MAGNESIUM THE BEAUTIFUL
(to the tune of "America the Beautiful")

For alkyl halides' majesty
Magnesium is meant,
Assisted by completely dry
E-ther-e-al sol-vent.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
A Grignard has M-g,
It's understood, its bonds are good
From C to shining C.

A carbonyl is polarized,
Its carbon end is plus.
A nucleophile will thus attack
The carbon nucleus.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
A Grignard has M-g,
Each one is fond of making bonds
From C to shining C.

Oh, Grignards can make alcohols,
Of types there are but three.
When Grignards add formaldehyde
The product's primary.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
A Grignard has M-g,
Its alkyl group gives out a whoop
As C grabs shining C.

For alcohols, a Grignard and
A carbonyl collide.
A secondary's synthesis
Requires an aldehyde.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
A Grignard has M-g,
And makes a bond to correspond
From C to shining C.

For tertiary alcohols
An ester captures two,
But if you send a ketone, then
Just one Grignard will do.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
A Grignard has M-g,
We don't need zinc to make a link
From C to shining C.

Now if you need an acid of
The carboxylic kind,
Just bubble past a simple gas:
To Grignards it will bind.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
A Grignard has M-g,
It sticks like glue to CO2,
Joins C to lonely C.

One Grignard grabs a nitrile, then
The next leaves it alone.
The product, during workup, hy-
Drolyzes to ketone.
Magnesium, Magnesium,
Is held in high regard
By chemists, who give honor to
Monsieur Victor Grignard.

-modifications by Dan Mettern
University of Mississippi