Andrew Yeats

The Fields They are a-Changin' (Tune: "The Times They are a-Changin' ", by Bob Dylan)

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Hint: This is about a van de Graf generator

Come gather ‘round charges wherever you roam
And admit that the e-fields around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be wrenched from the dome.
If your voltage to you is worth savin’
Then you better start runnin’ or you’ll be sent off to roam
Oh the charge, it is a – movin’.

Come professors and students who prophesize with your pens
And keep your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again
And don’t blink too soon, for the belt’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ when it’ll discharge.
The density now will later be thin
Oh the dome it is a – chargin’.

Come researchers, scientists, please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, light’ll ruin it all
For he who gets shocked will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle in there and it is ragin’.
It’ll mess up your hair, it’ll polarize us all
Oh the fields they are a-formin’.

Come deans and advisors, please lend us a hand
Now don’t criticize what you can’t understand
Dielectric breakdown is beyond your command
And our old machine’s rapidly agin’
Please buy us a new one that’ll light up the land
Oh the charge it is a – flyin’.

The charge it has jumped, the spark, it was fast
The air around it lit up with a flash
As the ions formed, creating a path
The c’rona, it rapidly faded.
And that was the first spark, let it not be the last!
Oh the fields they are a - changin’.


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