Slugs at Sea

by Banana Slug String Band

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    Sail with the Slugs as they sing about ocean habitats.This recording was produced in cooperation with the Oceanic Society and follows the Project Ocean K-8 curriculum. It's perfect for teachers who present units in marine studies. It's also great music for anyone interested in our fragile blue wave machine -- our oceans.

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Sail with the Slugs as they sing about ocean habitats.This recording was produced in cooperation with the Oceanic Society and follows the Project Ocean K-8 curriculum. It's perfect for teachers who present units in marine studies. It's also great music for anyone interested in our fragile blue wave machine; our oceans.

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released January 1, 1991

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

Guest Slugs
Jean Dean – drum programming, electric hoo haw, song writing assistance
Nathan Shaw Van Zandt – quacks on “Butts Up”

All songs composed & arranged by the Banana Slug String Band
© 1991 Slug Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

This album was created in collaboration with the K-8 Marine Science curricula at U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. To learn more, read on!

A note from Craig Strang, Director, M.A.R.E.
Lawrence Hall of Science

Dear Educators and Parents,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that M.A.R.E. and the Banana Slug String Band present this innovative and educational marine science recording. Through human history the ocean inspires great works of art, poetry, music and literature. It gives so much to both the biological and cultural development of humanity that it is time we sing out in appreciation of its wonders. It provides food, controls climate, and is fundamental to air and water cycles. Though seemingly limitless, the ocean environment is fragile and vulnerable and cannot withstand destructive human impact without losing its life-supporting integrity. With your support, the Banana Slug String Band and M.A.R.E. will keep on singing and teaching so that children will understand, appreciate and protect our blue planet. I hope you enjoy the music and the message.

M.A.R.E. is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary marine scienc program which works with schools throughout the Untied States and Mexico. We provide trainigng and rucriculum materials for elementary and middle school eachers. Each M.A. Re. E. school celebrates its own Ocean Week, a week of intensive ocean study that includes guest speakers, assemblies, field trips and special assistance from the M.A. R. E. staff. The sogns on this tape are based on and correlate with the M.A.R.E. curriculum. Each grade level studies a different ocean habitat: Rocky Shore (K-1), Sandy Beach (2), Marshes and Mudflats (3), Kelp Forets (4), Open Ocean (5), Islands (6), Bay & estuary (7 & 8).

If you would like more information, please contact M.A.R.E. at…
(510) 642-5008
www.lhs.berkeley.edu/mare/

Special thanks to Craig Strang, MARE staff, Oliver DiCicco, Brent Hurtig, Angela Fitzgerald and our families and friends.

Produced and engineered by Jim Dean. Assistant engineer Jane Scolleri.
Recorded at Mobius Music Studios, San Francisco, CA
Distigally mastered for Cd by Richard Karst at Prema Music Studio, Santa Cruz, CA
Cover Artist Janet Young
Graphic design for original cassette release by John Angus. CD Layout by Richard Karst.

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Track Name: Ocean Communities
Chorus:
Oo-ee, we’re lucky to live by the sea
Oo-ee, we’re going to visit the Ocean Community

Look by the rocks at the island shore
Guess what friend we’re looking for
An ocean mammal with lots of fat
A sea lion’s what we’re looking at
[Chorus]

Have you ever seen a spout on the blue horizon
Watch the great mystery rising
Spyhop, breach, and fluke its tail
It’s the great migration humpback whale
[Chorus]

On the rocky shore by the restless ocean
Waves they break in constant motion
Hold onto the rocks to stay alive
Sea stars know how to survive
[Chorus]

What is the bird that you’ll spot by the bay
Its colors are black, white and gray
Its beak is yellow, flies in the breeze
The western gull is who you’ll see
[Chorus]

We welcome you to use our lyrics & music for classrooms and camps.
Please include credit. Thank you!
Written by Banana Slug String Band
www.BananaSlugStringBand.com
Track Name: Tidepool Boogie
TIDEPOOL BOOGIE

Spoken Intro:
Okay, it’s time to go down to the ocean.
Oh, boy!

If you go down to the ocean
Ocean?
Down by some rocky shore
Rock out!
When the tide goes out, you’ll be dancing
Let’s dance!
Like you never, never danced before

Crabs
They pinch out the rhythm
Sea stars
Walk on hollow feet
Anemones
Are waving their tentacles
Sculpins
Are looking for something to eat

If you go down to the ocean
The ocean
Down by some rocky shore
Rock out!
When the tide goes out, you’ll be dancing
We like to dance!
Like you’ve never, never danced before
One, two three

Chorus:
Do the Tidepool Boogie
Boogie woogie woogie
Listen to that ocean beat
You do the Tidepool Boogie
Boogie woogie woogie
It’s amazing who you’ll meet

You do the Tidepool Boogie
Boogie woogie woogie
As the wind and water play
You do the Tidepool Boogie
Boogie woogie woogie
You can do it now twice a day

Mussels are holding on tightly
Limpets do the one-foot slide
Hermit crabs are looking for new homes
Sea palms sway in the tide
[Chorus]

Echinoderms have skin that is spiny (a sea star)
Cephalopods, means a head with feet (an octopus)
Gastropods, a foot with a stomach (a sea slug)
Tidepool critters are the strangest you’ll meet!
[Chorus]

We welcome you to use our lyrics & music for classrooms and camps. Please include credit. Thank you!
Written by Banana Slug String Band
www.BananaSlugStringBand.com
Track Name: Life on the Shore
Life on the shore, it’s a white foam fizzy
Life on the shore, the waves are dizzy

Chorus:
Life on the shore, you’ve got to move with the tide
It’s run real fast or burrow and hide

Live on the shore, clams have what they need
Life on the shore, because we filter feed
[Chorus]

Life on the shore, sandpipers race
Life on the shore, the waves we chase
[Chorus]

Life on the shore, sand crabs dig fast
Life on the shore, as the waves roll past
[Chorus]

Life on the shore, willets cry
Life on the shore, we fly to run to fly
[Chorus]

Life on the shore, gulls grab a snack
Life on the shore, we peck at the wrack
[Chorus]

Life on the shore, tracks each day
Life on the shore, then they’re washed away.
[Chorus]

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Track Name: Butts Up
I’d like a tasty marsh mud shake
A mixture of water and muck
I’d like a tasty marsh mud shake
Prepared just right for a duck

To eat my tasty marsh mud shake
I use my bill, don’t need a cup
I get my tasty marsh mud shake
Just by going butts up

Chorus:
Butts up (Butts up) Butts up (Butts up)
That’s what a duck must do
To get a tasty marsh mud shake
A mixture of water and goo

I was flying south out of Canada
Heading toward Mexico way
I pull into the marsh for a snack
And put my hind end on display
[Chorus]

It’s a serve-yourself soda fountain
Where everyone feeds their face
I like leaves, seeds, stems, and roots
With a little bit of mud for a taste
[Chorus]

Now if you see a headless bird
Trying to walk in the air with webbed feet
You’ll know it’s me with my mouth on the bottom
While my bottom’s in the air when I eat
[Chorus]

Some birds probe the sand for a meal
Some will spear a fish
Just give mea tasty marsh mud shake
A duck’s favorite dish
[Chorus]

So give this marsh some protection
Please, give it some love and care
‘Cause I need a place to get a marsh mud shake
And to wave my butt in the air
[Chorus]

The marsh is a nursery and restaurant
It’s also a fine motel
And when the birds are out there eating
Here’s how you can tell
[Chorus]


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Written by Banana Slug String Band
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Track Name: Giant Kelp Forest
Have you ever seen a forest without any birds,
Without any trees, without any bees?
Have you ever seen a forest under the sea?

Chorus:
Gonna swim, gonna sway
Put on your mask
Gonna swim, gonna sway
Put on your fins
Going where the otters play
To the giant kelp forest, let’s dive in

Growing high and wild one hundred feet or more
Instead of roots, trunks, leaves or seeds
It has holdfasts, stipes, blades, floats and spores.
The giant kelp forest, giant kelp forest.

It attaches to rocks way down below
Along with urchins and anemones
It grows to the surface to catch the sun’s glow
The giant kelp forest, giant kelp forest.
[Chorus]

If you see something hiding in that brown algae
There’s hundreds of fish that it could be
But then, of course, it could be me
In the giant kelp forest, giant kelp forest
[Chorus]


We welcome you to use our lyrics & music for classrooms and camps. Please include credit. Thank you!
Written by Banana Slug String Band
www.BananaSlugStringBand.com
Track Name: Water Cycle Boogie
WATER CYCLE BOOGIE

Written by Doug Greenfield
Performed by the Banana Slug String Band
All rights reserved

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 water 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 (this time beginning with condensation)

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 (this time beginning with precipitation)

Two thirds of the earth is water, it's true,
It gives life to every plant and animal too.
Respect water's power, only use 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!

(c) Slug Music (BMI) 2012
www.BananaSlugStringBand.com
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Track Name: Blue Planet
I like to watch the waves
With their windy whirls at the ocean, the ocean
See the surfing seals
In the salty spray curls at the ocean, the ocean

Chorus: (2X)
Watery home, moving, moving
A mystery beneath the sea
Blue planet, blue planet

I like to watch the whales
As they breech and spout in the ocean, the ocean
I wonder what the whales
All think about in the ocean, the ocean
[Chorus]

Bridge 1:
The ocean is the reason all life can be
Thank you, mother sea.

The little plankton plants
Are floating in the ocean, the ocean
Breathing out and in life’s oxygen
In the ocean, the ocean
[Chorus]

[Bridge – 2X]
Thank you, mother sea

Tag:
Watery home, movin’, movin’
Blue planet.
Thank you, mother sea (Repeat and fade)


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Written by Banana Slug String Band
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Track Name: Island Rock
Chorus:
Wild, rock, rock, island rock
Wild, rock, rock, island rock
Waves rock, rock, island rock

A hundred miles from shore on a rock
So nice I was born by the sea in this paradise
My parents flew from the north for twenty days and nights
To a rock, rock steady paradise

The parents flew from the north for 20 days and nights
To raise a family on this paradise
They had to fight for space for a nesting sight
On a rock, rock steady paradise

They found a space that would suffice
In this rookery on this paradise
They had to lay an egg not once but twice
On their rock, rock steady paradise
[Chorus]

They laid once and they laid twice
Hatched my sister and me on this paradise
We dive and catch a fish with one or two tries
Rock home, rock steady paradise

Now we could dive and catch a fish with one or two tries
And nothing could hurt us on this paradise
But one day Immigrated to northern skies
I left my rock, rock steady paradise
[Chorus]

Honey, pack your bags; we’re going to the Galapagos
Aay, aay, I don’t feel like it
How ‘bout the Farallones? No, too desolate.
The Channel Islands? Forget it, man; it’s ugly.
How ‘bout Hawaii? Na, na, too many people.
How ‘bout Long Island? Yeah!

I thought that I’d return but to my surprise
An oil spill ruined my paradise
Keep the oceans clean, please hear my cries
I loved my rock

Now I’ve heard of a place that’s just as nice
Where pelagic birds share a paradise
It’s a refuge they say, may it always stay nice
Rock on.
[Chorus]


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Track Name: Estuary Life
Bridge: Life is good here by the bay.

Chorus: Estuary, salty and fresh,
the river mixes with the sea
Estuary, salty and fresh,
life has diversity

Life is good here by the bay.
Diatoms bloom and grow from organic decay.
The food chain starts where the river outflows its
nutrients to the bay.
Life is good here by the bay.

The innkeeper worm digs his habitat
and lives commensally
in a U-shaped burrow on the tidal mudflat
with a crab, a clam, and the fish go by.

Bridge, Chorus, Bridge

Wading birds eat crustaceans,
an invertebrate cuisine.
Leg and beak adaptations
dig deep, shallow, or in-between.

Bridge

Salmon use the estuary
when they must migrate.
Before the fry swim out to sea,
here’s where they acclimate.

Bridge, Chorus, Bridge

Some bays are changing dangerously
with our human impact.
Let’s learn some ways to live so we
can keep our bay life intact.

Bridge

Estuary, mud flat, marsh and bay,
our wetland communities
Keep fill and toxic spills away
from this good life by the sea.

Bridge, Chorus, Bridge


Arranged and © 1991 Banana Slug String Band/Slug Music (BMI). All rights reserved.
We welcome you to use our lyrics & music for classrooms and camps. Please include credit. Thank you!
www.BananaSlugStringBand.com
Track Name: Ocean Rap
There’s more water than land on this big round ball
We’re the Banana Slug boys; we want to talk to you all
It’s a def ocean jam; it’s a hang-ten rap
Watch the waves as the pelicans flap
Check out the tidepools, bend down low
The animals there put on a radical show
More colors than the rainbow, more action than the mall
Open year round summer, winter spring, fall

Chorus:
Learn about it
Learn about it, love it, keep it clean
Learn about it
This fragile, blue wave machine

We have a little of the ocean, the beach and the bay
Rocky shore, kelp forest, and the estuary
These are the homes of many living things
A list of which I will sing
Sea star, urchins, turbin snail
Sea lions, seal and the humpback whale
Turtles, dolphins, shore birds too
Octopus and otters, to name a few
[Chorus]

Under the ocean, there’s also plants
And I’ll teach you about them if you give me a chance
They attach to rocks or they float free
The start of the food chain in the sea
Shelter, food, and oxygen
Plants are where all life begins
Algae, plankton, kelp does grow
It’s a living garden for the animals below
[Chorus]

You’ve been there before, you played in the sand
You love this place and I can understand
Jump in the water, run and play
With the wind in your face and the ocean spray
Build your castle, walk down the shore
Watch the pelicans fly and you’ll know there’s more
There’s music and magic, sync into the beat
Listen to the ocean -- you’re in for a treat
[Chorus]

I’m the M.C. with the mike, I’m the Nature Man
If you believe what I rhyme, you will give me a hand
When I see a wave crash, I feel emotion
If we work together, we can save Mother Ocean
The ocean is important in every way
And there’s one last thing I’ve got to say
Learn about it, love it, keep it clean
This fragile blue wave machine
[Chorus]


We welcome you to use our lyrics & music for classrooms and camps. Please include credit. Thank you!
Written by Banana Slug String Band
www.BananaSlugStringBand.com