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3Millennium Pie2 Singer/songwriter Jesse Christopher forwarded this Y2K song yesterday (author unknown): (To the tune of American Pie, with apologies to Don McLean) A long, long time ago... I can still remember how Computers used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance, That I could make electrons dance, And maybe I'd be happy for a while. But January made me shiver, it chilled me deep down in my liver, Bad news I'd collected... I couldn't get connected. I can't remember back that day When I first knew the Y2K But something touched me anyway, The day computers died. So, ...Bye, bye to a digit of Pi Ran my PC on some DC but the voltage was dry And good ol' boys were sending e-mail replies Saying this will be the day I retire this will be the day I retire Can you write in C plus plus ? And do you have faith in your local bus If the driver tells you so? Do you believe in Compaq's goals Can software save your mortal soul And can you teach me how to type real slow ? Well I thought that you were prepared 'Cause your memo said you weren't impaired Your stationery's swell But you can go to hell I was a lonely teenage Unix hack With an incantation and a modem jack but I knew the cat had left the sack The day computers died I started singin'... Bye, bye to a digit of Pi Ran my PC on some DC but the voltage was dry And good ol' boys were sending e-mail replies Saying this will be the day I retire this will be the day I retire Now for 10 years we've ignored the threat And we haven't solved the problem yet But that's not how it used to be When the luddites read for the king and queen with a light they filled with kerosene And some manuals they stole from you and me And while Bill Gates was looking pleased Time stole his monopolies The courtroom was adjourned No verdict was returned While Apple tried a color scheme The engineers returned to steam And we had purges of their dreams The day computers died We were singin' ... Bye, bye to a digit of Pi Ran my PC on some DC but the voltage was dry And good ol' boys were sending e-mail replies Saying this will be the day I retire this will be the day I retire Intel inside in an iron smelter The food leftover from my fallout shelter Twinkies old and aging fast I'd rather eat the grass Q and A tried for a system crash With the tester on the sidelines in a cast Now the timeshare net was running Doom While mainframes played a marching tune We all tried to log in Oh, but we never could begin 'Cause Cobol tried to take the field, And Holerith refused to yield. Do you recall what was revealed, The day computers died? We started singing... Bye, bye to a digit of Pi Ran my PC on some DC but the voltage was dry And good ol' boys were sending e-mail replies Saying this will be the day I retire this will be the day I retire There we were all in a state A generation - really late With no time left to start again So come on mouse be nimble, mouse be quick Don't let my spreadsheet data stick 'Cause data is the devil's only friend. As I watched him on my screen My hands and face were drenched in steam No angel born in hell Could run that stupid shell And as the ball climbed high into the night To call the sacrificial night I saw Dick Clark laughing with delight the day computers died. I met a girl with a cell phone And I asked her for a dial tone But she just smiled and turned away I went down to the software store Where I'd seen computers years before But the man there said the games there wouldn't play And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried and the poets dreamed their interface was spoken The Internet was broken And the three things I connect to most> The Website, Lan and the Network host Every single one was toast The day computers died They were singin'... Bye, bye to a digit of Pi Ran my PC on some DC but the voltage was dry And good ol' boys were sending e-mail replies Saying this will be the day I retire this will be the day I retire ------------------------------------------------------------------------
-- Shivani Arjuna (SArjuna@aol.com), September 29, 1999
That's pretty good! Puts me and Decker and Diane to shame :~(
-- a (email@example.com), September 29, 1999.
i liked it. :)
-- sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 29, 1999.
Here's another version:
The Day Computers Died
Long, long, time ago, I can still remember How computers used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance, I could make those PCs dance And maybe they'd keep working for a while!
But February made me bitter--Every email I'd consider Bad news of the bug's ghost-- I couldn't take one more post!
I can't remember if I whined New Year's Eve of 1999... Something bit my big behind The Day Computers Died
So bye, bye, my computer bye bye, Drove my Pentium to the memory but the memory was fried And them good old boys were stockin up to survive Singing "this'll be the day that I die... This'll be the day that I die."
Did you write two-digit plugs? Is it you that made 2000 Bug? Everybody tells me so. Now are you to blame for COBOL code? Can digits save our mortal souls? And... Can you teach me FORTRAN real slow?
Well I know you've got the goods on them Cuz I saw the bucks they're sinking in You both broke the bad news But I did not get all the clues I was an ornery redneck stompin cus In a pinko nation with a micro lust But I knew I'd survive or bust The day computers died And we were singing...(chorus)
Now for ten years we've been on our own And time flows when you've got a phone, but That's not how it use to be When DeJager sang for the king and queen With a song he borrowed from our dreams And a voice, well it came from you and me And while the king was dumbing down DeJager stole his cyber crown The courtroom was adjourned--no verdict was returned And while Clinton read a book on Marx The geeks kept practicing their parts And we sang dirges in the dark The day computers died And we were singing...(chorus)
Helter skelter in a summer swelter Al Gore came out of his fallout shelter Polls were high, but falling fast Landing on the cash The players tried for a forward pass And DeJager, on the sidelines, in a cast And as I watched on his web page My hands were clenched in fists of rage No programmer from hell Could make those date codes gel Hey, and while flames piled high into the night To light the paths of geeks in flight I saw Bill Gates laughing with delight The day computers died And he was singing...(chorus)
I knew a geek who now shines shoes And I asked him for some CPUs He just smiled and turned away So I went back to the Jiffy Store Where I played PacMan years before But the man there said the puters wouldn't play
The silence was so loud it seemed Programmers cried and poets screamed But not a word was spoken The PCs all were broken... And the leaders I admired the most Who calmed our fears that we'd be toast They're on their islands off the coast The day computers died And now they're singing...(chorus)
-- mmmm (email@example.com), September 29, 1999.