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‘Florence’: A Statistics Song

18 May 2017 77 views No Comment
Lyric ©2017 Lawrence Mark Lesser

    To the tune of Julie Gold’s Grammy-winning song “From a Distance,” a No. 2 hit for Bette Midler during the first Gulf War.

    This new lyric honors the approaching bicentennial of the birth of Florence Nightingale, adapting her quote: “To understand God’s thoughts, we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.”

    With statistics,
    many soldiers were saved
    in the Crimean War.
    With statistics,
    Florence Nightingale
    found what made the death rate soar.
    With statistics, Florence graphed the data
    in innovative ways:
    A rose diagram, circular histogram,
    a polar area display.

    With statistics,
    uncleanliness was found
    to have caused those extra deaths.
    With statistics,
    Florence led reform
    to implement what was best.
    With statistics, she founded modern nursing
    with brilliance and compassion:
    She gave herself to the cause of health,
    she took bold action.

    God is teaching us, God is teaching us,
    God is teaching us through statistics.

    With statistics,
    England and India
    were healthier places to live.
    Oh, statistics
    shone like the lamp
    Florence brought from bed to bed.
    With statistics, she set an example
    of vision and of strength:
    More than pie charts, her mind and heart
    would light and lead the way.

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