Here are a selection of songs that were released individually or are the single song on a story recording.

 

 

Single Songs

 

 

 
Cool in School
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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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...

 
Everyone's a Little Bit Different
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Watching all the people till it gets dark
Smiling at them as they pass by
Some look away, some say hi
Some are big, some are small
Some are short, some are tall
Some got hair down to their knees
Some got hair just like me

CHORUS
Everyone’s a little bit different
Everybody that I see
Everyone’s a little bit different
That’s okay with me
Everyone’s a little bit different
Black, white, red, yellow, brown
Everyone’s a little bit different
It makes the world go round

Some like earrings on their nose
Some paint the nails upon their toes
Some get off on purple hair
Some like bright red underwear
Some like ketchup on their eggs
Some like hair upon their legs
Some like sandals, some like boots
One man’s poison is another man’s fruit

CHORUS

It’s a miracle to me
We’re different
It is just a mystery
We’re different
Six billion people breathing air
We’re different
No two the same anywhere
We’re different

story – monologue

CHORUS

You can’t make me just like you
I can’t make you just like me
I think the best that we can do
Is just to let each other be

CHORUS

 
Get Me Out of Here
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Christmas Eve, it was long ago
My family had gone to bed for the night
And it had really started to snow
I had visions of sugarplums
I was dreaming about lots of toys
Suddenly something woke me up
I thought I heard a noise
As I tiptoed down the stair case
I thought I heard sleigh bells
Something moved in the fireplace
And I heard somebody yell,
"Get me out of here!"

CHORUS:
Get me out of here
Somebody listen to me
This is an emergency
Dancer and Prancer are waiting
I got a long way to go
I'm already an hour behind
On account of the ice and snow
Get me out of here

Well those legs hanging down in the chimney
They looked an awful lot like St. Nick's
He was halfway up, he was halfway down
And I wondered how he got in that fix
Maybe it was the cookies
'cause there was nothing left on the plate
I looked up the chimney
I saw he was a little bit overweight
He said, "Son, stop fooling around
Or I'll take those toys right back
But if you give me a little help
I'll let you have another look in my sack
Just get me out of here"

CHORUS

Maybe he was a burglar
I mean, how was I to know?
But I knew he was the real thing
When I heard him say "Ho, ho, ho!
Get me out of here"

So I pulled down on his big black boots
And some elves jumped on his head
He came down the chimney in a cloud of soot
You know his face and his suit were red
He opened up that sack of toys
And he let me have a couple more
He made a face at the fireplace
He said, "Son, please show me the door"
I heard him climb up on the rooftop
So I figured he was okay
I saw the reindeer and sleigh take off
And I thought I heard him say,
"Get me out of here"

CHORUS

 
Grownups Are Strange
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Yes, that’s true, but kids are too.

Yeah listen to me now gather ‘round,
All of you kids don’t you make a sound
‘Cause I’m gonna tell ya I’m gonna give you the news
Talk about something that could happen to you
I’m talkin’ ‘bout grownups, what they call adults
They’re very strange but it’s not their fault
‘Cause once they were children, they were as good as gold,
But then they got weird ‘cause then they got old

Yeah, grownups are strange that’s a fact,
But there’s just goin’ forward, you can’t go back
Grownups are weird, yes that’s true,
Someday that could happen to you

Now grownups get to be in charge,
They get to stay up late, they get to drive their cars
They make the rules and they say what’s what,
And they can talk until they drive you nuts
But something happened since they were kids,
‘Cause their brains don’t work as well as they did
You ask them a question, you think they’re there
Til the say “Huh, what?” and give you a stare

Well grownups are strange that’s a fact,
But you got to go forward, you can’t go back
Grownups are weird, yes that’s true,
Someday that’s gonna happen to you

Yes sooner or later, things will change
You’ll star eating weird food, you’re acting strange
You’ll know it’s come, you’ll have a clue
When you start saying things that were said to you
Like: “Stop fooling around!” “Make your bed!”
“Haven’t you heard one word I’ve said?”
“I don’t want to tell you one more time!”
“Pick-up your clothes before I lose my mind!”

Yeah, grownups are strange that’s a fact,
But there’s only goin’ forward, you cannot go back
Grownups are weird, yes that’s true,
Someday that’s gonna happen to you

Yeah ‘cause I made a promise when I was a kid
I would never grow up no matter what I did
I did pretty well for twenty years or so
But then something happened, and what do you know?
Well now I’m strange, that’s a fact
I have been going forward, I can’t go back
Now I’m weird, yes that’s true
Ha-ha-ha, it’s going to happen to you.

Well grownups are strange that’s a fact,
But you got to go forward, you can’t go back
Grownups are weird, yes that’s true,
Someday that’s gonna happen to you

 
Hold Your Candle
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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In the east there did rise
A light that burned right in the skies,
Calling shepherds, calling kings,
To come see what one child might bring.

Hold your candle in the night
Turn the winter's world toward light.
In these dark and troubled times,
Brother, hold your light to mine.

In the temple there survived
A faith that kept the hope alive
Though the oil was almost gone
For eight long days that flame burned on

Hold your candle in the night
Turn the winter's world toward light.
In these dark and troubled times,
Sister, hold your light to mine.

Many people, many faiths,
Many colors to one race.
By your own light you may see,
The likeness that you have in me.

Hold your candle in the night
Turn the winter's world toward light.
In our dark and troubled times,
Won't you join your light to mine.
Won't you join your light with mine.

 
I'm Busy
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Please excuse me Dad, but there's something at the door
I never have seen anything that's quite like it before

Yes that's very nice, but in a little while, I'm busy.

Dad, I hate to bother you, but it wants to come inside
It's orange and green and brown, it's got this very hairy hide
It's got a big head way up north, and a long tail in the south
And about three hundred teeth or so are living in it's mouth

Please dear not fight now, you just run along
Yes that's very nice, but in a little while, I'm busy

Dad! It ripped the door down! It tore it off the frame!
I really tried to tell you, it's not me that you can blame
Now it's in the house, can't you hear it groan?
It told me it was hungry, and then it ate our phone

You'll just have to wait, go and tell your mom
Please dear not right now, you just run along
Yes that's very nice, but in a little while, I'm busy

Dad!! Put down your paper, this really is no joke
It just ate up the kitchen and now it's blowing smoke
It's awful and it's angry and it's very very mad
It says that's it's still hungry and it wants to eay you Dad!

Haven't you been listening? I've got things to do!!
You'll just have to wait, go and tell your mom
Please dear not right now, you just run along
Yes that's very nice, but in a little while, I'm busy!!!

Dad! Dad! Dad! Dad! It's right behind your chair!
Its mouth is hanging open, its tongue is wagging in the air!
If you get up now, I think that you could run
You could jump outside the window before you're really done!
I know you think I'm kidding but I'm really really not!
I don't want to lose you, you're the only one I've got

I've heard quite enough! Don't bother me again!
Haven't you been listening, I've got things to do
You'll just have to wait, go and tell your mom
Please dear, not right now, you just run along
Yes that's very nice, but in a little while, I'm....
AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH - gulp - BURP!

 

In the Back of the Bus
by Bill Harley & Keith Munslow

©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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With apologies to Motown

Every morning like the one before
Pick up my books and walk out my door
I make my way to the end of the street
The bus pulls up and I take my seat

In the back of the bus (in the back of the bus)
Back of the bus (in the back of the bus)
Come on back if you’re curious
They ain’t nobody here but us
In the back of the bus (back of the bus)
In the back of the bus (back of the bus)

In the back of the bus you know the rules are few
Nobody tells you what to do
Watch out for Freddy, cause he’ll take your hat
And Lou’ll eat your lunch just like that

In the back of the bus (in the back of the bus)
In the back of the bus (in the back of the bus)
Come on back if you’re curious
They ain’t nobody here but us
In the back of the bus (back of the bus)

Now in the back of the bus, just us kids
Talking and laughing ‘bout the things we did
Some are kind, some are mean
Most of us are somewhere in between

Get off the bus at the end of the day
Wave out the window as we roll away
You call back from the end of the street
See you tomorrow, save me a seat

In the back of the bus (in the back of the bus)
In the back of the bus (in the back of the bus)
Come on back if you’re curious
All of the commotion, all of the fuss
It makes the driver so furious
They ain’t nobody here but us
In the back (back of the bus)
Back of the bus, yeah (back of the bus)
In the back, back of the bus (back of the bus)

 
It Could Have Happened
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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I know you're probably wondering
Where's that chocolate cake?
The one with creamy icing
It took hours for you to bake

Well, I did my best to save it
When the circus came to town
And in just one bite
That elephant scarfed that whole thing down

It could have happened
Who's to say?
It might have happened
Just that way
You might think that's just a story
When I tell you that it's so
It could have happened
Who's to know?

And I guess you're probably wondering
What happened to the car?
With holes in all four tires
I know you can't get very far

Who knew that squirrels were capable
Of doing things like that?
I saw them keep on chewing
Til everything went flat

It could have happened
Hey, who's to say?
It might have happened
Just that way
You might think that's just a story
When I tell you that it's so
But it could have happened
Don't you know?

I mean really
It could've
I mean anything could happen
And those things are anything, right?

If you go down in the basement
There's something you should know
There seems to be some water there
About six feet or so

Cause a thunderstorm blew through the house
And headed down the stairs
It rained like cats and dogs
And caused all the flooding there

It could have happened
Who's to say?
It might have happened
Just that way
You might think that's just a story
When I tell you that it's so
It could have happened
Who's to know?

Not me
I mean, really
If you'd just believe me
Everything would be fine

I see you roll your eyes
When you hear my explanation
But believing just requires
Some of your imagination

There is just a difference
We both know very well
Between what really happened
And the stories that we tell

It could have happened
Hey, who's to say?
It might have happened
Just that way
You might think that's just a story
When I tell you that it's so
It could have happened
Don't you know?

It could have happened
Really!
Just use your imagination
And you'll see that these things just happen
And there's no reason to get so upset about it
Really

 
Nighty Noodles
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Stars are twinklin’ in the sky
The wind whispers its lullaby
The moon looks like a lemon pie
Nighty noodles to you

Birdies sleepin’ in the trees
Fishies sleepin’ in the seas
And I’m singing this melody
Nighty noodles to you

Oh nighty noodle-oodle-oodle-oodle
Oodle-oodle-oodle to you
I love you oodle-oodle-oodle-oodle
Oodle-oodle-oodles it’s true
You know I do

Put your jammies on and jump right in
Pull those covers up to your chin
Listen to me tell you again
Nighty noodles to you

Nighty noodles to you

 
Sittin' Down to Eat
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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There's always room for one more.

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!

 

A Walk Around the Block

©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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My dad said, "Take a walk around the block
Put on your shoes and socks
And take a walk around the block
You're driving me crazy; It's got to stop
Get outside and take a walk around the block"

So I walked out the door
I walked down the street
I said, "Howdy do" to everybody I'd meet
I got home about half past noon
My dad said, "You're back too soon"

"Hey Dad"
"How did you get back so fast?"
"I ran"
"All right. Well, listen. I said it was a walk around the block.
So next time, would you walk?"
"Okay. Sorry, Dad.

" My dad said, "Talk a walk around the town
Quit hanging around
And take a walk around the town
You're driving me crazy with your running around
Get outside and take a walk around the town" So I walked by the stores
Walked by the school
By the post office and the swimming pool
I got home about half past one
My dad said, "You can't be done."

"I am."
"I can't believe you're back so soon."
"Neither can I."
"Hey, wait a minute. Did you run?"
"Yeah, just once."
"When was that?"
"Um, when did I run once?"
"Yeah."
"The whole time." (silly laugh)

My dad said, "Take a walk around the land
Get out while you can and take a walk around the land
You're driving me crazy and I can't stand it
Get outside and take a walk around the land"

So I walked to the mountains
I walked to the shore
I walked through the desert then I walked a little more
I got home about half past two
My dad said, "You can't be through."

"I am."
"I can't believe you did that."
"I did."
"You didn't."
"I did."
"You didn't."
"I did."
"You didn't."
"I did."
"Okay, you did."
"I didn't."
"Stop it."
"Stop it."
"That's enough."
"That's enough."
"Come on."
"Come on."

My dad said, "Take a walk around the earth
Things are getting worse, take a walk around the earth
You're driving me crazy
My head hurts
Get outside and take a walk around the earth

" So I walked through Europe
And Asia too
From Tucumcari to Timbuktu
I got home about half past three
My dad said, "Now that can't be!"

"You did not walk all the way around the earth."
"I did too."
"You did not."
"I did, Dad. The pyramids were great."
"Okay. That's fine."
"So were the penguins."
"Yeah. That's enough."
"And the elephants."
"Okay."
"And the piranha."
"That's fine."
"And the anaconda's."
"Right."
"And Victoria Falls."
"That's enough."
"Okay. Sorry, Dad. One more thing."
"What?"
"Mt. Everest."

My dad said, "Take a walk around the moon
You're crazy as a loon, take a walk around the moon
You're driving me crazy; don't come back soon
Why don't you take a walk around the moon" So I walked by the clouds
I walked by the skies
Sat on the moon and watched the earth rise
I got home about half past four
My dad said, "What are you here for?"

"I'm back."
"That's impossible."
"That I'm back?"
"No. That you went to the moon. That's impossible."
"Other people have been to the moon, Dad."
"Yeah, but not kids wearing sneakers and jeans and tee shirts. That's impossible."
"No, it's not, because I did it and if you do it it means it's not impossible because doing something impossible means doing something that can't be done so if you can't do it it's impossible or it might be possible but it hasn't happened yet but if you do do it it means it's possible since you did it and that's what it means to be possible which is the opposite of impossible and if it's the opposite it means you can do it and I did it, so it's not impossible."
Dad growls
"Hey, Dad?"
"What?"
"Can I have a cookie?"

My dad said, "Take a walk through space
Get out of my face and take a walk through space
You're driving me crazy just running round the place
Get outside and take a walk through space"

So I walked by Mercury, walked by Mars
Walked by some comets, walked by some stars
I got home about half past ten
My dad said, "I was worried about you
Where have you been?"

"Dad. I was in outer space. You sent me there, remember?"
"Yeah, but why did it take you so long?"
"Dad. Be realistic. It's outer space. You can't just send a kid to outer space and say 'Come back in an hour'. That's impossible."
"Yeah, okay."
"Hey Dad."
"What?"
"Can I have a cookie?"
"Nah. It's bedtime."
"No, it's not."
"Yes it is."
"No, Dad, it's not."
"What do you mean it's not?"
"It's not, Dad."
"Why not?"
"Because I haven't had a cookie. See I get the cookie, then it's bedtime. Can I have a cookie?"
"Take the cookie."
"Thanks, Dad."
"You're welcome."

 
Wash Your Hands
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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When you’re sitting in class, there’s a tickle in your nose
Then you let out a sneeze, it finally explodes
You look down at your hand, it’s all covered with that goo
Don’t wipe it anywhere, you know what to do

Chorus
You gotta wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Wash your hands (lávate las manos)
Wash your hands (lávate las manos)

Everyone’s got germs but you keep them to yourself
Keep the colds and the flu up there on the shelf
If you want to stay healthy, there’s a little trick
Do it everyday and you don’t get sick

Chorus

When your stomach is growling and it’s time to eat
Your body is hungry from your head down to your feet
Don’t eat just yet, you gotta stop, you gotta think
Before you eat your food, put your hands in the sink

Chorus

Those sneaky little germs don’t want you to wash
They want everything dirty, oh yeah, my gosh
They love it when your hands are grimy and sticky
Then they grow and multiply, they’re icky icky icky!

Put your hand in your mouth and then on the door
Someone grabs the doorknob and walks across the floor
Their hand gives a pencil to someone who’s their friend
The pencil in the mouth, you know the circle never ends

Chorus

And now - washing hands by the number
1 use soap and water
2 you make it bubble up
3 you rub them while you sing the alphabet (abc, etc)
4 rinse them off
5 dry them too
The germs go down the drain and everything’s cool!

It’s just a simple thing it’s hard to believe
But if everybody did it how wonderful it’d be
We could stop the flu from spreading ‘cross the land
If everybody everywhere would wash their hands

Chorus