Both Sides Now

Jim Rumbaugh’s Song at OOPSLA’95

Unified Method Song
“Both Sides Now”
by Jim Rumbaugh
with apologies to Joni Mitchell

Blobs with writing in their hair
And small adornments in the air
And has-relations everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way.

But now I’ve purged them from my Sun
Eliminated every one
So many things I would have done
To drive the clouds away.

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
Both in and out, and still somehow
It’s clouds’ delusions I appall
I really can’t stand clouds at all.

Balls for multiplicity
Black and white for clarity
And data flows arranged in trees
Were part of OMT.

But now I’ve had to let them go
We’ll do it differently, you know
‘Cause Grady said, they’ve got to go
We can’t use OMT.

I’ve seen OMT from both sides now
Both good and bad, and still somehow
It’s my notation I recall
I really like OMT best of all.

Talks in June to write it down
And document just what we’ve found
And bring it here to Austin town
To give it all away.

But now our fans are acting strange
Hey, Jim and Grady, you’ve both changed.
Well, something’s lost, but something’s gained
In building unity.

We’ve seen OO from both sides now
Both his and mine, and still somehow
It’s OO’s strengths we’ll still pursue
We’ve tried to bring the best to you.