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

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

Wacka Wacka Woo
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Also found on "Wacka Wacka Woo"

There’s a kid, lives on my street
She’s the weirdest kid you’ll ever meet
When you ask her, “How are you?”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

Wacka wacka woo
Wacka wacka woo
What’s that mean I wish I knew
When you ask her, “How are you?”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

When the big kids on the bus
Say, “Hey squirt, don’t mess with us!”
They say, “You’re dumb and ugly, too!”
But that kid says “Wacka wacka woo!”

Wacka wacka woo
Wacka wacka woo
What’s that mean I wish I knew
They say, “You’re dumb and ugly, too!”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

Her baby brother breaks her toys
Screams and makes an awful noise
Her mom says, “Goodgy goodgy goo!”
But that kid says, “Wacka wacka woo!”

Wacka wacka woo
Wacka wacka woo
What’s that mean I wish I knew
Her mom says, “Goodgy goodgy goo!”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

The lunchroom monitor at school
Says, “Eat your food! That’s the rule!
Eat it ‘cause it’s good for you!”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

Wacka wacka woo
Wacka wacka woo
What’s that mean, I wish I knew
"Eat it ‘cause it’s good for you!”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

Her dad says, “I have had enough
Of all this ‘wacka wacka’ stuff
You’ll drive me nuts, your mother, too!”
Her mother says, “Wacka wacka woo!”

Wacka wacka woo
Wacka wacka woo
What’s that mean I wish I knew
"You’ll drive me nuts, your mother, too!”
That kid says, “Wacka wacka woo”

So if you’re down and feeling blue
If you don’t know what to do
I have some advice for you
Smile and say, “Wacka wacka woo!”

Wacka wacka woo
Wacka wacka woo
What’s that mean I wish I knew
I have some advice for you
Smile and say, “Wacka wacka woo!”

Cool in School
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Cool in School" and "You're in Trouble"

thanks to the Coasters and Leiber and Stoller for inspiration

I got to know
I got to find out today
Can anybody tell me,
Can anybody say
What is cool,
Cool in school
What is cool,
Cool in school
I got to know,
Can anybody show me
What is cool

I gotta be cool,
I gotta be hip
So the teachers and the kids
Don’t give me any lip
What is cool
Cool in school,
What is cool
Cool in school
I got to know
Can anybody show me
What is cool

CHORUS
Is it the way you tie your shoes,
The way you comb your hair
The superheroes hiding
On your underwear
What is cool
Cool in school
What is cool
Cool in school

I’m gonna pray
That somebody can say
What is cool,
Cool in school
I asked somebody,
This is what he said
“You got to wear your shirt backwards,
Smear jelly on you head”
I did what he told me,
But when I got to school
All my friends said
“You look like a fool!”

So I asked Terry,
And she asked Joe
Joe asked Larry,
But it seems that nobody knows
What is cool
Cool in school
What is cool
Cool in school
I’m wearin’ my mind out
Cause I can’t find out
What is cool
Cool in school

CHORUS

I gotta to know
Can anybody show me
What is cool,
Cool in school

Well everybody tells me
I got to be cool
From now on I’ll do
Just what I want to do
I’ll be cool,
Cool in school
I’ll be cool
Cool in school
I’ll decide for myself
And nobody else
What is cool
Cool in school...

Monsters in the Bathroom
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Also found on "Monsters in the Bathroom"

I was just a kid
I never will forget
I woke up late one night
I lay there in my bed
my family was a slumbrin’
no one was around
I was almost back asleep
when I thought I heard a sound
a creak upon the staircase
I could plainly hear something there was moving
it filled my heart with fear
it couldn’t be my mother
it couldn’t be my dad
my brother John slept next to me
he’s the only one I had
I thought:

CHORUS
Monsters in the bathroom
monsters in the hall
monsters in the closet
hangin’ from the wall
I thought they’d come and eat my parents
I’d be all alone
then they’d nibble on my toes
right down to the bone

So I pulled the covers o’er my head,
my knees began to shake
My mind said, “Just go back to sleep"
but my body stayed awake
I thought of all the monsters
in the movies I had seen
They’d all been pretty scary,
all been pretty mean
So I tried to calm myself down
“There’s nothing to be afraid of,
nothing there at all”
I had just convinced myself
when I heard it in the hall

CHORUS

I could hear the monster breathing
I could hear the monster sigh
The monster stood right over me
I kissed the world good-bye
And then the lights came on
I screamed “I’m dead”
But the monster was my mother
and this is what she said:
I was having a midnight snack
when I thought I heard you call
So I came up the stairs
I tiptoed down the hall
When I was just a kid like you
I’d wake up in the night
I’d hear a creak, begin to freak,
so my dad turned on the lights
I thought there were:

CHORUS

“Oh mom that’s just plain stupid
I never get afraid
You must have been a chicken
or not been very brave
But my brother John
he hates the dark
So please leave on the lights”
He says:

CHORUS

Sitting Down to Eat
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Big Big World" and "Come On Out and Play"

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!

Dad Threw the TV Out the Window
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "You're in Trouble"

It was in the morning, a sunny Saturday I turned on the TV and on the couch I lay
I watched my favorite program and another two or three
When my dad came in the room and said these words to me
“Son, turn off the TV, there’s lots of things to do
Your bed’s not made, the chores aren’t done, the sun is shining too”
I said, “Dad, I’m busy. I’ve got to watch this show”
I guess I should have listened, but how was I to know?
Cause then he walked across the room and then he pulled the plug
He lifted up the television, he skipped across the rug
He opened up the window, and then I said, “Dad, NO!”
He gave the thing a heave and I watched the TV go, oh

CHORUS
Dad threw the TV out the window, the window
I think he’s finally cracked
Dad threw the TV out the window,
I got a feeling that it isn’t coming back

Oh, when I saw it go, when I heard the crash
I knew that things at our house would soon be changing fast
My dad looked out the window and he mumbled, “My oh my”
My brother looked out too and said, “I’m gonna die!”
And that night after dinner when we went to watch the set
All I found was nothing, I said, “How could I forget?”
My brother fell down on the floor and moaned, “What will I do?!”
I said, “Why don’t you move away?” he said, “The same to you!”
But then he told a joke, and I told two or three
And the one about the elephants made dad fall on his knees
My mom did her impression of a duck that couldn’t fly
That would have made you wet your pants and maybe even cry, all because

CHORUS

Well, life without the TV wasn’t what I feared
I didn’t really miss it though some friends thought I was weird
I didn’t miss commercials and all the blood and guts
And all the stupid shows my brother watched that drove me nuts
But then one sunny Saturday my dad could not be found
I looked high and low when from his room I heard a sound
I walked into his room to see what it could be
I found my father hiding there watching a TV
I said, “Oh Dad, now really, you ought to be ashamed”
He said kind of sheepishly, “I just want to watch the game”
I picked up the TV, I waltzed across the room
I gave the thing a heave and I waited for the boom

CHORUS (2 times)

There Goes My Brother Again
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "50 Ways to Fool Your Mother" and "One More Time"

I’ve saved my nickels,
I’ve saved my dimes,
I’ve saved my quarters too
I’ve got twelve dollars
up in my room
Here’s what I’m going to do:
Down at the toy store
I saw a model,
one that I want to buy
I’m going out the door
when my mom says,
“Your brother’s going to cry
please take him with you”
“Ah, mom!”
So I take my brother down to the toy store,
we get there and walk inside
I’m looking all a round for the model,
the one that I want to buy
When up comes a lady
who works at the store,
“Young man” I hear her say
“If this is your brother,
he just broke a toy and
somebody’s going to pay,
Eleven ninety five, please”
Oh, there goes my brother again,
ruining all of my plans

CHORUS
I know I should love him
I know what they say
and I would
if he’d just go away

After I spend all day at school
I run the whole way home
I’m gonna meet my friends
at the ball field
I’m gonna go alone
But when I get there,
my father is waiting,
there’s something he has to do
He says, “Here’s your brother, all alone
Please take him along with you”
“Oh dad!”
So I take my brother
down to the ball field
He says he wants to play
I say he can’t so he starts to cry
so I let him have his way
But as soon as we start
he gets hit in the face
By a ball that
my friend Bobby throws
He gets a nose bleed,
he starts to scream
And I have to take him home, oh

CHORUS

My mother tells me
my brother is sick
They don’t know what to do
They go and take him down to the doctor
She says, “He has the flu”
He stays in bed for almost a week
So sick he can hardly smile
And although he bugs me,
I still kinda like him
And miss him every once in a while
So I go to my room,
I open my drawer
The one that I always lock
I get out my favorite comic book
The one underneath my socks
I go and take it in to my brother
I say, “He can have a look”
He starts to turn green
and then throws up,
right on my comic book!, oh

CHORUS
I know I should love him,
I know that it’s true
And I will
when I turn forty-two!

So Long My Mom
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Also found on "Big Big World"

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)

Black Socks
(writer unknown)

Also found on "Monsters in the Bathroom"

I learned this round years ago - I can’t remember when or where. It’s a good song to sing when you don’t want to do the laundry.

Black socks, they never get dirty
The longer you wear them, the stronger they get
Sometimes I think I should wash them
But something inside me keeps saying
Not yet, not yet, not yet, not yet

50 Ways to Fool Your Mother
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Also found on "50 Ways to Fool Your Mother"

Early in the morning when you open up your eyes
You can hear the coffee perking and the egg your mother fries
Lyin’ in your bed you start to feel blue
When you think of all the things that you really want to do.

You want to play baseball, you want to ride your bike
You want to read a comic book, you want to take a hike
But no you don’t, there’s something else to do

Dress yourself and have your breakfast, you’ve got to go to school
If just this once you didn’t have to go
But if you ask they’ll just say no
If you only think a moment, there’s something you can do
There must be 50 ways to fool your mother.

It’s really rather simple if you only stop and think
You could tell her you got sick last night and threw up in the sink
Say you got the measles, say you got the mumps
Tell her that you’re too depressed and way down in the dumps
Say that you’re not you, there’s a martian in your place,
You’re really on a rocketship somewhere in outer space
Oh you’ve got to use your head, but I’m sure you’ll find a way
There must be 50 ways to fool your mother

You could tell her that your teacher said you’ve done so well
You don’t have to go to school today, you can rest a spell
Tell her that a tidal wave is comin’ to your town
If you try to get to school you just might drown!
Say a herd of elephants is roamin’ through the streets
That your shoes have shrunk, they won’t fit on your feet
Say your school was zapped into hyperspace
There must be 50 ways to fool your mother.

You could tell her that your turtle’s sick, you’ve got to stay at home
You’re waiting for the President to call you on the phone
Say you’re sore and achy, there’s a poundin’ in your head
That your legs won’t move, you can’t get out of bed
Tell her that you won’t get up, you know it’s just a dream
You know your real mother would never act so mean
Put some powder on your fact until it’s really white
Heat up the thermometer over the light
Take some iodine and put some spots upon your face
There must be 50 ways to fool your mother.

So your mother finally buys it and says “OK”
But if you’re so sick, you can’t go out to play.
You’ve got to stay at home, you’ve got to get some rest
I can help you with your homework you can study for your test
Maybe by tomorrow you’ll feel OK
I’m really very sorry that you’re sick on Saturday”
SATURDAY! I didn’t know it was Saturday!

Your mother smiles sweetly as she gets up to leave
You should have known that mothers got something up their sleeves

There must be some way out of this, something you can do
Are there 50 more ways to fool your mother?
50 ways to fool your mother? 50 ways to fool your mother?

Is Not Is Too
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Wacka Wacka Woo"

I’ve got a sister, she is nine
She likes to argue all the time
What’s more unfortunately
She likes to argue most with me
I say black, then she says white
I say day then she says night
My mom says why can’t you agree
I say it’s her fault,
don’t blame me

CHORUS
Is not, is too
Is not is not, is too, is too
Is not, is not, is not, is not
Is too, is too, is too

No matter what I say or do
It seems that I just can’t get through
I tell her “Something’s wrong with you”
She never sees my point of view
I yell it loud so she can hear
I yell it loud into her ear
I could yell all day and night
She won’t see what I say is right

CHORUS

One day I guess we went too far
When we were yelling in the car
When we got home my mother said
The two of you go right to bed
From my room I heard her call
My sister talking through the wall
“It’s all your fault we’re stuck inside!”
"Here we go again," I cried

CHORUS

My mom said
“You two drive me bats”
I said, "Go tell my sister that
She said, “No, it takes both of you to argue just the way you do
If you won’t listen you are bound
To watch your fight go round and round
Instead of saying “Is not, is too”
Why don’t you both say something new?”

Fine...

uh uh, uh huh
uh uh, uh uh,
uh huh, uh huh
uh uh, uh uh, uh uh, uh
uh huh, uh huh, uh huh..

CHORUS

You're in Trouble
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "You're in Trouble" and "Yes to Running!"

When he got home
he walked into the kitchen
So hungry that his stomach hurt
There were cookies on the table,
sign that read
“Don’t touch, these are for dessert”
But he ate one,
then he ate another
He meant to put the rest away
But it wasn’t too long
before the cookies were gone
He heard a little voice
inside him say

CHORUS
You’re in trouble,
you’re in trouble,
you’re in trouble like you’ve never
been in trouble before
When they find out,
there is no doubt
You’re in trouble
like you’ve never been in trouble before

Well he’d never made cookies
but he thought that he could do it
He’d seen his mother do it before
Some flour and some sugar
there was really nothin' to it
‘Til he dropped the sugar jar
on the floor
He took some eggs and chocolate
and mixed it all together
He poured the goop onto the tray
His sister came in,
she broke into a grin
And this is what he heard her say

CHORUS

He turned the oven on
and he put the cookies in
He went to take a walk outside
He let’em cook an hour,
he walked back up the stairs
He pulled the door open wide
Smoke came pouring out,
the smoke alarm was screaming
The fire truck roared
down the street
His neighbor came over
with her dog named Rover
And said in a voice so sweet

CHORUS

When his parents came home,
they hit the roof
They didn’t think it was funny at all
He was stuck inside all weekend
Just cleaning out the oven
and washing down the kitchen walls
He always will remember,
he never will forget
When ever something seems
to go wrong
There’s always someone
there to tell ya,
someone there to yell at ya,
someone there to sing you this song

CHORUS

Moon and Me
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "You're in Trouble"

Everybody else has closed their eyes,
it's as quiet as can be
Everyone will sleep until sunrise,
everyone but moon and me
I can see her shining in the sky
through the branches of the willow tree
Me here in my bed and her so high
Just us two the moon and me
Moon and me, moon and me,
no one but the moon and me
I can see her shining,
shining down on me
Just us two the moon and me

If there was a wish that I might try,
I think I know what it would be
One night I'd have wings
and then we'd fly,
together just the moon and me
Floating high above the world
like a boat in a starry sea
While the earth was lost in sleep,
we would sail the moon and me

But I'm only down here in my bed,
not sailing in some starry sea
Still I have these pictures in my head,
just dreaming 'bout the moon and me
Moon and me, moon and me,
no one but the moon and me
I can see her shining,
shining down on me
Just us two the moon and me

While the earth was lost in sleep,
we would sail the moon and me
But I'm only down here in my bed,
not sailing in some starry sea
Still I have these pictures in my head,
just dreaming 'bout the moon and me
Moon and me, moon and me,
no one but the moon and me
I can see her shining,
shining down on me
Just us two the moon and me