Laura Hall

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Here are lyrics to some assorted songs from I See a Tiger / Come Join the Parade.

Laura Hall: I See A Tiger/Come Join the Parade
 


The Story of Your Family Words and music by Laura Hall ©1995 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

This was inspired by my niece being the age where she was asking lots of questions about how our family was connected. She’d say “Oh, so Grandma is my mom’s mother?!? And you’re her sister?” It seemed so amazing to her how we were linked together.

Once upon a time your Grandma was a kid like you
Once upon a time your Grandma was a kid like you
And she liked to play all day just like you do
Once upon a time your Grandma was a kid like you

Once upon a time your Grandma grew up and married the man she loved
Once upon a time your Grandma grew up and married the man she loved
And that man was your Grandpa
Once upon a time your Grandma grew up and married the man she loved

Once upon a time your Grandma and Grandpa had a baby of their own
Once upon a time your Grandma and Grandpa had a baby of their own
And that baby was your Mama, they watched her grow
Once upon a time your Grandma and Grandpa had a baby of their own

Then your Mama grew up and married your Daddy, they had a baby too
They loved that little baby, cause that baby was you
Yeah it’s true

That’s the story of your family, how it grows and grows
That’s the story of your family, how it grows and grows
With lots of love for everyone, like a river it flows
That’s the story of your family, how it grows and grows

The Jungle  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1993 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

This is the first kid’s song I wrote, on a long car ride with my niece. My husband, Rick, did the animal sounds. I love to do this one in concert and have the kids pretend to be the animals.

Here comes a tiger walking through the jungle, here comes a tiger
Look there’s a tiger lots of stripes on her, look there’s a tiger
I see a tiger drinking from the water, I see a tiger

Out here in the jungle, on a safari
Out here in the jungle, there’s so much to see

Here comes a monkey swinging through the treetops, here comes a monkey
Look there’s a monkey eating a banana, look there’s a monkey
I see a monkey hanging by his tail, I see a monkey

Out here in the jungle, on a safari
Out here in the jungle, there’s so much to see

Here comes a big snake slithering and sliding, here comes a big snake
Look there’s a big snake slipping through the tall grass, look there’s a big snake
I see a big snake sleeping in the warm sun, I see a big snake

Out here in the jungle, on a safari
Out here in the jungle, there’s so much to see

Out here in the jungle, on a safari
Out here in the jungle, there’s so much to see

Red Light Means Stop  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1999 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

This is a really fun activity song, great for getting kids up and moving.

Red light means stop, green light means go ahead
Yellow light means look out, pretty soon it’s gonna turn red

Red light means stop, green light means go ahead
Yellow light means look out, pretty soon it’s gonna turn red

You could be going to the circus
You could be going to the zoo
You could be going to your best friends house
No matter where you go it’s always true

Red light means stop, green light means go ahead
Yellow light means look out, pretty soon it’s gonna turn red

You could be going really fast
You could be going really slow
You could be going round in circles
It’s just the same no matter how you go

Red light means stop, green light means go ahead
Yellow light means look out, pretty soon it’s gonna turn red

You could be hopping like a bunny
You could be dancing on tiptoes
You could be going up and down, up and down
It’s just the same no matter how you go

Red light means stop, green light means go ahead
Yellow light means look out, pretty soon it’s gonna turn red

Red light means stop, green light means go ahead
Yellow light means look out, pretty soon it’s gonna turn red
Pretty soon it’s gonna turn red

Polar bear cub

Polar Bears  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1993 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

Who made these phone calls to Alaska?
Who used up all of the ice cubes?
Who had a snowball fight in the house?
Who left a fish in my shoes?

Polar bears, they’re everywhere
Polar bears, are sitting in my chair
Polar bears, walking down the stairs
Polar bears

Who ate up all of my fish sticks?
Who left white fur all around?
Who tried to swim in the bath tub?
Who answered the door with a growling sound?

Polar bears, they’re everywhere
Polar bears, are sitting in my chair
Polar bears, walking down the stairs
Polar bears

Tell my teacher I can not come to school today
Polar bears have invited some penguins over to play
They’re playing freeze tag with some caribou
Some Eskimos showed up and built a big igloo
What to do!

With polar bears, they’re everywhere
Polar bears, are sitting in my chair
Polar bears, walking down the stairs
Polar bears, they’ve got to learn to share
Polar bears, hey I’m not scared
Polar bears, in their underwear
Polar bears

Once Upon a Time  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1997 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

I asked Ron West to sing the part of the dragon because he has the lowest, most rumbly voice of anyone I know. He came to my studio first thing in the morning, slammed back some coffee and did it in one take.

Once upon a time there was a princess and a prince
They lived in the castle with their parents
Their daddy was the king and their mommy was the queen
One day they went out walking in the deep forest green
They ran into some dragons out on their hike
There was something about them the two kids didn’t like
They were breathing fire, they were looking underfed
They opened up their mouths and this is what the dragons said
They said,

We hate to be mean, we don’t mean to be rude
But it’s so long since we’ve had any food
And the two of you are looking so fine
Cause we haven’t eaten in a very long time

The prince said to the princess, hey I’ve got a hunch
If we don’t think fast we might wind up as lunch
The dragons circled closer, the princess shouted WAIT
Just give us ten minutes, we’ll be back with something great
We’ll go into town and get you lots of food
It’s surely bound to put you all in a better mood
The dragons said okay but then hurry back from town
Cause you’ve only got nine minutes or we’ll burn your castle down

We hate to be mean, we don’t mean to be rude
But it’s so long since we’ve had any food
We don’t mean to complain and we don’t want to whine
But we haven’t eaten in a very long time

So….the prince ran to the deli for sandwiches to go
The princess to the bakery for cookies you know
The prince ran to the fruit stand, got apples and grapes
The princess to the butcher for a whole bunch of steaks
Well, the prince stopped by a farm, got some carrots and peas
The princess to the dairy for milk and some cheese
The prince ran to the candy store for jellybeans
They threw it in a basket and went back to the deep forest green

Well they got back to the dragons and they felt great
Cause instead of nine minutes they’d only taken eight
But the dragons said we can’t eat this, it’s just not what we do
The kids said come on it’s time to try something new
So they all took their picnic down to the lake
The dragons used their fiery breath to cook up all the steak
Luckily everybody liked their meat well done
And the dragons all agreed that the picnic was fun, they said

We’re sorry we were mean, we didn’t mean to be rude
And we actually like this new kind of food
You two are the best, you’ve been so very kind
Cause we hadn’t eaten in a very long time

The dragons ate up everything and thought it was great
They even ate the picnic basket and all the plates
The kids heard someone calling through the forest green
It was their dad and mommy, the king and the queen
They said to the dragons we’ve had so much fun
But we’ll get in royal trouble if we don’t run
And if you ever get so hungry again
Instead of getting crabby just call on your new friends

Cause you can travel the world over, one thing you’ll always find
Dragons get awful cranky, when they haven’t eaten
When we haven’t eaten, when they haven’t eaten in a very long time

I Wanna Be A Cowgirl  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1997 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

I wanna be a cowgirl, and ride off on the range                                                          I wanna be a cowgirl, out on the wide open plains
I’ll get me some boots and a ten gallon hat
I’ll ride off into the sunset, just like that
There’s nothing else I want in this world
But to be a cowgirl

I’ll be sitting tall in the saddle
When I’m busy rounding up cattle
Fetching calves that have gone astray
I’ll bring ‘em to the barn and I’ll feed ‘em some hay
Hey!

I wanna be a cowgirl, and ride off on the range
I wanna be a cowgirl, out on the wide open plains
I’ll brush off my horse and I’ll braid her pretty tail
I’ll hop in the saddle and ride down the trail
There’s nothing else I want in this world
But to be a cowgirl

Well I live in the city and ride in a car
Still I’m dreaming of a place that’s far away
Where coyotes are howling at night
I’ll call back in the pale moonlight

I wanna be a cowgirl, and ride off on the range
I wanna be a cowgirl, out on the wide open plains
Take me out to the place I love the best
Roping and riding in the wild, wild west
There’s nothing else I want in this world
But to be a cowgirl

I wanna be a cowgirl
I wanna be a cowgirl

I’m Making Dinner Tonight  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1993 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

This is loosely based on a childhood attempts to make dinner all by myself!

I’m making dinner tonight, so just you wait
I’ll be cooking something special, and it’ll be just great
I’ll take my favorite foods, and cook ‘em up just right
So everyone out of the kitchen, I’m making dinner tonight

I’ll do it all by myself, how hard can it be
I’ve watched mom make dinner before
It doesn’t look too tricky to me

I’m making dinner tonight, so just you wait
I’ll be cooking something special, and it’ll be just great
I’ll take my favorite foods, and cook ‘em up just right
So everyone out of the kitchen, I’m making dinner tonight

Well this is a breeze, and so much fun
We’ll see how happy my family will be
When their dinner is done

I’m making dinner tonight, so just you wait
I’ll be cooking something special, and it’ll be just great
I’ll take my favorite foods, and cook ‘em up just right
So everyone out of the kitchen, I’m making dinner tonight

I put the food on the table, they sure looked surprised
Then it was time for all of us, to give my dinner a try
We all took a big bite, we chewed it all up
We all looked at each other and said YUCK!

I made dinner tonight, it didn’t turn out too great
I’m afraid if we eat it, we’ll all get a tummy ache
I used my favorite foods, but it didn’t come out right
Hey I’ve got a good idea
Let’s go out for dinner tonight

I Love To Take a Bath  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1999 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

Oh how I love to take a bath, oh how I love to splish and splash
Oh how I love to rub dub in the tub, oh how I love to take a bath

First I give my hair a good shampoo
Then I close my eyes and wash my face too
I scrub up my arms right up to my neck
I even wash behind my ears cause I know my mom will check
Ah, what the heck

Oh how I love to take a bath, oh how I love to splish and splash
Oh how I love to rub dub in the tub, oh how I love to take a bath

I lather up my tummy like I know I should
Try to scrub my back but I can’t reach it too good
I wash my legs and feet, it’s so much fun
I’ve scrubbed just about everything except my tongue
Blech!

Oh how I love to take a bath, oh how I love to splish and splash
Oh how I love to rub dub in the tub, oh how I love to take a bath

I make my rubber ducky swim around and back
I squeeze his tummy and he says “quack quack”
I kick and splash till I hear my daddy shout
“Keep the water in the tub or I’m gonna take you out”
What’s he so mad about?

Oh how I love to take a bath, oh how I love to splish and splash
Oh how I love to rub dub in the tub, oh how I love to take a bath

I dry myself all over with my towel
Put my jammies on all by myself somehow
I snuggle up in bed, I give mom a goodnight kiss
We read a bedtime story, it goes like this
"Once upon a time there was a little girl and she said"

Oh how I love to take a bath, oh how I love to splish and splash
Oh how I love to rub dub in the tub, oh how I love to take a bath
                                                        Oh how I love to rub dub in the tub, oh how I love to take a bath

Take a Nap By Ron West, Joe Liss, and Laura Hall ©1997 by Sistyer Trudy's Music

This is a variation of a song we used to improvise on in the van when I toured with The Second City. Ron West and Joe Liss wrote the music, I provided the kid appropriate lyrics. Ron plays guitar and does the part of the boy who insists he’s not tired.

I know your toy is lost, but listen I’m the boss
Quit crying and get off of my lap
Go upstairs right now before mommy has a cow
Get in your bed and take a nap
Take a nap, take a nap
You gotta take a nap, come on and take a nap

I am not in a bad mood, but I don’t want this food
I want a juice box and mac & cheese
Over at Jimmy’s house we get to jump on the bed
Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, please, please, please
Take a nap, take a nap
It’s time to take a nap, come on take a nap

Take a nap
Take a nap

Look I promise I’ll make you a deal
If you get into your bed and don’t squeal
Later we’ll go to the park or the zoo
Or anything else that you wanna do

Just take a nap, come on and take a nap
Alright I’m gonna count to ten
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Sweet dreams…

Brush Your Teeth  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1993 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

You gotta brush your teeth the dentist said, if you don’t they will fall out of your head
It’s easy to do every day, fun to do the calypso way

You gotta brush your teeth back and forth, brush your teeth south and north
You gotta brush your teeth up and down, without your teeth you would have to frown

You gotta brush your teeth after a meal, brush your teeth you know how good it will feel
Brush the teeth that are in your head, brush your teeth before you go to bed

Keep your teeth good and strong, cause they’ll be with you your whole life long
You gotta learn to use your toothbrush, or else your teeth will turn to mush

Brush your teeth and brush them good, or else they will get icky from the rotten food
And your breath will stink, P.U., your mouth will smell like an old gym shoe

You can brush your teeth with your friends, and the party it never ends
Brush your teeth all day long, and sing the tooth brushing song

Keep those teeth pearly white, so you can use them day or night
Cause your teeth got a big job to do, so much food for them to chew

You gotta brush, brush your teeth
Brush, brush your teeth
Brush, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth

Little Bird  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1997 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

I wrote this for my daughter. When she was hungry she would open and shut her mouth like a baby bird.

Little bird, little bird, you fly up in the sky
Little bird, little bird, you fly so high

You fly as high as you can go, above the trees so green
And then you like to swoop down low, drink from the rushing stream

Little bird, little bird, you fly up in the sky
Little bird, little bird, you fly so high

You shake your tail feathers, and flap your little wings
You stand out on a small branch, open your beak and sing

You fly until the night comes, then go back to your nest
You put your head under your wing, close your eyes and rest

Little bird, little bird, you fly up in the sky
Little bird, little bird, you fly so high

Goodnight Moon Words and music by Laura Hall ©1993 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

While our family is fast asleep, the moon shines in the sky
While we’re dreaming in our beds, the moon is way up high
And the moon shines bright, all through the night

Mama is sleeping, Daddy is sleeping
Baby is sleeping
Good night moonlight, good night moon
Good night moonlight, good night moon

While our family is fast asleep, the stars twinkle away
While we’re dreaming in our beds, the stars come out to play
And the stars shine bright, all through the night

Mama is sleeping, Daddy is sleeping
Baby is sleeping
Good night moonlight, good night moon
Good night moonlight, good night moon


While our family is fast asleep, our friends are sleeping too
We’re all dreaming in our beds, at night that’s what we do
And the moon shines bright, all through the night

Mama is sleeping, Daddy is sleeping
Brothers and sisters and grandmas and grandpas
Aunties and uncles and cousins and good friends
Kitties and doggies and squirrels and bunnies
And everyone’s sleeping
Good night everyone, good night moon
Good night everyone, good night moon

Come Join the Parade  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1997 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

I feel so good today, I’d like to have a parade
To celebrate this wonderful day, come join the parade

We’ll head on down the street, with our marching shoes on our marching feet
We’ll grab everyone that we meet and say, come join the parade

I can hear the brass band, the big bass drum goes boom, boom, boom
Batons will twirl way up in the air, and guys in little cars will drive around zoom, zoom, zoom

I feel so good today, I’d like to have a parade
To celebrate this wonderful day, come join the parade

We’ll lift our feet up high, as we go marching by                                                                                     We’ll wave to everyone and say hi,come join the parade

Fire trucks will blow their horns, here come the horses clop, clop, clop
Flags will wave and crowds will cheer, I don’t want this parade to ever stop

I feel so good today, I’d like to have a parade
To celebrate this wonderful day, come join the parade

We’ll head on down the street, with our marching shoes on our marching feet
We’ll grab everyone that we meet and say, come join the parade

Brand New Puppy  Words and music by Laura Hall ©1997 by Sister Trudy's Music (BMI)

This was inspired by my niece and nephew getting a new puppy. It reminded me of how exciting it was when I was about four and my family got a puppy.

We’ve got a brand new puppy at our house
We’ve got a cute little puppy at our house
We’ve got a brand new, cuddly little, fluffy little puppy
And we’re having some fun at our house

I was the one who got to pick her out
She was the cutest puppy there without a doubt
We got her toys and lots of doggy chews
But her favorite thing seems to be daddy’s shoes

We’ve got a brand new puppy at our house
We’ve got a cute little puppy at our house
We’ve got a brand new, cuddly little, fluffy little puppy
And we’re having some fun at our house

When I’m gone I know that she misses me
Cause when I get home she jumps up and kisses me
She goes crazy when I walk in the door
Sometimes she gets too excited and she piddles on the floor

We’ve got a brand new puppy at our house
We’ve got a cute little puppy at our house
We’ve got a brand new, cuddly little, fluffy little puppy
And we’re having some fun at our house

I try to teach her tricks but the only one she’s got
Is where she jumps around and wags her tail a lot
I throw the ball and she likes to catch
But she never brings it back so it doesn’t count as fetch

We’ve got a brand new puppy at our house
We’ve got a cute little puppy at our house
We’ve got a brand new, cuddly little, fluffy little puppy
And we’re having some fun at our house

Okay puppy, it’s time to do some tricks! Now sit…stay…good dog! Give me your paw. Okay, now roll over. Come on, roll over! You can do it! Good dog! Sit up…now speak. Woof! Good dog, here’s your treat!

We’ve got a brand new puppy at our house
We’ve got a cute little puppy at our house
We’ve got a brand new, cuddly little, fluffy little puppy
And we’re having some fun with our

Brand new puppy at our house
We’ve got a cute little puppy at our house
We’ve got a brand new, cuddly little, fluffy little puppy
And we’re having some fun at our house

Yes, we’re having some fun at our house
Oh, we’re having some fun at our house


Laura Hall: I See A Tiger/Come Join the Parade
                                       

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