Singing in Our Garden

by Banana Slug String Band

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Hi Garden Lovers! This CD is chock full of sprouting goodness, teaching youngsters all about how Dirt really does make our lunch!

Come and sing in the garden with the Banana Slug String Band. Here are some of their favorites from the farm -- remastered with two brand new yummies from the patch: Give Plants a Chance and FBI. Gardening has never been so much fun!

Teachers across the country and in Canada too (hello, Canada!) use this album more than any other Banana Slug CD. Each song is a great leap into garden-related lessons, from plant parts ("Roots, Stems, Leaves") to the water cycle ("Water Cycle Boogie").

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released January 1, 2002

“Solar” Steve Van Zandt – acoustic guitar, banjo, jaw harp, slide whistle & vocals
Doug “Dirt” Greenfield – acoustic and electric bass, harmonica, percussion & vocals
“Airy” Larry Graff – acoustic guitar, piano, electric bass & vocals
“Marine” Mark Nolan – acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin & vocals

Guest Slugs
Jonathan Arthur, vocals
Jim Dean – drum programming & electronic hoo-haw
Gary Kehoe – drums
Mike Levy – piano, guitar & vocals

Kid Singers
Zoe LeRoy Artaki * Christopher Arthur * Elowyn Corby
Rhiannon Corby * Kayla Wren Graff * Samantha Gruys

Spcial thanks to: Mrs. Dorrian’s Kindergarten class at Main Street School, Soquel, CA
The children of Monarch Alternative Public School, Santa Cruz, CA
John Henry and Jerry Kay

Produced and Engineered by:
Jim Dean for the Musideo Production Group

Remixed at:
Music Annex Recording Studios, Menlo Park and San Francisco, CA

Master Engineer
Rainier Gembalzcyk

Design: Tom Dill/ARTAR & Aria Dill * Bonno Bernard/Higher Glyphics

“Give Plants a Chance” and “FBI” recorded at Wrenwing studios. Produced by Jonathan Arthur. Mastered at Mediarare. Co-produced by the Banana Slug String Band.

All songs written and arranged by BSSB. © 1985, 1989, 2002
Banana Slug String Band. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Give Plants a Chance
Chorus:
Plants * (Plants) Plants * (Plants),
Give plants a chance
Plants * (Plants) Plants * (Plants),
Give plants a chance

I like plants. You could too.
There’s so many things that
plants can do.
Feed them water, watch them grow.
There’s a lot of plant above but there’s
even more below.
Rich soil, *(rich soil)
clean air, *(clean air)
Sun and rain give them care.
Plants are the reason
this world’s so fine.
When was the last time
you thanked a vine?
CHORUS…

Believe me when I say that plants,
they can thrill us.
Some plants can save us and some
plants can kill us.
They grow everywhere, from
the tundra to your room.
They’re breaking through cement and
they make the desert bloom.
They creep and climb. *(creep and cimb)
Grow upside down *(grow upside down)
Grow real low or high
above the ground.
Plants are the reason this
world’s so great.
When was the last time you had plants
on your plate?
CHORUS…

Plants are here so let’s
celebrate them.
With every breath we take, well,
we can thank them.
Plants hold the earth
against the sky
And leaves are the reason
the world’s alive.
Brown and green, *(brown and green)
red and blue, *(red and blue)
Yellow, orange, old and new,
plants are beauty growing free.
When was the last time
you hugged a tree?
CHORUS…

*These are the call-and-response parts for the group to repeat.
Track Name: Sun, Soil, Water, Air
Sun, soil, water and air
(Sun, soil, water and air)

Sun, soil, water and air
(Sun, soil, water and air)

Everything you eat
(Everything you eat)

Everything you wear
(Everything you wear)

Everything comes from
(Everything comes from)

Everything comes from
(Everything comes from)

Sun, soil, water and air
(Sun, soil, water and air)

Sun, soil, water and air
(Sun, soil, water and air)
Track Name: Water Cycle Boogie
CHORUS
Evaporation, condensation, precipitation,
The water cycle boogie goes
round and round.
The water cycle boogie goes
up and down.

The sun gives the water cycle
power to spin
The water goes up and down again
The surface of the all water heats
up with the sun
The vapor rises up
and then the boogie's begun
What's that called? What's that called?
EVAPORATION
Chorus…

Water holds together chemically,
Hydrogen bonding is what you see.
All those airborne vapors
they squeeze together,
To form a cloud that could
change the weather.
What's that called? What's that called?
CONDENSATION
Chorus…

All those dark clouds
can't hold together,
The water boogies down
bringing stormy weather.
Fog, rain, hail, flurries, ice and sleet,
Splish, splash, and crunch
beneath your feet.
What's that called? What's that called?
PRECIPITATION
Chorus…

Two thirds of the earth
is water, it's true.
It gives life to every plant
and animal too.
Respect water's power,
use only your share.
Don't waste a drop,
there's none to spare.
Let's do the water cycle
boogie again!
Let's go for another spin!
Chorus…

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Track Name: Air Cycle
Chorus:
Air Cylce, it takes you and me
Air Cycle, breathing with the trees.
What we breath out,
The plants breathe in.
We trade CO2 for OXYGEN!

The trees got a kitchen
Up in their leaves,
Cooking up a recipe we all need.
Sun, soil, water and CO2
Produces oxygen for me and you.
Chorus…

Now every living thing everywhere
Has to have a breath of that
Sweet fresh air
By paving he land and
Cutting gall of the trees,
We’re endangering out planet’s livability.
Chorus…

Have you been to a salt marsh?
Many plants growing in a
Land that’s harsh,
In a sandy, sunny, windy, salty habitat,
Makin’ oxygen is where it’s at.
Chorus…

Now listen, folks, we’ve got to care
‘cause there’s only
So much sweet, fresh air.
Clean up smoke stacks, tailpipes, too,
To keep clean air for me and you.
Chorus…

Shoo Bee Doo… Shoo Bee Wa…
Track Name: Dirt Made My Lunch
Chorus:
Dirt made my lunch.
Dirt made my lunch.
Thank you, dirt, thanks a bunch
for my salad, my sandwich,
my milk and my munch ‘cause
dirt, you made my lunch.

Dirt is a word that we often use,
when we’re talkin’ about the earth
beneath our shoes.
It’s a place where plants
can sink their toes;
in a little while, a garden grows.
Chorus…

A farmer’s plow will
tickle the ground.
You know the earth has laughed
when wheat is found.
The grain is taken and
flour is ground
for making a sandwich
to munch on down.
Chorus…
Track Name: Roots, Stems, Leaves
ROOTS, STEMS, LEAVES

Chorus:
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers,
Fruits and seeds
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers,
Fruits and seeds
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers,
Fruits and seeds
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers,
Fruits and seeds
That’s six parts, six parts, six plant parts
that plants and people need.

The roots hold the plant
in the ground.
They gather up the water
that falls around.
And there’s a root inside of me,
because a carrot is a root that I eat.
That’s six parts, six parts, six plant parts
that plants and people need.

A stem is an elevator growing up from
the ground.
The water goes up and the
sugar back down.
And there’s a stem inside of me
because celery is a stem that I eat.

The leaves are the kitchens
where the food is done.
They breath the air and
catch rays form the sun.
And there’s a leaf inside of me
because lettuce is a leaf that I eat.
Chorus…

The flowers are dressed so colorfully.
They hold the pollen and
attract the bees.
And there’s a flower inside of me
because cauliflower is a flower I eat.

The fruit gets ripe, then falls on down.
It holds the seeds and feeds the ground.
And there’s a fruit inside of me
because an apple is a fruit that I eat.
Chorus…

Now you know what this
whole world needs.
It’s roots, stems, leaves, flowers,
fruits and seeds.
There’s six plant parts inside of me
because a garden salad is what I eat.
Chorus…
Track Name: No Bones Within
Chorus:
Head, thorax, abdomen
You’re inside out, no bones within.
Head, thorax, abdomen
I’m talking about my six-legged friends.

The go through metamorphic change.
They turn from weird to really strange.
Wings to fly, antennae too,
Mouth parts to suck and chew.
Chorus…

Some aren’t so good to have around
because they eat my garden down.
Others are beneficial guests
because they eat those garden pests.
Chorus…

Moths, wasps, flies and fleas,
Crickets, ants beetles and bees
Each one has a part to play
From pollinating flowers to eating decay.
Chorus…


If you want a different point of view,
get down on the ground and
do what insects do.
And if you see a foot in the air
Hope that it’s a foot that
walks with care.
Chorus…
Track Name: Ecology
E-C-O-L-O-G-Y
ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY
That’s Ecology, Ecology
Talk about Ecology
Learn about Ecology

Everything fits together naturally.
The flower on our planet needs the
buzzin’ bee.
Everything is connected we say.
We’re all related in a
special way… ECOLOGY…

Fresh air!
No one here likes pollution.
My friend tells me she’s
got the solution.
Recycle paper, cans and glass.
Learn about conservation
in your class…
ECOLOGY… That’s Ecology.

Fresh Air! Clean Water!
Some animals, they just eat plants.
Others, you know,
they like to eat ants.
Some will eat almost anything.
The food chain makes me want to sing
about
ECOLOGY… That’s Ecology.

Fresh Air! Clean Water! Good Soil!
(Repeat)
Eco means home, that’s yours and mine,
for the hawk, the whale
and the mountain lion.
We all have to share this little planet,
this magical place of water,
air and granite…
ECOLOGY… That’s Ecology.

ECOLOGY… That’s Ecology.
That’s Ecology, Ecology,
Learn about Ecology.
That’s Ecology…
Track Name: Decomposition
DECOMPOSITION

by Steve Van Zandt
and the Banana Slug Sting Band

Is there waste? Well, I don’t know.
‘Cause one thing dies
to let another grow.
This circle we see most every day.
The name that we call it is… de-cay.

Chorus:
Well, come on all you people,
gather ‘round.
Break down and listen to…
decomposition.

Group 1 (Comes in and goes out, saying):
Munch, munch, munch…

Group 2 (Comes in and goes out 2nd, saying):
Decomposition, decomposition,
decomposition, decomposition…

Group 3 (Comes in and goes out 3rd, saying):
Get down, break down;
get down, break down…

There are many kinds of bugs
Worms and snails and banana slugs.
They are useful for me and you.
They help to make the soil renew.
Chorus…

Decomposition is useful game.
A tree drops its leaves
but they don’t stay the same.
A bug chews them up and
spits them back out,
making the soil for a new tree to sprout.
Chorus…

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Track Name: I'm a Tree
I’m a tree, I’m a tree and
I’m growing very tall.
I’m a tree, can’t you see me
shake my leaves?
I’m a tree, I’m a tree and
when the breezes blow in fall,
I give a voice to the wind.

I’m a tree, I’m a tree and
I’m growing very tall.
I’m a tree, can’t you see
my branches spread?
I’m a tree, I’m a tree,
can you hear the robin call?
I give a home to the birds.
I give a voice to the wind.

I’m a tree, I’m a tree and
I’m growing very tall.
I’m a tree, can’t you see my acorns grow?
I’m a tree, I’m a tree,
and when bushy tails crawl,
I give food to the squirrels.
I give a home to the birds.
I give a voice to the wind.

I’m a tree, I’m a tree and
I’m growing very tall.
I’m a tree, can’t you see
my green leaves?
I’m a tree, I’m a tree, and when the sun,
it shines its all,
I give shade to the world.
I give food to the squirrels.
I give a home to the birds.
I give a voice to the wind.

(All sing together)
I give shade to the
people of the world.
I give shade to the
people of the world (repeat)

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Track Name: FBI (Fungus, Bacteria, and Invertebrates)
Chorus:
The FBI…whenever something dies
Oh, the FBI…is there on the scene
The FBI…is working overtime
Oh, the FBI, to pick those bones clean
Fungus…fungus, bacteria…bacteria
Invertebrates…invertebrates, the F B I

There’s fungus all among us and it’s
breaking things down,
Returning nutrients into the fertile ground
Millions of mycelium underground
that’s why
When you hold a handful of the earth
you hold the FBI.
Chorus…

There are billions of bacteria
in that soil over there
Microscopic life is in all water, land and air
You should know that they are there
though they are too small for your eye
These are secret agents of the FBI
Chorus…

Insects, bugs, slugs and worms are
working night and day
The invertebrate crew are
special agents of decay
To remove whatever’s rotten they will
hop, crawl, hide or fly
Enforcing nature’s laws they are the FBI.
Chorus…

Lay down very still in the duff
and learn their ways
Lift up a rotten log and
you will surly be amazed
Go creeping through the forest,
learn to see and be a spy
In search of evidence of the FBI
Chorus…

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