Derek Swinson’s Greatest Hits!

Derek Swinson, physics bard

Derek Swinson retired from the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1995. Before his retirement, Derek recorded the following songs for “cosmic ray conferences and other occasions”. Download each song as an MP3 file (~3 MB). Enjoy!

  1. Calgary, 1967
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Arthur Scammell (10th ICRC, Calgary, 1967).
  2. Uncle Bob’s International Cosmic Jamboree
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Dick & Ann Albin (13th ICRC, Denver, 1973).
  3. Shake Hands With Nagashima
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Steve Graham (19th ICRC, Kyoto, 1979; Morioka, 1984).
  4. Quantum Cowboy (for Marlon Scully)
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: George Millar.
  5. Waiting for the Proton to Decay
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson (Morioka. 1984; 19th ICRC, La Jolla, 1985).
  6. The Galaxy Song
    Words and Music by Eric Idle, adapted by Derek Swinson (Morioka. 1984; 19th ICRC, La Jolla, 1985).
  7. The Sick Note or The Pully Problem
    Words: Pat Cooksey; Music: Irish Traditional.
  8. Cold Fusion
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Lew Brown and Sammy Fain (21st ICRC, Adelaide, 1990).
  9. The Sea Around Us
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Dominic Behan (22nd ICRC, Dublin, 1991).
  10. Alberta Bound
    Words and Verses: Derek Swinson; Chorus and Music: Gordon Lightfoot (23rd ICRC, Calgary, 1993).
  11. Our Duck Pond
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson (Faculty Follies, 1976 “A Man’s World or is it?”).
  12. The Library
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Percy Gaunt (Faculty Follies, 1977 “Old Faces of 1977”).
  13. Orientation
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson (Faculty Follies, 1978 “Potpourri”).
  14. Anything Goes (Introduction)
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Cole Porter (Faculty Follies, 1978 “Potpourri”).
  15. Uncle Bud’s Harvard on the Rio Grande
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson (Faculty Follies, 1978 “Potpourri”).
  16. Nat the Stat
    (For Arts and Sciences Dean, Nathaniel Wollman). Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Traditional (Faculty Follies, 1978 “Potpourri”).
  17. Anything Goes (Reprise)
    Words: Derek Swinson; Music: Cole Porter (Faculty Follies, 1978 “Potpourri”).
  18. Shake Hands With Your Uncle Bruce
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson “Politics Made Simple”. (UNM Lecture Under the Stars, June 11, 1984).
  19. The Bruce King Waltz
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson “Politics Made Simple”. (UNM Lecture Under the Stars, June 11, 1984).
  20. The Eyes of Texans
    Words and Music: Derek Swinson “Politics Made Simple”. (UNM Lecture Under the Stars, June 11, 1984).