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Chorus - Exploring New Horizons

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    THE PESCADERO VALLEY OUTDOOR SCHOOL SONGBOOK

    A Collection of Music for All Ages

    THE PESCADERO VALLEY OUTDOOR SCHOOL SONGBOOK

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    A Collection of Music for All Ages

    Compiled and Edited by Joshua “Bobcat” Stacy

    Previous edition compiled by Megan “Canyon” Phillips

    With help from a lot of other people

    Thanks to everyone who contributed one way or another to this amazing collection of music. Special thanks to Paul “Palm” Mazzei for his compositions, help with this songbook and setting a rockin‟ tone at campfires here at San

    Joaquin Outdoor School, thanks to Gregory “Grey Wolf” Bahr for his encouragement during this project, and finally thanks to all of the musicians of the valley for making magic every week and creating an environment where music is an integral part of life. Music is one of the most powerful tools we have as naturalists. It lifts spirits and engages minds in a way that is uniquely captivating.

Preface and Acknowledgements from the previous edition:

    Here‟s a collection that will never be finished, for use with your voice, guitar, shaker, tambourine, drum, flute, and laughter. Remember that kids never love you more than when you get up and make a fool of yourself, on key or not.

    Thanks to Evergreen Eric for the original songbook (1995) which this is based upon, to Solar Steve for unending musical and creative inspiration, and to all the rock stars in the Pescadero Valley and beyond. We may not see each other as often as we‟d like but we‟re all singin‟ the same songs.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Teaching/Folk Songs

    A Place in the Choir…………………………………………………….1 Air Cycle Swing…………………………………………………………..2 Algae………………………………………………………………………….3 The Ancient Egyptians………………………………………………….4 Anemone…………………………………………………………………….5 Banana Slug Song…………………………………………………………6 Bats Eat Bugs……………………………………………………………….7 Beatles' Earth Songs………………………………………………………8 Big Red Rap………………………………………………………………….9 Bizz Buzz…………………………………………………………………….10 The Boats They Come……………………………………………………11 Branching Out……………………………………………………………..12 Chigga Cheer

    The Circle Game

    Come as a Slug

    Compost Cake

    Country Roads

    Decompostion

    The Decomposer Song

    Dead Skunk

    Dirt

    Dirt made My Lunch

    Don‟t Touch It, Don‟t Eat It, Don‟t Lick It

    The Dodo Song

    Endless Concert

    Evil Waste

    Expanding Universe

    The FBI

    Food Chain

    Funky Fungus

    Give Plants A Chance

    The Garden Song

    Go Into the Night

    Gusano

    Habitat

    Harriet Tubman

    I Am a Redwood

    I Am an Animal

    I Am Connected

    I Believe In You

    I Can't Help But Wonder

    If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out I'll Rot Away

    I Wanna Be A Dog

    Lichen

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The Limbo

    Live Oak, Live Oak Living In the Redwoods The Living Sea

    Lizards

    Likin' the Lichen Moonshadow

    Misquito Fiesta

    Ode de la Marsh

    Outdoor School I (First Day)

    Outdoor School II (Last Day)

    Pattycake Polka

    Photosynthesis

    Piece of Scat

    Planet that is Green Plankton Soup

    Rainbow Connection Recycling

    Rocks in My Socks Ripple

    River Song

    Rock & Trees

    Roots, Stems, Leaves Rooty Toot Toot For the Moon

    Safe At Home

    Salamander

    Say Goodbye with Some Hello

    Scat Makes the World Go Round

    Sea Star

    Semi-Aquatic Life Shooting Star

    Singing To the Moon Slug Named Fred

    Silent Spring

    Silly Salamander The Snake Song

    So Why Aren't You? Solar Energy Shout Spawnin' Blues

    Splendor of the World Tidepool Boogie

    The Tidepool Shuffle Tube Feet

    Water Cycle Boogie Waves Come From Wind Web of Life

    We‟re In This Together

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Where Do the Children Play?

    Wild Thing

    Your Own Worst Enemy

    Short Closing/Dismissal Songs

Friends

    Goodnight and Sleep Well Happiness Runs

    Humble

    If I Had Wings

    Turn the World Around Voices of One People With People I Like

Chants

Air I Am

    Connected

    Deep Peace

    Down Down Down

    Fog

    I Circle Around

    Mammal

    My Roots Go Down

    River is Flowing

    River of Birds

    Standing Like A Tree Sun, Soil, Water, and Air Two Hands Hold The Earth Waterfall

    Who Were the Witches?

Campfire Stories/Skits

Falling Rock

    The Lorax

    The Other Way to Listen Rindecella

    Sunny Side

    Whatif?

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    TEACHING/FOLK SONGS

    A PLACE IN THE CHOIR (adapted from “All God‟s Crittters” by Bill Staines)

    G

    Chorus: All Earth‟s critters got a place in the choir

    D G G7

    Some sing low and some sing higher

     C G

    Some sing out loud on the telephone wire

     D G

    Some just clap their hands, or paws, or fins, or claws, or anything

    they got now

Listen to the bass it‟s the one on the bottom

    Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus Moans and groans with a big to do,

    The old cow just goes MOOOOO…

Chorus

    The dogs and the cats they take up the middle The hummingbird hums and the cricket fiddles The donkey brays and the pony neighs

    The old coyote HOWLS…

Chorus

    Listen to the top where the little birdies sing With the melodies and the high notes ringing And the Screech Owl hollers over everything And the Stellar‟s Jay disagrees…

Chorus

    Singing in the night time singing in the day The skunk just grunts and he‟s on his way

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The possum ain‟t got much to say

    And the porcupine talks to himself…

Chorus

AIR CYCLE SWING (Doug Greenfield)

     C Am D7 G

    Chorus: The air cycle, it takes you and me;

     C Am D7 G

    The air cycle, we're breathing with the trees.

     C E F F#

    What we breathe out, those plants breathe in;

     G G7

    We trade CO for oxygen. 2

    The trees got a kitchen up in their leaves; Cooking up a recipe that we all need. Sun, soil, water, and CO, 2

    Produces oxygen for me and you.

Chorus

Now every living thing everywhere

    Has got to have a breath of that sweet fresh air. By paving the land and cutting all of the trees, We're endangering our planets livability.

Chorus

Have you been to a salt marsh?

    Many plants growing in a land that's harsh. In a sandy, sunny, windy, salty habitat, Making oxygen is where it's at.

Chorus

    Now listen folks, we've got to care, Cause there's only so much sweet fresh air. Clean up smoke stacks, tailpipes too, To keep clean air for me and you.

Chorus

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ALGAE (Shagbark and Tortuga)

Chorus(4 beats on each G chord and 2 beats for C and D, reggae beat)

G C D

    Algae, Algae, that's Mr. Algae to you G C D

    Algae, Algae, that's Mr. Algae to you

Verses

    G

    I come in red brown and green, but that's not it C D

    I'm blue green diatom and dinoflagellate G

    If you go to the tidepools look underneath your shoe C D

    Chances are that I‟m there too

    Take your ice cream carton see if you can see A crazy word that came from me

    It‟s called carageenan and did you know

    It makes ice cream creamy, hey yo

So if you‟re not thinking about me baby you got some nerve

    Give me the respect that I deserve

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the A-L-G-A-E

    Before you go dissing me for making you slip Let me tell you something that will make you trip I‟m in ice cream and chocolate milk

    And I make your hair feel just like silk

Let me tell you something you‟re not realizing

    While you go about your life I‟m busy photosynthsizing

    So you think that trees are important to you I produce 80% of the earth‟s O2

Hey little homies give me mad props

“Cause I‟m just as important as your farmer‟s crops

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I‟m the biggest crop in the sea

    “Cause I‟m doing some primary productivity

THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS (Poi Dogs Pondering)

     G C D

    Chorus: Well the ancient Egyptians and the other Africans,

     G C D

    The Mayans, the Incas, and all the Polynesians,

    G C D

    All around the world a long long time ago,

    G C D G

    People would walk wherever they had to go.

    Well, they didn't have car keys and they didn't have roads. They didn't have ugly convenience stores, or Texaco's. All around the world, a long long time ago,

    People would walk wherever they had to go.

Chorus

    Now it's the nineteen nineties and the gasoline does flow, But I still try to walk to most of the places I have to go. But sometimes my friends say, "Hey, ____, wait a minute, There's a bus or a cab over there, why don't we go ahead and get in it?"

    But I say, "No, no, no! And didn't you know,

    You get to know things better when they go by slow.

Chorus

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ANEMONE (Palm)

Chorus

     E F# E F# Anemone, Anemone, ain't got no hands, ain't got no feet

     E F# E F# Anemone, Anemone, stinging cells that protect me

    Anemone, Anemone, zooxanthellae in my belly

    Everybody say, Anemone

Verses

     B F# E F#

    You know I've been waitin' all day long for the tide to get high

     B F# E F# I'm hating life when I'm livin' high and dry

     B F# E F#

    I'm just a little brown blob when I pull my green tentacles inside B F# E F#

    Spending my days just waiting for the next high tide

Chorus

I am a Cnidarian, that means jellyfish is my cousin

    That's why I kind of look like an upside down version of him We both have nematocysts, that is cells that sting

    While his hurt real bad mine just feel kinda sticky

Chorus

    When a fish swims by I close my tentacles down real tight You know that's how I feed every day and every night I also have a symbiosis where algae lives in my belly But I prefer the term zooxanthellae

Chorus

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