### Order It’s Done

*Lyrics by Tom Bodine*

*Sung to the tune of “All the Above” by Maino featuring T-Pain*

Fenway, you ready? Ok, then, let’s lock and load.

Fenways! Yo turn me up! Ms. Kemp* I think we got one. Here we go!

*Ms. Kemp is Tom’s Head of School

**CHORUS**

Tell me what do you see, you’ve got parentheses

Exponents, multiply, and then we all divide

With addition, subtraction, and all of this action, it’s the order it’s done

When you’re faced with some problems, you know that you’ve got ’em with the process we love

It’s all how it’s done, your calculations, the order of operations

It’s all how it’s done, your calculations, your order of operations

Now listen up Fenway, I’ve got something to tell

It?s a brief set of rules made so you can excel

See I know how it feels thinking “what do I do first?”

When all the while you’re thinking that your head’s gonna burst!

You see, MATH is for fortune and fame MATH gets your head in the game

MATH gives you something from nothing and NOTHING else is quite the same

Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally, for she knows not how we do

She never used this rhyme to help her work a problem through

P is for parentheses, simplify what’s in them first

E is for the exponents, obey the power, quench the thirst

M & D is just one step, ’cause you take it left to right

A & S will bring it home, now wrap it up, our math is tight!

*Chorus*

3 times the quantity (5 – 7) that’s cubed

Then we’re adding 65 over 13 that’s the problem, dude

First I do 5 – 7, that gives me –2

–2 to the power of 3, that’s –8, now follow through!

3 times –8 will get ya (what!) –24

13 into 65 is 5, now let’s settle the score! –24 + 5, think about your number line

Add ’em up don’t forget your sign, it’s –19!

It’s not just for arithmetic, you can solve equations like

6*x* – 9 + 2*x* = 4*x* – 5

First you gotta simplify on both sides of the “=” sign

Combine your like terms on the left, and you’re left 8*x* – 9

To break this lil’ equation down

Turn your operations ’round

Gotta add or subtract on both sides

Before you can multiply or divide anymore

Subtract 4*x* from both sides

4*x* – 9 = –5

Then you add a 9 to both sides, you’re almost done

Divide by 4, *x* = 1.

You know it’s only B block, teacher put me on the spot

I tried to hide but he called my name… (you know)

And you know mistakes don’t stop just ’cause you rise to the top

You gotta stay up on your game

We’re still writing, we’re still learning

No more pain, no more hurting

All of my students, they’re reppin’ every house

Show Boston how it’s done! Yes!

It’s all how it’s done, your calculations, the order of operations

It’s all how it’s done, your calculations, your order of operations