Hm, I'm not sure but I think I remember you being
They've talked about me since the history began.
beginning with the spoken word and oral tradition
I lived and I talked with the trees.
Writing and paper books, made from trees
Then my punch, it was clocked. My attraction was knocked,
Punch cards have been used to store information well before computers were invented, eg for looms
So I grew and I drew them to me.
It wasn't enough, looking back, and it was
In the sixties when I grooved and spun.
Not vinyl records but hard disks with spinning platters
Even so, I seemed frigid, you might even say rigid
Hard disk drives (late 1950's-60's)
When I relaxed, my journey'd begun.
Floppy disk drives (late 1960's)
Quite nomadic and dandy, freakin' optical candy!
Those who listened to me were enthralled.
Optical media was introduced later, and portable CD players were used to play music
But my ass was too wide—I was fat!—so they fried
Me with lasers 'till Hollywood called.
?? Either a) Rewritable media until Hollywood introduced copy protection, b) movie production still used tapes and analog media because digital media lacked the capacity required, or c) the release of movies on optical media (dvd, bluray)
Now I'm solid, it's stated—couldn't be more elated!
I still move when I feel it's allowed.
Solid state and hybrid hard drives, or flash memory in portable devices
I'm not dying, don't worry, but I'm off in a hurry
To see what lies up in the clouds.
Cloud storage and data streaming services, which is replacing local storage media