The New Explorer's Club

by Flannery Brothers

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A happy quirkiness bubbles throughout this new CD from brothers Dan and Mike Flannery. Versatile musicians and zippy vocalists, they reflect an understanding of a growing child's world in songs crafted with comic and thoughtful twists. "Swallowed a Bug" is about the inevitability of life's little mishaps ("but it's all fine, just play in the sunshine"). "Pirate or Parrot?" dispels any doubt about which is which. In "Sea Glass," a bit of bottle washed up on the beach isn't trash; it's a mysterious treasure. A "Quiet Place" can inspire peaceful thoughts to bloom and "In the Middle" manages to include a goat, a molecule and a basketball among unexpected illustrations of tall, small, big and little. The Flannerys and other able musicians provide apt instrumental layers with accordion, ukulele, horns, percussion, keyboards, guitar and more.

- Lynne Heffley ©2010 Parents' Choice Awards

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released 21 October 2010

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Track Name: Big Kite
Oh the wind blows
By my windows
The leaves and branches bend and sway
And the birds and butterflies
Flap their wings and they look surprised
As they try not to get carried away

But, I know
What to do
On a day like today.

I’m gonna fly my big kite big kite
Ooh big kite big kite
Everything is just right just right
When I fly my big kite
Big kite big kite
Ooh big kite big kite
Everything is just right just right
When I fly my big kite
Today

At the park and at the zoo
People hold their hats
They hold onto balloons
And walk leaning forward into the wind
But not me I’m looking for that big sky
A big old place where my big kite can fly
Away from the buildings and the power lines
Yeah I’m gonna have a really good time ‘cause

Chorus

Before each flight
The colors of my kite
They look alright
But they’re not that bright
It’s in the sunlight
Those colors get to pop
My kite gets to shine
Until the wind stops
With all the other kites
Way out on the beach
All flying so high
Up out of reach
There’s box kites, stunt kites, kites with tails
Big kites, small kites, parasails
All working together
Kaleidoscope sky
Smiles on the faces of the people passing by
And it’s no wonder why
Hey, look what we’re doing
All of these kite’s flying out in the blue and

Chorus

Mark’s awesome trumpet solo!
Track Name: Swallowed a Bug
I swallowed a but it was totally worth it
It was sunny outside, the day was perfect
I was running through the green grass
The bug was in the air
And neither of us thought we’d meet each other there

I swallowed a bug and it was totally gross
But it was better than the time that one flew up my nose
Yeah I was out by the bog where it’s wet and swampy
But I’m not gonna let a little bug stop me

I swallowed a bug yeah, I swallowed a bug
And oh!
It’s gonna happen sometimes
But it’s all fine just play in the sunshine
Rock!

I once met a little fly flew in my left eye
I was riding on my bicycle just passing by
And I’m not gonna lie
It hurt a little bit, but, hey I’m tough
And I can handle it

I swallowed a bug when I was out in the forest
But those were his woods I was the tourist
And I felt bad for a minute or two
But I was out in the woods, man, what could I do?

Chorus
Dan plays a great piano solo!

I swallowed a bug when I was out on the farm
I never meant to do that little bug any harm
But the veggies were ripe
And I was pickin’ peas
And the bug flew away right aftezr I sneezed. Achoo!
Gesundheit!
Thanks
Alright
I even swallowed a bug when I was flying my kite
Yeah I swallowed a bug but I’m not gonna cry
If you are what you eat does that mean I can fly?

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Track Name: Hi 5 Dance
Got a brand new dance
Time to clap your hands
It’s called the Hi 5 Dance
And before we get started I want to teach you the moves
So first you’ll need a friend
That’s your dance partner
And now give a high five
And a low five
Now one in the middle
And we’ll turn around
And shake shake a little
Let’s give it a try, you ready?
1 2 3 4
Hi 5 Dance bout to start it now
Hi 5 Dance find a partner now
Hi 5 Dance up high not low
Hi 5 Dance how we say hello
Hi 5 Dance when you see your friends
If five’s too little you can make it ten
Hi 5 time for a big hand slap
Turn around and everybody clap, go!

And do the Hi 5 Dance
Do the Hi 5 Dance

Hi 5 Dance up in the sky
get your feet off the floor
Like you could fly
And do the Hi 5 before you land
Hi 5 Dance makes happy hands
Hi 5 Dance en espanol
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco
Hi 5 Dance not complicated
Hi 5 Dance our hands create it, go!

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So it’s a Hi 5
Up high
And a low five
Down low
One in the middle
Straight across
Turn around
Spin!
And shake shake a little
Shake shake a little

Gimmie a High five
And a low five
One in the middle
Turn around and
Shake shake a little
Track Name: In the Middle
If you were taller than the tallest tree
You’d be taller than me
Taller than me
And if you were bigger than a big old house
You’re be bigger than a mouse
Bigger than a mouse
And if you were bigger than a big tug boat
You’d be bigger than a goat
Bigger than a goat
And if you were bigger than hot air balloon
Well you’d be bigger than the biggest balloon
That’s right!

You’re so big
So big big big big big big big so big

Now if you were smaller than a baby flea
you’d be smaller than me
Smaller than me
And if you were shorter than a basketball
You wouldn’t be tall at all
No you wouldn’t be tall
And if you were tinier than a little bean
Oh you wouldn’t be seen
You wouldn’t be seen
Yeah if you were tinier than a little bean
Oh you wouldn’t be seen
You wouldn’t be seen at all

You’re so little
You’re so little little little little little little so little

Now if you weren’t big and if you weren’t little
You’d be somewhere in the middle
Somewhere in the middle
The universe is HUGE and a molecule is small
And we’re somewhere in the middle
Of it all
Yeah we’re somewhere in the middle
Somewhere in the middle
Somewhere in the middle of it all
Yeah we’re somewhere in the middle
Somewhere in the middle
Somewhere in the middle of it all
All Right!

We’re in the middle
We’re in the middle middle middle middle middle middle the middle

Let me tell ya
So big, so small, we’re in the middle
Of it all
Track Name: Pirate or Parrot
Hey, Dan! What’s the matter?
Oh, Mike, I can’t tell the difference between a pirate and a parrot.
Really? You can’t tell the difference at all?
Well, it’s a good thing I wrote this song about it!
Oh, I got feathers and a beak
Are you singing about a parrot?
I flap my wings and sometimes speak
Are you singing about a parrot?
Tell me have you ever heard what’s a pirate’s favorite bird?
Are you singing about a parrot?

I got a patch right o’er my eye
Are you singing about a pirate?
I search for treasure far and wide
Are you singing about a pirate?
Bravely sail the seven seas
There’s no one out there mean as me
Are you singing about a pirate?

I’ve got wings
You’re a parrot
Peg leg
You’re a pirate
My name’s Polly
You’re a parrot
My names Guybrush Threepwood
Pirate!

Oh, shiver me timbers and yo ho ho
Are you singing about a pirate?
Squawk uh oh uh oh
Are you singing about a parrot?
Pirate or parrot if you just can’t tell, take a big whiff and determine by the smell
Pirate or parrot?
Pirate or parrot?
Pirate or parrot?
Track Name: Green Submarine
Go to places that nobody’s seen
Green submarine
Under the water where it’s like a dream
Green submarine

Scientific machine
Green, green submarine
Not red, not yellow, not tangerine
Now all the little fishes shake your tambourines
Let’s go

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Green submarine
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Green submarine

Out in the ocean just like Jacques Cousteau
Green submarine go!
Yea, the ocean floor is dark
And some fish glow
Green submarine go!

Chorus

Now everybody cheers whenever I’m arriving
Green submarine driving
Yeah, I take my friends out submarine riding
Green submarine driving
And maybe we could all do some scuba diving
Green submarine driving
Go see the coral reefs and make sure they’re thriving
Green submarine driving

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Track Name: Sea Glass
Do you see the sea glass
Color of the green grass
Pick it up
Put it in your hand
Think about its past
Well, did it come from Morocco?
Was it part of a bottle?
Or a jug, or a jar
That carried water far
Across the land
Across the sand
And now across the ocean too
That little piece of bottle
Found its way to you

Sea glass, sea glass
Oh oh
Sea glass, sea glass
Wa oh oh oh oh

Well, I was walking down the coastline
Taking my sweet time
Seaweed, sea star, seagulls, sunshine,
And then I saw a little twinkle
Down among the periwinkle
And I went down to inspect it
The sea glass I collect it
And I found a little treasure
With a beauty beyond measure
It was pretty like a locket
So I put it in my pocket

And there’s another piece over there, look at that!
I found a purple one
I found a blue one
I found a brown one
And I found this clear piece of sea glass, too

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Oh, sea glass have you seen the seven seas
Have you seen a pirate ship
Or a giant squid
Or manatees
Have you been gone a little while
Or centuries
Through brine and the sand
And you’re here in my hand
Now that you’ve found your way to me

Chorus

Well the ocean moved it
And currents smoothed it
The sharp edges were rounded
And then you found it

Oh, sea glass
Track Name: Quiet Place
Today is not a day for car horns beeping
It’s spring time, and spring peepers are peeping
And today is not a day for whistles and bands
No, today I’m gonna put my ear to conch shells, yeah

I’m gonna find a quiet place where
Things move at a quiet pace
And I can listen to the little sounds
That put that smile back on my face
I’m gonna find a quiet place where
Things move at a quiet pace
And that’ll put that smile back on my face

And I don’t want to hear those motorcycle rumbles
I don’t like bee stings, but I love the sound of bumbles
And I also love the sound of a far off train
But today I prefer the pitter patter of the rain, yeah

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And I don’t want to hear construction trucks, no
Well, I know they’re cool, but so are quacking ducks
And I love the sound people talking in a crowd
But you know the sound when a squirrel’s trying to eat a walnut
It’s like, scratch scratch scratch
Scratch scratch scratch
Oh yeah, yup
Yeah, I want to hear that sound, and it’s not that loud

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Track Name: Kitchen Floor
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Yeah I know I know that’s not what the kitchen floor is for
But sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor

Well there’s the green grass growing on the side of the hill
Or the living room couch where I could lie still
I got a great little bed, a pillow I adore
But sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
It’s good enough for my dog, it’s good enough for me
I know he’d be delighted with the company
It’s a new perspective, new things to see
Give it a try, and you’ll agree

Chorus

Well out the door it’s cold for miles and miles
But the sunshine’s shining on those kitchen tiles
It’s nice and warm in that one little spot
And we’re cooking up a storm in our cooking pot
And the room smells good, the room smells nice
The air is heavy with the cinnamon spice
And who would have known that paradise
was in between the refrigerator and the jasmine rice

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Now, I might lay down for a minute
I might lay down for a while
But one thing is for certain man
I’m gonna lay down in style
Well, sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Maybe I’ll just stretch out a little while, yeah

Well the kitchen is where my family likes to be
Hey!
And I like to be around my family
Ho!
Well sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
That’s where I’ll be, that’s where I’ll be
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor

But you know, sitting down at the kitchen table
Yeah
Well, sometimes that’s boring
That’s true
And that’s why I head straight for linoleum flooring

Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
All right

But don’t worry I’ll take my seat
When the table is set
But until that time c’mon
Please watch your step
Look out!

Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
That’s where I’ll be
That’s where I’ll be
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Watch out for me
Watch out for me
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
That’s where I’ll be
That’s where I’ll be
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Come join me
Come on
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Sometimes I want to lie down on the kitchen floor
Isn’t it great?
It’s not bad!
Track Name: Boots
Stomp stomp stomp your boots
Come on, stomp your boots
Stomp stomp stomp your boots
Come on, stomp your boots
Stomp stomp stomp your boots
Come on, stomp your boots
Stomp stomp stomp your boots
Come on, stomp your boots

Let’s go

My boots conquer roots under heel and toe
They go everywhere that i go
Between my socks and the rocks
Over leaves over snow
Oh, how I love my boots
And it’s a great big world with a lot of muck in it
And you got to make sure you don’t get stuck in it
With boots like these we’ll all get through it
Come on everybody let’s get into it

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Well, I’ve got a bunch of adventure suits
But none’s complete without those boots on each foot
And I’ll climb a thousand feet
And think of all the challenges that I will meet
And think of all the challenges I already met
And I’m not even in my prime yet
I mean, I’m still learning how to climb yet
But, oh, how I love those boots

Snow mountaintops my boots have seen
They’ve hiked to the bottom of the great ravine
And up that river, gotta keep ‘em clean
Oh, how i love those boats
You can’t take it all in
If you don’t go out and find it
What’s that mountain
And what’s that behind it
Did your boots go over there?
Well, mine did
Oh, how I love those boots

Take it, Mike

Mike’s boot tap solo!

Boots!
Stomp stomp
Let’s clap
Yeah
Like that
A one, two, a one, two, three, four

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Track Name: Let's Go!
All right!
It’s time to dance
So show me how you dance
Here we go
You know my cousin Ben
He likes to clap his hands
And my girl Marianna
She’s really good at head stands
My brother Dan’s got a favorite move where he slides on both his knees
And every time I get on the dance floor I move just how I please
Cause you can dance anyway you want to
You can make up all your moves
Let’s Go!

I got a friend named Brittany who dances with her tuba
And in the kitchen my mom and dad might get up and start to rhumba
Lorien is beautiful when she belly dances
All my friends dance just how they feel and don’t worry ‘bout taking chances

Cause you can dance anyway you want to
You can make up all your moves
Let’s Go!

I think I wanna dance
Let’s keep it funky!

Everybody move out on the dance floor yeah
Everybody groove out on the dance floor yeah
Get down, make up all your moves
Get down, make up all your moves

Make ‘em Up make ‘em up!
Hey Dan, why don’t you take a verse

All right, Let’s Go!
Well my friend Dave gets down pointing his fingers up in the air
And Jonathan makes the people move with that kick, hi hat and snare
Sadie Fox has a different dance step for every different song
And Arabella likes to twirl around while Amylee sings along

You can dance anyway you want to
Make up all your moves
Let’s Go!

Now check it out
My brother Mike taught me how to do the very best dance steps I know
And Johnny B dances arms way out bouncing from heel to toe
Emmy likes to rock and roll way out in New York City
While Kaydee’s doin that little line dance to a sweet old country ditty

Brian takes a sax solo!

You can dance anyway you want to
Make up all your moves
You can dance anyway you want to
Make up all your moves
Let’s Go!
Track Name: The Elements
It’s OK on a hot hot day
To go outside
Why would you stay in and hide from the elements
Don’t let the elements get you down
When the sun is out and it’s beating down
I wanna go outside and run around
The black top’s hot and the ice cream’s cold
In the summer time
My band will rock and roll
Let’s rock!

And it’s OK on a rainy day
To go outside
Why would you stay in and hide from the elements
Don’t let the elements get you down
Wear your galoshes and stomp around
Every new puddle makes a splish splash sound
See the way the world looks when it’s gray
I betcha didn’t know it was such a nice day

Dan’s organ solo!

It’s OK on a cold cold day
To go outside
Why would you stay in and hide from the elements
Don’t let the elements get you down
If you go sledding you warm up fast
Bundle up right so the good times last
Make a snowman with a root vegetable nose
Have so much fun you forget that it’s cold

And it’s OK almost any day
To go outside
Why would you stay in and hide from the elements
Don’t let the elements get you down
Track Name: Best Adventures
Even if I have to ride in the middle of the big canoe
That’s OK as long as you’re there too
And I might not get to paddle and I know my pants will get wet
But that’ll be a day be a day that we never forget

Well I like going on big adventures
They all got better once I met ya
The best adventures
They happen with friends

Do you remember the time
We found the wild blueberries
And we picked so many our bags were too heavy to carry
And we had blueberry pancakes, and blueberry pies,
And blueberry shakes beneath the blueberry skies
Even food tastes better when we’re all together

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Larry’s big mandolin solo!

If I’m gonna ford a river
Or hike out on a trail
Or chill out on a mountaintop
Or go out for a sail
Explore the big city
See a dinosaur exhibit
Or head out to the frog pond
Where the little frogs all ribbit
It’s gonna be a good time no matter where you’re from
C’mon now you’re all invited to the New Explorer’s Club
And you can bring your friends because well they’re invited also
Share what you discover on adventures big and small, so

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