Backyard Garden

by Earthworm Ensemble

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This is our second CD, released April 2015, with songs about gardening, ladybugs, coyotes and moles, dinosaurs and meteors, composting, fish consciousness, and never giving up! Featuring members of I See Hawks In L.A.

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released April 28, 2015

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Earthworm Ensemble Los Angeles

Earthworm Ensemble features the best in SoCal musicianship and songwriting: members of I See Hawks In L.A., Dwight Yoakam, Aman Folk Ensemble, and Double Naught Spy Car.

We sing songs about the earth and keeping earth green: buffalo migration, recycling, ladybugs, dinosaurs, coyotes and moles!

We are featured performers at Stagecoach, Kidspace, Skirball, McCabes, and many outdoor festivals.
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Track Name: Ladybug
I've got some friends . . . I've got some friends . . .

They're small, round Some have little spots
And some do not
I've got some friends
I've got some friends
They can be red, yellow, orange or gray
They leap, fly, their favorite prey
Is little bugs that eat my cabbage, broccoli, peas, and kale
I got some friends

Ladybug, ladybug
Please stick around
Ladybug, oh ladybug
I'll grow you marigolds, oh oh oh oh

They gather in the foothills in September and December
They'll sleep through the winter under leaves or even snow
They'll fly into your garden and lay their eggs in springtime
So look for your friends where the veggies grow

CHORUS

I got some friends
They like dandelion, dill and chives
Fly by day and sleep at night
I got some friends

A ladybug upon your shoulder
Brings good luck so make a wish
Say goodbye as days get colder
See you when the veggies grow
I got some friends

CHORUS
Track Name: Backyard Garden
Just think of all the food we'll grow
Here in our own little backyard garden
Our favorite fruits and vegetables
Here in our own little backyard garden
We'll learn to cook the squash and potatoes
The food will taste super cause we grew it in our backyard garden

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh, it's cool in the morning
Ooh ooh ooh
Little green seedlings turn and kiss the sun, good morning

We can plant our seeds in rows
Or in circles in our backyard garden
We got some weeds we need to pull
Here in our own little backyard garden
Patiently waiting for strawberries
Rising up early, getting dirty in the knees in the garden

ooh ooh ooh ooh, it's cool in the evening
Ooh ooh ooh
A dewy sweet smell from the rich dark soil, so pleasing

Those little organic seeds
Are turning into peppers, peas and greens We're filling up the watering can
Every single day
yea yea
Ooh ooh ooh
We never miss a day
Here in our own little backyard garden
In our own little backyard garden
Track Name: Bees Make Honey
Bees make honey
And cross-pollination
Feeding on the nectar
From a flowery meadow
They gather the pollen on their tummies and feet It falls in the field for a flowery
Yield
Flowery yield

Here come the worker bees
Back from the meadow
Filling up the honeycomb
With the flowery nectar
They hover over honeycomb
Flapping their wings
Drying out the nectar
Make it thick and sweet
Honey
Flowery honey

I'm a bee in your garden and I'm looking for some nectar to eat
Gonna gather up some pollen, bring it back to the hive
For the queen
To eat
The drones sit around while the workers do the work
Emptying their pollen baskets, sealing up the honeycomb
Hexagons of beeswax filled with 50,000 baby bees
Gotta feed the hungry queen
Winter time is coming better work
Work!

Bees make honey
And cross-pollination
Feeding on the nectar
From a flowery meadow
They gathered up the pollen on their tummies and feet
It's gonna taste good in the wintry season
The babies gotta eat
It's a flowery treat
The queen is very pleased
Track Name: Chicken Coop
Waking up early and getting out of bed
I wanna make omelettes for my mama and dad
Daddy likes three eggs, mama and me like two
Out in backyard, up a little hill
Looking for Molly, she's an Iowa blue
She likes to lay her eggs in the chicken coop

Hey oh, hey oh,
Looking in a chicken coop
Hey oh, hey oh
Looking in the green grass too
Where'd those chickens lay their eggs?
Gonna have to follow that pretty little hen
Hope I find a dozen eggs or two

Little Miss Sally is a Rhode Island Red
Scratches for worms in the grass by the fence
Lays her eggs in the clover and the weeds
I see one, I see two
Big blue eggs in the morning dew
Five more eggs and then we're ready to eat

CHORUS

Hens like scraps
Hens like worms
Bugs and grass and frogs and ferns
Chicken poop is good as gold
Makes the soil makes veggies grow
Chickens are a girl's best friends
Track Name: Compost
Compost, compost
You can do it anywhere
Do it on your back stairs
Compost, compost
You can do it in a barrel
Do it in a bin
Compost
Take your old veggies and
Drop 'em all in
Compost, compost

Dried up toast but no pot roast
Grass and citrus but no eucalyptus
Compost, ooooh
Wet green, dry brown
Take a stick and mix around
Dry brown, wet green
Stir it up and let it be

Compost, compost
It's a mysterious process
Compost
The mix gets hot
Microorganisms rock
Too small to see, chewing on the leaves
Week after week
Compost
If you're doing it right
It's gonna get real hot
Wet green, dry brown, take a stick and mix around
Coffee grounds, egg shells, dry leaves, corn husks
Turning into soil
Your garden's gonna grow
Flowers and tomatoes and melons in the summer
And the feeling that you get when your crop is a bumper
Satisfaction!
Track Name: Coyote vs. Mole
You may have heard of me
I am the great Coyote
A super canine
Canis Latrans more specifically
And I will trick you all!

I feed my family
I’m Coyote
And I will catch you all
Cuz I’m Coyote
I feed a pack of three
I’m Coyote
Oh yeah

I can see squirrels hide
I can smell rabbits in the underbrush
I can hear moles and voles
I can get dinner in one calculated jump
And birds can’t sing like me

I feed my family
I’m Coyote
And I will catch you all
Cuz I’m Coyote
I feed a pack of three
I’m Coyote
Oh yeah

And it’s all for my family
La la la la la la la la la la la la
And even moles aren’t safe from me

I feed my family
I’m Coyote
And I will catch you all
Cuz I’m Coyote
I am the Greatest of all animals, yeah ME!
Track Name: I Didn't Give Up
Yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah!
I got it wrong so I did it again
I got it wrong so I did it again
I got it wrong and I did it again
Until I got it right
Until I got it right

I didn't give up until I got it right
I did it all again till I got it right
I had to do the whole thing over and over
And I'm never giving up again
I'm never giving up again

Multiplication was going just great
Memorization up to 8 times 8
But 9 times 8 wouldn't stay in my brain
So I tried it again the very next day
I got it wrong, so I did it again
I got it wrong, and I did it again
I got it wrong, so I did it again
Until I got it right
And that's all right!

Multiplication
Makin a paper chain
Taking off the training wheels
Skateboard skipping rope
How to spell cantaloupe
Swimming 'cross the swimming pool
Every day we're learning something new

I didn't give up until I got it right
I did it all again till I got it right
I had to do the whole thing over and over
And I'm never giving up again
Never giving up again
Yeah yeah yeah
Until I got it right
Until I got it right!
Track Name: I Like You
dad: I like the way you tie your shoes

Brush your teeth, comb your hair
daughter: I like the way that you taught me to
I like you, I like you

daughter: I like the way you hold my hand
dad: I like the way you walk with me
both: I like to write both our names in the sand
I like you, I like you

When you're around, nothin' ever gets me down
I'm standing so proud cause you're the best kid around

daughter: I like to hear the stories you tell
dad: I like to hear what you did today, and
I think you're growing up so swell
I like you, I like you

When you're around, nothin' ever gets me down
I can count on you, as the world goes round and round (and round and round)

dad & daughters:
I like tucking you in at night
I like knowing that you're real close by
I like Saturday afternoons
I like Sunday if I'm with you
I like fixing up eggs and potatoes
I like salt on the grits and tomatoes
With you
With you
With you
With you
Track Name: Invisible Wind
Invisible wind is blowing, I can see
Golden wheatstalks bend in distant fields
Blowin' blowin' blowin' blowin'
Blowin' blowin' blowin' Ooooooo

North wind brings the frost on the window pane
East wind brings a dry and dusty day
Leaves and twigs stirred up into the sky
Birds and bunnies scatter far and wide
Blowin' blowin' blowin' blowin'
Blowin' blowin' blowin' Ooooooo

Invisible wind
Where did you come from?
Invisible wind
What keeps you moving on?
You circle the world
You just keep blowing and blowing and blowing
Through our town

Wind, I like you bringing the autumn rain
Blowing leaves 'round my feet at Halloween
Blowin' blowin' blowin' blowin'
Blowin' blowin' blowin' Ooooooo

Invisible wind
Eight miles above the ground
A river of clouds
Eastbound and never stops
Invisible wind
You just keep blowing and blowing and blowing
Through our town
Invisible wind
You circle the world
Invisible wind
Track Name: Mole vs. Coyote
My hair moves two ways, does yours?
(I’m a big mole in the ground)
My feet are bigger than my face, are yours?
(I’m a big mole in the ground)
Just as long as Coyote’s there
The sun will never shine on my hair
I’ll get my vitamin D elsewhere
I’m a big mole in the ground! (yeah, that’s how smart I am)

I eat worms and everything underground
You ain’t so smart, you ain’t so wily
You call yourself real coyote? Ha!

My feet dig tunnels a hundred yards long
(she's a big mole in the ground)
Well, Coyote’s paws are just shaped all wrong
(she's a big mole in the ground)
And I’m much fatter than Coyote is
And I feed myself without eyes or ears!
It’s my sophisticated tracking system through my elongated nose
I’m a big mole in the ground! (Yeah, that’s how bad I am.)

You smell me but you can’t get me
You’ve got inferior paws, Coyote
A flea-ridden canine with even more fleas
A sorry set of diggers, Coyote
Ha ha ha ha OOOOOOOH, Coyote
Wild coyote, you can’t catch me
I’ve got a secret cave, you see
Wild coyote, you can’t catch me
I float like a butterfly, and sting like Ali
And I’m a big mole in the ground
Track Name: Picture This You're A Fish
Picture this, You're a fish
Swimming in the waves with a school of fish
Picture this, You're a fish
Off California, off Caledonia
Blue above, octopi below
And up above, what is this, what is this?
It's a ship!

Picture this, you're on a ship
Sailing on the waves through a school of fish
Down below, shiny waters
Could it be there's a fish looking back at you?

When you see a fish
Does the fish see you?
When a fish makes a wish
Does the wish come true?
Can a fish to a fish say I love you?
Consider this
You're a fish

Picture this, you and the fish
Face to face, blue sky blue water
Fish blue, you see it too
But is the blue the same for you?
Picture this, picture this!

Picture this, you're a cloud
Flying with the birds, you see everything
You see the ship, you see the fish
You see the vast blue ocean magnificent
Island, continent and sky
And curved horizon
You're a cloud, twenty thousand feet above
And yet the fish sees you ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

CHORUS
Track Name: Reduce Reuse Recycle
On a western shore in Hawaii
A little barefoot girl spied something shiny in the water
Said her daddy dear
That's the plastic gyre
A billion floating bottles
And broken toys

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Said the little girl
Daddy who made this mess? I
t was you and I, oh daughter
I must confess
Every time we use
Something plastic like a bottle
We've got to try
A little harder

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Little daughter:

Everyone knows about recycling
It's something we all do
Save every can, every bottle, paper, magazine
Put it in the bin that's blue or marked recycling

But did you know about reuse?

Well . . .
Take an old Chuck Taylor high top sneaker
Fill it with soil from your compost bin
Drop in seeds, add a little water
Two weeks later new life begins
Tomato, potato, rosemary, oregano

A tire is a swing
A bottle is a piggy bank
French fry oil is gasoline
(well, technically it's more like a diesel)

But did you know about reduce?

Well . . .
We'll get two more years out of our trusty old Chevy
See the world from the window of a train
Let's turn off the lights
Turn off the TIVO
Ride our bikes
Get a barrel for the rain

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Said the little girl
Daddy, take my hand
Every little thing is going to be all right
My generation
Has got a lot to do
We're gonna try a whole lot harder

Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Track Name: Sparko Stegosaurus
Sparko the stegosaurus, foraging through the forest
He's a big dinosaur who just wants to eat his greens

200 million years ago, continents drift on the earth, and slowly Geography's beginning to resemble today
The land is hot and green and rainy
Herds of dinosaurs chomping on plants all day

The Conifer eaters
With reptilian features
Don't want to hurt no one
Unless they are preyed upon

Sparko, the stegosaurus, foraging through the forest
Covered with big bony plates and he looks kinda mean
Got a big spiky tail but he just wants to eat his greens

Trouble came up for Sparko one day
When a feather covered allosaurus walked his way
Sparko was frightened but he swung his tail
To warn the carnivore, "Get out of my face!"
The deadly allosaur just roared, showing off his fangs

A forty foot creature, with terrifying teeth, yeah
He's out to get someone he's sure he can prey upon
Trust your instincts, Sparko
Use your best swing, Sparko
Round and round the dinosaurs go
Sparko swings his tail, connects with a blow
The tired Allosaurus looks lost in a daze
When some stegosaurus friends run to Sparko's aid

Bye bye, Allosaur, pick on a dinosaur
Who doesn't have a tail like our old friend Stegosaur

Sparko the stegosaurus, foraging through the forest
He's a big dinosaur who just wants to eat his greens

“So, Sparko . . . we meet again . . .”

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