The Ladybug and I have been listening to Here Come the 123s, a CD that combines two of my favorite things: They Might Be Giants and mathematics. Here is another song off the album called “Even, ” which not only describes the even numbers, but toys with the idea of general binary partitions. Here’s the video on YouTube.
2… 4… 6… 8…
Even numbers, even numbers.
Every other number is an even number.
2, 4, 6, 8.
Who do we appreciate?
10, 12, 14, 16.
Skip all the numbers in between.
Skip all the numbers that are not even,
Leave out the odd ones…
Leave out the odd, you’re left with the even.
Skip out the odd ones.
Skip the first number and the second one’s even
Skip the third and the next one’s even as well
Skip the next, take the next, skip the next, take, skip, take…
You like french fries, but you don’t like french fries.
You’ve got socks on, but you don’t have socks on.
You’re a girl, but you’re a boy, girl boy, girl…
16, 14, 12, 10.
Skip our way back down again.
8, 6, 4 2.
You, but not you, but you.
Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, red, green, red, green, red, green, red…
She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not, she…
one TWO three FOUR five SIX even EIGHT nine TEN eleven TWELVE thirteen FOURTEEN fifteen SIXTEEN!