Chiron Beta Prime

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Chiron Beta Prime
ReleaseThing a Week Two
Release date02-17-2006
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"Chiron Beta Prime" is a song on Jonathan Coulton's fifth album, Thing a Week Two.


"Chiron Beta Prime" was originally written around Christmastime 2004 at the request of a friend of Jonathan's who wanted a "Christmas song with a futuristic theme" to send out on a CD as a holiday card. It was later released as the twenty-first Thing a Week on February 17th, 2006.

Live performance

"Chiron Beta Prime" is performed somewhat regularly at Jonathan Coulton concerts. If performing with Paul and Storm, they will usually join Jonathan by doing backup vocals for the chorus. Also, Jonathan occasionally selects a member of the audience (or sometimes a "guest star") to do the "MESSAGE REDACTED" line. In more recent shows, that person is also given the opportunity to vocalize the keyboard solo (made famous by fan Andy Bates) and join in on the third chorus.


  • The phrase "soylent green" in the song refers to a Charlton Heston movie of the same name where in the dark, dystopian future, an overcrowded population eats processed food wafers that are secretly made from dead people.



"Chiron Beta Prime" is currently only available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Thing a Week II. Of course this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store.


"Thing a Week II" is available for purchase as a CD here.

Other versions

A karaoke version of "Chiron Beta Prime" is available on the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Store.


Thing-a-Week Two
1. Flickr · 2. Resolutions · 3. You Could Be Her · 4. I Will · 5. Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance · 6. So Far So Good · 7. Curl · 8. Chiron Beta Prime · 9. Take Care of Me · 10. A Talk with George · 11. Don't Talk to Strangers · 12. Stroller Town · 13. Re: Your Brains