The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Surprises

by John Francisco and Nick Davio

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Good morning to the morning Good morning to the sun up in the sky Good morning to the people passing by Good morning to the morning Good morning to the yellow Good morning to the green and red and blue Good morning to you and you and you Good morning to the morning It’s such a glorious day Nothing’s getting in our way We’ll greet the day with a grin Let’s begin (Let’s begin) I’m feeling good, feeling great And I simply can’t wait to say… Good day! Good morning to the morning I’m gonna sing and dance and jump and jive And thank my lucky stars that I’m alive Good morning to the morning Good morning to the sunshine I’m gonna laugh my worries all away No other day will be quite like today Good morning to the morning Can’t you hear that beat in your head? Get your bottom out of bed! A brass band’s beginning to blow Hello (hello) (hello) Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo-wah, Doo, doo-wah, doo, doo-wah, Doo-wah… And if it looks like the clouds may start calling And if the raindrops or snowflakes start falling It’s still a glorious day in it’s own special way, okay? Okay? Okay!! Good morning to the morning Today will be a music jubilee Can't wait to sing a song with melody She's always bright and bubbly Good morning to the morning Good morning to the day all bright and new Good thing I’m gonna spend it all with you I can’t think of a better thing to do then say… Good morning to the morning Good morning to the morning Good morning to the day!
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We got moves Monster moves We got grooves In our shoes And we stretch up to the sky Reach up way up high And we say Ooooooo…. Ooooo, oooo, oooo… We can dance In our monster pants We can step With the best And we march around all day Singing all the way We say Ooooooo…. Ooooo, oooo, oooo… Now we break down… Break it down and jump, jump Break it down and jump, jump Break it down and jump, jump, jump, jump We twist around And to the ground We then pop up And say, what, what, what? And we march around all day Singing all the way We say Ooooooo…. Ooooo, oooo, oooo… Break down and roll, roll Break it down and roll, roll Break it down and roll like John Travolta We got moves Monster moves We got grooves In our shoes And we march around all day Singing all the way And we say Ooooooo…. Ooooo, oooo, oooo… And we say Ooooooo…. Ooooo, oooo, oooo…
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I’ll be around Whenever you're down and feeling blue. I’ll be the one you can always come talk to. Even though you feel alone And think all your friends have flown, I’ll be around; I will be there for you. You can be sure Whenever you’re feeling insecure And all you can think is “I don’t know what to do.” I’ll be there to take your hand And I’ll help you understand I am your friend and I will be there for you. Through thick and through thin, forever and ever, I’m walking with you whatever the weather. Cause you are with me, and I am with you, that’s how we do. We’re birds of a feather and we’re in this together. In a blink of an eye I will be proudly standing by I will come through, from Peru or Timbuktu. Cause no matter where you go, I’ll be with you, don’t you know? I am your friend and I will be there for you. A friend is a friend and a true friend will never say adieu So tell me to leave and I’ll answer back “never.” If you’ve lost a screw, I know exactly what I’ll do - I’ll pick up the phone And I’m calling the whole crew And we’ll help you figure out What the fuss is all about. We are your friends and we will be there for you. I am your friend and I will be there for you.
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Don’t you remember yesterday? How it was genuinely great? Can’t you relate? How I wish I could have stayed in that peaceful perfect day But all the hours gently ticked away. Yesterday was flawless, Yesterday was lovely, Yesterday was all the things I want my life to be. But yesterday was fleeting And now it’s in the past. Why don’t the best of moments last? Like yesterday. Life was easy, life was free, Life was just as it should be, at least for me. But today is not the same, there’s not a smile to my name. I’m losing at a never-ending game. And if today is awful Tomorrow will be awful The next day will be awful And so on, so you see, I think I’ll just retreat And give in to defeat I wish this day were soft and sweet Where everything was nice and neat, A day that I’d like to repeat Like yesterday, Like yesterday, Like yesterday.
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Robot Man 02:47
Giant robot man Just come from Japan Polished bright and clean and new You’re dreamy droid Pseudo-humanoid You’re a cyborg wish come true How I love to see Your technology Oh, it’s you I get into You’re a sight unseen Metal mean machine How I love that I’m with you You are my robot man Robot man You are shiny, sleek and red And you’re here to make my bed You will sweep and cook and clean Cause to you I am the queen I was just a girl In this scary world And I took care of myself But now you are here With your cranks and gears And I sure could use your help I am strong and smart With a fearless heart Independent through and through But I’d like a man Or a metal can To do the things I don’t want to You are my robot man Yes, you’re my robot man You are never crude or cross Cause you know that I’m the boss Hang on to your microchip It’s a real relationship With my robot man You are my robot man Yes, you’re my robot man You are my robot man Robot man You're designed to serve just me From now to eternity I am happy as can be Now that you are here with me You're my robot man
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Come sit a smack At the Monster Shack Come have yourself a real good time Come listen to it Jugband music And drink a pint of monster slime We’ll strum up here While you dance down there You can stomp and hoot and twirl At the end of the night You’ll be feelin’ alright If you’re dancin’ with a monster girl It’s the Monster Shack Yeah, it’s the Monster Shack Cut yourself some slack And come join the pack At the Jugband Monster Shack When tomorrow comes You may be in the slums Beat like a rented mule Workin’ all day Just slavin’ away Scarin’ kids like a ghoulish fool Come quittin’ time You’ll have done your crime And you’ll be thinkin’ ‘bout how to get back To the place that swings Where you can do your thing To the Jugband Monster Shack It’s the Monster Shack Yeah, it’s the Monster Shack Cut yourself some slack And come join the pack At the Jugband Monster Shack It’s the Monster Shack Yeah, it’s the Monster Shack Ya’ll come on back To the shack attack At the Jugband Monster Shack
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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Went up the water spout Down came the rain And washed the spider out Out came the sun And dried up all the rain And the Itsy Bitsy Spider Went up the spout again Bum, bum ba dum, bum ba dum, ba dum...
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It’s early in the morning My family’s sleeping still Quiet, calm, and quiet content Beneath the soffit sill In a moment they’ll awake With no reason to exclaim They’ll begin another boring day Where everything’s the same Nothing ever happens underneath the water spout Life’s about as entertaining as a brussel sprout Noone wonders, noone dreams, noone ever doubts Cause nothing ever happens underneath the water spout The same old breakfast everyday The same old boring games The jokes are stale and so mundane Because they’re all the same. Noone’s really happy But noone’s ever sad And while thing’s could be better They’re never really bad Cause nothing ever happens underneath the water spout You’re never up-and-at-‘em but you’re never knocked-about “Be happy where you are” Is what my family likes to tout Cause nothing ever happens underneath the water spout And so hours go by And days go by And weeks go by And years go by And centuries and centuries and centuries and centuries And noone ever changes And nothing ever will Everything remains the same Beneath the soffit sill Sometimes it drives me crazy And makes me want to shout That nothing ever happens No nothing ever happens
 Nothing’s ever gonna happen Underneath the waterspout
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I can’t believe I… I don’t believe I… What am I doing? What am I thinking? I really oughtn’t… But up I shot’nd… What am I doing? What am I thinking? Step by step, Leg by leg, Inch by inch, Foot by foot, Moving forward, Up ahead, The great unknown. Not a sense Of fear or dread Walking past The chimney soot Marching onward Tread by tread To the great unknown. And who knows what I’ll find there? Who knows what it will be? Who can tell just how it will Inspire a change in me? Who knows how you’ll grow now? Because of what you see. Who makes all my choices? Who can set me free? Me! Step by step, Leg by leg, Inch by inch, Foot by foot, Moving forward, Up ahead, The great unknown. Take a journey To your dream. Make a move To master it. Brave the unknown arms outspread. The great unknown! The great… Look what I’m doing! This is unthinkable! Look what I’m doing! Look what I’m doing!
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Here it comes Dripping down From the sky To the ground Losing speed Falling fast And you just can’t seem To keep your grip Any moment You might slip! Down you fall Down you go And your dreams will always be denied Now you’ll know to never try Go back home To your web Never venture To get ahead Stay where it’s Safe and dry Nothing bad can happen If you never try See, if nothing ever happens Then nothing bad can happen And nothing ever happens If you never try
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I can’t believe I… I don’t believe I… What was I doing? What was I thinking?
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Listen, child, my darling, Listen to me, dear, I know you feel hopeless- Never fear. When you have lost your way, dear, When all your hope is gone, I will be waiting right here Ready to cheer you on. You’re going to fail, You’re going to fall, That’s part of life, it’s true. Still you must try, Just risk it all, And know I believe in you. And when you’re no longer here, dear, When you have journeyed on, My heart will still be cheering Even when you are gone. Even when I am gone, My love will cheer you on.
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There’s a world that is waiting 
There is wonder in store
 But first you have to open up the door There are countless adventures 
For you to explore
 But first you have to open up the door Come out, come out, wherever you are Come out, come out to play
 Bring your voice, I’ll bring my guitar And we can start the day There’s a whole world waiting There are marigolds and morning glories Just about to bloom 
If you simply take a step outside your room There’s a rainbow singing sweetly to you Calling through the gloom 
Open up the door and step outside your room Come out, come out, come out if you dare Come out, come out to me
 New discoveries everywhere 
So much for you to see There’s a whole world waiting There’s a whole world waiting There are clouds, there are colors There are trees, there are towns There are fountains there are forests There is beauty all around There are planets, there are people, Far too many to ignore But first you have to open up the door There’s a whole world waiting There’s a whole world waiting There’s a whole world waiting There’s a whole world waiting

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released December 1, 2019

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