I'm Growing

by Gunnar Madsen

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• NPR's Top Ten CDs of 2008 (for Families)
• 2008 Parent's Choice Gold Award
• 2008 NAPPA Gold Award

"Different from any other children's album out there, and all the better for it." New York Post

"I'm Growing has to be the most inventive, unique children's music CD of the year. Brilliant arrangements and performances. Period." KidsMusicThatRocks

"I’m Growing is his best to date, with off-the-wall lyrics and expert, wildly varied vocal and instrumental textures."
Los Angeles Times

"I’m Growing is simply a brilliant album.” WXPN

“An outstandingly witty CD... Remarkable and Amazing!” A to Z Kids Stuff

"He displays the far-reaching musicality of David Byrne to the lyrical zaniness of Monty Python’s Eric Idle. This is exhilarating music that never sounds the same with each listen. It’s the best work yet from a true family-music innovator" FamilyManOnline

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released March 18, 2008

Mastered By: Bob Katz, Digital Domain
Cover Art: Irana Sheperd
All other art: Gunnar Madsen
Produced, Engineered, Mixed by: Gunnar Madsen
Recorded at: G-Spot Studios, Berkeley, CA (2007)

Love & Thanks To: Irana Shepherd, Richard Greene, Carrie Madsen, Kent and Vanessa and Finn Sparlowe, Kathryn Keats, Lorenzo Keats, Madalyn Kenney, The Irrationals (Linda Sanderson, Gwen McElwee, Tim A. Lukaszewski, Reneé Hayes & Sam Rogers), Marcella and Quinn Madsen, Beth Blenz-Clucas, and EveryBody in my life, for giving me so much support and inspiration!

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Track Name: I'm Growing
I’m growing
I’m growing

Every day I grow a little bit more
Sometimes it seems so slow and yet I’m sure I’m surely
Growing Growing Growing
Growing up!
Growing up!

Flowers reach for sun
When rains come down they droop
But when it’s done
They reach again they’re growing

I used to be a baby
I used to be tiny
Knee-high to a grass hop-hop-hop-hopper
My arms are getting longer
And I’m getting stronger
And my heart grows big-big-big-big bigger
Bigger Bigger Bigger!!!

Every day I grow a little bit more
Sometimes it seems so slow and yet I’m sure I’m surely
Growing Growing Growing
Growing up!
Growing up!
Track Name: Pumpkin Hair
I love that lady with the pumpkin hair
She smells as sweet as butter
If she will marry me I swear
I’ll never love another

I met her on St. Groundhog’s day
My knees went weak when she looked my way
I love that lady with the pumpkin hair
She smells as sweet as butter

Her eyes are like the prairie sky
The weather’s always changin’
If she will let me be her guy
I’ll never go free-rangin’

She rides upon a chestnut mare
With a circle of flowers in her pumpkin hair
I love that lady with the pumpkin hair
She smells as sweet as butter

The freckles all across her nose
Are where the angels kissed her
When I’ve saved my money then I’ll propose
I’ll be her constant mister

The sun will shine on our sweet home
And I’ll stay put and never roam
I love that lady with the pumpkin hair
She smells as sweet as butter

Her smile is like a leaf upon
The river’s deepest waters
When 12 short years have come and gone
We’ll have a dozen daughters

They each will have a beauty rare
With the freckles and the smiles and the pumpkin hair
I love that lady with the pumpkin hair
She smells as sweet as butter
Track Name: Walkin' Back to Texas
Lonely, all by my lonesome in Frisco it’s
Cold, the fog blows all day long
Back in Texas the sunshine is certain
It’s dry, it’s hot, it’s where I belong
On my knees, begging please
Home, is where, is where I belong

Bah do dee…

Mama, hear me, please hear me, I’m calling your phone
But you don’t call me back
All I need is a ticket on greyhound
You know, this time I’ll pay you back
I’ll be good, like I should
Oh, please mama I wanna come back
Please, please mama, please take me back

Bah do dee…

So I’m walkin’, I’m walkin’ the highway
The dust and dirt are in my hair
Through the valleys and over the mountains
To home, can’t wait til I am there
I’m on my way, home to stay
Home is where I’m bound today

Bah do dee…
Track Name: Sun Comes Up
Sun comes up Rub my eyes
Touch my toes Exercise
Eggs and ham Toast and jam

I Brush my teeth Comb my hair
Make my bed Down the stair
Brand new day I’m out to play

I can run so fast I can run so far
I’m fast, I’m fast
You’ll never catch me! I’m away…
Watch me run away!

Yes yes yes No no no
You say stop I say go
Hold my hand Don’t be slow

Climb on up To the top
Slide on down Belly flop
Skin my knee Count to three

I run run run
It’s a one on one
It’s a run run run a-run run run around round kind of day…
We’re gonna run around all day – let’s go!

Yes yes yes
No no no
Run run run
Let’s go go go go go!

Sun comes up Rub my eyes
Touch my toes Exercise
Eggs and ham Toast and jam

I Brush my teeth Comb my hair
Make my bed Down the stair
Brand new day I’m out to play
I go I go I go I go go go go!
Track Name: Mozrt's At the Window (40th Symphony)
Now Mozart’s at the window
(Let him in, let him in, let him in!)
Now Mozart’s in the closet
(Let him out, let him out, let him out!)
He’s Here!
(Oh yes, he’s in your hair)
He’s There!
(Oh he is everywhere)
Now Mozart’s on the rooftop
(Let him in, let him in, let him in!)

He’s coming down the chimney
Now he’s tracking dirt around the house
He makes a whinny like a horse
And then he’s quiet as a mouse
He’s hiding underneath the sofa over there
Where’d he go? He seems to disappear into thin air
Here he is, I found him swinging from the chandelier
Drinking papa’s beer
In his underweer
In his underwear
In his underweer or wear, he’s always running here or there it’s true
So true

Oh, what will his poor mama say
When she finds he’s broken all the china
She got in France, which was hand-painted with a strange
medieval dance of tall men prancing in short pants

The prize begonias in the yard, were hit hard they never had a chance they’re
Trampled underneath the garden window
The roses too, spray painted blue, by you-know-who

He never never ever seems to give a worry or a care
He’s always spinning like a top, there’s always trouble in the air
There’ll never be a moment’s peace as long as little Mozart’s there
He is trouble everywhere, he is trouble everywhere
I swear

Now Mozart’s very quiet, it’s fishy. Suspicious.
Where is he now?

He’s skating on the sidewalk
He’s running in the hallway
He’s talking in the movies
He’s eating on the subway
He’s feeding all the meters
He’s mocking our great leaders
He’s hopped upon a jet plane
But now he’s stuck at John Wayne
He can’t be stuck at John Wayne
The air is stale at John Wayne
He’s growing pale at John Wayne
And now he’s at the Airport Hotel
He’s re-arranged the flowers
He’s splashing in the fountain
He’s calling for room service
The concierge is nervous
Now Mozart’s blowing smoke from a cigar
There’s chaos in the lobby
Bad Boy Mozart’s on the bar
Playing loud guitar

Now Mozart’s in his bedroom
(Let me out, let me out let me out!)
He’s grounded for the weekend
(Let me out, let me out let me out!)
Unfair! (Oh how he pounds the door)
Unfair! (Oh how he stomps the floor)
His mother’s wearing headphones
(Shut him out shut him out shut him out!)

Now Mozart’s sliding down the drainpipe by the window of his room
He lands as lightly as a cat and looks around him in the gloom
He’s got a backpack full of toilet paper with a faint perfume
(The rolls are flying high above the moon and up into the sky)
The trees will bloom
(Now each and every branch is dripping white his mom will surely cry)
Outside his room

The little booger’s howling at the moon
His mother can do naught but fret and fume
She’s written to his father in Khartoum
When dad comes home his son will meet his doom –
Ka-boom!
Track Name: Cutest Little Guy
He’s the cutest little guy
I ever did see
A little like his momma and a lot like me

The cutest little guy
I ever did see
A little like his momma and a lot like me

Cutest little guy I ever did see
A little like his momma and a lot like me

He’s the cutest little guy
I ever did see
A little like his poppa and a lot like me

The cutest little guy
I ever did see
A little like his poppa and a lot like me

Cutest little guy I ever did see
A little like his poppa and a lot like me

When the stork came flying near
He knew he’d found the right house
He said “No mistake, this baby here
Must belong to that...this...that...this spouse”

He’s the cutest little guy
I ever did see
A little like his momma and a lot like me

The cutest little guy
I ever did see
A little like his poppa and a lot like me

Cutest little guy I ever did see
A little like his momma
A little like his poppa
And a lot like me!
Track Name: Best in the West
He’s the best in the west
and his mother never guessed
that he’d ever be the best in the west

She was less than impressed
with the fringe leather vest
and the seven-pointed star on his chest

But now he’s tall
He’s tan, he’s so polite
He wears a twenty-gallon hat upon his head

His spurs
Are gold, his teeth are white
He’s got the Rio Grande inside his water bed

He’s the best in the west
and his mother never guessed
that he’d ever be the best in the west.
Track Name: Always on the Bottom
When pop flies popped up
Someone else caught ‘em
It was not me
I was sittin’ on my bottom
Sittin’ on the bench
I was always too slow

Ambition’s fine for a Hillary Rodham
But that’s not me
I was always on the bottom
Always on the bottom
That’s the place that I know

Each Morning I wake up
At the bottom of my bed
I read the bottom of the cereal box
I butter the bottom of my bread

I don’t like heights
I’m afraid of fallin’
So I stay low
That’s my true callin’
I like it on the bottom
That’s the place that I know

For every mountain high
There’s a valley sweet and low
A place that’s sheltered from the storm
While others struggle to climb
I’m glad that I’m
Down in the Valley keepin’ dry and warm

I’m always on the bottom
Always on the bottom
Close to the ground, safe and low
I’m always on the bottom
That’s the place that I know
I’m always on the bottom
Always on the bottom
What’s up top? Well, I don’t know
‘Cause I’m always on the bottom
That’s the place that I know

They say that cream will rise
That may be so
But it’s under our feet where diamonds grow
If you’re always striving and reaching for the stars
You might miss a shining diamond down below

When the leaves turn yellow and brown in the Autumn
They fall down, down to the bottom
All around my feet – I’m kickin’ at gold

With gravity holding me down
I smile, I don’t frown
‘Cause I’m happy on the bottom
I’m safe on the bottom
Oh, I like it on the bottom
You know I like to get down
Track Name: Simple
Simple 1,2,3
Simple Do-Re-Mi
Simple like your mother told you so
Simple like a cake
Simple no mistake you’ll ever make
If
You keep it simple, Biff
S-I-M-P-L-E
Is how it’s got to be
Just keep it simple, simple, simple for me

Simple Ooh La La
Simple Cha-cha-cha
Simple just like falling off a log
Simple as a square
Simple just like breathing in the air
Sniff
Mmm, keep it simple, Biff
S-I-M-P-L-E
Is how it’s got to be
Just keep it simple, simple, simple for me

Big old words like “obfuscate”
They’re not great, They don’t rate
Detailed, complex arguments
They’re all pretense, they don’t make sense
They’re just another way of sittin’ on the fence

Simple bird and bee
Simple you and me
Simple there’s no mystery at all
Simple as a sneeze
Simple like the fruit falls from the trees
Right
Just take a simple bite
S-I-M-P-L-E
Is how it’s got to be
Just keep it simple
Simple, simple, simple
Simple as the dimple on little Shirley Timple
Make mine simple, simple, simple for me
Track Name: There's a Bowl of Milk in the Moonlight
There’s a bowl of milk in the moonlight
There’s a mouse on the mat at the door
When the morning dawns
And the tired world yawns
I’ll be curled up by the window
In the warm, warm sun

Meow meow meow meow meow
Meow meow meow meow
Meow meow meow...
Track Name: I Feel a Waltz Coming On
I feel a waltz coming on
I don’t like this feeling
I’ll stare at the light bulb up there on the ceiling
It’s old and it’s corny
It’s phony, it’s false
It’s not what I want, a Waltz!

I feel a waltz coming on
Of all the diseases
The waltz, above all, is the one that displeases
It churns in my stomach
It burns somersaults
The thing I can’t stand is a waltz!

I can’t let them see it
I must try to hide
This squirming unnerving sensation
Of a schmaltzy waltz deep inside

I feel a waltz coming on!
In spite of my wishes
My soul is unfurling and swirling in swishes
I’m three quarters crazy
I’m three quarters mad
I’m waltzing a waltz, I’m Bad!

I can’t let them see it
I must try to act like a man
I don’t trust this feeling
The last time I waltzed I was months in the healing!

I feel a waltz coming on!
It’s most disconcerting
It’s more than my lower lumbago that’s hurting
My delicate senses
It brutely assaults
I cringe when I hear
Everybody stand clear
The thing that I fear, it’s near, it’s here, it’s a waltz!
Track Name: Library Party
Library Closing Time
Make the announcement, ring the chime
Straighten the chairs, do all those little chores
Move the people out and lock the doors
It’s been a long day of givin’ out information
We’ve earned ourselves a little celebration
Nobody knows what we librarians do
When we’re behind closed doors and out of view

Nobody knows what we librarians do
When we’re behind closed doors and out of view
Pull down the shades, dim the lights
Do we just read books or do we dance all night?
Library, Library Party Time

Some like to boogie, some sing the blues
Some like it funky in platform shoes
Some are bold, some are shy
It takes all kinds to make a library fly
Library, Library Party Time
Library, Library Party Time
Library, Library Party Time

Librarians!
We don’t shirk our duties
Librarians!
We all shake our booties!

We hold the key to the reference books in back
The key to the bathroom and restricted stacks
The key to the doors, we open at ten a.m.
We hold the key to knowledge that can set you free
The key to the books of mystery
We are the guardians of our great library
We got the key
We’ll set you free

Ya gotta dance, ya gotta open your mind
Ya gotta shake your head ya gotta shake your behind
Dare to dream, dare to groove
Read a book, make a noise, busta rhyme, busta move
When knuckleheads all rule the world
Who will teach the boys and girls?

Librarians!
Author, Subject, Title!
Librarians!
Freedom of information is Vital!

We hold the key to the reference books in back
The key to the bathroom and restricted stacks
The key to the doors, we close at six p.m.
We hold the key to knowledge that can set you free
The key to the books of mystery
We are the guardians of our great library
Yeah we got the key
Our service is free!

Nobody knows what we librarians do
When we’re behind closed doors and out of view
Pull down the shades, dim the lights
Do we just read books or do we dance all night?
Library, Library Party Time
Library, Library Party Time
Library, Library Party Time Library, Library Party Time

Librarians!
Do we decimal? Yes, we do!
Librarians!
Are we Alphabetical? A to Zoo!
Librarians!
Kick back and relax!
Librarians!
Watch us blow our stacks!
Track Name: Raise Your Voices
Raise your voices
In a celebration
It’s a new day
Over all the land
Hearts are joyful
Love is flowing
Around the world

Lift your voices and sing it from the start!
(Listen to the beat, sing the song, sing it from the start!)
Lift your voices and raise the heavens
(Sing it how it feels, sing it how it feels in your heart!)
Around the world we all need love
(Now!) It’s time!
(Time!) To raise our voices!
(Light!) Light up!
(Up!) The night with all our love...

Raise your voices
In a celebration
It’s a new day
Over all the land
Hearts are joyful
Love is flowing
Around the world

Through the walls of city halls
The voices ring out, shouting out with joy
Love is King and Queen today
The light shines bright on every girl and boy

Raise your voices
In a celebration
It’s a new day
Over all the land
Hearts are joyful
Love is flowing
Around the world
Track Name: Tonight
Tonight there’ll be stars on your pillow
Tonight you’ll dream the sweetest of dreams
Tonight, tonight, tonight

Tonight your eyes gently closing
Tonight you’ll hear me singing to you
Tonight, tonight, tonight

All of your cares are drifting away
You’re floating now, you’re on a cloud, you’re free
All of your cares are drifting away
You’re floating now, you’re on a cloud, you’re free

All thru the night I’ll be here if you need me
Call out my name, I will hear if you call me
I’ll be here
I’ll be here
Track Name: Shenandoah
Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter
Away, you rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter
Away, we’re bound away
Across the wide Missouri

For seven years I’ve been a rover
Away, you rolling river
For seven years I’ve been a rover
Away, we’re bound away
Across the wide Missouri

Oh Shenandoah, I’m bound to leave you
Away, you rolling river
Oh shenandoah, I’ll not deceive you
Away, we’re bound away
Across the wide Missouri

Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away, you rolling river
Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away, we’re bound away
Across the wide Missouri