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Lab Track: Chemical Love

I could say that someone sent this to me and that I didn't just stumble upon it by seeing it as a related video on Youtube and clicking on it because the boy was cute and then immediately realizing that his age probably makes that thought illegal and then immediately swooning even more at his accent and then getting really jazzed at the fact that this song is about neurotransmitters. But it would be lying to say I didn't do those things, so I won't say that.

Without further ado, I give you Chemical Love by Charlie McDonnell.

Chemical Love
Charlie McDonnell

From the moment that I saw you
Yeah, it had to be love
I can’t help but adore you, you
You’d fit me like a glove
What a life we have in store
To spend together and stuff
You’re a beauty, what a cutie
It’s undoubtedly love
It’s undoubtedly love

My legs are going weak
And my heart’s beating fast
I’m knowing I should speak to her
But I’m not sure what to ask
I feel like my technique
Might not be up to the task
But she’s the love that I do seek
And hey, she’s got a nice ass

And when she looks at me, I hope she’ll feel the same
Due to the hormone that’s released inside her brain

Dopamine

It’s a catecholamine neurotransmitter
Which means it sends a message in your brain
To tell you that you think that girl you’re looking at is fitter
To make offspring with than any other dame

And when she looks at me
Yes, I can feel it beating
I can tell from the shortness of my breath
That my body has reacted
To our wandering eyes meeting
And the high I’m on’s comparable to meth

But methamphetamine’s a drug of which I’m clean
Though I can’t say the same of dopamine

Dopamine

But dopamine’s just one half of the tale
The chemical that gets you in the mood
There’s another guy that you’ll need to prevail
If you want to see your partner in the nude

Dopamine is useless without norepinephrine
Focusing your efforts on one girl
Telling you that she’s the one who’s making your head spin
If this were an oyster, then she’d be the pearl

And so I lock eyes with this girl
Ready for our love to unfurl
I just want to come up to her
But she’s looking at me like she’s ready to hurl
I guess this lady doesn’t feel the same

I thought there was a spark, but it didn’t light the flame
But I still have the urge to ask her name
But that’s not me, that’s the hormone in my brain

Dopamine

And don’t forget norepinephrine
Dopamine’s best friend

Norepinephrine

From the moment that I saw her
Yeah, I knew it was love
Couldn’t help but adore her
Thought she’d fit me like a glove
But it turned out that my thoughts
Were just impulses, not enough
To get this beauty’s pretty booty
It’s just chemical love
It’s just chemical love

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Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.

8 Comments

  1. March 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Terrific!

  2. March 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Ken Plume has four "Bit of a Chat" podcasts with Charlie, first one is here:
    http://www.asitecalledfred.com/2011/06/02/charlie-mcdonnell-ken-plume-chat/
    Anyone that can get Stephen Fry to do an intro drop for his podcast, AND sing in a Doctor Who-themed band must be cool, no?

  3. March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    That's Stephen Fry?! Would it betray my American cultural ignorance to assume that it was just Charlie's dad, since every older man in Britain MUST sound that way?

  4. March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    *to admit that I assumed

  5. March 20, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Ha! It would be quite surprising for Stephen Fry to learn that he had a son, I expect.

  6. March 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Thank-you for sharing! I love hearing more realistic love songs. 🙂  And I totally didn't have any inappropriate thoughts running through my head either…

  7. March 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    FWIW Charlie's in his 20s and duh, he's a big science dork.

  8. March 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love it! 🙂

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