Arthur T.

2017-06-18 05:09:12 UTC

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Note: The song starts with the (scansion of) the *verses* of theRaw Message

song. I've heard the Weavers sing them, but no one else.

Title: Phi

ttto: When the Saints go Marching In

Let me tell you of a number.

In nature, it is key.

It is not transcendental,

Like the well-known pi and e.

That ratio,

Extreme and mean,

It is the Golden Ratio.

I am in love with that number,

And we all now call it phi.

In art and math,

It's always there,

Esthetics and mathematics.

That is why I love that number:

(U)biquity of golden phi.

In nature's schemes,

Like in pine cones,

And nautilus, and sunflowers,

You will find phi recurring

In its Fibonacci way.

Add one to phi,

You get phi squared.

Subtract one to get its inverse.

Now that is one special number.

Pentagrams are phi-bulous.

Irrational,

Both me and phi,

But in very different ways.

And the logarithmic spiral's

Intimately tied to phi.

I have seen phi is useful;

It's a beauty in my view.

And I hope I have inspired

All of you to love it, too.

My lyrics copyright 2017 by Arthur Tansky. License granted for

non-commercial, non-political archiving and performance as long as:

1. copyright notice is maintained, and

2. no money changes hands.

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Arthur T. - ar23hur "at" pobox "dot" com

Guessing a lyricist's opinions from his songs is as futile as

guessing an author's opinions from his novels.

Arthur T. - ar23hur "at" pobox "dot" com

Guessing a lyricist's opinions from his songs is as futile as

guessing an author's opinions from his novels.