the Destruction of Alice Grey
by Pam Green , © 1966 , 2017
to tune of "The Wreck of the F. F. V"
( also known as "Engine 143" )
There was a girl named Alice Grey, a student I once knew.
She was of high intelligence but homeogametic too.
She soon applied to graduate school, for Science was her life,
Besides she'd die of boredom as someone's housebound wife.
Now Alice's professor thought she need not be taught :
"All females are inferior at any creative thought,
Because they aren't committed", his words brooked no reply,
"To be an intellectual you have to be XY"
Her professor said to Alice, "My darling girl lie still.
You cannot be a scientist, 'tis not God's blessed will."
"Oh no !" she cried "this will not do : I'd rather die so free;
I'd rather die for the things I love, for A, T, C, and G"