The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Surprises

by John Francisco and Nick Davio

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released December 1, 2019

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Track Name: Good Morning to the Morning
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!
Track Name: Monster Moves
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…
Track Name: There for You
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.
Track Name: Like Yesterday
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.
Track Name: Robot Man
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
Track Name: Jugband Monster Shack
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
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: The Itsy Bitsy Blues
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...
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: Nothing Ever Happens
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
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: The Great Unknown
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!
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: The Rain Song
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
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: The Great Unknown (Reprise)
I can’t believe I…
I don’t believe I…
What was I doing?
What was I thinking?
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: To Cheer You On
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.
Track Name: The Ballad of the Itsy Bitsy Spider: Whole World Waiting
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