Penguin Parade

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  • This award winning album features diverse musical styles, from Dixieland to Calypso. Tunes teach about animals. Favorites include “Ants,” "Noses," and Moose.”

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Join the Parade with the 'Slugs' on a wacky, upbeat educational adventure into the animal kingdom. Put on your tux for the "Penguin Parade," then sing and dance along with raccoons, ants, otters fish and even a moose. This lively music gets kids up on their feet and and dancing.

Special guests include Red Grammer, Peter Alsop, Linda Arnold & Norton Buffalo!

Parent's Choice Honor Award
American Library Association
Notable Children's Recording
National Association of Parenting Publications Honor Award

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released January 1, 1995

The Banana Slug String Band
Doug “Dirt” Greenfield – bass, vocals
“Airy” Larry Graff – Acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
“Marine” Mark Nolan – acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, vocals
“Solar” Steve Van Zandt – guitar, banjo, vocals

All songs composed by Steve Van Zanst and the Banana Slug String Band except “What Do Animals Need?” by Larry Graff and the Banana Slug String Band.

Published by Slug Music (BMI)

Children’s Chorus
Lynn Burns, Saj Priya Choudhuri, Adam Dybdahl, Daniel Holbert, Prema Peden, Clare Rolens, Mayim, Skyler Michael-Eveleth, Ben Friedman, Daniel O’Brien, Dash Pomerantz, Sam Heft-Neal

Special Friends
Richard Karst – vocals, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitar, keyboards, strumpet, cornet, flute, bass, harmonica, sopranino udu, drums (California Sea Otter), percussion, sequencer programming
Peter Alsop – vocals (Croak-a-Ribit)
Linda Arnold – vocals (Safe at Home)
Red Grammer – vocals (Croak-a-Ribit)
Norton Buffalo – harmonica (Noses)
Daren Chadwick – bubbles (Fishies)
Lisa Atkinson – Ant effects (Ants)
Lynn Burns – vocals (Fishies)
Danny Frankel – drums, percussion, udu
Bruce Campbell – drums (Animals Are Dancing)
Adam Dybdahl – lead vocal (Noses)
Daniel Holbert – lead vocal (Noses)
Steve Hommel – alto & tenor saxes, clarinet
Michael Horne – steel drum (Fishies)
Kenny Karst – trombone
Don Lax – violin
Jamil Peden – hipmaster (What Do Animals Need?)
Prema Peden – lead vocals (Ants)

Mixed by Daren Chadwick
Engineered by Daren Chadwick and Richard Karst
Digital Editing at Prema Music by Richard Karst
Producer: Richard Karst
Executive Producer: Sam Dankin
Assistant Executive Producers: Doug Greenfield & Larry Graff
All arrangement and scoring by Richard Karst and the Banana Slug String Band.

Original art for the St. Louis Zoo Friends Association Kids’ Zoofari ’95: Penguins on Parade © Jerry H. Sears

We want to express our sincere gratitude to Sam Dankin for his commitment to and support of the Banana Slugs. Thank you Richard Karst and Darn Chadwick for taking the Banana Slugs to new sonic heights.
Special thanks to Ken Capitanich, Martha Gilbert, Alan Goldwater, Daren Mathias, Mayim, PJ Swift, Pickleberry Pie, Sheron Sherman, Jim Deerhawk and our loving friends and family.

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Track Name: Penguin Parade
Penguin Parade
By Steve van Zandt

1. Put on your tux, your feathered gown
We are going where ice is found
Eat some fish along the way
And we’re going on a Penguin Parade

2. Hurry up, don’t be slow
A hungry seal lurks down below
Move along, along your way
And we’re gong on a Penguin Parade
Yes, we’re going on a Penguin Parade

3. On to the land out of the sea
We will stand in colonies
On the ground our eggs are laid
And we’re going on a Penguin Parade

4. In the spring our chicks hatch out
Little penguins run all about
They will molt when a tux is made
And they’ll join us on a Penguin Parade

CHORUS:
Who are the birds that cannot fly?
Their wings are flippers to swim and glide!
Who are the birds with a layer of fat,
To keep them warm on the cold ice flat?
Penguins – PENGUINS!
Penguins – PENGUINS!

5. Black and white, and white and black
White in front, and black in back
We are penguins, Hip hip hooray!
And we’re going on a
Penguin Parade
And we’re going on a
Penguin Parade
Yes, we’re going on a
Penguin Parade!

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Track Name: Noses
2. Noses
by Steve Van Zandt

CHORUS:
There are lots of different noses on lots of different faces.
Noses appear in lots of different places.
If all that shows is the nose, would you know whose nose it is?
Know, know, know, know, know whose nose it is.

There’s a long gray nose that looks like a hose.
It moves boulders and trees, wherever it goes.
It’s got a finger-like type for getting a grip.
Do you know whose nose it is?
ELEPHANT!
Now you know, know, know whose nose it is.

There’s a nose like a blow-hole but instead
Of being on the face, it’s on the top of the head.
It makes breathing a breeze, while swimming at sea.
Do you know whose nose it is?
WHALE!
Now you know, know, know whose nose it is.

There’s a very long nose that sweeps the ground.
It smells out ants and swallows them down.
It’s built that way to find a thousand a day.
Do you know whose nose it is?
ANTEATER!
Now you know, know, know whose nose it is.

There’s a round pink nose that’s flat in front.
When it digs for food, can you hear it grunt?
It finds a meal with smell and feel.
Do you know whose nose it is?
PIG!
Now you know, know, know whose nose it is.

There’s a nose I know that’s hard to see.
Some say it’s too big but it’s the best it can be.
I follow each day as it leads the way.
Do you know whose nose it is?
YOURS!
Now you know, know, know whose nose it is.

CHORUS

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Track Name: Animals Are Dancing
3. Animals Are Dancing
Written by Steve Van Zandt

CHORUS:
Animals are dancin’ (Animals are dancin’)
To a natural rhythm (To a natural rhythm)
It’s an animal party (It’s an animal party)
We can join in with them. (We can join in with them.)

Wiggle and shake (Wiggle and shake)
We are doing the snake (We are doing the snake)
Do the crocodile (Do the crocodile)
With a big wide smile (big wide smile)
Soar like a hawk (Soar like a hawk)
Or do the penguin walk. (do the penguin walk)
Whatever animals can do,
We can do it too. Let’s try and do it too.
We can do it too. We can do it too.
CHORUS

Get down real low (Get down real low )
Do the tortoise real slow (Do the tortoise real slow)
Jump up high (Jump up high)
Do the dragonfly (Do the dragonfly)
Waltz with a pig (Waltz with a pig)
Or do the bumblebee jig (do the bumblebee jig)
Whatever animals can do,
We can do it too. Let’s try and do it too.
We can do it too. We can do it too.

BRIDGE:
Animals are swimming, animals are digging,
Hopping, walking, flying everywhere
Each leg and tail and beak
Has a movement so unique.
They can move across the water, land and air.
CHORUS

Do the iguana tango (iguana tango)
With a pink flamingo (With a pink flamingo)
Do the sloth real slow (Do the sloth real slow)
Or the cheetah on the go (the cheetah on the go)
Strut like a skunk (Strut like a skunk)
Or do the baboon funk (do the baboon funk)
Whatever animals can do,
We can do it too. Let’s try and do it too.
We can do it too. Let’s try and do it too.

Do the fishy flop (fishy flop)
The froggy hop (froggy hop)
We be rompin’ with raccoons (romp with raccoons)
Swinging with baboons (Swinging with baboons)
Do the Moosie munch (Moosie munch)
Ants are dancing with your lunch (Ants are dancing with your lunch)
Penguin parade (Penguin parade)
Please don’t be afraid.
Let’s Dance!
Dance, dance dance!
Everybody take a chance and dance.


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Track Name: Black Patches
4. Black Patches
Written by Steve Van Zandt

Hey, black patches,
Where you gonna go tonight?
Hey, black patches
By the light of the moon.
Hey, black patches,
The forest river flows tonight.
Hey, black patches –
Raccoon.

The night is right for nocturnal activity
Down to the creek for a drink you go
When I am asleep you go prowling so busily
Your footprints in the mud, they tell me so.
CHORUS

The little prowlers in the evening hours
Go walking through the woods in the dark of night
Little paw prints all along the river bank
Are all we see in the morning light.
CHORUS

I dream to come with you on your midnight rendezvous
Down by the creek in the soft moonlight
Dancing feet whirl around in celebration
To tell the tale of a glorious night.
CHORUS


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Track Name: Ants
5. Ants
Written by Steve Van Zandt

They came into the house and they didn’t use the door.
They walked across the wall and they marched across the floor.
They climbed up on the chair where I sat down and ate.
They stepped on the table and they stomped upon my plate.

They went onto the counter and encountered a spill.
That’s where they congregated and they ate their fill.
They passed unnoticed where my dog and brothers played,
Then they left through the window in an endless parade.

CHORUS
Thos e ants – ants!
Thos e ants – ants!
Thos e ants – ants!
Thos e ants – ants!
What those ants have in common
Is that they keep a comin’
They just keep on a walkin’
And nothings gonna stop ‘em
Those ants!

I got down on my belly and I looked them in the face.
I said to every ant, “Get out of my place!”
But when I started seeing from an ant’s point of view,
I wanted to know more about what ants can do.
CHORUS

Some ants, they are gardeners.
They grow mushrooms with dead leaves.
Others they are ranchers, milking aphids in the trees.
When army ants are hungry, whatever’s in their way
Could be devoured in less than a day.
CHORUS

They use their antennas – that’s how they move along,
By smelling the ground where other ants have gone.
And they can lift up things ten times the weight they are.
If we could be that strong then we could lift a car.
CHORUS

I had my picnic basket and my checkered cloth spread.
But first I took a nap and I laid down my head.
When I work up, you can guess what I did see.
They were crawling everywhere to share my lunch with me.
CHORUS

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Track Name: Fishies
6. Fishies
by Steve Van Zandt

CHORUS 1:
I’m a fish
I like to swim in the water
I’m a fish
I like to swim in the water

I’ve got fish fins
And I’ve got a fish tail
I’ve got fish gills
And I’ve got fish scales
There’s a lateral line
Down the center of me.

CHORUS 2:
‘Cause I’m a little fishy
And you’re a little fishy
We’re all little fishies
Swimming in the sea.
(Swim, swim, swim in the sea. Swim, swim, swim in the sea.)

CHORUS 1

There are fish that walk
Some fly or leap.
The fish with fishing poles
Use little lights down deep.
We’re every color, shape and size
Such diversity

CHORUS 2

Ahhaaa – Swim, swim, swim in the sea. Swim, swim, swim in the sea.

CHORUS 1

We swim around reefs
In our fishy schools
We spawn upstream
In a clear mountain pool.
Keep my habitat clean.
Take care of me.

CHORUS 2


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Track Name: California Sea Otter
7. California Sea Otter

Written by Steve Van Zandt

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Diving to the bottom where the food is found
Lyin’ in the kelp bed when the sun goes down.
Twistin’ and a-turning, spinning all around,
You know that you’re the ocean clown
California Sea Otter
You’re the ocean clown.
California Sea Otter
You’re the ocean clown.

There you are floating on your back
With that rock on your chest, you give that clam a crack.
You spin around, dive back down and then
You’re back to your back with a whack, smack snack again.

Night time comes, you’re fluffing up your fur.
Your pup’s on your belly snuggled warm and secure.
Wrap yourself in keep and you will be
In the cradle of the rockin’ sea.
California Sea Otter
You’re the ocean clown.
California Sea Otter
Just foolin’ around.

You were once hunted for that fur of yours.
I’m glad you’ve come back home to these safe shores.
Let’s go swim and surf out in the sea.
Come and ride a west coast wave with me.

Diving to the bottom where the food is found.
Lying in the kelp bed when the sun goes down.
Twistin’ and a-trning, spinning all around,
You know that you’re the ocean clown.
California Sea Otter
You’re the ocean clown.
California Sea Otter
Just foolin’ around
Whirlin’, twirlin’, whirlin’, twirlin’ sea otter.
California Sea Otter – You’re the ocean clown. (2X)
Track Name: What Do Animals Need?
Animals live in tropical lands,
And giant old growth redwood stands,
Desert dunes, a lake or a bog.
Hey! An animal can live in a rotting old log.
They live everywhere – this whole world round,
In the air, land or water and underground.
Food, water, shelter, that’s where it’s at.
An animal’s home is called its habitat.

CHORUS:
What do animals need? – a wild home
What do animals need? – Room to roam
What do animals need? – Clean water and air
What do animals need? – Love and care

The blue whale in the ocean, the tortoise in the sand
The tigers in the jungle hope that we will understand.
If we take away their homes, what will animals do?
Where will they go? They can’t live with you!
Alligators and snakes would be sleeping in your bed,
Monkeys jumping off the tables, flying bats above your head.

For a cheetah there would be no place to run.
What misery for a grizzly, it wouldn’t be much fun.
Imagine in your kitchen, a herd of wildebeest,
Raiding your fridge on a midnight feast.
It just wouldn’t work, that’s plain to see.
These animals need to be wild and free.

CHORUS

Now animals need the earth to survive.
A habitat, a home that keeps them alive.
And people, we have the same needs too.
Together we share this little space
Let’s keep this world a beautiful place.
All animals need the earth to survive.
Protect habitats, keep them alive.

We can keep it that way – the forest green
We can keep it that way – the rivers clean
We can keep it that way – let’s plant the seed
We can keep it that way – for what we need.

What do animals need? A healthy home
What do animals need? Room to roam
What do animals need? Clean water and air
What do animals need? Love and care.
Track Name: Croak-A-Ribit
9. Croak-a-Ribit

Written by Steve Van Zandt
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Oh, I’m glad I am a frog (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Just a sitting on a log (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
The most delightful bugs they fly around me (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
I put out my sticky tongue (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
And I catch me one (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
A froggy’s life is the best life there can be.

CHORUS:
Croak croak a ribbit
Croak croak a ribbit
Croak croak a ribbit, hop, hop

I used to be a pollywog (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Now I’m a fat green frog (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Everywhere I wear my froggy grin (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Salamander wears a smile (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
The toad he croaks in style (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
You can call us all amphibians
CHORUS

I have pores in my skin (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
They help me breathe when I jump in (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Into the pond where I swim all afternoon (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
But the time I really like (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Is the pale moon light (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
When me and my friends can sing this froggy tune
CHORUS

So if you’re looking for a friend (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Come to the pond and jump right in (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Bring your smile and your froggy flipper feet (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
If you grow some bulging eyes (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
And you’re hungry for some flies (croak a ribbit, hop hop)
Then you’ll be hoppin’ to this froggy beat.
CHORUS
Track Name: Go Into the Night
10. Go Into the Night

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If you go into the night
There’s music in the night
Calling out a song that’s clear
The night time howl is a great horned owl
With a song that you can hear
And the owls you can hear

If you go into the night
There’s music in the night
Down in the bog, there’s a million frogs
With a song that you can hear.
And the frogs you can hear.
And the owls you can hear.

If you go into the night
There’s music in the night
Calling out a song that’s clear
Down in the thickets, there are some crickets
With a song that you can hear
And the crickets you can hear
And the frogs you can hear
And the owls you can hear.

If you go into the night
There’s music in the night
Calling out a song that’s clear
The beautiful note of the lone coyote
Is a song that you can hear
And the coyotes you can hear
And the crickets you can hear
And the frogs you can hear
And the owls you can hear.

If you go into the night
There’s music in the night
Calling out a song that’s clear
The silent wonder of people’s hearts
Will melt away their fear.
And the silence you can hear
And the coyotes you can hear
And the crickets you can hear
And the frogs you can hear
And the owls you can hear.
Track Name: Moose
11. Moose

Written by Steve Van Zandt
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I’ve got antlers and a nose.
I’ve got hooves for toes.
And I stand about six feet tall.
I’m in the mud up to my knees.
Just a chewin’ on the leaves.
I’m a MOOSE, MOOSE. Can you hear me call?
(Repeat)
Track Name: Safe At Home
12. Safe at Home

One baby otter in the cradle of the sea
Two baby owls in the hollow of a tree
Three baby fawn in the forest where they’ve grown
And all the baby animals are safe at home

Four baby bears coming home to rest
Five baby mice are sleeping in their nest
Six baby chicks to the coup they have gone
And all the baby animals are safe at home

Seven baby pigs all snuggled in their pen
Eight baby fox are lying in their den
Nine baby geese back to the weeds have flown
And all the baby animals are safe at home
And all the baby animals are safe at home

One cradle rocking by the warm fire light
One child sleeping peaceful I the night
Love is the reason you’ll never feel alone
Like all the baby animals safe at home

One baby otter in the cradle of the sea
Two baby owls in the hollow of a tree
Three baby fawn in the forest where they’ve grown
And all the baby animals are safe at home

Written by Steve Van Zandt. Performed by the Banana Slug String Band © 1995 Banana Slug String band/Slug Music . All rights reserved.
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