Hackers

© 1985 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.

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Am
  When the shades of night have fallen
Em
And the  world in darkness lies
Am
They a wake from fitful slumber
G C G
And they  open blea ry  eyes
C
When com puters run their fastest
F G
By the  console's lurid  light
F C
Comes the  hacker's hour of  glory
G C G C
Hackers  do  it  every  night.
C
  So here's to the midnight hackers
G C G
And the  deeds they do  by  night
C
May  all their bugs be easy
G C G
And  may all their code  be  tight
C
May their  hardware run like lightning
F C
May it  stay up through the  night
F C
Hackers  do it with comp uters
G C G C
And they  do  it  every  night.
No higher level language
Our intentions can express
So with dirty old machine code
Our attentions we will press
If we must we'll try for hours
Getting every statement right
In our lowest level programs
Hackers do it byte by byte.

refrain

Now microcode is nasty
But you frequently will find
It's the only thing computers have
To motivate their mind.
It takes sleazy tricks and pure brute force
To get it all to fit
So for heavy microcoding
Hackers do it bit by bit.

refrain