chemistry-themed song, whose lyrics have been written by the
president of one of China's top universities , has sparked debate
on the internet due to its colloquial lyrics, media reports said.
The song carries many words popular on the internet, the China
Daily reported citing Yangtze Evening Post and New Express Daily
The lyrics have been written by the president of Peking
Zhou Qifeng, the head of Peking University and also a chemist,
even put newly invented and internet-popular words like "geilivable"
(a Pinyin-English combination word meaning "giving power") into
the lyrics, making the already plain lyrics even more accessible.
After the song, performed by a student chorus, was broadcast
recently on China Central Television, it was quickly posted on a
mirco blog and forwarded more than 20,000 times. It received over
6,000 comments on the China's largest mirco blog website --
Zhou maintains that he wrote the lyrics to motivate others to
compose songs for the celebration of the International Year of
Chemistry 2011, in which organisers are looking for the "Song of
Chemistry" from the public.
Some netizens argued that colloquial lyrics combined with
internet-popular words make the song very approachable for most
However, some criticised the colloquialism of the lyrics and
doubted Zhou's ability in Chinese writing as Zhou is the head of
Peking University, commonly believed to be the top one in the
field of liberal arts.
The style of the lyrics has been even used by netizens to create
another themed song, about physics.