NaCl (Sodium Chloride)

Just a little atom of chlorine, valence minus one.
Swimmin’ through the sea, diggin' the scene, just havin' fun.
She's not worried ‘bout the shape or size
Of her outside shell -- it's fun to ionize!
Just a little atom of chlorine with an unfilled shell.

Somewhere in this sea lurks handsome sodium.
With enough electrons on his outside shell, plus that extra one!
Somewhere in this deep blue sea,
There’s a negative for my extra energy.
Somewhere in this foam, my positive will find a home.

Then unsuspecting chlorine felt a magnetic pull!
She looked down, her outside shell was full!
Sodium cried "What a gas! Be my bride,
And I'll change your name from chlorine to chloride!"

Now the sea evaporates to make the clouds for the rain and snow,
Leaving the chemical compounds in the absence of H2O.
But the crystals that wash upon the shore are happy ones.
So if you never thought before …
Think of the love that you eat when you salt your meat!

written by Kate McGarrigle (ASCAP)
Garden Court Music Company