I tend to have songs in my head that are related to what I'm doing. When I'm biking in the rain with lots of wind and I realize there is no take-out food near my house I sing David Bowie's :"This is not America".
Today's song is to the tune of "Bye bye Miss American pie" and goes like this*:
Long, long time ago,
I can still remember, how science used to make me smile.
And I knew that I was really meant
to get those papers and that grant
And then I would be happy for a while
But funding rates made me shiver
And with every paper I'd deliver
Rejections on my doorstep
I couldn't take on more step.
I can remember tears were shed
when the reviewer said it was bad.
All this combined defiance
is what made me leave science.
So bye bye Academic science
I wrote ten different grants, but the funding ran dry.
And grey old boys with their high h-index
singing: "this is not a matter of sex**"
* Yes, sometimes the emphasis is a little off. I'm a scientist, not a song writer.
** They mean gender, but that doesn't rhyme.
Also, there's many more verses, but I need to patch my last cells and analyze data, so feel free to add in the comments! I'll be singing this all day today 😉