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A & P

by Greg Crowther


Context

This is a sentimental song about saying goodbye to my students at the end of a course in human anatomy and physiology ("A&P"). It was originally written for the UW-Bothell pre-nursing students I taught in summer 2017. It consists of spoken verses and a sung chorus, and may be performed with Shawn Mullins' "Lullaby" (1998) as a template.


Lyrics

Like a mammary gland
During months of lactation,
Iíve been feeding you facts
Throughout this course.
But like synovial joints
With a single axis of rotation,
You'll soon be pivoting
Toward a different source.

My sinoatrial node
Keeps my heart beating;
My medulla oblongata
Keeps my breathing rate high.
But, deep in my cerebrum,
My amygdala is grieving.
Yeah, even physiologists
Find it hard to say goodbye.

CHORUS:
Take this knowledge with you to the clinic;
You will see . . . A and P!
Save your textbook, and understand what's in it!
You will see . . . what you need: . . . A and P!

You've observed a lot of slides
With your retinal rods and cones;
You have heard a lot of terms
With the hair cells in your cochlea.
I hope transmission was great
Through cranial nerve number eight
When I shook the vocal folds in my larynx
To talk to ya.

And if your hippocampus
Has been getting things done,
You'll retain a lot of this
For years to come.

CHORUS