Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Why I love Sandra Boynton

okay... Sandra Boynton is quick becoming my favorite children's author. (it's a pretty tight race with David Shannon) But just the other day, i discovered that she does MUSIC as well!!! after hearing this *great* song the other day, & had to go & research it. Turns out, Sandra Boynton made a bunch of books/cd's. So i bought one (Blue Moo), & got it in the mail yesterday. Her lyrics are just so fun!!! -maybe even as good as Shel Silverstein! here are a few of my favorite songs:

The Uninvited Parade:


We're On Parade! We're on Parade!
We are Marching Marching through your living room!
A swell Brigade!
We're on Parade!
And the Big Bass Drum goes boom boom boom!
And the big bass drum goes boom!
We are marching up the stairs.
We are marching down the hall
We will have to turn around because your hallway is too small.
Parade!
We're on Parade!
We are marching through your closet, unafraid!
We are marching down the stairs.
We are marching out the door.
We will sing our noble ending just like every time before:
We're the uninvited loud precision band!
It's the best intruding band in all the land!

Return of the Uninvited Parade:


We are marching through your kitchen, for we need a little snack.
Now we organize your cupboards, and we exit out the back.
We're the uninvited loud precision band!
It's the best intruding band in all the land!

Loud!/Quiet:


One Shoe Blues: (sung by B.B King!!)


Well, I woke up this morning
Couldn't find my shoe
Yes, I woke up this morning and i couldn't find my shoe.
Although the right one is here, I need the left one too
(Yes, I do)
I can hear my mama calling.
She says it's time to go.
Yes, I can hear my mama calling.
She says:
REALLY now, it's time to go.
I say:
Mama, I can't find one of my shoes!
And she says, Oh now. Not again.
I've got the one shoe blues
it seems they're never gonna stop.
yes, those one shoe blues.
Oh, they might never ever stop.
Mama says,
just come along now!
one shoe.
do you expect me to hop?
Did you look in the close and under the bed?
yes, i did
did you look CAREFULLY in the closet and under the bed?
yes, yes i did.
try and think where you left it.
that's what my mama said.
Last night i left it right here next to my other shoe.
I KNOW I put it right here next to my other shoe.
I think somebody took it.
Bud i don't know who.
No, I don't.
I've got the
one shoe blues.
that's why I'm singing this song.
I've got the
one shoe blues!
And so I'm singing this sad song.
You know it's been
at least twenty minutes
that i 've been looking in every POSSIBLE place
for that...
huh.
There it i.
I guess it was on my foot all along.
Okay, i'm ready to go now.
Anybody seen my coat?

With You: (Sung by Bobby Vee!)

so sweet!

Rabbit Tango: (Sung by Patti LuPone)


If there's a rabbit,
then you should grab it.
then you should grab it,
gently nab it by the paws.
And then sincerely
you hold it nearly
as you await the sudden hush,
and then applause.
now with that rabbit
as if by habit
you begin that thrilling dance across the floor,
while in the hot light
of your own spotlight
there's a magic that you never knew before.
for bingo - bango!
it is a TANGO!
you hear the violins above
and bass beneath
it is dramatic.
it's so dramatic,
as the bunny holds a rose between its teeth
if! there's! a...rabbit,
then you should grab it.
then you should grab it,
gently nab it, as it were.
but if there's not one,
you haven't got one,
and so the tango
that we spoke of
won't occur.

When a Hippo Can Dance:


really funny. no time to type out all the lyrics, but you should listen carefully all the way to the end. :)

Your Personal Penguin: (sung by Davy Jones from The Monkees!)


The Uninvited Parade Strikes Again:

We're on Parade!
We're on Parade!
We are Marching , Marching through the grocery store!
A swell brigade!
We're on Parade! and the big bass drum goes boom some more!
and the drum goes boom some more!
We are marching up row A. We are marching down row B...
Parade! We're on Parade!
We admire how your produce is displayed!
We have marched through every aisle of this crowded supermart.
We are marching through the checkout lane with nothing in our cart!
We're the uninvited loud precision band!
It's the best intruding band in all the land!


There are lots more great songs (and singers) , but i din't want to give away the whole thing. :)

please excuse all the type-o's. it's late, & i'm in a hurry to get this done before chris gets home. :)

2 comments:

Dog snob said...

Those are cute!!

Tonya said...

Sandra Boynton is definitely on my top list of children's authors. I discovered Philadelphia Chickens a few years ago and now we have blue Moo too. LOVE THEM! My kids dance around and sing - it's fun!