"The Atom" as written by and Ani Difranco....
The glory of the atom
Begs a reverent word
The primary design
Of the whole universe
Yes, let us sing its praises
Let us bow our heads in prayer
At the magnificent consciousness
Incarnate there

The smallest unit of matter
With its orbiting electrons
Echoing off the solar system
Like a hawk in the hills at dawn
The smallest unit of matter
Uniting bird and rock and tree
And you and me

Oh holy is the atom
The truly intelligent design
To which all of evolution
Is graciously aligned
One single structure
To which everything distills
The air
The wood smoke there
And the hills

Leave me here surrounded
To everything that's real
Far outside the boundaries
Of the digitized ordeal
Leave me here awake
Leave me here to heal

Human beings are a cross
Between monkeys and ants
You can see us from your spaceship
Melting the polar ice caps
With our arrogance
Summon a congress of angels
Dressed in riot gear
We've got ourselves a serious situation
Down here

I have this great great uncle
Who worked on the atomic bomb
He got a nobel prize in physics
And a place in song
And I bet there were no windows
And no women in the room
When they applied themselves
To the pure science of
Boom

Yes, messing with the atom
Is the highest form of blasphemy
Whether you are making weapons
Or simple electricity
Someone fashion me a pulpit
I have been called to engage
With the maniacal heretics
Of the nuclear age!

Let the religious get religion
Let consumers get a clue
Let scientists get perspective
Let activists get their due
Let industry get a conscience
Let the earth inherit the meek
Let the divinity of nature speak

The glory of the atom
Begs a reverent word
The primary design
Of the whole universe
Yes, let us sing its praises
Let us bow our heads in prayer
At the magnificent consciousness
Incarnate there


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"The Atom" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentAllright guys, I obviously tried to make these as accurate as possible. The "---" I really couldn't figure out. English isn't even my first language actually.

    The song is pretty damn phenomenal isn't it. I think it's about existence in general and how something as tiny as the atom connects everything. I think it's about being grateful for life as it owes us nothing. We should bow to our heads in prayer for the atom.

    And the crescendo after "serious situation down here" is very Rufus Wainwright and very beautiful.
    Themeaningon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis quote says it well too:

    "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."

    Albert Einstein
    mickzzzzzzon October 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe the it's "pure science of boom", not "pure sides". And I agree, this song is truly beautiful. I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Ani perform this song live, and I almost burst into tears, it was so achingly wonderful.
    OAMMon December 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthate to break it to you guys but the atom is not the smallest unit of matter...
    leakegon June 22, 2011   Link

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