Finally, a song for engineers struggling to make measurements

-May 12, 2006

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"The Measurement Blues"
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Music and lyrics by Martin Rowe
Copyright 2006 by Martin Rowe

I got the blues, I got the measurement blues.
I got the blues, I got the measurement blues.
I got the measurement blues,
My test results are all wrong.

I spent all morning looking for my scope,
My DMM too, and that's no joke.
Now I'm ready to measure voltage and time.
I hooked up my probes that’s when my DUT died.

I got a new device, went to connect my wires
Only to find that I had lost my pliers.
I found them now, I'm ready to go.
I was ready to go, but my scope was too slow.

I went to the boss, said "I need a new scope."
But all he said was "There's no hope.
There's no money, nothing I can do.
There's no money for equipment, you’ll just have to make do."

I found another scope, had to beg, borrow steal.
I connected my wires and got a measurement real.
I was reelin', reelin' in the data.
I was reelin in the data, so I went out for a bite.

During my test, Windows had crashed.
My data was lost and I knew that I'd get bashed.
I got the blues, I got the measurement blues.
I got the measurement blues, just for going out to lunch.

I restarted Windows and measured again.
My data looked so good I had a celebration.
That's when I learned my gear needed calibration;
My uncertainty was high and my data was no good.

I got the blues, I got the measurement blues.
I got the blues, I got the measurement blues.
I got the measurement blues,
My test results are all wrong.

"The Measurement Blues" was recorded on April 27, 2006, at Melville Park Studio, Boston, MA.

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