Dandelion Baby

by Jenny Katz

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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
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01:30
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
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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
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00:49
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
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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
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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 —
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01:51
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
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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
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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
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01:43
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
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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
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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
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01:18
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
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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

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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

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