Don't Kiss a Codfish
by Tom Knight

Don't Kiss a Codfish
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

Well, don't kiss a codfish, don't even get too close
'Cuz he might fall in love with you and grab onto your nose
Don't pick on the parrot, don't kick the kangaroo
You have to mind your manners when you're visiting the zoo
Don't grab the gorilla, don't sneak up on the snake
Don't jump on the jaguar to see if he's awake
Don't bug the bears, don't whack on the whale
You'll get in great big trouble if you tug the tiger's tail

Chorus:
Be kind to all the critters at the zoo
Be nice to them and they'll be nice to you

Don't tickle the turtle, don't tap him on the shell
And don't squeeze the skunk, unless you like the smell
Don't chase the chipmunks, don't poke the porcupine
Whatever you do, I'm telling you, don't put lipstick on the lion
(Chorus) Don't, don't, don't, don't, don't, don't

Doodle on a poodle, don't bounce a bunny's buns
And you don't want to know how fast a rhino really runs
So don't kiss a codfish, don't even get too close
'Cuz he might fall in love with you
While you're visiting the zoo
He might fall in love with you and grab on to your nose
Gotcha!
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Shaboozle
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight
Shaboozle, shaboozle, sha sha shaboozle
Hey listen Joe, there's a little place I know called Shaboozle
Hey listen Jill, it's just over the hill, it's Shaboozle
Hey listen Jack, you'd better get your bags packed, go to Shaboozle

People in Shaboozle like to read the evening newsle in Shaboozle
We got little bunnies who are reading Sunday funnies in Shaboozle
We got little chickens who are reading Charles Dickens in Shaboozle

Chorus:
Ahhhhhhh
How do you get there? You can't take a train
How do you get there? You can't take a plane
How do you get there? It's hard to explain
You follow your heart, and there you are
In Shaboozle!

Away above the city is a castle lookin' pretty in Shaboozle
Around it is a moat where you can float your boat in Shaboozle
Our prince is Peanut Butter and he lives there with his mother in Shaboozle

If you like bsghetti, the bsghetti's always ready in Shaboozle
If you'd like some peaches we to peaches here to meetchas in Shaboozle
Pizza pepperoni and the cheese with macaroni in Shaboozle
(Chorus)

Shaboozle is the place, the only place I know
Where we have Sunday two days in a row
When the sun shines, the sky is blue and clear
'Cuz we have Spring every day of the year
In Shaboozle
Come on, come on along to Shaboozle!
 
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Saxophone
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight
I like to play my saxophone, I play it every night
But sometimes it makes funny sounds, I just can't get it right
Refrain:
It goes blat, bleep, honk, squeak
I think I'm getting better every day and every week

I really like my saxophone, it's made of polished brass
Once a week I play it in my Monday music class (Refrain)

My mom says I should practice for a half an hour a day
But sometimes my poor saxophone is just too hard to play (Refrain)

Once I had a dream that I was underneath the lights
I'm playing with my band and then I finally get it right
I can play, play, play, play
I know I'm getting better every week and every day 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight
 
Well there's something I like and I like it a lot
I don't care if it's crunchy or it's not
It's easy to make, I can make it myself
I take the peanut butter and jelly off the shelf

Chorus:
I like peanut butter and jelly
Peanut butter and jelly in my belly
I like peanut butter and jelly
Peanut Butter and Jelly in my belly belly belly
Belly belly belly

You might think that it's strange, you might think that it's weird
But I get peanut butter and jelly in my beard
When I open my lunch, I know what I'll see
My peanut butter and jelly sandwich waitin' there for me (Chorus)

Well I talked to my dad, and my dad said to me
How 'bout some tuna or some healthy cottage cheese
I said I know what I like and I like it this way
I like peanut butter and jelly everyday (Chorus)

Well you take the peanuts nelly
You take 'em from the shelly
You mix 'em very welly to make
Peanut butter and jelly! Yeah!

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Little Brother
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

My little baby brother, he thinks he is a train
'Cuz every time I turn around he's doin' it again
He goes: OOOooo, Chugga, chugga
OOOooo, chugga chug chug

We took him to the doctor, they asked him for his name
But every time they ask him, he always says the same
He says: OOOooo, Chugga, chugga
OOOooo, chugga chug chug

Now he is a grown up, he's married with two kids
He still sounds like a train, but now he sounds like this:
(In a low voice) OOOooo, Chugga, chugga
OOOooo, chugga chug chug

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Little Cat
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

Well I'm a little cat and I like to go out
When it gets dark and there's no one about
Just a little "meow," just a little "purr"
I like the night, and that's for sure

When I'm inside and I'm walkin' in the hall
No one can hear me 'cuz there's no sound at all
Just a little whisper, just a little swish
Would you be a cat if you had a wish?

Chorus:
I'm a little cat, meow, meow
I'm a little cat, meow, meow
I'm a little cat, meow, meow
I'm a little cat, imagine that!

Well I like the city, I like the town
I know the way, 'cuz I get around
I know some cats all over the place
They know my whiskers and they know my face (Chorus)

Well all I need tonight is the light of the moon
Floatin' in the sky like a bumpy balloon
The song of the crickets calls me to roam
But I hear your voice, I'm on my way home (Chorus)

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The Puffin Song
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

I'm not like the penguin, don't confuse me with ducks
I'm dressed for dinner in my finest fancy tux
My beak it is pretty, my feathers are fine
Long time ago, the hunters wanted mine

Call me a Puffin, 'cuz that's my name
I live on an island just off the coast of Maine
But I wasn't born here, I was brought by a man
And now my burrow is here on Egg Rock Island

Chorus:
Come fly with me
Fly across the sea
Come fly with me
Puffins we will be
My brothers and sisters, my lovely wife
We like to gather, we love the social life
A picnic for puffins, a tasty old treat
I hope you like fish, it's our favorite thing to eat (Chorus)

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Evening at the Mouse's
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Mouse
Had a little party in their little mouse house
All the mister mice wore suits with little ties
The ladies all wore dresses, it was very, very nice

Everyone said "Thank-you" and everyone said "Please"
They all enjoyed the flavor of imported cheddar cheese
Suddenly, a knock, a funny little tap
Could it be the cat had awakened from his nap?

"I say you little mousies," said the cat, "Do let me in,
For I love the taste of cheese and I'm feeling rather thin."
But no one moved a muscle, for they knew he was a cad
He was lying through his teeth, and that was rather sad

So the mousies made no answer, and the cat soon went away
And when the cat had gone, then the mice began to play
The mousies all were dancing, 'til late, late in the night
I wish you could have seen it, it was such a silly sight!

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China Doll
(trad. American)
Mama won't you buy me a china doll, china doll, china doll
Mama won't you buy me a china doll, oh do, Mommy do

How'm I gonna buy you a china doll?
We can sell Daddy's featherbed
 
Then where will your Daddy sleep?
He can sleep in the puppy's bed

Then where will the puppy sleep?
He can sleep in the piggy's pen

Then where will the piggy root?
He can root in the front yard

Then where will my children play?
They'll be playing with the china doll

Mama won't you buy me a china doll?

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Little Star
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

Little star, little star, I need you tonight
Would you come to my room
Would you share your sweet light
Would you shine by my door and help me to sleep
Little star, would you stay here with me

If I could I'd fly away with you
Through the skies of gold and silver blue
We could be a happy pair
If I could climb your stair way
Little star

Little star, little star
I need you tonight
Would you come to my room
Would you share your sweet light?

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Dirty Laundry Boogie
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight
 
Well you put in lots of quarters, and you open it up
Then you put in dirty laundry, and you pour in a cup
While you're waitin' you can watch it wiggle and woogie
'Cuz everybody wants to do the dirty laundry boogie
Come on, come on

Doin' dirty laundry, waitin' 'til it's done
Who says doin' laundry isn't any fun
Come on everybody there's somethin' you missed
Now we're gonna learn to do the dirty laundry twist
Come on, come on

Chorus:
I said yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Well you waggle and you wiggle (waggle and you wiggle)
And you turn yourself around (turn yourself around)
Then you joggle and you jiggle (joggle and you jiggle)
And you listen for the sound (listen for the sound)
Come on everybody, wiggle and woogie
'Cuz everybody wants to do the dirty laundry boogie
Come on, come on

Hey wait a minute, it's supposed to be a chore
You're dancing on the drier, and the suds are on the floor
Come on everybody, just give it a chance
'Cuz everybody wants to do the dirty laundry dance
Come on, come on (Chorus)]

Well everybody's dancing, even Mr. Green
And everybody's laughing, watching the machine
Well come on everybody, you can't be tired
'Cuz now we gotta take it all and put it in the drier
Come on, come on

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Miss Sue
(anon.)

Miss Sue, Miss Sue
Miss Sue from Alabama, let's make a movie
Shaka boom, shaka boom, shaka boom, boom, boom

Mama's got the measles, Papa's got the flu
I ain't lyin' and neither are you
Hey Sue, someone's callin' my name
Hey Sue, someone's playin' my game
Hey Sue, someone wants you on the telephone
If it ain't my honey, tell 'em I ain't home
Sittin' in the rocker eatin' Betty Crocker
Listen to the clock to
Tick tock, tick tock phenomenoma
Tick tock, tick tock phenomenoma
Muncha, muncha, muncha Freeze!

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Sleepy Joe
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

I'm just an old cowboy, my name's Sleepy Joe
I sleep in the saddle, my horse knows where to go
I crossed seven mountains, and seven broad streams
But I never noticed, 'cuz I was havin' a dream
Chorus:
Yippee Cay Yay, Yippee Cay Yo
It's fun to be a cowboy when your name's Sleepy Joe

My horse is my best friend, he helps me sit up
When I tell him my stories, he don't interrupt
My horse is named Outlaw, 'cuz he used to be mean
But now he is gentle, he don't have any teeth (Chorus)

When I take a vacation, then I like to sleep in
I sleep until dinner, then go back to bed again
Someday I'll retire, someday I will go
But 'til then remember, your old friend Sleepy Joe (Chorus)

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Book Book
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

If you've ever wondered what I like to do
I like getting' cozy and reading books with you

Refrain:
I read a book, I read a book
I read a book, I read a book, I read a book

How can I get lonely, how can I get bored
I am goin' places that I've never been before (Refrain)

I've been readin' books, since I was a kid
Now that I'm a grown up, I'm really glad I did (Refrain)

How can I get lonely, how can I get bored
I am goin' places that I've never been before (Refrain)

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Try Just a Little
Copyright 1986 by Tom Knight

When I was a little boy my mother used to make
All these awful foods that I really couldn't take
There was spinach, liver, sometimes even waffles
I really can't describe it, it was just too awful
And every time we sat down at the table she would say
These simple little phrases I remember to this day, she said:

Chorus:
Try just a little, take a little bite
Try just a little and tell me what it's like (2x)

Sometimes I would sit there at the table for two hours
Making little turrets on my mashed potato towers
I would feed it to the dog, when no one else was looking
But mostly I would have to sit and eat my mother's cooking
And every time we sat down at the table she would say
These simple little phrases I remember 'til this day, she said: (Chorus)

Now I am a big boy and I grew out of that phase
Yes it's true I'm through with all those childish eating ways
I even eat asparagus and sometimes even tofu
But now I've started cooking for my friends and neighbors too
And every time we sit down at the table I must say

These simple little phrases I remember 'til this day (Chorus)

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Mr. Bumblegaffer
Copyright 1990, story by Annie Campbell

Poor Mr. Bumblegaffer's got no time for fun
He's working at the office and he's eatin' on the run
Mr. Bumblegaffer, you're workin' too hard
Mr. Bumblegaffer, go out and play in the yard

His son and his daughter, they ask him out to play
But poor Mr. Bumblegaffer's busy every day
Mr. Bumblegaffer, you're family is waitin'
Mr. Bumblegaffer, I think you need a vacation

So the family got together and they made a little plan
They took Mr. Bumblegaffer, took him by the hand
They put him in a suitcase and everybody packed
His head stuck out the front and his feet stuck out the back
Mr. Bumblegaffer (no, no, no)
Mr. Bumblegaffer (no, no, no)
Mr. Bumblegaffer, we're packed and ready to go

So they put him in the back of the family station wagon
And all along the way, Mr. Bumblegaffer's beggin'
He says, "Take me back! I've got work to do!"
Mr. Bumblegaffer, your family's important too

So he finally stopped complainin', they let him out to play
And then Mr. Bumblegaffer had a pleasant day
Mr. Bumblegaffer, have some dessert
Mr. Bumblegaffer, a little fun doesn't hurt

They went swimming, went to dinner, had a picnic lunch
They saw a movie everybody really liked a bunch
They rode a carousel and they even read a book
A little nice persuasion was really all it took

Mr. Bumblegaffer, you live life on the run
Mr. Bumblegaffer, there's still time to have fun
Mr. Bumblegaffer, there's still time to have fun

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Place in the Choir
Words and music by Bill Staines, Copyright 1978 Mineral River Music, BMI

Chorus:
All God's Critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they got now

Listen to the bass it's the one on the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans with a big t'do
The old cow just goes "Moo!" (Chorus)

The dogs and the cats they take up the middle
Where the honeybee hums and the crickets fiddle
The donkey brays and the pony neighs
The old coyote howls (oooo) (Chorus)

Listen to the top where the little bird sings
On the melody with the high notes ringin'
The hoot owl hollers over everything
The jaybird disagrees (Chorus)

Singin' in the nighttime, singin' in the day
The little duck quacks and is on his way
The 'possum ain't got much to say
The porcupine talks to himself (mumble mumble mumble)(Chorus)

It's a simple song of livin' sung everywhere
By the ox and the fox and the grizzly bear
The grumpy alligator and the hawk above
The sly raccoon and the turtledove (Chorus 2x)

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How to Fly a Kite
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

Find a big field without any trees
A lot of open space and a nice strong breeze
Get a good kite, and hold it up straight
Listen for the wind, and then you have to wait
When you feel a pull and the wind starts to thicken
Hold onto the string and run like the dickens!

When it really gets going, way, way up in the sky
It looks like a bird, or a gigantic butterfly
Sometimes the kite'll take a dip or do a dive
Like a big buzzy bee that's lookin' for its hive

Well that's all here is that I have to say
About flying a kite on a sunny Sunday
But there's one more thing that you oughta know
When you're flying a kite, never let go!

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Lullaby of the Moon
Copyright 1990 by Tom Knight

I look through my looking glass
I can see the moon at last
And the moon she smiles at me
Sings to me her melody

Chorus:
Go to sleep and keep you warm
You'll find shelter in the storm
Like the moon you'll rise above
Guided by the ones you love

I've been here a million years
I've seen all your hopes and fears
I'll be here a million more
All will be as it was before, so (Chorus)

When you dream, do you dream of me?
Do you see the things I see?
All is fair and all is fine
When you wake the sun will shine, so (Chorus)

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