Let’s do some science in a song. Let’s pick a prehistoric pond.
It’s small and warm and has all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts.
Zapped with electricity, a protein forms there chemically
And once that protein’s fully formed, it’s ready to evolve some more.
That’s the theory now let’s try again with carbon dioxide
Water and some nitrogen and life will happen sometime … when?
Never, never in a million years
Never, never in ten million years
Never, never in a hundred million
Four hundred million years
Never in a million years
Let’s give Oparin his due, he proposed we should make soup
And Haldane said that it just might cook with ultraviolet light
Urey said we should put in methane and some hydrogen
So Miller cooked it but since when did we have those ingredients back then?
Don’t cry Charlie Darwin, what does Louis Pasteur know?
Just tell Frankie we can pin the whole damn thing on undetectable spacemen
Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry
(That ship has sailed and it ain’t never coming back, there’s always
Much too much speculation running after too little facts)
But let’s just say you make that soup, most amino acids you can’t use
Right handed ones you throw away but keep a hundred lefties (give or take)
Stick ’em together with peptide glue. You’ve made a protein – clever you!
You know I hate to be a bore – for a cell, we only need 200 more.
Now we just got instructions left to write, 30 volumes worth that we gotta fit inside
There are only four letters in DNA, so how much longer do you think it’s gonna take?
A million years?
Or ten million years?
Maybe in a hundred million?
Four hundred million years?
Never in a million years.