Big Big World

 

 

Big Big World
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Play It Again"

It's also a small world after all. Whichever size, just make sure you enjoy the ride.

There’s a little tree frog
living on the banks of the Amazon
There’s a blue whale
swimming in the cold Arctic sea
There’s a zebra
running cross the plains of Africa
There’s a bird out side my window
and I hear it singing to me
It sings ooooooh oooh ohhhh
I hear it singing to me
There are friends I know
I see them every day
In my town,
while I’m walking down my street
But for every person here
that I know by name
There’s a billion living things
I will never meet

CHORUS
It’s a big big world
something happening every minute
It’s a big big world
I’m more and more aware
It’s a big big world
I’m so glad I’m in it
It’s a big big world
There’s room enough
If everybody learns to share

I lie in bed at night
and I can feel the sun
Rising ten thousand miles away
The wind has blown
from halfway round the earth
And it calls me to my window
and I hear it say
“Listen to the song of life”
I stand on a mountain top
I feel so big
Stand beneath the stars
and I feel so small
Somewhere between
the earth and sky
I finally learn
that there’s room for all

CHORUS

There’s a story that comes to us,
running like a stream
In it we hear our history call
And it runs beyond us,
to where we can only dream
And the gift of life
runs there through us all
I stand here amazed,
holding my breath
Wondering what’s in store
But I know this world is big enough
for all the life it holds
If our hearts could grow
just a little more

CHORUS

I Don't Wanna Wait
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "One More Time"

I wrote this song to have a cajun feel, and then had Steve Riley from Lafayette, LA play accordion. He's got a great album on Rounder Records - it's great to dance to. Bon temp tout le temps!!

Tell me, won’t you tell me,
tell me why it’s so
Grownups make you hurry,
then they go so slow
Tell me, won’t you tell me,
tell me why it’s true
You always make me hurry
then I have to wait for you

CHORUS
I don’t wanna wait anymore anymore,
I don’t wanna wait anymore
I don’t wanna wait anymore anymore,
I don’t wanna wait anymore
(repeat)

Standing at the doorway,
while you talk to Aunt Louise
There’s nothing to do at her house,
her perfume makes me sneeze
But you just stand there talking,
and you never say goodbye
The sun comes up,
the sun goes down,
I just want to die

CHORUS

I go to the store for candy,
I walk up to pay
I know the cashier sees me
but I stand there half the day
She helps all the grownups,
it really makes me burn
‘Cause when I say excuse me,
she says “Wait your turn!”
NO!

CHORUS

When a grownup says
“Just a minute”,
I have to roll my eyes
‘Cause a minute’s not a minute,
it’s an hour in disguise
When you want my attention,
and it seems you can’t get through
You can just remember,
I learned it all from you

CHORUS

Pirate Song
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "One More Time"

I think a little piracy at an early age is probably a good thing. I figure if you don't let it out in a safe place, it will show up someplace else. Like Wall Street!

Up in the morning out of bed
I put a bandana on my head
I put a patch up on my eye
Run downstairs and then I cry
Run downstairs and then I cry

CHORUS
Yo ho ho, don’t you know
A pirate’s life is great-so
‘Cause we don’t take baths,
and we don’t take naps
And we don’t clean our plates-o

When they put food on my plate
I will not touch the stuff I hate
They say “Won’t you take a bite?”
I shout out loud with all my might
Shout out loud with all my might

CHORUS

Then they sit me on their lap
They say it’s time to take a nap
I might be tired but I don’t go
A crabby pirate just says no
A crabby pirate just says no

CHORUS

I got a pirate ship and a pirate crew
I’ve got a pirate brother too
Captain is my pirate's rank
We’ll make our parents walk the plank
We’ll make our parents walk the plank

CHORUS

I eat my dinner at the end of the day
I put my pirate stuff away
Take a bath, climb in bed
Pirate dreams are in my head
Pirate dreams are in my head

CHORUS

Pizza Shake
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "One More Time"

Inspired by John McCutcheon, who really did it. So did my kids. It doesn't taste very good.

Two pieces left, five of us here
Everybody’s still hungry,
nobody wants to share
If we cut’ em up in pieces,
there’s not enough to eat
I got an idea, now, listen to me
Get down the blender, plug it in
Push that button and give it a spin
ice cream and pizza
they make me drool
If we mix ‘em up together,
yeah, it’s gotta be cool

CHORUS
It’s a Pizza shake, hey baby,
it’s a pizza shake
Hey maybe make your stomach ache,
Hey baby it’s a pizza shake
Push that button up to puree,
we’re gonna shake the pizza away
Yeah, yeah

Mix vanilla ice cream and pistachio
Milk and olives and oregano
Mushrooms, onions just might do
Put in the chocolate syrup too
Punch that button, let it grind
With anything else that you might find
Chunks of mozzarella, pepperoni too
Don’t worry baby,
cause there’s plenty for you
Of my

CHORUS

You got your peppermint twist and jellyroll
chocolate kiss and donut hole,
all those things they are so fine
But the pizza shake will blow your mind

Mom says we’re crazy,
Dad says we’re nuts
Don’t say it to their face
but they don’t have any guts
This stuff’ll be awesome,
this stuff’ll be neat
It can’t be any worse
than what they make us eat
Turn off the blender,
get the glasses down
We’re gonna fill them up,
we’re gonna pass ‘em around
Hey why is everybody going out the door
Whatsa matter aren’t you hungry any more?
for my

CHORUS

You got your peppermint twist, jellyroll
chocolate kiss and your donut hole,
all those things they are so fine
But the pizza shake is gonna blow your mind

Tommy Says
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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I wrote this after talking to a boy about divorce. It's sad, but it's important to talk about, so you know that other people have the same feelings. Better to let it out - when it feels safe to do so.

Tommy says that I’ll feel better
He felt the same way too
He says when his dad moved out
No one knew just what to do
I guess it takes a while,
and then I’ll feel okay,
I guess so,
‘cause that’s what Tommy says

Tommy says that he was angry,
sometimes he felt ashamed
Now he knows it just what happened
Now he knows he’s not to blame
But I don’t want to be different
I want things just like they were
But that might not happen,

Tommy says
Tommy says that now he sees
His mom an dad just disagree
He loves his mom and his dad too
Though he doesn’t like
some things they do
I know just what he means
‘Cause I feel caught right in between
I think I know how Tommy feels

Tommy says that he’s all right now
Though sometimes he still cries
He says that he can tell me
Though he wouldn’t tell
some other guys
He says that he can trust me
I swear my lips are sealed
‘Cause it’s nice to know
how Tommy feels

I believe what Tommy says
“Cause he is my best friend
I know we’ll stick together,
right to the very end
‘Cause you know when we’re talking
He knows just what to say
And Tommy says I’ll be okay

So Long
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Play It Again"

Put in your name and favorite place and take a trip!!

I'm getting up in the morning,
I'm getting on an airplane today
I am going to Africa,
That’s the land where the elephants play

CHORUS
And it's so long, my mom,
Sorry but I cannot stay
I've got a big load and it's a long road
And I have to be on my way

Maria’s getting up in the morning
She’s getting on a sailboat today
She’s going to Australia
That’s the land where the kangaroos play

CHORUS

Jason’s getting up in the morning
He's getting on a big boat today
He is going to Antarctica,
That's the land where the penguins play

CHORUS

Everybody now

CHORUS

So, we’re all getting up in the morning
We’re getting on a rocket ship today
We are going to outer space,
That's the land where the aliens play

CHORUS (2 times)

Sittin' Down to Eat
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Play It Again" and "Come On Out and Play"

There's always room for one more. My big band version!!

I was sitting down to eat,
just about to begin
There was a knock on the door that said,
“Can I come in?”
I opened the door and what did I see?
It was a great big elephant looking at me!
I said “Oh no! What you gonna do?”
You got enough for one,
you got enough for two
“I’ve got enough for me,
yes, that’s true.
If I’ve got enough for me,
I guess I’ve got enough for you.”

We were sitting down to eat,
just about to begin
There was a knock on the door that said,
“Can I come in?”
I opened the door and what did I see?
It was a big old bear that was looking at me!
I said “Oh no! What you gonna do?”
You got enough for one,
you got enough for two
“I’ve got enough for me,
yes, that’s true.
If I’ve got enough for me,
I guess I’ve got enough for you.”

We were sitting down to eat,
just about to begin
There was a knock on the door that said,
“Can I come in?”
I opened the door and what did I see?
It was a great big lion that was looking at me!
I said “Oh no! What you gonna do?”
You got enough for one,
you got enough for two
“I’ve got enough for me,
yes, that’s true.
If I’ve got enough for me,
I guess I’ve got enough for you.”

We were sitting down to eat,
just about to begin
There was a knock on the door that said,
“Can I come in?”
I opened the door and what did I see?
It was a hairy gorilla that was looking at me!
I said “Oh no! What you gonna do?”
You got enough for one,
you got enough for two
“I’ve got enough for me,
yes, that’s true.
If I’ve got enough for me,
I guess I’ve got enough for you.”

We were sitting down to eat,
just about to begin
There was a knock on the door that said,
“Can I come in?”
I opened the door and what did I see?
It was a big blue whale that was looking at me!
I said “Oh no! What you gonna do?”
You got enough for one,
you got enough for two
“I’ve got enough for me,
yes, that’s true.
If I’ve got enough for me,
I guess I’ve got enough for you.”

We were sitting down to eat,
just about to begin
There was a knock on the door that said,
“Can I come in?”
I opened the door and what did I see?
It was an itty bitty caterpillar looking at me!
I said “Oh no! What you gonna do?”
I don’t think there’s room for you.”
She said, “Yes there is.
I’m sure there’s room.”
She walked in the door
and the house went BOOM!

Listen to Me
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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How does violence start, and where does it end?

One day Jamie found a whole bunch of ants
In the front yard under his tree
He got a bucket of water
and he brought it over
And he got down on his knees
He held the bucket of water over the anthill
And said, “Listen all of you ants!
If you don’t want to drown
Get yourselves out of town
I’m giving you one last chance,”
Jamie said:

CHORUS
Listen to me, you’d better do what I say
If you know what is good for you
If you don’t, if you won’t
Why, there’s no telling what I might do

The door opened up
Jamie’s dad came out and said
“What are you doing out here?
Get yourself back inside
Before I tan your hide
Do I make myself perfectly clear?”
Jamie said “Dad…”
His dad said “Enough!
Don’t talk back to me,
Don’t be rude
I’ve got a lot on my mind,
And I don’t have the time
And besides that I’m in a bad mood”
His dad said:

CHORUS

Then a car pulled up and a man got out
With a frown from ear to ear
Jamie’s dad said “Gee. Hi Boss,
what a surprise
Tell me what are you doing here?”
His boss said, “Let’s go.
I need you at work right now,
You can get in the car.”
Jamie’s dad said, “But Boss,
this is my day off.”
His boss said, “Don’t push me too far!”
His boss said:

CHORUS

Then all of a sudden
there was a roar from above
That took all of them by surprise
When they looked up to see
they could not believe
A spaceship hovering up in the sky
A voice called out, “All of you earthlings,
All of you sniveling ants
Get yourselves out of town,
Cause we’re coming down
We’re giving you one last chance”

CHORUS

Jamie looked at his dad
and at his dad’s boos,
Nobody knew what to do
He looked at the spaceship
hovering above
And the ants down below by his shoes
He got down on his knees
and he said to the ants,
“I can see that you don’t want to drown
I don’t know about the rest of these guys
But I’m putting my bucket down”

Jamie said, “Listen to me,
you can do what you want
“Cause I think I finally see
Just ‘cause I’m bigger,
it doesn’t figure
That you have to listen to me”

Jamie said, “Listen to me,
you can do what you want
“Cause I think I finally found
That just ‘cause I’m bigger,
it doesn’t figure
That I can push you around”

Who Made This Mess?
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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People only deal with things that are right in front of their face - this is my effort to talk about the environment: We have a messy room!

It's a sunny day, I'm on my way,
I'm headed out the door
My mom calls from the stairs,
"Hold it right there
Who left his stuff on the floor?"
I said "I don't know mom,
but I got to go, I hope you understand."
She says "No I don't, and no you won't,
you'd better listen to me young man."

CHORUS
Who made this mess?
Don't tell me it got here by itself
Who made this mess?
Don't tell me it was left here
by somebody else
You're the one
you had your fun
foolin' around with this stuff
The one who plays is the one who pays,
'cause I'm not cleaning it up"

She always knows if I pick up my clothes,
she knows if I made my bed
How she sees is a mystery to me,
she's got eyes in the back of her head
Well I try to be sly, I try to get by,
but there's no gettin' away
If you leave the scene and it's not clean,
you're gonna hear my momma say

CHORUS

Now there's smog in the air,
trash everywhere & oil floatin' out on the bay
You can ask anyone where it comes from,
but nobody wants to pay
But I'm tellin' you brother,
if you made my mother
the head of the world today
If we don't keep it clean,
she'll get awful mean,
and everyone will hear her say

CHORUS (2 times)

Keep It Green
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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"But you drive a car, Dad!" my son Noah says. Even if we don't do everything we could do to make a difference, let this song serve as a reminder to try!!

You gotta keep it green
You gotta keep it clean
You know just what I mean
You gotta keep it green

You gotta keep it blue
That's what we got to do
It's up to me and you
We gotta keep it blue

Some people make this old earth dirty,
not me
I'm gonna clean it up, just wait and see

You gotta show you care
For the land and sea and air
You gotta do your share,
You gotta show you care

instrumental verse

Some people shake their heads and grumble,
not me
I'm gonna make a difference,
just wait and see

You gotta keep it green
You gotta keep it clean
You know just what I mean
You gotta keep it green

You gotta keep it blue
That's what we got to do
It's up to me and you
We gotta keep it blue

You gotta show you care
For the land and sea and air
You gotta do your share,
You gotta show you care

We’ve got to show we care

Do It Together
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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I wrote this after Cathy and Marcy paid a visit. When I grow up I'm going to play banjo just like Cathy.

Dylan was the first one up
his family was asleep
He said Mom get me breakfast,
but he didn’t hear a peep
He woke his brother Noah,
they stood at her feet and head
They pulled and tugged and yelled a lot
till mom got out of bed

CHORUS
Do it together and you’ll get it done
Ask a friend to lend a hand
It’s lots more fun
when there’s more than one
Do it together when you can

Jenny had a good idea
what to be for Halloween
A twelve foot long iguana
she’d paint a lizard green
She couldn’t do it by herself,
her plan was bound to fail
Until her best friend Becca said,
“Hey let me be the tail”

CHORUS

Now Tyrone said to Tommy
let’s use two heads not one
And so they worked together,
studying amphibians
Ms. Martinez told them both
their project was the best
At least until she found a
salamander in her desk

CHORUS

Now when I’ve got a song to sing
I like to sing out loud
But it always sounds much better
if I sing it with a crowd
So I go and find some friends
to sing along with me
Everybody finds a part
and sings in harmony

CHORUS

Walk a Mile
by Jan Nigro, Janimation Music

Jan writes songs for the group Vitamin L that makes great music for families. My favorite.

CHORUS
I want to walk
A mile in your shoes
I want to walk a mile in your shoes
I want to know what you think and how you feel
So I really want to walk a mile in your shoes

Remember the fight that we had
Why did we both have to lose
Because we both walked away mad
Instead of walking a mile in each other’s shoes

CHORUS

You hear how the world’s such a mess
Everytime you turn on the news
The countries could have happiness
If they’d be walking in a mile
In the other’s shoes

CHORUS

Tempers start to cool down
Frown turns into a smile
Anger cannot be found
When you’re wearing those shoes
And you’re walking that mile

CHORUS (3 times)

Turn the World Around
by H. Belafonte & R.M. Freeman
Clara Music Publishing Corp

If you try to clap to this song, you'll get confused!! Just sing and dance. The rhythm changes in the song are my addition, just by accident. I learned the song from two dear friends, Kim and Reggie Harris.

We come from the mountain
We come from the mountain
Go back to the mountain
Turn the world around
We come from the mountain
Go back to the mountain
Turn the world around

We come from the fire
We come from the fire
Go back to the fire
Turn the world around
We come from the fire
Go back to the fire
Turn the world around

We come from the water
We come from the water
Go back to the water
Turn the world around
We come from the water
Go back to the water
Turn the world around

We come from the sky
We come from the sky
Go back to the sky
Turn the world around
We come from the sky
Go back to the sky
Turn the world around

We come from the mountain
We come from the fire
Go back to the water
Turn the world around
We come from the sky
Go back to the sky
Turn the world around