Unobtanium

Unobtanium

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When the Week 7: In the style of ... challenge was posted, I immediately thought of @metalfoot's periodic table series of songs. A couple FAWMs ago, I already wrote about dihydrogen monoxide, so I was looking for another semi-mythical element. Unobtanium it was.

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Unobtanium
© Sean McGaughey August 17, 2020

Chorus
D
Unobtanium, unobtanium
G
Scarcer than a plaid geranium
D
A most unusual element,
D
Let me explain (...ium).
A7
The characteristics of unobtainium

V1
G
Governments want unbreakable encryption
D
That magically lets the good guys in
G
Nerd Harder they say when the coders explain.
A7
It’s just not possible it’s
Unobtainium.

Chorus

V2
G
Time travel is possible,
G
We can go exploring,
D
Back to 1984
G
All we need is an old Delorian
A7
And a Flux capacitor
Made
Of
Unobtanium.
PreChorus (ascending)
Unobtanium
Unobtanium

Chorus

V3
G
It was mined in Avatar by James Cameron
D
The oldest cryptocurrency, rarest of them
G
They say it’s in old car parts, and metal feet of men
A7
When you can’t build or buy it, it’s unobtanium.

Bridge
G
Now you know about the strangest element
C
Found in the forest of the Pink elephants.
G
If you’re confused, don’t understand
A7
Still don’t get it.
A7
That’s the point- you can’t



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

Indeed this is my style and my sort of thing. The only thing which would make it more me is a partial capo on 2! LOL Well played, sir! Biggrin

A.Eye's picture

this is totally metalfoot's style haha. well done!

wobbie wobbit's picture

haha nice one. this is a fun prompt. nice pay off there! with not getting it.

billwhite51's picture

clever name for a mythical element, im going to have to obtain me some,

cleanshoes's picture

Oh man, you nailed it! Rhyming unobtanium with "plaid geranium" and "let me explain-ium" is just so good.

kahlo2013's picture

This is absolutely fantastic and fun! I love this new element and I truly think you have channeled Alex so well! Absolutely brilliant!

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Clever and funny ... I love images like "the forest of pink elephants" and "metal feet of men." Music is catchy as heck!

headfirstonly's picture

Avatar came out in, what - 2009? And I am *still* annoyed by the laziness of the writing team in picking "unobtainium" as the Macguffin driving what little there was of the plot. But even so, I couldn't help but smile as I listened to this. "That's the point - you can't" is a gorgeous metatextual joke with which to end. But "Let me explainium" is a masterstroke worthy of Tom Lehrer. Play this in Filk circles, and you'll be a superstar.