Poetical Science

Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the first computer programmer, writing a program for Charles Babbage's (unbuilt) Analytical Engine. More importantly, in my opinion, she was the first to recognise, as far back as 1843, that numbers could be used for more than calculation - that arranged the right way, they could also represent music, pictures, patterns on a loom, and so on. So this is a song about her.

The title, and indeed many of the lyrics, are taken from things she wrote herself. She should probably be a co-author! Babbage called her the "enchantress of numbers". She described herself as "the bride of science" and once wrote to her mother, "If you can’t give me poetry, can’t you give me poetical science?"

This is a bit rough because I wanted to fingerpick throughout but I haven't got the hang of how I want it to sound yet. Perhaps I'll do a better version someday. Place your bets... Here it is anyway.

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Lyrics and Chords:

[C][F]
[C][G][G7][G6]
[C]

[C]Countess of [F]Lovelace,
[C]Byron's [G]child[G7][G6]
[C]Enchantress of [F]numbers,
[C]Who [G]yearned to [C]fly

[C][F]
[C][G][G7][G6]

[C]Bride of [F]Science,
[C]With a brilliant [G]mind [G7][G6]
[C]Sharing i[F]deas,
[C]A[G]head of her [C]time [C7]

[F]I can't give you [C]poetry, but if it's [E7]all the same to [Am]you,
[F]Poetical [C]science, [G]that'll [G7]have to [C]do

[F][C][E7][Am]
[F][C][G][G7][C]

[C]Numbers, said [F]Ada,
[C]Are there all a[G]round [G7][G6]
[C]In any pro[F]cess,
[C]In [G]pictures and [C]sound[C7]

[F]I can't give you [C]poetry, but if it's [E7]all the same to [Am]you,
[F]Poetical [C]science, [G]that'll [G7]have to [C]do

[F][C][E7][Am]
[F][C][G][G7][C]

[F]Unseen worlds a[C]round us,
[F]Slide into [C]view
[F]The future was [C]coming,
[F]And Ada [G]knew

[G7][G6][G]

[C][F]
[C][G][G7][G6]
[C][F]
[C][G][C][C7]

[F]I can't give you [C]poetry, but if it's [E7]all the same to [Am]you,
[F]Poetical [C]science, [G]that'll [G7]have to [C]do

[F]I can't give you [C]poetry, but if it's [E7]all the same to [Am]you,
[F]Poetical [C]science, [G]that'll [G7]have to [C]do

[F][C][G][G7][C]