¡Alcachofa!

¡Alcachofa! podría ser un insulto, una maldición del capitán Haddock, pero no. No hablamos de Tintín sino de Artichoke, un grupo de rock que me ha descubierto Sergio García, nuestro anfitrión en SER Henares.

Sergio buscaba una sintonía para “De Tales a Newton” en la radio y me propuso esta canción, una divertida biografía del genio de Cambridge:

(la letra, en inglés, al final del post) Yo la acepté encantado, y ahora pueden oírla en los últimos programas emitidos. Pero los Alcahofa no cantan sólo a Newton: tienen nada menos que un disco doble con 26 canciones dedicadas a 26 científicos… ¡de la A a la Z! (de la paleontóloga Mary Anning al filósofo del movimiento, Zenón).

Todo un tour de force, pero no el único: también se han atrevido a hacer un disco de versiones acústicas y pastorales de los Sex Pistols (nada menos):

En fin, que en este blog ¡alcachofa! será, de ahora en adelante, un piropo 🙂

Y les dejo con la letra la canción de Newton:

Isaac Newton took a breath Just as Galileo left
early on a Christmas morn his father was dead so
mother found another man left him there to tend the land
but Isaac was a genius and a terrible farmer
His grandma was head of the household
But Isaac did what he was not told
His grandma did everything she could
But Isaac was watchin’ the light

fences lay in disrepair Isaac didn’t seem to care
animals were runnin where the animals wanted
Isaac made a list of words every planet every bird
every stone he overturned to see what was under

they sent him to study at Cambridge
which suited his nature obsessive
the canon was mostly a fossil
the classics back to Aristotle

coffee reached Europe and many said “it’s the drink of satan!”
coffee reached Europe and put an end to the middle ages

then there came bubonic plague Londoners were diggin’ graves
Cambridge students went away their classes suspended
Isaac Newton went back home to his farmer’s house of stone
contemplatin’ all alone happy and friendless

the prism dividin’ the light and
the shadows that move on the sundial
the cities were ringin’ their plague bells
But Isaac was watchin’ the light

Galileo and Descartes showed him where to make a start
takin’ time and space apart slicin’ and dicin’
Newton headed up the mint his eyes were lasers heart was flint
If he found a coin was clipped there was a hangin’

so jealous of others’ success and
so needy to make an impression
he started with beautiful questions
he ended with venom and bile

Isaac loved his solitude hated Leibnitz had a feud
bitter rivalries ensued over the math prize
Isaac was a bitter pill when he died he left no will
probably a virgin still we’re lookin’ through his eyes

he never laid eyes on the ocean
but Isaac deciphered its motion
he died of a stone in the kidney
he died unloved and in pain

Coffee chorus 2x

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