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This song was inspired by the work of Dr. Wouter Hoff, a microbiologist at Oklahoma State University. He studies how bacteria sense and respond to light. One mechanism that allows them to do this is a protein molecule that changes shape when struck by a photon, a “molecular eye!”


lyrics

Like a moth I am drawn when the light falls upon me
I am a phototaxic bacterium
Where there’s light I can tell and I spin my flagella
To propel me toward those rays of sun

I’ll bet you thought something tiny as me
could never see. How can this be?

My molecular eye
Flips for a photon, Kicks out a proton and registers light
My molecular eye
Shows me the whole scene, One mighty protein gives me the sight
My molecular eye

I admit I am proud when I sense that it’s cloudy
Using photocyclic chromophores
With my fine protein eyes it is hardly surprising
I’ve survived where others died before

I’ll bet you’d love just to bask in its glow,
and you’re dying to know what makes it go.

My molecular eye
Flips for a photon, Kicks out a proton and registers light
My molecular eye
Shows me the whole scene, One mighty protein gives me the sight
My molecular eye

I spy with my tiny eye
My molecular eye
My molecular eye
My molecular eye

credits

from Songs From the Science Frontier, released November 11, 2010
Monty Harper: vocals, acoustic guitar
Rob "Dr. Rock" Martin: drums, percussion
Chris "Boom" Wiser: keyboards
Dave Spindle: bass
Produced by Chris Wiser
Recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio, Norman, OK
Additional recording at 20 Sparrows Recording Service, OKC, OK
Engineered by Trent Bell
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios
Cover design by Monty Harper and Paul Fleming
Funded through Kickstarter.com
Boom and Dr. Rock appear courtesy of the Sugar Free Allstars

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Monty Harper Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Harper is a children's musician in Stillwater, OK. He performs for elementary schools and libraries, helps kids write their own songs in workshops and residencies, does informal science education, and writes songs for clients.

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