Physics, Texas-style

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    I composed this little ditty at the end of January 1992, before Congress killed the Superconducting Supercollider Project permanently. It's meant to be sung to the melody of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".

'Round the town of Waxahatchie they're gonna dig a ditch.

The scientists will use it to scratch a mighty itch.

They'll fill it up with magnets and a big, long vacuum pipe

and use it to make matter of a new and foreign type.

    It's a synchrotronic freeway protons are gonna use.

    It oughta be exciting, but it just won't make the news.

    There'll be head-on collisions but the protons' awful fate

    ain't half as bad as traffic on the local interstate.

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