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Blowin' In The Wind

This parody (written by Greg Crowther) is sung to the tune of "Blowin' In The Wind" (written and performed by Bob Dylan).


Lyrics

How many roads must a student walk down
Before he can afford a bike?
How many lab rotations must this student do
Before he finds a project that he likes?
And how long will it take his adviser to discover
That a lab should not be run like the Third Reich?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must he replicate his assays
Before he gets two sets that look the same?
And how many times must he introduce himself
Before his adviser learns his name?
And how long must he stand around before he is given
A desk where he can rest his weary frame?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many nights must he spend with his data
Before he can go out on a date?
And how many mice must he sacrifice
Before he's committed by the state?
And how many publications must this man produce
Before they finally let him graduate?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.


Comments

Most graduate students I know are relatively happy people. Nevertheless, the stereotype persists that graduate students are underpaid, unappreciated martyrs who spend all their waking hours trying in vain to meet the unrealistic demands of their tyrannical advisers. This stereotype is satirized in the following song.