We Are One

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This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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released August 24, 2018

Animal Farm:
David Ladon - Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Vocals
Seth Adams - Bass, Piano, Percussion, Vocals
Stephanie Young - Violin, Vocals
Thor Bremer - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Featuring:
Karolina Prus - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Paul Brinnel - Organ

All Songs Written By David Ladon and Seth Adams
Produced by Mike Hagler and Animal Farm
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs
Executive Produced by Michael B. Stewart
Album Art and Design by Matthew Durso

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ANIMAL FARM is a Chicago-based quartet of musicians and educators whose lively performances entertain and engage children of all ages. Our stage show is a colorful blend of music, storytelling, hilarious antics and audience participation.

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Track Name: Snow Bird
Well I’ve never been to Hawaii
Never surfed in Cal i forn I-A
I’ve heard great things about Morocco
I’ve always wanted to see Montego Bay.

I’d like to winter up north with the snowbirds
Playing bingo in Boca Raton
And I’d return to Antarctic waters
Just a penguin with a yearning to rome

I’d march there if I could, but I don’t think I’d make it too far
If my legs were only longer, I’d get myself a rental car
If I could fly an airplane, I wouldn’t be flightless any more
I can soar beneath the water but I’ve only gone as far as Cape Horn.

I’d go snorkeling off the coast of Bali
Or we can sunbathe in la costa del sol
In Barbados we’d be boogie b-boarding
I’ve heard Baja loves to Rock and Roll

I’d like to learn to Samba in Rio
And we can two-step in New Orleans
in Havana we can mambo all summer song
But I can only travel in my dreams

You were made, you were made, you were made for the cold
you’ll understand understand understand when you’re older
You were made, you were made, you were made for the cold
you’ll understand understand understand when you’re older.

(I don’t want to wait!) x5
(I don’t understand!) x5
Track Name: Awesome Possum
A passel of opossums, my family
Going on a stroll to our favorite tree
My name is Jack, Hello! Being a possum is cool!

Pop hears a sound and stops in his tracks
Mom smells something but there’s no turning back
she whispers “Wolf!” Oh no! I know what I gotta do.

I gotta do my awesome possum dance
where I freak and flail and prance
Cuz I know that there’s a chance
It’ll scare that big bully away!

The wolf, he rears his mangy head
He looks old and mean, and underfed
He licks his chops. Oh no! This isn’t doing the trick…

I can’t stop dancing, it’s too late now
Better kick it up a notch but I’m not sure how
So i just pop it and lock it and pop it and lock it
The wolf looks confused!

Because I did my awesome possum dance
where I freak and flail and prance
Cuz I know that there’s a chance
It’ll scare that big bully away!

It’s all part of my awesome possum plan
To do whatever this marsupial can
To keep my awesome possum clan
Safe and sound today

Now this opossum will not play dead
I’d rather face my fears head-on instead
But now I’m out running of breath, and the wolf’s still staring at me….
and then the wolf said:

"uh...there's something terribly wrong with this possum. I think it's gone bad. I've lost my appetite."

I guess it was my awesome possum dance
It put the bad guy in a trance
I’m so glad I took a chance
and scared that big bully away

Everybody do the awesome possum dance
the awesome possum dance
just do that awesome possum dance
And you can be a hero today
Track Name: Slow Down (Snail Song)
It's a gradual process
Just to move a few feet
And I'm taking my time now
Cuz the roses are oh so sweet

Got my shell on my back now
only home that I know
No I'm not in a hurry
No particular place to gooooooo…..

The world moves so fast, and they’re all
blowing past me, watch your step!
That’s me on the ground.
How can anyone notice this beautiful world
If they won’t slow down?
(like me)

I can send you a snail mail
And then in 3-5 days
You'd reply with text message
about your faster ways

Now the cheetah's got speed
and the eagle can soar
I got all that I need down here
Straight chillin’ on the garden floor

The world moves so fast, and they’re all
blowing past me, watch your step!
That’s me on the ground.
How can anyone notice this beautiful world
If they won’t slow down?
(like me)

The world move so fast and they’re all
blowing past me, and I might be last,
but i’m free from the masses
Now, way up in the town
With your sights and your sounds
that you won’t enjoy
if you won’t slow down
Track Name: Ear Worm
I woke up with a tickle in my ear
A squirmy melody that wouldn’t disappear
That itch won’t be denied
I couldn’t scratch it if i tried
I’ll sing it for a day or three or four
forever more

I’ve been humming it so long
this catchy little song
Its with me when I lay me down to bed

I whistle in my dreams
And shout across ravines
And when I wake It’s still there in my head.
La la la la la

This tune won’t be leaving soon, I fear
It makes everything else around me so unclear
I sing it in the streets
and when I’m dancing round my town
I’ll sing it when my mouth is full
and hanging upside down

I’ve been humming it so long
this catchy little song
Its with me when I lay me down to bed

I whistle in my dreams
And shout across ravines
And when I wake It’s still there in my head.
La la la la
Track Name: Cranky Pants
Have you ever been a hungry hyena
they aren’t known for manners
you should know

And a mouse that’s missed it meal
Will nibble at your heal
Or he might take a bite
Out of your toe

Have you ever been
A tired old tortuga
You just can’t wipe the sleep
from your eyes

We’ve all been these and more
A cranky, hungry, bore.
And it’s no bother to
Apologize

But for now
I’ll howl
I’ll hoot and grunt and wail
All shall hear
My growl
I’m all animal but for the tail

Have you ever felt alone
A gosling with no gaggle
A pup without a pack is
pretty sad

A kitty with no litter
Is not a happy critter
But is it really worth it
to get mad?

Have the fishies in your school
been grabbing at your gills
and bullies blowing bubbles
in your ear

You’ve had an awful day
Things haven’t gone your way
Sometimes you wish
They’d all just disappear

But for now
I’ll howl
I’ll hoot and grunt and wail
All shall hear
My growl
I’m all animal but for the tail
Track Name: It Always Could Be Worse!
Woke up today with a scratchy sore throat
How could I be so unlucky?
Then a giant giraffe, he poked through my window
He snorted and frowned, and then he said to me:

Your throat’s a little scratchy, but imagine this just for a sec:
A throat that’s six feet long, and every inch is sore as heck!

You know it always could be be worse
The grass is always greener in the other fellow’s yard
That’s right it always could be worse
Try an attitude of gratitude, it’s really not that hard!
(instrumental tag)

Back of the car, on family vacation
Driving all day, bored as can be
When out the blue a bird swooped up beside us
chirped her disapproval, and then she said to me:

Riding in a car? That’s an amazing luxury!
Each year I fly ten thousand miles -- no fancy jet, just me!
Argentina to Alaska and at all points in between
I’ve never hitched a ride! Be grateful
For this fine machine!

You know it always could be be worse
The trip is always longer when you focus on the bad
That’s right it always could be worse. Picture
Walking there instead and POOF! Suddenly, you’re glad!

(instrumental tag)

At the picnic I ate a whole banana cream pie
Got a tummy ache immediately
So I lay down on the grass, going “ooofff..”
when a sassy spotted cow sauntered up and said to me:

It’s lousy feeling ill, but chew on this, my human friend
four tummy-aches at once takes a longer time to mend
Where you have just one stomach, a cow like me has FOUR
But that doesn’t mean I always eat just more and more and more
The key is moderation; no, I can't eat too much grass
If I do, my belly hurts till all the gas is passed

You know it always could be be worse
The grass is always greener in the other fellow’s yard
That’s right it always could be worse
Try an attitude of gratitude, it’s really not that hard!
(instrumental tag)
Track Name: Totes McGoats
All Those with whom I mingle,
Tell me I’m the singularly
Chillest Cat they know

(wait you’re a goat!)

It’s a figure of speech

Cool calm and collected
I am well-respected
For just going with the flow
But that was not always so

When I was just a kid
You know what I did?
I butted heads with the world

Holding on to things that made me mad
Well it Made me sad
And looped back again
Then a friend said

Hey totes, what’s with all the fuss
Why do you hang your so low
Some folks keep it bottled up inside
But my friend, you gotta let it go

Billy butt me in line
And tommy took all the toast
Lucy looked at me funny
And I heard her say I was gross

I could go all day about the kids
Who make me mad

(That sounds like a horrible idea
That would only make me sad)

Hey totes, what’s with all the fuss
Why do you hang your so low
Some folks hold on to little things
But my friend, you gotta let it go
Track Name: Paws and Think
You, you’ve got your paws
And I’ve got my claws
So now we can duke it out

Or if, if you’d prefer
I’ll tussel my fur
In your face I’ll shout

A fight, that no one would win
Torn feathers and skin
How the tears will fall

But we’re tighter than that
I tip my hat to you
Most of all

We’re two birds of a feather
we’re two fish of a scale
We’re two cats of a whisker,
we’re two dogs of tail.

How could you do this to me?
You climbed up my tree
And you refuse to get out

So I’ll trample your nest
You’ll never best me
Wait, what were we fighting about?

Oh, this conflict will end
and we'll still be friends, I
know you and I will push through

Stop, breathe, Sei la vie
Don’t forget you depend on me
And I depend on you.

There’s no need to cry
I’ll hear what you say
Flying side by side
We’ll Graze the day away
Track Name: Screen Time
Screen Time, Screen Time
Shining so bright on the other side
Screen time, screen time
Gathered as one all around the light
Screen time, screen time
staying up late into the night
screen time screen time
ohhhhhh ohhhhh
Track Name: The Abyss
n the deepest ocean where sunshine cannot reach,
A thousand feet below the surface, miles from the beach
Far from the waves, that muster up foam
You can call it the abyss, but I call it home.

The fishies aren’t pretty here, but i’m not one to judge.
Next door’s a giant isopod, picking through the sludge.
I’ve seen so many wild things in all the miles roamed
You can call it the abyss, but I call it home

This place is oh so special
Only few can brave its cold
And the darkness can be creepy
When you’re starting to get sleepy
But there is no need to be weepy
Cause I’m the biggest fishy on the floor

It takes a different breed to live so deep at sea.
Perhaps the humpback anglerfish prefers you let him be
The sunlight doesn’t visit here. It’s easy to feel alone.
You can call it the abyss, but I call it home.

This place is oh so special
Only few can brave its cold
And the darkness can be creepy
When you’re starting to get sleepy
But there is no need to be weepy
Cause I’m the biggest fishy on the floor

Despite their strange appearance, well you shouldn’t have to fear.
All these different creatures make up their own biosphere
That’s part of the world that's mostly unknown
You can call it the abyss, but I call it home.
You can call it the abyss, but I call it home.
You can call it the abyss, but I call it home.
Track Name: Nocturnal Me
I see best at night they say
When all my friends go out to play
Upside down I hang in fear
I scan the caves with my two ears

And I stop
What’s that I hear
I’m full of fear
The dark is scary

I’m a bat
Nocturnal me
So suddenly
I am so very very
frightened.

A nightlight doesn’t sound so bad
It would be mine if I had
Humans parents to hold my hand
I love my batmom but she doesn’t understand

Chorus

The lightning makes things worse
I dread my awful curse
I pray the day come soon
When I am flying, smiling,
Underneath the moon

And I stop
Sky is clear
I have no fear
The dark ain’t scary

I’m a bat
Nocturnal me
So suddenly
I am so very very
Happy to be flying in the night.
Track Name: Monkey See, Monkey Do
I like to be
In the canopy
Up in the trees
Its heaven to me

Just the other day
out on my way
Hitting my stride, starting to glide,
When I reached for air
I mean nothing was there

I am not monkeying around
Can you hear the sound
Of trees falling down

Some people came and they started chop chop choppin down trees
What’s up with that

Limb by limb
Day by day
I’m seeing more sky
And we all know why
The trees in my forest are all saying goodbye

I’m not monkeying around
Can’t you hear the sound
Of the trees they’re falling down

Not just Shade and fruit and air
They have so much to share
But why should you care?

Trees help the dirt maintain moister and nutrients
And trees breathe in CO2 and produce oxygen
And they are the homes for millions of species of plants and animals and fungi, and bacteria, and all of the things that make the Earth alive

I am not monkeying around
Can’t you hear the sound
Of the trees they’re falling down

Monkey See, Monkey do
I don’t know the answer
I haven’t got a clue

I am not monkeying around
Can’t you hear the sound
Of the trees they’re falling down

People See, People do
I don’t know the answer
But it starts with me and you, and you, and you, and them, and your teacher, and your parents, and the principal, and the mayor, and everybody's in it all together.
Track Name: We Are One
Some walk, some fly
Some waddle side to side
Others swim or slither
still others run and hide

From the mountains to the valleys
to the rivers in between
in the oceans and the icecaps
in the forest canopy

we all gotta have a home
and we all have our needs
a body to keep warm
and a mouth we gotta feed

Chorus: And its so easy to forget the way we all seem to connect
We’re all riding on a rollercoaster trip around the sun
You and me are we,
And we are one

You and I are not so different
Just give yourself the space
To let yourself be human,
All the beauty and mistakes

We are pieces to a puzzle
We are slices to a pie
A part of one community
Reaching far and wide

And its so easy to forget the way we all seem to connect
We’re all riding on a rollercoaster trip around the sun
You and me are we,

And its so easy to forget the way we all seem to connect
We’re all riding on a rollercoaster trip around the sun
You and me are we,
And we are one