horrid but catchy ending credits to the educational tear jerker anime Element Hunters – I think they are comparable

  12. Sekino says:

    I’m glad he didn’t go with pop idols. These kids did a wonderful job!

  13. Lula says:

    They do sound totally autotuned but I love it. It adds to the entire surreal experience. In fact, I’d be disappointed if the heads floating in the black void weren’t autotuned.

  14. Anonymous says:

    For those who don’t recognise the tune, Lehrer quite happily acknowledges that he stole it from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Model Major General”.

    Always steal from the best.

    And the girls are perfect: I feel like I almost understand Japanese.


  15. Anonymous says:

    “So there you have it, my contribution to increasing the world’s supply of WTF”

    This is absolutely my favorite quote of the week. Thanks, Xeni.

  16. Anonymous says:

    confess xeni – thats just you reading “die antwoort” lyrics played backwards on autotune.

  17. Scarecrow Repair says:

    I kept on waiting for the big gasps for air at the end of each verse. Doesn’t seem quite the same without them.

  18. anansi133 says:

    That’s just pickled!

    I’d love to know how they translated that last verse. We’d recognize ‘Harvard’, if it were in there, wouldn’t we?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I noticed that Japanese don’t have its own word for sodium.

  20. gwailo_joe says:

    I like the Polonium icon. . .I’d wear a ring like that for special occasions.

    This song is happy and educational. . .Also being a lounge singer in Osaka sounds really cool: but for 20 years?! That’s quite a lifestyle choice. . .gets respect from me!

  21. Anonymous says:

    @caipirina/no.18 – i figured out a way to get mp3 off youtube (including the option “insane quality”), did some cutting in audacity and voila it was on my nokia :) received two calls and 6 strange looks already.

    but domo-arigato for the offer :)

  22. rimstalker says:

    about the mp3: There is sites like this one:

    Haven’t tried it, though.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I like the fact that they’ve updated it with some of the newer elements

  24. Anonymous says:

    Am I right in thinking there are actually more elements mentioned in this version than in the original? TL’s exit line “There may be many others but they haven’t been disCAAAVAAAD” is no longer true – has the song been updated?

  25. kjhart0133 says:

    Though the tune behind this ditty is usually attributed to Tom Lehrer, who first performed The Elements back in the sixties, I think some credit should be given to original source of the tune, which is the song “The Modern Major General” from the musical “Pirates of Penzance.”

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