ICS 05 Sing-A-Long

Sung to the tune of The Engineers' Drinking Song
Written by Steve Heller for ICS 05

Performed by the attendees to ICS 05, led by Steve Heller and Jan-Willem Maessen. Video by Prof. Greg Egan, linked with his permission.


We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers.
We can, we can, we can, we can, demolish forty beers.
Drink rum, drink rum, drink rum all day, and come along with us
For we don't give a damn for any old man who don't give a damn for us!

Sir Francis Drake and all his ships set out for Calais Bay.
They'd heard the Spanish rum fleet was headed out that way.
But the Engineers had beat them, by a night and half a day,
And though as drunk as ptarmigans, you could still hear them say:

An MIT computer nerd got drunk one fateful night.
She opened up the console and smashed everything in sight.
When they finally subdued her, the judge she stood before,
Said, "Lock her up for twenty years, she's rotten to the core!"

A one named man from MIT called me in the fall.
He asked me to join the ICS team; he said it would be a ball.
I hemmed and hawed until the boss explained the facts to me.
If I didn't join his merry gang he'd retract my PhD!

I joined the crew with the one named man and Derek and Larry.
I learned of papers, panels, talks, hotels that weren't free.
As we neared the final dates, one thing was clear to me;
All the work is really done by talented Sally O. Lee.

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