Tuesday 5 January 2010

Bob Dylan Meets HTML5

Inspired by Shelley Powers who quipped “HTML5, it is a changing” on Twitter, I in turn said I was gonna write a Dylanesque song about HTML5. Of course, between that time and the time I got to the next available WiFi point, Jeff Allen wrote the song.

We offer it up here for your enjoyment, and encourage you to post your own creative take on HTML5, which of course, is a spec that is in fact changing.

Update! Friend and colleague Daniel Davis (@ourmaninjapan), Web evangelist and ukelele player extraordinaire, provides this rendition so we can all sing along!

HTML5 – It is a Changin’

by Jeffrey G. Allen

Come gather ’round coders
wherever you roam
And admit that internet
Around you has grown
And accept that soon
A new spec will stand on its own.
If your skills to you
Are worth savin’
Then you better starting learnin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For HTML5 it is a-changin’.

Come designers and developers
who prophesize with your blog
And keep your mind wide
this chance won’t come again
And don’t speak to soon
For the spec is still in spin
And there’s no telling who
will be recodin’.
For the early adopter now
Will be later to win
For HTML5 it is a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t sit on your thumbs
In the gathering hall
for he that gets lost
will be he who has stalled
There’s a spec in the works
And it’s changin’.
It’ll soon trim down your code
And add meanin’
For HTML 5 it is a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
Learn to use content filters
And help to fight spam
Your sons and your daughters
Have gone mobile
And you’re old ways of surfing
is rapidly changin’.
Please get off the new one
If you can’t understand
For HTML 5 it is a changin’.

The spec it is out
It is Working Draft
The current one now
will later be past
As the new one
will venture to last
The spec is
rapidly changin’
And the current one now
will later be last
for HTML5 it is a changin’.

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Posted by:   Molly | 21:22 | Comments (14)

Comments (14)

  1. Let’s hear it for Mr. Allen

  2. This makes me wonder why someone hasn’t tried something like “If I Had A Dcotype” based off of Peter, Paul, & Mary’s “If I Had A Hammer”, or perhaps a nice JavaScript song like “O-B-J-E-C-T” based on Aretha’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”.

    For fun and games here are some other titless that are just begging to be written:

    “Like A Float Over Positioned Elements” / “Like A Bridge Over Troubled Waters” Simon & Garfunkel
    “I Got A Doctype” / “I Got A Name” by Jim Croce
    “Markup Fan” / “Macho Man” Village People
    “Once In A Document” / “Once In A Lifetime” Talking Heads
    “:Hover And :Focus” / “Crimson & Clover” Joan Jett & the Blakhearts

  3. As a looooong time Dylan fan I love this. Damn, I find myself singing (Apologies to Bob Dylan) the words. Great way to remember HTML5 is ‘a comin’.

  4. Well, It’s official, there’s a music video for the song now . A creative urge hit me yesterday that I couldn’t resist. So, if we can talk Mols into recording a Joan Jett style cover to Crimson and Clover, she could do “:Hover and :Focus”

  5. Come Zeldman and Meyer
    Malarkey and Mols
    Let your songs of web standards
    Ring in the halls.
    And the lessons you teach
    disseminate to one and all.
    For the web that you now know
    is not what you knew
    For HTML 5 it is a changin’.

  6. Really Molly? The web is held back due to the dilemma of seeing change as the same old thing. I would think Bob Dylan would see this as true change.

  7. Love this one:

    “For the early adopter now
    Will be later to win
    For HTML5 it is a-changin’.”

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  9. Like that new verse, Jeff!

  10. Pingback: Bruce Lawson’s personal site  : HTML5 it is a-changin’

  11. Since Bruce posted a video I gave him an alternate verse as well:

    Mozilla and Safari,
    Opera and IE,
    HTML 5 needs your help
    To be all it can be,
    Wide browser support
    Would help tremendously
    And don’t forget about support for CSS3
    HTML 5 It is a changin’

  12. It is true folk music. As Tom Lehrer points out, “it don’t even gotta rhyne.”

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