The Wild World of Wildlife

by Birdie's Playhouse

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Songs on "The Wild World of Wildlife" are catchy & upbeat with brilliant lyrics and world grooves, ranging from Latin to Pop to Jazz. Little ones age 0 to 5 (and their parents) find this collection educational yet bumpin! “Wildlife” has won two national awards: a Gold award from the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) and a Spring 2010 Parents Choice Award!

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released March 15, 2010

Mil gracias from the tip of my beak down to my knees to all who made the Wildlife CD possible, especially recording/mixing iguana Walter New of White Rabbit Sound. Shout out to co-producers Seamus Kirkpatrick & Andrew Farnham of IMA, (song 10), co-producer Brian White (song 11), & these stellar performers:

SONGS 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12 * drums: chris wabich * keys: eli brueggemann * bass: edwin livingston * guitar & bg vocal: marcel camargo

SONGS 1 & 5 * drums: chris wabich * kid vocal: izzie haberman

SONGS 3, 4, 8 * horns: mike bolger

SONG 6 * elephant vocals: billy valentine

SONG 8 * mama c vocals: J'nae

SONG 9 * crab vocals: joe hernandez-kolski * violin: harry the hermit fiddler * bass: marcel camargo * keys: birdie

SONG 10 * manatee vocals & fiddle: gregory peatey * all other instruments: seamus kirkpatrick & andrew farnham

SONG 11 * piano: rohan somasekaran * bass: andrew shaw * drums: joe marchisella

SONG 12 * kid vocals: benjamin knight, izzie haberman

All songs written, produced & sung by Birdie Mendoza (aka Michele Moreno). Lyrics by Birdie & Alexander Sokoloff

Pianist Eli Brueggemann is now Music Director of NBC's Saturday Night Live! Bassist Edwin Livingston has toured with Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah & numerous jazz greats! Guitartist Marcel Camargo has performed with Missy Higgins & Nels Cline (Wilco). Billy Valentine was the singing voice featured each week on Boston Legal. Chris Wabich has recorded with Ludacris, Sting and Sheila E! Joe Hernandez-Kolski is a two-time HBO Def Poet. J'Nae named in Music Connection's ‘Top 100 Unsigned Artists’ list. Mike Bolger recorded trumpet & more on Ry Cooder's Chávez Ravine.

Cover Art: Alexander Sokoloff
Costume: Violet Riot & Linnea Mielcaerek

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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: Shake Your Tail Feathers
Shake your tail feathers, shake | Like you are shaking off the raindrops
Shake your tail feathers, shake (orale)
And now, (ahora) it’s time to STOP!

Shake your tail feathers, shake | From the tip of your beak down to your knees
Shake your tail feathers, shake (orale)
And now, (ahora) it’s time to FREEZE!

Bridge
Juega Pajarita, little Birdie play | Now it’s time to fly, away, away away (repeat)

Hey now, little birdies, when I say shake it you shake it!

Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, STOP! (repeat)
Shake it shake it STOP! Shake it shake it STOP!
Shake it, shake it, shake it shake it shake it WOO!

Shake your tail feathers, shake | Come on everybody let’s have some fun
Shake your tail feathers, shake (orale)
And now, (ahora) it’s time to what? | It’s time to what?
It’s time to Stop! | Uh I said stop. Que te pares hombre! Okay. Gracias.
Track Name: Iguana Wants to Baila
V1
They made their home next to the sea, Catching rays, Ole!, and catching fleas
Papa Iguana climbed the coconut tree, To find Baby Juana – oh where could she be?

Chorus
Iguana wants to baila -- all day long | Baby Juana baila – to this song
Iguana wants to baila -- all day long | Baby Juana baila – Orale Iguana

V2
Baby Juana loves to dance, she’s wild, She has blue skin because she’s still a child
Her spiky tail helps her if she’s attacked, And if she loses it a new one grows back

Like all Iguanas she can take a fall, Baby Juana has sharp teeth and sharp claws
But Mama and Papa, they still worry a ton, So they go and chill on the rocks in the sun

Chorus

Baby Juana – She is one wild Iguana | Baby Juana – She is one wild Iguana

V3
This lovely family has very tough skin, They know how to dance & they know how to swim
They may be cold-blooded but they’re hot from within, They love eating fruit and they’ll dance til they’re thin

Chorus 2X
Track Name: Monkey Chant
Oo-oo ah-ah tweet, Oo-oo ah-ah roar

Oo-oo ah-ah tweet, Caw, caw

Oo-oo ah-ah roar, Oo-oo ah-ah, tweet
Track Name: Elephant in the Congo
I’m just an elephant in the congo | Living on the savannah in Africa (repeat)

V1
My enemies are scared of me cuz I’m so heavy
I have to eat and drink a ton to stay healthy
I’m always on the move looking for food
I smell and hear well, my sight’s not so good

Chorus
I’m just an elephant in the congo | Living on the savannah in Africa
My voice is loud, my trunk is long-o | Living on the savannah in Africa
I’m just an elephant in the congo | Living on the savannah in Africa

V2
There was a time when I didn’t have to worry
The land was plenty, there was no war or fury
Then the humans started making a fuss
Now all they want is my precious tusk

Bridge
Please do not buy any ivory, If you do they will keep after me
All I wanna do is eat grass & leaves, We all have to find a way to make peace

Chorus

V3
I am the largest land mammal in the congo
I hope that many people sing my song-o,
My land is getting smaller, that’s so wrong-o
All I want to do is play my bongo
Track Name: You Can't Catch Me
V1
Lola is running through the forest | Steven is hiking in a cave | Lily is chasing a Tiger
Hey, You Can’t Catch Me

V2
Lucca is wading in the water | Daniel is swimming in the sea | Kristen is chasing a Dolphin
Hey You Can’t Catch Me

Chorus
Hey, You can’t catch me | Hey, You can’t catch me | Hey, You Can’t Catch me now

V3
Gay-by is flying in the blue sky | Monica is soaring through the air | Carlos is chasing a Toucan
Hey You Can’t Catch Me

V4
Marisa is climbing up a Mountain | Sammy is swinging in the trees | Anton is chasing a Monkey
Hey You Can’t Catch Me

Chorus
Hey You Can’t Catch Me (3x)

Bridge
Exploring in the desert, skiing in the snow | Following the animals everywhere we go
Crossing the Savannah, hiding in the grass | Watching animals is such a blast

V5
Jennifer is sledding in the tundra | Pablo is hopping on the rocks | Tyler is chasing a Polar bear
Hey You Can’t Catch Me

Chorus
Track Name: Oh When The Ants
Oh when the ants, go marchin in, Oh when the ants go marchin
Oh how I want to be in that number, when the ants go marchin

Oh when the snakes, go slitherin’ in, Oh when the snakes go slitherin’ in
Oh how I want to be in that number, when the go slitherin’ in

Oh when the Penguins, go waddlin’ in, Oh when the Penguins go waddlin’ in
Oh how I want to be in that number, when the Penguins go waddlin’ in

Oh when the fish, go swimmin’ in, Oh when the fish go swimmin’ in
Oh how I want to be in that number, when the fish go swimmin’ in

Oh when the monkeys, go swingin’ in, Oh when the monkeys go swingin’ in
Oh how I want to be in that number, when the monkeys go swingin’ in
Track Name: Fiddler Crab Rap
(Hey there Fiddler Crab, How’s the sand?) Yee haw!
(I see you crawling over there) You see me comin?

Chorus
I’m a fiddler– I’m a fiddler crab (repeat)

V1
They say when I’m eating it looks like I’m playing my big claw like a fiddle (sure does)
I shove sand in my mouth and sift through it like play-dough, hear me giggle
I get whatever food I can from this plan and then I spit out the sand in a ball
I get my name from my asymmetric claws – one is real phat the other one small

Chorus -- Crawlin through the sand

V2
I use my big claw to attract the ladies (there he is!!) ha ha, wherever I crawl
I’m trolling the mangroves, the marshes of salt & muddy beaches and all (he’s so cute!)
If I lose my oversized claw in a fight with an over zealous, jealous crab (don’t hurt him)
I’ll just grow one back and even tho’ it‘s a fake, I can still be all that, Cuz I’m a fiddler

Chorus
-- I’m gonna come & getcha -- with my big claw.
I’m just playin. I ain’t gonna nip at your ankles or nothing. Break it down for me fellas.

Yee haw! That’s my cousin on violin. Actually, it’s a fiddle, ha ha!

V3
Some call it deception but it’s survival of the fittest out here in these sandy coves
Am I the only one in the animal kingdom to deceive them like this in droves?
We’re taking a cue from the human crew, who knew? They bluff & lie all the time
I’m not saying it’s right, but this evolutionary trait has kept me alive many times,
all right? Cuz I’m a fiddler

Chorus
-- Why don’t you come say hi sometime? We’ll have a nice buffet.
Maybe have some crab legs, NO WAY! Don’t bring the melted butter!

Chorus -- Crawlin through the sand
Track Name: Manatee Mo
V 1
I’m a man o’ man o’ manatee, and man, I sure am hungry
I’m gonna dive down deep, into the deep blue sea, & get me a bunch o’ that tasty algae
Food makes my heart go bing bang bong, & keeps my fins & whiskers shiny & long
Some people say, I swim too slow, but if I don’t take my time I’ll miss out on the show

Chorus
Cuz there’s so much to learn, sometimes you have to just stop and float
Don’t get caught up in the race, or you might finish in last place

V 2
I’m a man o’ man o’ manatee, and you might think I’m lazy
But I’m takin’ my time, that’s how I get things done,
Watchin others stress out when there’s no need to run
I stop to chat, catch up with old friends, cuz workin’ to death doesn’t make much sense
You can work an honest day and still enjoy the ride, Instead of wondering why you’re always so tired
Track Name: Wombat Scat
V 1
We got a bad rap, sometime ago
But there’s something me & my furry brothers, want you to know
Wombats have style, Wombats have grace
And most of the time more sense, than the human race

Chorus
I’m (She’s) a wombat (A wombat), Don’t you want to hear me (her) scat? Yeah!
I’m (She’s) a wombat (Is that a fact?), Don’t you want to hear her scat? Yeah!

V 2
I may not be as cute, as a kangaroo
Buy my low down funky moves will put you in the mood
I may not smell, just like a rose
But I’ve got silky brown fur, sharp claws, and a sensitive nose
Next time you wanna make, fun of me
Just remember how this groovy scat made jazz history

Chorus
Track Name: Hello Song
Now it’s time to say hello, Hello & welcome to our show
We’ll be singing ‘bout the wild, The wild world of wildlife

We will open up our minds, To animals of every kind
Melody will be our guide, In the wild world of wildlife

Hello Iguana, Hello Pajarita, Hello Monkeys, Hola ooh-ooh ah - ah
Hello Elephant, Hello Wombat at Birdie’s Playhouse we heart you!
Hello Fiddler Crab, Hello Ants, Hello Manatee, Hola
Hello to all the animals at Birdie’s Playhouse we heart you!

Now it’s time to say hello, Hello & welcome to our show
We’ll be singing bout the wild, The wild world of wildlife. OLE!
Track Name: Goodbye Song
Now it’s time to say goodbye, Goodbye, Until next time
Keep on singing bout the wild, The wild world of wildlife!

Keep on reaching to the sky, Sing with birdie and you will fly
You will always be a child, In the Wild world of wildlife

Fly little birdies fly – bye bye -- bye bye bye bye
Fly little birdies fly -- Ole Ole, Andale!

Now it’s time to say goodbye, Goodbye, Until next time
Keep on singing bout the wild, The wild world of wildlife!
(Keep on singin pajaritos, caw caw)

Tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet (repeat)
Tweedle-leet, Tweedle-leet, Ole!