You're in Trouble

 

 

No School Today
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Look outside the window,
you will not believe
There's snow coming down like popcorn balls
right up to the eaves
Quick, turn on the radio,
let’s hear what they say
The man comes on to tell us,
there’s no school today
There’s no school today,
there’s no school today
The man comes on to tell us
there’s no school today

I’ve been saved by tons of snow,
I was in trouble deep
I had so much homework
I could see it in my sleep
Forget about the math now,
forget the spelling too
The only thing I need to know is s-n-o-w
s-n-o-w, s-n-o-w
the only thing I need to know is s-n-o-w

I’m gonna go with my friends
to the biggest hill in town
We’re gonna climb up to the very top
we're gonna sled right down
With Danny in front, Annie in back
I’ll ride in between
We’re gonna make the fastest train
that you’ve ever seen
That you’ve ever seen
that you’ve ever seen
We’re gonna make the fastest train
you’ve ever seen

When our toes are frozen
when my nose is blue
We’ll head back to my house
here’s what we’ll do
We’ll take off our boots and coats
leave ‘em by the door
We’ll laugh and drink hot chocolate
and hope it snows some more
Hope it snows some more,
hope it snows some more
We'll laugh and drink hot chocolate
hope it snows some more

Back in school next morning,
it ended all too soon
The calendar’s depressing,
it seems like years till June
You could ask the teachers,
I don’t know if they’d say
but I bet they were wishing
that there was no school today
There’s no school today,
there’s no school today
I bet that they were wishing
there’s no school today

If You're Gonna be a Grub
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Sally’s favorite thing to do
is mixing up a good mud stew
She gets some dirt,
some water and sticks
Throws ‘em all together
and begins to mix
She gets mud in her hair,
all over her clothes
Inside her shoes, up her nose
She’s not happy, she won’t stop
Till she’s covered in dirt
from bottom to top
But when she goes inside
her mom’s mouth opens wide
She gives Sally a stare,
she says “You get upstairs”

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'Cause
If you’re gonna be a grub,
then you’ve got to learn to scrub
Wash your neck, wash your face,
better rub that soap all over the place
Your hair needs combin’,
your nails need cuttin’
Better rinse out that belly button
If you’re gonna be a grub,
then you gotta learn to scrub


Sally puts the water in the tub
She gets in and it’s rub-a-dub-dub
She washes her neck
where the dirt gets stuck
She even gives a bath to her rubber duck
She dries herself off, combs her hair
Puts on some brand new underwear
She gets the tube from off the shelf
And brushes her teeth all by herself
She looks in the mirror,
she grins from ear to ear
Her mom says “Aren’t you done?”
She says “I’m having fun!!!!”

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Maybe Sally’s just like you
cause getting’ dirty that's what kids do
Kids and dirt just go together
like shoes and socks
bird and feathers
Then nothing’s harm in playin’ hard
On the playground or in your yard
That's all right, you can’t get hurt
if you find yourself all covered in dirt
But when you’ve had your fun
when you’re playin’s done
When you’re finally through,
there’s still one thing to do

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I'm Busy
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Also found on "One More Time" and "Dinosaurs Never Say Please"

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 right 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, Dad
it's not me that you can blame
And 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 eat 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! 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, Dad
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!

I Don't Believe It
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She looked all over, she could not find them
Her prize collection of monster cards
Down in the basement and in her closet
She even looked out in her back yard
She asked her mother, “Mom have you seen them
The monster cards I worked hard to save?”
Her mom said, “Honey, those things were so old
So yesterday I threw them away”

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I don’t believe it,
how could you do that
You should have asked me,
you should have known
Oh it’s too late now,
my life is ruined
I don’t’ believe it,
you should have known

She told her friend, he said “I know
The same thing happens at my house too
The other day I had worked so hard to
Turn my back porch into a zoo
I got some worms, I got some bugs and some spiders
I put them in jars, I left them there
But when I came back, my dad had removed them
I looked but I could not find them anywhere”

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What if some day when our parents went out
We sold their cars, then what would they do
Or what if we put their records, took 'em outside
and we put 'em in the garbage
And we told them, "Oh don't worry
You can just buy something new"
You know what would happen?
I bet they'd boil, I bet they’d steam
I bet they’d stew and they would yell all day
I bet they’d whine and moan just like we do
I bet that this is what they’d say

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Moon and Me
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Also found on "Play It Again"

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

You're in Trouble
©Bill Harley, All rights reserved
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Also found on "Play It Again" 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

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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 mixed it all together
put in some eggs and chocolate
He poured the goop onto a tray
His sister came in,
she broke into a grin
And this is what he heard her say

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He turned the oven on
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

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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

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When You Don't Know What It Is
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Your parents take you camping in the woods at night
They're telling scary stories by the firelight
Your mom says "Go to bed now, it's almost ten o'clock!"
When suddenly you hear a spooky noise, your knees begin to knock
You think there's nothing there, but then you hear the noise again
You cry out, "Dad, help me!"
He says, "That's just the wind"
"Just the wind?" you say, "Well, I'm not afraid of the wind"

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But when you don't know what it is
it could be anything at all
When you don't know what it is
it could be ogres ten feet tall
When you don't know what it is
it makes you want to run away
But when you find out what it is
then it's okay

You move into a new house where you've never been before
Strangers are living in the house next door
You're afraid they won't like kids, afraid they won't like you
Afraid that they might catch you and put you in their stew
When suddenly you seem them, they're coming up your stairs
They're knockin on your door, your mom goes to see who's there
You say, "Mom, don't open that thing up! We've got to run and hide!!"
But your mom, she opens up the door and this stranger steps inside
He says "Hi! I'm your new neighbor, I brought you some cookies!"
"Cookies!" you say. "Well, I'm not afraid of cookies!"

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There are so many different things in the world out there
When you don't know what they are, it's easy to get scared
Different people, different places, something different every day
The first time that you meet them, you want to run away
Standing up to fears is hard I know, but learning 'bout new things
that's just a part of how you grow
There used to be a lot of stuff that I was afraid of
Till I found out what it was and I wasn't afraid anymore

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Watch Out
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When I’m climbing in a tree, I like to climb so high
I like to sit there in the branches with my head up in the sky
But when I’m high, I hold on tight, ‘cause I don’t want to fall
Something inside me is a little afraid, I can hear something call

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Something says “Watch out, watch out, be careful
Take your time, take your care
Something says "Watch out, watch out, be careful”
That’s what it means when you’re scared

When I come up to a street, I gotta get to the other side
Then I see the cars and trucks as they go driving by
Something inside me wants to run as fast as I can go
But something inside me still is scared, and that something says “Go slow!”

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What if people were never afraid, what if they never got scared
They’d be jumping out of trees, running in the streets, with the cars and trucks still there
All your feelings tell you something that you need to know
And when you’re afraid you’re just telling yourself that you should go slow

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Cool in School
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Also found on "Cool in School" and "Play It Again"

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
Cool in school

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
Cool in school

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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”
So 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

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

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...

Dad Threw the TV Out the Window
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Also found on "Play It Again"

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

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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

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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

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Family
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Jamie’s got three sisters, sometimes that’s no good
Tommy doesn’t have any at all, sometimes he wishes he could
Sarah lives with her father, her mom is far away
And Carrie’s house has got an extra room, and her mom’s friend is coming to stay
What could these all be?

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Family (it’s a family)
It’s just people livin’ together
Family (it’s a family)
learning to get along
Family (it’s a family)
It’s just people livin’ together
Family (it’s a family)
learning to get along

Now every family’s different, there’s no two just the same
Different sizes, different ages, different colors and names
Sometimes families fight and sometimes they get along
Sometime your family makes you so sad and sometimes it helps you feel strong
Sometimes you feel so strong when you’re with your

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Don’t let anybody tell you
That just ‘cause you’re different you’re wrong
Everybody’s got their own way
Everybody’s got their own song

One’s got skin the color of the earth, another is bronze, one’s tan
One lives in Nigeria, another lives in Japan
One sees the sun as it’s coming up, another as it’s going down
For all their differences, they’re brother and sisters
The same the whole world round
Now what could we all be
There’s just one word that occurs to me

Family, we’re just people living together
Family, learning to get along
Family, the world is just people living together
Family, learning to get along