Move Like An Animal

by Birdie's Playhouse

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Birdie’s Playhouse new kids music CD "Move Like An Animal" features tropical Latin beats and catchy pop refrains that will get kids to shake their tail feathers! In addition to being soulful, upbeat and fun, this CD teaches kids about animals and helps guide them through life. Ole!

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released August 14, 2013

All songs written, produced & sung by Birdie Mendoza

Chris Wabich | Drums & Percussion (all songs except 11)
Misha Piatigorsky | Keyboards (songs 2, 4 thru 8, 12)
Gabe Noel | Bass (songs 2 thru 8, 10, 12)
Omar Torrez | Guitar (songs 3, 4, 5 ) Arrangements (songs 3, 5)
Kyle Newmaster | Trumpet (songs 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Matt Weisberg | Piano (song 13)
Mike Schmid | Organ, Strings and string arrangement (song 10)
Sandra Sandia | Cavaquinho (song 5)
Nick Reiter | Guitar (song 10)
Marcel Camargo | Bass (song 9)
Birdie Mendoza | Percussion (song 11) Keyboards (songs 9, 13)
Jonny Blu | Male lead vox (song 6)
Joe Hernandez-Kolski | Egyptian gerbil vox (song 9)
Emma Joleen, Greg Griffith, Jesús Galleres |Gang vox
(songs 3, 5, 11)
Tom Lowe | Dad vox (song 8)
Aaron Nigel Smith | Penguin vox (song 12)
C.J. Pizarro (Mista Cookie Jar) | Hyena vox (song 12)
J'Nae | Orangutan vox (song 12) Backup vox (song 10)
Benjamin Knight, Izzie Haberman | Kid vox (song 1)

Engineering | Chris Wabich at ADW Studio and Birdie Mendoza
Music editing | Kyle Newmaster and Birdie Mendoza
Mixing | Serge Courtois at Igloo Music
Mastering | Igloo Music Studios
CD artwork| Alexander Sokoloff

Executive Producer | Alexander Sokoloff

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Birdie’s Playhouse won 3 of the most prestigious awards in kids music : a Parents' Choice Silver, a Gold National Parenting Publications Award and CD of the Year from Creative Child Magazine awards. Their tropical Latin beats & catchy pop riffs get kids and parents to shake their tail feathers. They've performed hundreds of shows across California and won the Gigmasters Rising Star award. ... more

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Track Name: Move Like An Animal
Se mueven los animales. Get ready to move like an animal!

CHORUS
Se mueven los animales, to the beat
Se mueven los animales, so move your animal feet
Move up and down turn around
Maybe you’re an animal who makes no sound, Freeze!
The animals are moving, to the beat

VERSE 1
Move like a bird (tweet tweet) Se mueven los animales, to the beat
Move like a fish (bloop bloop) Se mueven los animales, to the beat
Move like a kangaroo (jump)

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Move like a snake (sss sss) Se mueven los animales, to the beat
Move like a Horse (neigh, neigh) Se mueven los animales, to the beat
Move like a Tiger (roar, roar)

Se mueven los animales, to the beat

Move like a bird, like a fish, like a snake, like a kangaroo, like a horse, like a tiger, LIKE ALL ANIMALES!!

Se mueven los animales, to the beat 4X

Move your feet, to the beat, tweet tweet tweet!
Track Name: Monarch Butterflies
VERSE 1
From Canada and the states to the heart of Mexico
We migrate to survive, to help our species grow
We look like orange silken paper, cascading in the sky
But our will is set in stone, we’re flying for our lives

CHORUS
La lala lalala Butterflies
La lala lalala Monarch, Butterflies
La lala lalala Butterflies, Lala lala lala la
Oh you monarch butterflies

VERSE 2
Most monarch butterflies only live a month or two
But the thousands who fly south, we’re a special group
We fly 3,000 miles, escape the cold, then we go to sleep
On the same trees each year, we wake up in the spring

MUSIC SOLO

CHORUS
Track Name: Chimpanzees are like you & me
CHORUS
Chimpanzees are like you and me
They like to hoot, they like to scream
94 percent of their DNA is just like ours we’re all the same
They know how to manipulate tools, man or primate, who’s the fool?
Chimpanzees are like you and me

VERSE 1
These great apes love to socialize
They even groom each other’s hair at night
And they warn each other to take flight (when something’s not right)
You might see them holding hands
S ome will smile some will even laugh
Some will throw a tantrum if they’re mad

CHORUS

VERSE 2
They can swing from branch to branch
T hey can walk on their knuckles real fast
Some will even build a bed to nap (with leaves and grass)
Don’t invade their space it’s true
A Chimpanzee will throw a branch at you
So make sure you play nice with their troop

They can count one two three, they can even learn to sign Chinese
And they’ve got photographic memory (isn’t that sweet?)
But let’s not get ahead ourselves
They have their lives and we have ours
And they have the right to be free

CHORUS

All of nature’s children, black or white, red or green
Human being or chimpanzee, we’re all the same
Track Name: I'm a Toucan
CHORUS
I’m a Toucan, a toucan I am
I’m a Toucan, a toucan who can
If someone is bothering you, take a breath figure out what to do
I’m a toucan, a toucan who can, and so can you

Say you can, Yes I can

VERSE 1
If another bird wants to brawl, look ‘em in the eye and use your call
Say what you’re feeling
L ook out for what you need and you you you you

You will know just what to do when you trust yourself and stay true
When I have my problems my bird brain solves em’ and so can you

CHORUS
I’m a Toucan, a toucan I am
Soy un tucán, a toucan who can
If someone is bothering you, take a breath figure out what to do
I’m a toucan, a toucan who can, and so can you

Say you can, Yes I can

VERSE 2
There are times you spill and make a mess,
It’s okay you’re tryin to do your best, don’t stop the teardrops
Just let out your feelings and you you you you

You will find the words to use, when you trust yourself and stay true
Just relax your feathers, take care of others and you’ll be happy too

CHORUS
Soy un tucán, a toucan I am
I’m a Toucan, a toucan who can
If something is bothering you, take a breath figure out what to do
I’m a toucan, a toucan who can, and so can you
I’m a Toucan, a toucan who can and so can you
I’m a toucan, a toucan I am

CHANT
Just remember, take a deep breath, relax your feathers
Run sing and laugh
Now you’re ready to make your move
Now you know just what to do! Toucan!
Track Name: Hop Hop Hop
One two three!

VERSE 1
She has a short white tail, looks like a cotton ball
She has wide, long ears, they stand straight up and tall
This fluffy little mammal can run 18 miles an hour
Hopping down the bunny trail she’s got a lot of power
And when she feels something in the breeze she’ll freeze!

CHORUS
1, 2 Hop Hop Hop 1, 2 Hop Hop Hop
Salsa Cottontail, 1, 2, Stop!

Hop Hop Hop (Repeat)

VERSE 2
She has to look out for, predators who prowl
There could be coyotes, foxes even owls
And when she freezes she’s not trying to pull a rabbit punch
She’s just trying to make sure she’s not gobbled down for lunch
So when she feels something in the breeze, she’ll freeze!

CHORUS

RABBIT
All the rodents call me M.C. Cottontail
Cuz my feet are a blur on the bunny trail
I’ve got great big chompers, and my teeth are as sharp as nails
I eat a whole lotta carrots and kale, So my 20/20 vision never fails
If a predator is near I freeze -- waiting to exhale

CHORUS

RABBIT
Is that it? Is the song over? No way!

CHORUS
Track Name: Running Far
Cheetahs, ven aquí, vamos a correr!

VERSE 1
One day you will chart your plan, in the wild take action when you can
Others will look to you so take a stand

If you cast your net too wide
You won’t go anywhere just side to side
To find the path that lights your way
A lign your heart and mind and fire away
Run toward what you desire

CHORUS
And you’ll go running far, Your heart and mind are the stars
You’ll go running far, faster than a racing car (Repeat)

VERSE 2
Your big lungs will help u run, and your big heart will pump oxygen
Every bone in your body working as one

You will use your spots to hide, from the predators on every side
But when it gets down to the wire
Y ou will use your speed so fire away
Run toward what u desire

CHORUS

HORNS

Alright my little cheetahs, who’s ready to run?
Listen up, gather ‘round because I want u to run with me!

Running (5x) STOP, 1, 2, 3, 4
Running (6x) STOP, 1, 2, 3, 4
Running running STOP, 1, 2 Running running STOP 1, 2
Running STOP 1, Running STOP 1
Running STOP Running STOP, Wooo!

Excellent running my little cheetahs!
You can go for miles and miles and miles

CHORUS
Track Name: Big Feelings
VERSE 1
Every morning mommy fills your sippy cup
But on this morning, she did not wake up
And then you lost your favorite raincoat
F eelings rising, look out they might explode

Why doesn’t anybody care?
Roller coaster emotions are in the air
You have to cry out loud, you’re drawing quite a crowd
And daddy is pulling out his hair!

CHORUS
You’re having big feelings, out of control feelings, wa wa wa feelings
And you just have to let them go (Repeat)

HORNS
Wa wa wa wa wa wa . . . Waaaaaaaa

VERSE 2
Daddy realized everyone began to stare
He looked down smiled saying “U know that I care
Use your words please,” try to stay calm
Using tips from, Parenthood.com

But there’s very little he can (I can) do
Trampolines go up and down and so do you
You’re hungry and you’re tired, desire has caught on fire
And daddy is pulling out his hair

CHORUS
HORNS

Mom: Daddy thank you for taking care of junior

Dad: Can you just give me a little space, I’m having some really tough feelings right now

Mom: I know, parenting is hard

Dad: I think I’m gonna start crying

Mom: Take a deeep breath.

Dad: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Mom: That was deep.

Dad: Wa wa wa waaaaa!

Mom: If you calm down I’ll give you a cookie!

Dad: Uh, huh? A ha ha ha ha!

Mom: Is that a happy cry?

Dad: Woah, hee hee hee hee

Mom: Yes, that’s it. Good for you honey!

Dad: This is so awesome!

Mom: It is? I mean, yes, yes it is!

Dad: This is becoming the best day of my life. Big feelings!
Wa wa wa waaa! Big feelings!
Track Name: Furry Belly Dance
I can feel my belly shaking! Yo yo

VERSE 1
Ever since I could think
B ack when I was pink I had a dream to belly dance
Some said I was crazy, even kinda lazy in my furry brown pants
My mama said “Has fur grown into your brain? That’s insane!”
B ut I couldn’t fake it
Cuz when I hear the drums and I feel my tummy turn
I just want to belly dance and shake it

CHORUS
He’s the best belly dancer this side of the Nile
When he shakes his belly everybody smiles (Repeat)

So don’t give up, no don’t give up! Don’t give up, no don’t give up

VERSE 2
Everybody laughed when I entered the class, th
They said “Come on, gerbils don’t dance!”
I just shook my belly, moved like jelly to the beat
I never felt ever ever so complete
The teacher told me your rhythm’s too fast
Please get your tail out of my class
But I couldn’t stop what was inside of me
M y furry brown belly had to be free!

CHORUS

VERSE 3
I worked hard to be the best across the desert I gyro
From the pyramids to Cairo
I got the greatest hips in the Kasbah scene
I keep it clean and the gerbils all scream
“He’s the best belly dancing rodent we’ve ever seen!”
Yeah, I fulfilled my dream!
Yo, I’m an Egyptian gerbil hero
A nd the kids all prance to my furry belly dance

CHORUS
Track Name: Sea Turtles
CHORUS
We live our lives at sea (Sea Turtles)
Treading water carefully (Sea Turtles)
We live our lives at sea (Sea Turtles) Crossing oceans steadily
Surviving 100 million years and counting

VERSE 1
Every few years females go ashore
Laying turtle eggs in the sand once more
Amazing, trail blazing

When our hatchlings wiggle free
T hey have to get to the open sea
It’s scary, be wary

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Some say our odds are really low
One in a thousand will grow to be old
But we’re, we are still here
We’ve outlived the dinosaurs
But fishermen’s nets, pollution and more
Are waiting and taking

BRIDGE
And our numbers are fading fast
People take our eggs our shells put trash
in our water, we just want our daughters and sons to be free

CHORUS
. . . Crossing oceans endlessly

SOLO

CHORUS
We live our lives at sea (Sea Turtles)
Treading water carefully (Sea Turtles)
We live our lives at sea (Sea Turtles) Crossing oceans endlessly
Surviving 100 million years, surviving swimming through all our fears
Surviving 100 million years and counting
Track Name: A Big Bumblebee
A big bumblebee, a big bumblebee
Buzzing by me, buzzing by me
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Track Name: Snail Cha Cha
SNAIL
I’m movin’ slow like a snail
I’m movin’ slow like a snail
Some say my head looks like my tail
I’m movin’ slow like a snail

I may be one of the slowest on the earth
But I’ve kept a steady pace since birth
I’m movin slow like a snail, yes I am

PENGUIN
I’m waddlin’ like a proud penguino
I’m waddlin’ like a proud penguino
I’m dressed in a black and white tuxedo
I’m waddlin’ like a proud penguino

We live down here in the freezing cold
But we mate for life here at the south pole
I’m waddling like a proud penguino, yes I am I like it

HYENA
I’m runnin’ like a wild hyena
I’m runnin’ like a wild hyena
Some say hi, others say see ya
I’m runnin’ like a wild hyena

We may eat meat and we hunt in packs
But we’re actually as sweet as fluffy cats
I’m running like a wild hyena, what can I say?
It’s in my DNA

HORN SOLO

ORANGUTAN
I’m swinging like an orangutan
I’m swinging like an orangutan
Look at my arms they’re long and tan
I’m swinging like an organgutan

We’re on the list of endangered species
So don’t buy palm oil please
Or they’ll cut down our trees

I’m swinging like an orangutan
I’m runnin’ like a wild hyena
I’m waddlin’ like a proud penguino
I’m movin’ slow like a snail

SNAIL: Why are you laughing?

HYENA: Uh, hello, I’m a hyena!
Track Name: Dolphins
Standing at the ocean’s edge searching for signs
Dolphins leap from the water a sparkle in time
Dolphin you are one of nature’s finest designs

CHORUS
They’re thinking deep dolphins, yeah
They’re diving deep dolphins, yeah

VERSE 1
Dolphins hunt in groups and cooperate
They use clicks, squeals and whistles to communicate
They breathe air just like us through a blowhole
Not a fish but a mammal with a whole lotta soul
They love to surf, they play with seaweed and kelp
They can swim 3 times faster than Michael Phelps
They have about 100 teeth to grab their prey
But they swallow fish whole, up to 30 pounds a day

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Dolphins use tools, pass on knowledge plus
Their brain-to-body ratio’s second only to us
They turn off half their brain when they go to sleep
So the other half makes sure they periodically breathe
They can dive down deep, their dorsal fin’s unique
They see and hear well, but in truth they kinda smell
They form deep bonds with others in their pod
Dolphins are fantastic super smart aquatics, yeah!

CHORUS

What a beautiful creature riding on the waves
Such a beautiful creature riding on the waves (Repeat)

Standing at the ocean’s edge searching for signs
Dolphins leap from the water a sparkle in time
Dolphin you are one of nature’s finest designs
Track Name: Playhouse Chant
Birdie's playhouse (3x)
Ole!