Old Mr. Mackle Hackle

by Gunnar Madsen

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Bees are buzzin' Happy 'cause there's no more rain Summer's here Here come my cousins They drove all the way from Maine Yeah, Summer's here We've been waiting oh so long Now it's finally time to sing a sunny summer song Everybody's happy cause Summertime is finally here Splishin' and splashin' Marco Polo in the pool Summer's here Check out this fashion Barefeet and shorts, we're keepin' cool And there's no school We got tons of time to play In the sunshine on a clear, hot, perfect day Everybody's happy cause summertime is finally here Everybody's out in the sunshine Everybody's havin' a good time Everything is great 'cause summer's here Everybody's happy cause summertime is finally here 'Cause summertime is finally here Yeah summertime Summertime Oh, summertime Everybody's laughin', 'cause summertime is finally here.
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Take a walk down Chicken Road Chick, chick, chick, chick Chicken Road Strut your stuff and lighten your load Take a walk down Chicken Road Say Hello to Farmer Johnson Farmer Dave and Farmer Smoot They all moved here from Wisconsin To cash in on the chicken loot Chicken cash is for the taking Spend all you want, there's always more Anything you want with chicken You'll find it at the chicken store There's chicken pickles, chicken gum Chicken juice and chicken candy Chicken fruit and chicken pork chops Chicken wine and chicken brandy Everything is chicken there There's chicken shampoo for your hair There's chicken lipstick, chicken shoes There's chicken gossip and chicken news In chicken temples and chicken churches They pray in pews and up on perches Upstairs in the gallery The chicken choir sings harmony Take a walk down chicken road Chick-chic-chic-chic-a-chicken road Strut your stuff and lighten your load Take a walk down chicken road Take a walk down chicken Take a walk down chicken Take a walk down chicken, chicken road Take a walk down chicken road Chick-chic-chic-chic-a-chicken road Strut your stuff and lighten your load Take a walk down chicken road There's chicken babies, chicken grown-ups Chicken music, chicken doughnuts Chicken windows, chicken doors There's chicken houses with chicken floors There's chicken doctors, chicken nurses When things go wrong there's chicken curses There's chicken noodles, chicken soups There's chickens playing guitars in groups There's chicken littles, chicken bigs There's chickens wearing feather wigs There's a chicken smile and a chicken grin There's a chicken takin' it on the chin There's chickens rich and chickens poor There's a chicken who looks like Leslie Gore There's a chicken language, a chicken tongue There's an old spring chicken who's already sprung There's chicken left and chicken right There's a tough young chicken who's pickin a fight There's chicken desire and chicken delite There's chickens on ground and chickens in flight There's chickens dull and chickens bright Whatever you want in a chicken, it's there And when you feel you've had your fill Of all this chicken stuff Just walk back out the way you came Just say 'I've had enough' Take a walk down chicken road Chick-chic-chic-chic-a-chicken road Strut your stuff and lighten your load Take a walk down chicken road Take a walk down chicken, chicken road Take a walk down chicken road Chick-chic-chic-chic-a-chicken road Strut your stuff and lighten your load Take a walk down chicken road
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I'm a little twerp I'm a little twerp I'm a little twerp And I'm messin' around in your hair I like to steal your chewing gum I like to break your pencils In class I make you giggle so You'll get in trouble with Mrs. Grentzels I like to laugh when you make mistakes When we play a game, I win You always say I cheat And I always rub it in I'm a little twerp And I'm messin' around in your hair I'll rat on you to mom and dad I'll get dessert when you don't When I've cleaned my room and mowed the lawn I'll go to the movies--You won't I'm a little twerp And I'm messin' around in your hair I pinch your arm and pull your pigtail I ride your bike without permission And when you try to get back at me I disappear like a magician 'Cause I'm a little twerp And I'm messin' around in your hair
4.
Yo! My name is Rex. Rex, the dinosaur. I'm a carnivore dinosaur, and what that means is, Me and my buddies, we don't eat anything 'cept it's meat. And we're gonna sing ya a song about it, okay? We eat meat We eat meat Up in the air Or under our feet It sure tastes neat We don't eat grass,or bugs or fruit When we want a snack, when we want a treat It's gotta be meat I know some like to suck on seaweed Others like to lick up all they eat But we've got teeth, you know what we need We need to gnaw on some meat I say yeah (yeah) Yeah (yeah)! We were born to chew That's what our mothers always told us we had to do Born to chew Well momma, take a look at this! (Chewing, tearing and gnawing!) I know some like to suck on seaweed Others like to lick up all they eat But we've got teeth, you know what we need We need to gnaw on some meat I say yeah (yeah) Yeah (yeah)! We were born to chew That's what our mothers always told us we had to do Born to chew Well momma, take a look at this!
5.
Dinosaurs were here and now they're gone Nobody has seen one for a long time Pterodactyls, Brontosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex Isn't it interesting how the world has changed? Dinosaurs ate plants and some ate meat And worms and roots and things that we don't eat Some had duck bills, some had wings, all of them laid eggs Isn't it interesting how the world has changed? Stegosaurus Had two brains but was very dull One in his tail and one in his skull Horns and spikes all over his back Flattened his enemies with a whack Brachiasaurus He was a giant, forty feet high Feet in the swamp, head in the sky He had his nose on top of his head When he sneezed, all the animals fled Brontosaurus He weighed 60,000 pounds Thundering footsteps shook the ground The swamp was where he liked to stay Day after day after day after day Pterodactyl Flew by gliding through the air Animal, vegetable, he didn't care Everything to him was lunch Tasty treats to find and munch But everyone hit the decks When they saw Tyrannosaurus Rex He looked to his left, he looked to his right Always itching for a fight Always ready for a bite Anytime, day or night He ate EVERYTHING in sight But don't worry, you'll never see him Unless you go with your mom and dad to the museum... Cause dinosaurs went someplace no one's sure Nobody can find them anymore Seeing just their footprints, bones and fossils sure is strange Isn't it interesting how the world can change?
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There's a traffic jam. In the jungle, The jungle, A traffic jam. All the elephants Are standing trunk to tail. All the elephants are angry. No, they don't budge, They don't move, They don't budge, They don't move, They don't budge, They don't move, And they don't get anywhere.
7.
Evelyn was the most happiest pig Rollin' in the mud, chewin' on a twig Loungin' half the day, playin' til late at night Evelyn was my guiding light She taught me to live and enjoy every day Now I live life the Evelyn way! Well you roll to the left then ya roll to the right When you're covered in mud then ya lie in the sunlight Bake til you're done then yawn and say: Haw, haw, heeee, the Evelyn Way! Put your tail in the air and your nose to the ground If you smell something good make a piggy-back sound say Root, root, root, and grunt, grunt, grunt, and Haw, haw, heeee, the Evelyn Way! Ya got a nose like a nickel (a nose like a nickel) A piece a pepperoni in your ear And though your feet get pickled (your feet get pickled) You know they're gonna taste real good with beer (Beer!) (They'll taste even better with Root Beer!) So learn to live with a grunt and a squeal Put a smile on your face and eat a big meal Don't work too hard, relax and play! Haw haw hee--The Evelyn Way!
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'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz Buzzing you all night long I'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz Buzzing my favorite song Late at night, I need a bite, I'm hungry I depend on a warm blooded friend Oh, I'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz, buzz buzz, buzz buzz Everytime I see the covers slip Hear the snoring lip Just a little sip They will hardly know I'm even there, no, they won't miss a drip How sweet the nectar that the humans bring It's a lovely spring! Gives me cause to sing I'm the luckiest bug in the air! I'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz Buzzing you all night long I'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz Buzzing my favorite song It's a charming refrain in a light-hearted vein It's a tune that gets under your skin Oh, I'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz, buzz buzz, buzz buzz I watch a lady take the evening air She brushes back her hair Look, her arm is bare And her fragrance is intoxicating, she's pulsing with life I swoop and dive and dodge her clumsy hand Find a place to land Oh, this game is grand! I'm the luckiest bug in the air! I'm just a tiny mosquito Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz Buzz buzz buzz, buzz buzz buzz buzz Buzzzzzzzzzz....(SLAP!) ...You missed me - Bloody good try... Buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz!
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There's two kids selling lemonade in the shade In the shade Two kids selling lemonade in the shade Comin' right up, in a paper cup There's a dog chewin' on a bone all alone All alone A dog chewin' on a bone all alone There's a fly keeps buzzin' by He's keeping his eye on that buzzin' fly By the hedge there's a yellow hat, it's Mrs. Platt Mrs. Platt She always wears that hat, Mrs. Platt Snip snip snip, at a steady clip Her yard's neat, the neatest on the street It's a lazy summer afternoon, Saturday, the end of June and Time is moving slow There's no place I need to go Time is sweet and slow
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Old Mr. Mackle Hackle had a hen that wouldn't cackle Oh no, oh no He took the hen to Dr. Boyce, the doctor said "She's lost her voice!" Oh no, oh no The doctor said a brand new beak would fix her up so she could squeak but Oh no, oh no Mr. Mackle Hackle said "Chickens can't squeak they gotta cackle!" He took the hen to Mabel Mack to try to get her cackle back but Oh no, oh no Then Mabel Mack brought out a sack and found the hen a little snack Oh no, oh no The chicken gobbled up the snack, turned it's back and gave a quack Oh no, oh no Mr. Mackle Hackle said "Chickens can't quack they gotta cackle!" Chickens can't squeak, they gotta cackle Chickens can't quack, they gotta cackle Please help Mr. Mackle Hackle fix his chicken's broken cackle Squeak, squeak, quack, quack, try it again "Squeak, squeak, quack, quack" Poor old Mr. Mackle Hackle's problems seemed too big to tackle Oh no, oh no Mr. Mackle Hackle bought a book on how to make his chicken cackle Oh no, oh no He read the book from A to Z, the chicken said "Please let me be!" Oh no, oh no Mr. Mackle Hackle said "Chickens can't talk, they gotta cackle!" Chickens can't squeak, they gotta cackle Chickens can't quack, they gotta cackle Chickens can't talk, they gotta cackle Please help Mr. Mackle Hackle fix his chicken's broken cackle Squeak, squeak, quack, talk, try it again "Squeak, squeak, quack, Hello" Old Mr. Mackle Hackle had a hen that wouldn't cackle Oh no, oh no If you want your hen to cackle, listen Mr. Mackle Hackle Here's how, oh yeah Just tell your hen some chicken jokes, it usually works on feathery folks Oh yeah, oh yeah Jokes that make her yuk and yak'll help your chicken find her missing cackle
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I was walking along, I felt kind of light Light in a mysterious way So I started to skip, Then I started to run Then I started to float away I spread my arms, I held my breath My feet dangled out behind me I flew down the street and over my school And away where no one could find me CHORUS: I floated away Flying, flying High above all that I'd known I floated away Flying, flying Far, far away from my home I flew low over rivers in dangerous jungles The crocodiles snapped their jaws at my feet I laughed as I flew up into the treetops Where I dined with the monkeys on dinosaur meat I sang with the birds as we flew to the mountains And whirled round the peaks covered in snow Then we dove through the clouds and down to the valley Where the farmers thought I was a flying scarecrow CHORUS The sun went down, The birds went home I was left all alone in the sky I began to miss my friends and family I wiped a tear from my eye Then I heard my name coming over the wind And I saw a huge hot-air balloon It was mom and dad, They gathered me up And together we sailed to the moon CHORUS And now we are back safe at home
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Buzz Buzz Buzz Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

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• Parents' Choice Gold Award
• Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal
• NAPPA Gold Award
• Amazon Editor's Choice
• Parent's Council "Outstanding"
• Crossroads Music Awards Finalist
• Children's Music Web Award Winner - Best Recording for Older Children
• Scholastic Parent & Child Teacher’s Picks Award 2000/2001

"This is about as cutting edge as children's music gets. It's intelligent without being preachy, humorous without being childish and musically eclectic." Chicago Parent

"Madsen has tempered zaniness with a keen-eyed awareness that goes straight to the heart of childhood." Los Angeles Times

"Madsen’s eclectic musical arrangements and out-of-the-box perspective make this one of the funniest and freshest family CD’s around." Parents Magazine

"Madsen's take on what it's like being a kid will make yours giggle plenty. And he's not above pulling a parental heartstring or two as well - just try not to get misty-eyed during 'Selling Lemonade' and 'Flying, Flying'." Family Fun Magazine

“Like the best of children's entertainment, this album will be enjoyed by parents and kids alike."School Library Journal

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released October 12, 1999

Born to Chew (We Eat Meat), Summertime is Here, Elephant Traffic Jam, The Evelyn Way,
Flying, Flying are all ©1990 Gunnar Madsen Mop Mop Music ASCAP
Chicken Road, I’m a Little Twerp are ©1991 Gunnar Madsen Mop Mop Music ASCAP
Tiny Mosquito and Selling Lemonade are ©1999 Gunnar Madsen Mop Mop Music ASCAP
The Dinosaur Song is ©1985 Ruth Young, Elizabeth Greene, Richard Greene, Gunnar Madsen Best of Breed Music ASCAP
Old Mr. Mackle Hackle is ©1985 Gunnar Madsen, Richard Greene, Ruth Young Best of Breed Music ASCAP

Photos by: David Jouris
Photo Tinting/manipulation: David Jouris, Gunnar Madsen
Art Direction/layout: Curt Collinsworth
Little drawings: Gunnar
Mastered by: Bob Katz, Digital Domain
Produced, Performed and Engineered by: Gunnar Madsen
Mixed by: Gunnar Madsen with Kent Sparling
Recorded at: G’s Spot Studio
Special guest vocalists:
“Old Mr. Mackle Hackle” Kent Sparling, Marcella Madsen
“Summertime is Here” Kathryn Keats
“The Dinosaur Song” Cheryl Keller, Serena Beeks, Sam Tregea
“The Evelyn Way” Cheryl Keller, Serena Beeks, Sam Tregea, Marcella Madsen.

Special thanks to: my esteemed guest vocalists, my lovely mate, my dog Abra, my family, the Ralph Pack, Evan and Kyle Madsen-Murphy, Kent Sparling, Cheryl Moody, Sandra Jordan, Saundra Wane, Kat Lewis, David Jouris, Curt Collinsworth, Bob Katz and the crew at Digital Domain, the Motu-Mac list... And big hugs to all of my friends and acquaintances and, well, golly, to the whole WORLD.

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Gunnar Madsen is a Grammy-nominated composer/songwriter.
He’s written for the Minnesota Opera, Lincoln Center, Universal Pictures and National Public Radio;
He has performed on The Tonight Show, the Smothers Brothers Show, PBS, and the BBC.
He co-founded the internationally acclaimed acapella group The Bobs.
He co-wrote the award-winning Off-Broadway musical “The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World”
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