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Aislinn the Bard


A long, long time ago
I can still remember
Just how physics used to make me smile
And I knew if I had the chance
That I could make electrons dance
And my patients would be healthy for a while
But cables whirring made me shiver
With every X-ray I'd deliver
Murphy lies in waiting
Havoc anticipating
I can't remember if I sighed
When the screen turned blue
And the system died
But fury touched me deep inside
The day Mosaic died


Bye bye Motte Carlo and pi
What the fields have revealed
We'll get back by and by
Meanwhile we'll sit here drinking whiskey and rye
Saying “This won't be the day that we die.
This will never be the day that we die”


The patient's lying there in one place
Her brain and clothing lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jeff be nimble and Rudy quick
Give that laser yet another flick
'Cause lasers are the patient's truest friend
And as we watched her lying there
Murphy caught us unaware
No angel born in Hell
Could break old Murphy's spell
As the patient stared at us in fright
And our images winked out of sight
I saw Murphy laughing with delight
The day Mosaic died.


Did you read the manual of
That linear accelerator up above
I bet you know it really well.
Can you track all its failure modes,
Its missing bits and its error codes?
Can you recreate the stories that they tell?
Well we're about solving problems here
So we'll meet Murphy without fear.
We'll track each error down
And run Murphy's law to ground!
I was a forty-something broncin' buck
When the ultimate disaster struck
And I prayed to all the gods of luck
The day Mosaic died.


On vacation in Monaco
Where Monte Carlo runs the show
And physics is a game of chance
The physicists were called back home
To return the system to its own
With quality and security enhanced.
With dynamic stochasticity
And chaotic serendipity
We played Murphy for a fool
And we won this cyber-duel
And as Murphy tried to take the field
The dosimetrists refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed
The day Mosaic died?



Our patient that day sang the blues
But she shared with us our happy news
The system's back online you know
And I sat down at the screen once more
Where I'd sat so many times before
And the prompts there
Said the software's good to go
In the waiting room the patients cheered
Murphy cried and the team all jeered
Murphy's spell was broken,
Still not a word was spoken.
And the three men I admire most,
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They probably helped us out the most
The day Mosaic died.

Final Chorus

Bye bye Monte Carlo and pi
What the fields have revealed
We’ll get back by and by
Meanwhile we’ll sit her drinking whiskey and rye
This will never be the day that we die.