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1998 Dave Fletcher Twelve Months 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Refrain Twelve months in a year Twelve months in a year; And you can t forget one cause each one is fun. There are twelve months in
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1998 Dave Fletcher Twelve Months 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Refrain Twelve months in a year Twelve months in a year; And you can t forget one cause each one is fun. There are twelve months in a year. Verse 1 January starts every year. In February, I love you, Dear! March comes in like a lion and roars. April is nice until it pours... Refrain Twelve months in a year Twelve months in a year; And you can t forget one cause each one is fun. There are twelve months in a year. January (January) February (February) March (March) April (April) Verse 2 May brings colorful flowers so bright. June means no school; stay up all night! July is the patriotic part of summer. August means back to school aw, bummer! Refrain Twelve months in a year Twelve months in a year; And you can t forget one cause each one is fun. There are twelve months in a year. January (January) February (February) March (March) April (April) May (May) June (June) July (July) August (Augus t) Verse 3 September leaves start falling down. October brings trick-or-treaters around. November means turkey and cranberry sauce. December is the time for Santa Claus! Refrain Twelve months in a year Twelve months in a year; And you can t forget one cause each one is fun. There are twelve months in a year. January (January) February (February) March (March) April (April) May (May) June (June) July (July) August (August) September (September) October (October) November (November) December (December) Refrain Twelve months in a year - Twelve months in a year; And you can t forget one, cause each one is fun. Coda There are twelve months in a... You know there s twelve months in a year! Echo along with the children on the recording. List other important events for each month which are not in the song. I ll Be Alright 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Verse 1 Every day we have choices to make. Each choice determines the path that we take. It often comes down to what s real and what s fake. I ll be alright if I just stay awake. Verse 2 I ve dozed off in history reading a map. In science, I ve slept with a frog on my lap. In music, I ve snored while performing a rap. I ll be alright if I just take a nap. Refrain Falling asleep is a problem for me. I don t try to nod off intentionally. My head will flop forward, then all the kids laugh. I d have a concussion if I were a long-necked giraffe! Verse 3 I ve dozed off while climbing and hanging from trees. While at the computer, I ve slept on the keys. And sometimes, I can t even finish a sneeze. I ll be alright if I just catch some Zs. Refrain Falling asleep is a problem for me. I don t try to nod off intentionally. My eyelids get droopy, the next thing I know, I ve slept through my bus stop and now I m in west Idaho! Verse 4 I know that one day, I ll conquer this jinx, And not have to care bout what everyone thinks. I ll get through each day and have no missing links. I ll be alright after these forty winks... Discuss any personal experiences that involved being overly tired. Have you ever found yourself in other embarrassing or humorous situations? Musical Drill 1998 Words by Dave Fletcher Music-Traditional Quarter note gets just one beat; keeps you steady on your feet. Remember pairs of eighth notes go exactly twice as fast. You d better sing them quickly cause you know that they won t last. When a quarter rest is found; it means silence no sound. Half note goes slow two beats per note. Whole note slow poke. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: Looking good and sounding great. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Clap your hands cause we re done! Echo along with the children on the recording. Find examples of notes and rests in music books or online. Learning Never Comes Easy 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Verse 1 Learning never comes easy for me. I was the last kid in class to learn my ABCs, And now the teacher s asking me to count by threes, Oh, learning never comes easy for me. Verse 2 There s a few other kids like me on the bus, But the rest of the kids don t want to sit by us. They laugh, and they tease, and they even cuss At the few other kids like me on the bus. Refrain I try to pretend that I just don t care, But I feel like I m drowning and I need air. Verse 3 Oh, I wish I could get just one thing right, But keeping up, for me, is such a fight. It wouldn t even matter if I studied all night, Oh, I wish I could get just one thing right. Verse 4 And I wish someone would believe in me; My teacher, my preacher, or my family. There s a lot more inside of me that they can t see, And I wish someone would believe in me. Refrain Verse 5 And I wish someone would believe in me; My teacher, my preacher, or my family. There s a lot more inside of me that they can t see, Coda Oh, I wish someone would believe in me. Oh, I wish someone would believe in me. Discuss a time when it was difficult for you to learn something. Was anyone able to help you? If so, who and how? Three Little Pigs 1998 Adapted by Dave Fletcher Verse 1 Once upon a time, there were three little pigs Not one, not two, but three little pigs. One day their mama said, Get this through your head I love you all dearly, but now that you ve grown, It s time for you to pack your bags and leave this home! Verse 2 Now, the first little pig built his house out of straw Not sticks, not bricks, but a house out of straw. Along came the wolf, big and bad, Let me in or I ll get mad! Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin! Then I ll huff, and I ll puff, and I ll blow your house in! Well, he blew the house down, that mean old louse, So the first pig ran to the second pig s house. Verse 3 Now, the second little pig built his house out of sticks Not straw, not bricks, but a house out of sticks. Along came the wolf, big and bad, Let me in or I ll get mad! Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin! Then I ll huff, and I ll puff, and I ll blow your house in! Well, he blew the house down, that mean old louse, So the two pigs ran to the third pig s house. Verse 4 Now, the third little pig built his house out of bricks Not straw, not sticks, but a house out of bricks. Along came the wolf, big and bad, Let me in or I ll get mad! Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin! Then I ll huff, and I ll puff, and I ll blow your house in! Well, he huffed, and he puffed, and he huffed, and he puffed, And he huffed, and he puffed till he could puff no more, But he never blew down that brick house door. Coda Now, the moral of the story is plain to see: Hard work will pay off for you and me! Join in on the lines for the wolf and the pigs. Make your voice sound different for the two roles. Live Drug-Free 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Refrain Hey, little children, come listen to me, If you want a good life, you gotta live drug-free! Hey, Hey, little children, come listen to me, If you want a good life, you gotta live drug-free! Verse 1 I know it can be hard right in your own schoolyard, When some kids say that drugs are cool. That s when you take a stand. Your life s at your command. Just keep in mind this simple rule: Refrain Verse 2 Maybe an older kid will say, Do what I did, And see how great these drugs can be. That s when you must say, No! Just turn your back and go, And sing this simple melody: Refrain Verse 3 Running, and playing, and singing, and laughing Are some of the joys in a life filled with hugs. But running, and hiding, and cheating, and lying Are some of the ploys in a life filled with drugs. Refrain Verse 4 So don t be led astray by those who ve lost their way. Hang on to your identity. It s time to make a vow. Take charge of your life now, And sing these words along with me: Refrain Coda If you want a good life, you gotta live drug-free! If you want a good life, you gotta live drug-free! If you want a good life, you gotta * * live drug-free! Sing along on the refrain. Discuss ways to prevent drug abuse. Barnyard Sillybles 1992 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Do, re, mi. Re, mi, fa. Mi, fa, sol. Fa, sol, la. Sol, la, ti. La, ti, do. Mice say, Squeak. Sheep say, Baa. Cattle low. Goats say, Maa. Donkeys hee, then they haw. Roosters crow. Note: Echo along with the children on the recording. Composer Rap 1998 Words by Dave Fletcher Verse 1 My name is Handel no joke! My musical style is Baroque. I was born in 1685, But my music is still very much alive. I m known for my oratorios, Including the Messiah, for which the king rose. Unlike some composers who lived in strife, I had money and fame for most of my life. Verse 2 My name is Johann Sebastian Bach. My musical talents are hard to knock. I was born in 1685, And led a very religious life. I worked in relative obscurity While raising a very large family. My musical output was prolific; My Baroque compositions still sound terrific! Verse 3 Wolfgang Mozart is my name. Classical music is my game. I was born in My childish ways gave my father fits! Performing and composing was such a breeze That I wrote over 40 symphonies. I wrote my first opera when I was twelve. My genius could fill a dozen shelves. Verse 4 My name s Beethoven, and you will see There s just no way to pigeonhole me. I started out Classic, and ended Romantic. Hey, that s a musical style, so don t get frantic! I lost my hearing in my later years, But I composed with my heart, and not just my ears. My Symphonies Numbers 5 and 9 Will be on the Classic Top Ten List for all time! Discuss the information for each composer. Read more about your favorite one or all of them! Listen to more complete recordings of each of the featured pieces: Handel Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Just Count 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Verse 1 If you re looking for fun, just count to one. 1 If there s nothing to do, just count to two. 1, 2 If you re waiting for me, just count to three, 1, 2, 3 Cause I ll be counting on you. Verse 2 If life s a bore, just count to four. 1, 2, 3, 4 If you re feeling alive, just count to five. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 If you ve run out of tricks, just count to six, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Cause I ll be counting on you. Verse 3 If your engine s revvin, just count to seven. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 If your bus is late, just count to eight. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 If you re last in line, just count to nine. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 If you re gentlemen, just count to ten. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 If you re gentleladies, count back again, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Cause I ll be counting on you. And you can count on me, too! Count along with the children on the recording. Add your own silly sound effects. (Remember to go backwards at the end of the song!) Line Leader 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Refrain It s my day to be the line leader, follow me, everybody, line up! It s my day to be the line leader, I m as frisky as a newborn pup! Well, it s a very important job, you know, But I ve been paying attention, and I m ready to go! It s my day to be the line leader, follow me, everybody, line up! Verse 1 Well, we re standing on the playground, just waiting for the bell to ring. I ve been waiting all year for my big chance; I don t want to miss a thing! Refrain Verse 2 Well, I didn t sleep too well last night I turned and I tossed. I dreamt I zigged when I should have zagged, and I got the whole school lost! Refrain Verse 3 Well, I hear that bell a-ringing. This is the moment I ve been waiting for. Every single kid in school is gonna follow me through that door! Refrain Snap/tap along with the snaps on the recording. Note that the refrain pattern is different than the verse pattern. Discuss any memorable line leading experiences. Monday Mornin Blues 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Verse 1 I woke up this mornin I was feelin beat. Sat up in my bed and hit the floor with my feet. Trudged off to the bathroom, took a look in the mirror. Well, one glance told me that Monday was here. Refrain I got the Monday I got the Monday Mornin Blues. Why couldn t it be? Or any other day you choose? Verse 2 Went into the kitchen to grab some chow. No milk in the fridge, aw, I don t like it anyhow. Grabbed a piece of cold pizza and a can of pop. Put my work in my backpack, and ran to the bus stop. Refrain Verse 3 Went into my classroom sat down at my desk. Well, wouldn t you know it? A spelling pre-test! I blanked out completely spelled every word wrong. Why does Monday mornin seem to last so long? Refrain Verse 4 And then it hit me if Monday never came, Then Tuesday couldn t follow, and Wednesday the same. There d be no Thursday, no Friday after school. No Saturday. No Sunday. Man, that just ain t cool! Coda I ve lost my Monday I ve lost my Monday Mornin Blues! If we re talkin weekdays Monday is the day I choose! Some days seem to be bad from start to finish, while others are great. Discuss one of your bad days, and one of your great ones. Cupid s Arrow 1998 Words and Music by Dave Fletcher Cupid shot an arrow way up in the sky. Cupid shot an arrow hit me right between the eyes. I m in love with you. On Valentine s Day, I hope you love me, too! Echo and sing along with the children on the recording. Wooo! Dave Fletcher Lead and rhythm guitars, vocals, shaker, snaps Marc Abel Piano, organ, tambourine, keyboard and percussion programming, snaps Doug White Bass and rhythm guitars, snaps Frank Lestina Upright bass on Twelve Months Emily, Jennifer and Molly Fletcher vocals on Twelve Months, Musical Drill, Cupid s Arrow Cooke Magnet School Brownie Troop #1216 vocals on Three Little Pigs, Barnyard Sillybles, Just Count Cooke Magnet School Chorus vocals on Live Drug-Free Libertyville HS Orchestra and Chorus Handel, Bach, Beethoven excerpts on Composer Rap Thanks to Bonnie Holisky and Donna Connelly Brownie Leaders, Troop #1216 Frank Lestina Libertyville HS Fine Arts Director Special thanks to Betsy, Emily, Chris, Jennifer and Molly Fletcher; Marc, Lori, Jessica and Rebekah Abel; Doug White; Mike and Deanna Christiansen Produced and mixed by Marc Abel, Doug White and Dave Fletcher Recorded at Hippus Studio by Marc Abel and Doug White Mastered by Charles Johnson Yes Master Media CD Photography by David Neiman CD Art Direction and Design by Mike Christiansen 1998, , 2012 Dave Fletcher All Rights Reserved
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