Yeah, zero is a wonderful thing. In fact, Zero is my hero!
How can zero be a hero?
Well, there are all kinds of heroes, you know. A man can get to be a hero for a famous battle he fought or by studying very hard and becoming a weightless astronaut
And then there are heroes of other sorts, like the heroes we know from watching sports
But a hero doesn’t have to be a grown up person, you know a hero can be a very big dog who comes to your rescue or a very little boy who’s smart enough to know what to do. But let me tell you about my favorite hero
My hero, Zero, such a funny little hero
But ’til you came along, we counted on our fingers and toes
Now, you’re here to stay, and nobody really knows
How wonderful you are, why we could never reach a star
Without you, Zero, my hero, how wonderful you are
What’s so wonderful about a zero? It’s nothing, isn’t it?
Sure, it represents nothing alone
But place a zero after one, and you’ve got yourself a ten
See how important that is?
When you run out of digits, you can start all over again
See how convenient that is?
That’s why with only ten digits including zero
You can count as high as you could ever go
Forever, towards infinity
No one ever gets there, but you could try
Ten billion zeros, from the cavemen to the weirdos
Who invented you, they counted on their fingers and toes
Or maybe some sticks and stones (rocks and bones)
Their neighbors’ toes?
Yeah yeah, and nobody really knows
How wonderful you are, why we could never reach the star
Without you, Zero, my hero, Zero, how wonderful you are
Place one zero after any number
And you’ve multiplied that number by ten
See how easy that is?
Place two zeros after any number
And you’ve multiplied that number by one hundred
See how simple that is?
Place three zeros after any number
And you’ve multiplied that number by one thousand
Et cetera, et cetera, ad infinitum
Ad astra, forever and ever
With Zero, my hero, how wonderful you are
(The Lemonheads 1996)