inspirational music for the graduate student 1.3

Welcome to our third installment of inspirational music for the graduate student. This week’s song is Coldplay – The Scientist.

Here’s a pertinent excerpt:
Running in circles [because none of my experiments work]
Coming up tails [really, they just don’t work]
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it’s such a shame for us to part
fail all the time
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard

Oh, take me back to the start [on second thought, please don’t]

I was just guessing [educated guessing, mind you]
At numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
[but getting nowhere]

Questions of science
Science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart

So there you have it. Feel free to submit song suggestions through the contact form.

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