We start the story when Mom met Dad
And they danced all night and he took her home
It might have been all the wine they had
But they rolled the dice and won your genome

Then you grew and you grew and one day you were you
And you looked like your father and mother
If you’re looking for someone convenient to blame
You can take your pick it’s one or the other

DNA, you’re in my heart
DNA, in fact you’re in every part of my body
Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes
And DNA, baby, that spells DNA

Guanine met Cytosine, fell in love
And then Thymine got busy with Adenine
They sent the messenger-RNA
To the ribosome to make more protein

And while it’s killing you dead it will mess with your head
And it’s the light in the dark that will guide you
It’s the pages and pages of what you are like
In the giant book that’s hidden inside you

DNA, you’re in my heart
DNA, in fact you’re in every part of my body
Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes
And DNA, baby, that spells DNA

If it says TGGTCGAAC
Then you might get the cancer
If it says GTCACGACAGG
Then you shouldn’t eat shrimp or nuts
If it says TATACACATATCCTCGT
Then you’ll probably wish that you didn’t know

The time will come when you’re almost gone
And you try to guess but you’ll never know
You do your best and you soldier on
Every day you’re here till it’s time to go

All the good things and bad that you do or don’t have
You can find out for sure if you got ‘em
But there’s a spiraling staircase that you’re falling down
And you’re nothing but dead at the bottom

DNA, you’re in my heart
DNA, in fact you’re in every part of my body
Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes
And DNA, baby, that spells DNA


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    General CommentScience!
    oballon April 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, I'm going to give it to my Biology teacher, haha.

    If it says GTCACGACAGG
    Then you shouldn’t eat shrimp or nuts
    If it says TATACACATATCCTCGT
    Then you’ll probably wish that you didn’t know

    What does that mean? what do you have if you have that order?
    CheesusButteron June 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA quick Google search for all three of the sets he mentioned in the song came up with nothing but references to 'That Spells DNA' (Except GTCACGACAG, which appears to be an actual one in animals and plants, whether by coincidence or otherwise,) so it's likely that he just came up with it for the song.
    Wulfreignson October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPer the JoCopedia: "The strings of DNA mentioned in the song are made up. According to JoCo, 'I'm pretty sure that actual important strings of DNA would be too long to put into a song and still have a song that someone might want to listen to.'"
    NightRavenon March 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI already gave this song to my biology teacher,she LOVED IT!!!
    Cuz all the facts are accurate and it helps you learn in a fun way....

    God bless you jonathan coulton!!!
    beezybeaston November 04, 2009   Link

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