Children today groove to the beat of rap, rock, country, hip-hop and classic 80's pop. And that is exactly what educational performer/songwriter Mr. Billy CD offers on his latest AWARD WINNING CD 'Playground'. The songs are upbeat, educational and fun. Elementary and secondary school students co-wrote nine out of the twelve songs on this collection during six-trait songwriting residencies between November 2003 and March 2004. Lyrics to all songs are available below (SCROLL DOWN!) The songs are diverse and very catchy. Many encourage movements and group participation, like the B-52's inspired 'Ants in Your Pants Dance' and the group chant 'The Dog Ate My Homework'. A classic song gets a fresh coat of paint in 'Old MacDonald Had a Rock and Roll Band'. One of the great moments on this CD was written by kindergarteners titled 'Don't Call Me a Bird' a song inspired by the book 'Stella Luna' which compares bats and birds and shows off just how creative and intelligent small children can be. There are songs about outer space, reading, safety and 'The Magic of our Future'(Children, of course). And in a surprise addition to his usual fare of contemporary beats and styles, you will find a polka called 'Super Monkey' (just for fun!). As a special bonus, Mr. Billy has included the song 'Let's Go Writing'. Also known as the 'Six-Trait Song' on this CD. He has been performing it for over two years and it has never been made publicly available until now. Mr. Billy is a full time academic entertainer from De Pere, Wisconsin, a two time Children's Music Web Award winner, and is recently voted 'Northeastern Wisconsin's Family Favorite Children's Entertainer'. ***************** LYRICS TO ALL SONGS... Reading is Magic Let's go on a magic trip Open a book not of a bag of chips Get off the couch and take a look At all the exciting story books Reading is magic, reading is fun! It can cast a spell on anyone It's hard to put a book down before you're done Reading is magic, reading is fun! There are lots of different kinds of books Biographies, fairy tales, and cookbooks Magical places near and far Books about a boy with a lightning scar CHORUS The adventures never have to end Share new books with all your friends Your imagination will grow and grow With every book you get to know CHORUS Learn about things you never knew before Foreign countries, famous people, and more CHORUS ----------------- Old MacDonald had a Rock & Roll Band Old MacDonald had a Rock & Roll Band, ee-yi-ee-i-oh And in his Band he had some Drums, ee-yi-ee-i-oh With a (Drum Sound) here And a (Drum Sound) there Here a (Drum Sound), there a (Drum Sound) Everywhere a (Drum Sound) Old MacDonald had a Rock & Roll Band, ee-yi-ee-i-oh · 2nd verse: BASS· 3rd verse: GUITAR· 4th verse: PIANO· 5th verse: TRUMPET Go, Old Macdonald go! Go, Old Macdonald go, go! Old Macdonald likes to rock and roll! Go, Old Macdonald go! Go, Old Macdonald go, go! Old Macdonald likes to rock and roll! ----------------- The Dog Ate My Homework Oh, no, what'll I do When the teacher calls my name She wants my paper that's due today It's lost it's missing it's gone away The Dog ate my homework (Roof! Roof!) The Dog ate my homework (Roof! Roof!) The Dog ate my homework (Roof! Roof!) I'm not lying I'm telling the truth The Dog ate my homework (Roof! Roof!) I left it on the table and the dog came along When I turned around I saw it was gone I looked all around and no trace was found I searched up and down in the trees and on the ground. Chorus I found it in the doghouse all chewed up Then I knew I was out of luck If the teacher gives my one more chance I'll do a wiggle-jiggle dance. Chorus ----------------- The Ants in Your Pants Dance I've got a funny feeling and it's tickling me It feels like something's crawling from my toes to my knees My legs are getting itchy, is it poison ivy? What else could it be? Could it be a flea biting me? Oh no! Oh no! I feel so itchy and I want to scratch Like a monkey or a dog or a flea filled cat Look at me now I'm starting to shake Moving my hips like a big earth quake Oh no! Oh no! Shake you right leg, shake your left leg Shake it up, shake it down Spin around and around and around and around! And do the ants in your pants dance The ants in your pants dance Shake you right leg, shake your left leg Shake it up, shake it down And do the ants in your pants dance The ants in your pants dance Everybody wants to dance like me Let me tell you it's as easy as can be Find an anthill about so tall And wait for those critters to creep and crawl CHORUS ----------------- Thirty Minutes or Less (Around the Solar System) I was sitting in my living room watching ET When a polka dotted alien fell on me It wasn't a dream. I wanted to scream! I thought all aliens were green and mean How did he get here I wanted to know He told me he fell through a big black hole He wasn't scary, he wasn't green He wanted a friend to take sightseeing Thirty minutes or less, thirty minutes or less I can take you around the solar system in thirty minutes or less Thirty minutes or less, thirty minutes or less, I can take you around the solar system in thirty minutes or less We climbed aboard his UFO But he went too fast and I yelled, "Whoa!" The trip was fun, but way too fast Here's the planets we just blew past We saw Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars Jupiter, Saturn and all the stars Uranus and Neptune, Pluto was last Thirty minutes went by way too fast! CHORUS Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars Saturn, Jupiter and all the stars Uranus and Neptune, Pluto was last Thirty minutes went by way too fast! CHORUS ----------------- The Magic of Our Future You don't need a crystal ball Or a talking mirror 5 feet tall Close your Harry Potter book 'Cause there's no potion you can cook All you have to do is take a look, to find the magic Who will be the magic? We will be the magic! Who will be the magic of our future? Who will be the magic? We will be the magic! Children! The magic of our future Children! The magic of our future The magic and the miracles Live inside each boy and girl Little dreamers of today will be Tomorrows leaders magically Turning hopes and dreams into reality, just like magic CHORUS ----------------- Don't Call Me a Bird I have a head and a body too Tiny eyes for seeing you And a mouth I use to eat A brain, two feet a heart that beats Don't call me a bird Just because I have wings Don't call me a bird I'm not a feathered thing Don't call me a bird Don't even try I'm not a bird, what am I? I'm not a bird, what am I? You won't find a beak on me I have no nest up in a tree I don't lay eggs by the bunch Or feed my babies worms for lunch CHORUS I fly at night and think it's great Using radar to echolocate Thumbs and fur, hear me squeak Upside down I like to sleep CHORUS ----------------- Creature Teacher It was the first day of school my teacher was new I wondered if my teacher would be creepy or cool When I opened the door and peeked inside I saw that my teacher had piercing red eyes Creepy, crazy, freaky, scary and weird That's the kind of day this has been Loco, cranky, coo-coo, fearful and strange I wish that this day would end She opened her mouth and out came weird sounds We shivered in fear and knocked the door down Outside in the hall the principal screamed My eyes blasted open it was only a dream CHORUS ----------------- Super Monkey Whatcha gonna do when your cat's in a tree? Time to call - SUPER MONKEY! You need to bring your grade up from a F to a D Time to call - SUPER MONKEY! What do you do if you lose your keys? Time to call - SUPER MONKEY! Or too many bananas growing in Hawaii Who can eat them all? - SUPER MONKEY! Who is Super Monkey? No one seems to know Did he come from Space? A Laboratory Place? Or escape from a circus show? If you have trouble with a Bully or a Bee Time to call - SUPER MONKEY! He protects us all from sea to shining sea What's his name? -- SUPER MONKEY! CHORUS ----------------- Let's Go Writing Let's go writing Six-Trait Writing Yes, it's exciting Six-Trait Writing One, two, three, four, five, Six-Traits Use them all don't hesitate When you're writing Use Six-Trait Writing Trait number one is where it's begun Every writer begins with ideas Trait number two is important too It's no surprise you have to organize Next find your voice and work on word choice That makes four but wait there's more! Trait number five keeps your writing alive It's called sentence fluency Trait number six is the last big fix, re-write and proof read Conventions is the way to make good work great And now you know all Six-Traits CHORUS ----------------- My Big Accident My name is Amanda, I come from space My home Planet X is a freaky place A green alien with a slimy beard My pet monkey Zippo is really weird I was in my pink spaceship heading home Zippo wouldn't leave my beard alone I yelled stop! He threw a spoon I lost control and I hit the Moon! I hit the Moon and I saw the stars I didn't even make it as far as Mars It was a bad day that I'll never forget The day that I had my big accident The day that I had my big accident Don't make the same mistake as me Always drive responsibly Keep your seatbelts on, and your pets in back So that you'll never have a terrible crash CHORUS The day that I had my big accident The day that I had my big accident The day that I had my big accident The day that I had my big accident ----------------- Playground P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D Can you hear that happy sound? Kids are playing on the new playground Running, climbing, swinging too That's what active children do Fresh air It's there To share Life without a care P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D A great playground should always be Clean and totally drug free A place for all the kids to meet Instead of playing on the street Warm sun And fun Be young Each and every one P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D It's time to play! It's time to play! P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D P-L-A-Y-G-R-O-U-N-D All songs Copyright 2004 Mr. Billy, BMI.