Mathcamp: Nonabelian

Nonabelian

Mathcamp's alma mater—performed every year in the talent show by the Contrapositones, our camp choir—was penned by Chris & Meep in the summer of 2000, and is sung to the tune of Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel:

Nonabelian, you're breaking my heart
You're wreckin' my multiplication
Nonabelian, I'm down on my knees
I'm beggin' you please, please commute
Please commute

Thinking groups in the afternoon, nonabelian
Up in my classroom (thinking groups!)
There are things that just can't be done
When a b a inverse b inverse is not one

Nonabelian, you're breaking my heart
You're wreckin' my multiplication
Nonabelian, I'm down on my knees
I'm beggin' you please, please commute
Please commute

Jubilation, it commutes again,
divide out by all commutators
Jubilation, it commutes again,
Divide out by all commutators

Oh oh oh oh....

A note to the reader: "Nonabelian" is a term from group theory. If you haven't seen it before, come to Mathcamp and find out all about nonablelian groups!