Backyard Garden

by Earthworm Ensemble

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    This is our second release, 13 songs about backyard gardening, moles and coyotes, fish consciousness, composting, dinosaurs and meteors, the jet stream, ladybugs, and never giving up!

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1.
Ladybug 04:14
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Chicken Coop 03:42
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
5.
Compost 03:08
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!
6.
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!
7.
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!
8.
I Like You 03:22
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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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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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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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