Dandelion Baby

by Jenny Katz

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Dedicated to Molly, Hed, and Charlotte Levasseur

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released June 5, 2017

“Once Upon a Time” music by Michael Katz; lyrics by Jenny Katz
All other songs written by Jenny Katz
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Bass on "Keychain" and drums on "Cry Cranky Baby": Eric Brandoli;
Voices on “Sprout’s Blessing”: Cathy, Josh, and Jenny Katz;
All other songs performed by Jenny Katz

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Jenny Katz Northampton, Massachusetts

Whatever happens, there will always be music.

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Track Name: Starlight Firelight Candlelight
Starlight, firelight, candlelight
Glowing in my mind
Lead my through the darkest night
With their gentle shine
And it's easy to believe
And it's easy to be kind
With the stars and fires and candles
That are glowing in my mind

Nighttime, peacetime, wintertime
Shining in my dreams
Let the snow keep falling
Let the mountains gleam
And I know I am protected
And I can safely sleep
With the peaceful nights of winter
A-shining in my dreams

Rhythm, rhyme, and melody
Sounding in my soul
Let there swell a harmony
Let the voices grow
And I know I must sing out
So the world can overflow
With the sweet, mysterious music
That is sounding in my soul

Starlight
I see starlight
Track Name: Sugarbun
Sugarbun, sugarbun, little peach pie, little peach pie,
yum yum yum yum
Sugarbun, sugarbun, little peach pie
Sweetest little baby I know

Look at those toes; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Look at those toes; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Oh look at those toes, look at those toes;
They're still small but they're gonna grow
Oh look at those toes; you're the sweetest little baby I know

Look at those hands; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Look at those hands; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Oh look at those hands, look at those hands;
Wave to your mommy and wave to your daddy
Oh look at those hands; you're the sweetest little baby I know

Look at that nose; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Look at that nose; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Oh look at that nose, look at that nose;
I'll boop you right on the tip of that nose
Oh look at that nose; you're the sweetest little baby I know

Listen to your laugh; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Listen to your laugh; you're the sweetest little baby I know
Oh listen to your laugh, listen to your laugh;
I like it whole and I like it half
Oh listen to your laugh; you're the sweetest little baby I know

Sugarbun, sugarbun, little peach pie, little peach pie,
yum yum yum yum
Sugarbun, sugarbun, little peach pie
Sweetest little baby I know
Track Name: Wish I Were a Rock
Wish I were a rock
Wish I didn't have to talk
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Who-dee-oh-dee-ah
Just sitting in the sun, mm-hmm
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ah
Oh I wish I were a rock

Wish I were the rain
Rolling down the windowpane
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Who-dee-oh-dee-ah
And I'd sink into the ground deep down
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ah
Oh I wish I were the rain

Wish I were a tree
All the birds would live in me
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Who-dee-oh-dee-ah
And get tickled by the squirrels up and down
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ah
Oh I wish I were the rain

Wish I were the sky
I would cloud from time to time
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Who-dee-oh-dee-ah
And at night I'd be the stars all round
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ee
Whoa-dee-oh-dee-ah
Oh I wish I were the sky

Oh, I wish I were a rock
Track Name: Keychain
Keychain, I got keys on my keychain
Keychain, I got keys on my keychain
Keychain, I got keys on my keychain
Keychain, keychain

I got a big key for the front door
I got a little key for the back door
I got a black key for the car door
Keychain, keychain

I got a gold key for the bike lock
I got a tiny key for a tiny box
I got another key for I don't know what
Keychain, keychain

Keychain, I got keys on my keychain
Keychain, I got keys on my keychain
Keychain, I got keys on my keychain
Keychain, keychain
Track Name: Cry Cranky Baby
My friend Charlotte's only two weeks old
and yet she knows her own mind
She's offended by injustice
By which I mean naptime
I'm not saying that I blame her
though frankly she could use the rest
I'm impressed by her conviction
Not to mention how loud she gets

Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Stamp your feet and shout
Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Cry till you're all dried out
Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Cause I'm gonna hold you till you're all done, baby, cryin'

Which brings me to my own inner child
who lives deep down in the gut
All the feelings that I'd rather not feel
All the churning, all the yearning, but
there's a price that you pay for the way that you keep yourself low
I think it's better in the end to be your own friend
And let your real self show so

Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Stamp your feet and shout
Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Cry till you're all dried out
Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Cause I'm gonna hold you till you're all done, baby, cryin'

Do you ever feel heavy? Do you ever have a day where nothing goes your way and nothing ever will it seems, not even in your dreams?
And yet you try to keep it in, you try to lift your chin, the optimism's not quite kickin’ in—
When people ask, you say you're fine, but you're lying, and you hear it in your voice, that little whine?
Oh, darling, you can call me, I don't mind; I know EVERYBODY crumbles sometime

Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Stamp your feet and shout
Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Cry till you're all dried out
Go ahead and cry, cranky baby
Cause I'm gonna hold you till you're all done, baby, cryin'

Go ahead and baby cry
I'mma gonna hold you till you're all done baby
Waah waah waah waah waah waah waah baby cry
Track Name: Watch Where You Step
Watch where you step; there's an ant
Watch where you step; there's an ant
Watch where you step cause an ant is in jeopardy
Watch where you step; there's an ant

Watch where you sweep; there's a spider
Watch where you sweep; there's a spider
Watch where you sweep cause a spider's asleep won't you
Watch where you sweep; there's a spider

Watch where you hop; it's a snail
Watch where you hop; it's a snail
Watch where you hop, cause a snail might pop,
Oh watch where you hop; it's a snail

Watch where you climb; it's a cricket
Watch where you climb; it's a cricket
Watch where you climb, cause a cricket might mind,
Oh watch where you climb; it's a cricket

Watch where you walk; it's a worm
Watch where you walk; it's a worm
Watch where you walk, cause a worm cannot talk
Oh watch where you walk; it's a worm

I think I hear a mosquito
I think I hear a mosquito
You know I like bugs, but this one I can't love
Oh I think I'll SMACK —
Track Name: Wildflower
Baby it's time
to get quiet
and slow down
Come and lie, I'll sing a lullaby
as the stars come out
Oh there's nothing in this world
even half as wonderful as you

We look puny on the outside
But on the inside we are vaster than the sea
Stormy on the surface
But we're steady underneath
And the deeper down you go, it turns out,
the better you can breathe

And they say time
is nothing but a game
but before I knew your name
I could hear your heartbeat
Oh I wish I had a garden full of wisdom I could give you
But the best that I can do
is pick a wildflower or two

Baby it's time
to get quiet
and slow down
Come and lie, I'll sing a lullaby
as the stars come out
Oh there's nothing in this world
even half as wonderful as you
Track Name: Dandelion Baby
Dandelion baby, you are changing
Everybody's changing overnight
Go to bed, your head is full of yellow
Waking up, it's silvery and white
Comes the day you'll find that you're trembling to go
All you do is take a breath and blow-ow-ow
Dandelion baby, you are changing
Everybody's changing as we go, yeah,
Everybody's changing —

Changing all the time,
Laughing in the sunshine
Changing all the time,
we're dancing in the rain
Changing all the time,
fireflies and moonshine
Savor every pleasure and
treasure every pain

Dandelion baby, you are changing
Everybody's changing all the while
Go to bed, your head is full of sorrow
Waking up, you'll find you remember how to smile
And anytime you're longing for a life that isn't this
Just take a breath and see
that you've already got your wish
That's the beauty of the world we get to live in
Everything is changing all the time
Everybody's changing all the time
Track Name: Butterfly Bee
Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly bee
Dance in the meadow in the morning breeze
Visit all the flowers that you can see
Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly bee

Firefly, firefly, firefly, frog
Little green snake on an old grey log
Shine by the river in the evening fog
Firefly, firefly, firefly, frog

Centipede, centipede, centipede, worm
All of the critters that dig and squirm
Live in the soil and help it turn,
Centipede, centipede, centipede, worm

Chickadee, chickadee, chickadee, crow
Call to your friends in the falling snow
Tell ’em that Spring is soon to grow
Chickadee, chickadee, chickadee, crow

All that's gone and all to come
All that's known and all that's un-
All are part of the living One
All that's gone and all to come

Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly bee
Dance in the meadow in the morning breeze
Visit all the flowers that you can see
Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly bee
Track Name: Round Wren
Voice 1
Go to the woods and find a place to listen
Careful or you'll miss the flicker of her wings
Open your ears, the wren is getting nearer
Suddenly you hear her start to sing

Voice 2
Brown bird with a melody of silver
Brown bird with a melody of silver
Brown bird with a melody of silver
Brown bird, sing

Voice 3
Pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird
Pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird, oh sing

Voice 4
Where did you learn to sing so sweetly?
I'd stop the world to hear you sing
Track Name: Once Upon a Time
Long ago, far away, once upon a time
Horses flew, carpets too, once upon a time
Crystal balls, marble halls, dragons blue and gold
Talking fish filled your wish in the days of old
Silver castles, magical spells and potions
Giants, wizards, kings and queens lived
Long ago, far away, once upon a time
Once upon a time
Track Name: Sprout’s Blessing
May your sea be wide
May your boat be dry
May the stormclouds pass you by
May the round sun warm you,
the stars shine on you,
the deep heart guide you,
and love show you the way
Track Name: Dreambird
Hold out your hand
and give a little whistle
See if you can listen for the
silky whisper of her wings
Lay down your head,
the dreambird never comes till you're lying down
Close your eyes and see her
flying down to you

Oh where will you go tonight?
Where will she take you?
Nothing here will wake you till the morning
Oh where will you fly tonight?
Where will she bring you?
You can tell me everything tomorrow
Track Name: Anything That Happens
Anything that happens, you can sing a song about it,
you can sing a song about it,
you can sing a sing a song
Every little thing, you can sing a song about it,
you can sing a sing a sing a sing a song

Rain starts falling and you're getting all wet
and you don't have a jacket, so you sing a little song
Big fat drops and you stamp in the puddles
and you sing a sing a sing a sing a song

Pass a friendly dog all wagging her tail
and she lets you pet her and she wags even more
And on the way home you think you hear an airplane —
Sing a sing a sing a sing a song

You love your mama and your cat and your daddy
and you love yourself, so you sing a sing a song
Look in the mirror and everything's interesting
Sing a sing a sing a sing a song

Time for bed and you're not really tired
but the sky's getting dark so you sing a sing a song
Bath all warm and you put on pajamas
and you sing a sing a sing a sing a song

Anything that happens, you can sing a song about it,
you can sing a song about it,
you can sing a sing a song
Every little thing, you can sing a song about it,
you can sing a sing a sing a sing a song