Honoring Words – Official Lyrics “Big Backyard”

Honoring Words – Official Lyrics “Big Backyard”

Honoring Words – Official Lyrics “Big Backyard” LP 46:31

In the making of Big Backyard, I wanted to honor the history and the art of writing lyrics.  The album includes a 16 page insert that sets the lyric to be read like a poem or sung out loud.  Some words appear in capitol letters. Like bread crumbs on a forest trail, they lead the listener and the reader into the collective memories of historical songwriters and classic children’s books.

My vision as an artist is to preserve and encourage an inter-generational conversation from a time when singing songs together mattered. A place where time slows down and softens into moments that allow parents and children to see each other, to make memories and tell stories from one generation to another, to give dignity to the printed page and the long view of time. The best works of art hold regardless of trends and traffic.

To hold a space for someone in art or literature or paintings or music is to send the message that they matter.  Lyrics matter.  Books matter.  Albums matter.  Children matter.  History matters.  Stories matter.  Silence matters.  These intangible arts and humanities remind of us of the best of who we are as a people and a planet.  Thank you for listening.  Thank you for reading.  Here’s to the next generation of young songwriters.

May you find your ancient soul of a child.  May you write by a small lamp.  May you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.  Remember more.  Be human. Keep writing. Write more.  Get lost on a trail.  Notice the clouds.  It’s a Big Backyard, after all.

 

Where are the quiet places?  Where are the quiet voices?

 

Big Backyard (title) 3:18 (time)

 

(verse 1)

I will hold a space for you,

Where I’m going you can come along, too.

It’s a Big Backyard.

 

(verse 2)

One shoe on and messy hair,

Welcome Friend, I made a spot for you right there.

It’s a Big Backyard.

 

(Bridge)

I don’t know where the Hours go

but I have been where Flowers grow

close your eyes I’ll take you there

across the Hills, close to the Stars

I’m reaching everywhere

 

(chorus)

Fresh Cut Grass running through the Sprinklers

in a Big Backyard (you’re not the boss of me)

we got all Afternoon.  We got Some Songs to sing.

in a Big Backyard under a sing-a-long Tree

 

(verse 3)

Milky Ways and Tumbleweeds

Dragonflies and Bumblebees

Let there by mud!

It’s a Big Backyard

 

(verse 4)

There are many Ways to Travel

There are Mysteries to Unravel

Seeds and Soil, Wings and Water

It’s a Big Backyard

 

2.  Sunny Side Up  3:32

 

(verse 1)

Wake up my little Buttercup.

Do you take your eggs scrambled or Sunny Side Up?

Tick Tock – It’s time for Bone Broth.

with a side of Bacon and Coffee served with love.

 

(chorus)

Songwriting and Sauerkraut

Morning has broken.  Peace out!

Please and Thank You.  What do you say?

Stay together friends and have a Wonderful day.

 

(verse 2)

Slow Down.  Eye contact.

Shoes tied.  Hair combed.  Do you have your backpack?

Keep Calm and Carry On.  And don’t forget –

your Cod Liver Oil and your beeswax sun-stick.

 

(bridge)

Sun, Sun, Sun, Sun – Sunny Side Up

Sun, Sun, Sun, Sun – Sunny Side Up

 

(chorus)

Songwriting and Sauerkraut

Morning has broken.  Peace out!

Please and Thank You.  What do you say?

Stay together friends and have a Wonderful day.

 

(bookend)

Wake up my little Buttercup.

Do you take your eggs scrambled or Sunny Side Up?

Tick Tock – it’s time for Bone Broth.

with a side of Bacon and Coffee served with love.

 

3.  I Spy (The Cloud Song) 2:32

 

(chorus)

Up, Up, Up, Up, Up in the Sky

I’m watching all the Clouds go by.

Up, Up, Up, Up, Up in the Sky

I spy with my little eye.

 

(verse 1)

Sailboats and Castles and Fish on Line,

Just a few of the Pictures I find.

 

(tag)

One, Two, Three, Four – I think you can Remember More!

 

(chorus)

Up, Up, Up, UP, Up in the Sky,

I’m watching all the Clouds go by.

Up, Up, Up, Up, UP in the Sky,

I Spy with my little eye.

 

(verse extension)

Sailboats and Castles and Fish on a Line,

Popcorn, Puzzles and a Porcupine,

An Arrow.  A Heart.  A Valentine,

An Ice Cream Sundae and a Melon Rind,

A Cotton Mountain I’d like to Climb,

A balloon on a String (I think is mine),

A Spaceship, A Donut.  An Equal Sign,

A Feather.  A Squiggle.  A Crazy Design,

A Happy Face and the Free Sunshine,

Just a few of the Pictures I find.

 

(tag)

One, Two, Three, Four – I think you can Remember More!

 

4.  Biscuits & Gravy 2:37

 

(verse 1)

Owen likes to keep the bees

and harvest his own Honey

in a backyard in Los Angeles.

He grows Arugula & Strawberries

and his mama sews an apron

in a backyard in Los Angeles

 

(bridge)

Owen said when he was Seven

He would be a Vegetarian – except that

 

(chorus)

Biscuits & Gravy

They make me go Crazy!

 

(verse 2)

Owen likes to ride his Big Wheel

underneath the Ferns and Peel Out like a doughnut

and leave tracks like mountains for the Worms.

He’s got a Fort he built with Some Old Tires.

Some Plywood and Some Chicken Wire

in a backyard in Los Angeles.

 

(bridge)

Owen said when he was Seven

he would be a Vegetarian – except that

 

(chorus)

Biscuits & Gravy

they make me go Crazy!

 

Peel Out!

 

5.  The Wow Song 4:00

 

(verse 1)

The earthworm has no ears or eyes on him

it moves in Circles all over its body & breathes with its skin

when it rains, it makes a flood

The Earthworm comes out in The Mud

wiggle, wiggle, wiggle – squirm

I think I’ll go and eat Some Worms

 

(chorus)

There are no words like Ew, Yuck, and Gross in The Wow Song

There are no words like Ew, Yuck, and Gross in The Wow Song

So when you see a Beetle or a Bug

or a Frog or a Lizard or a Snail or a Slug,

Open up your eyes and see,

This world has so much Mystery

 

w – O – W

 

(verse 2)

The Spider has eight legs and can spin a Web

up or down, on a string, or standing on its head

that silky strand’s as tough as steel

watch out or you’ll become a meal

spinning, spinning, spinning – splat

I think I’ll go and have a snack

 

W – O – W

 

(verse 3)

The Polliwog becomes The Frog that can jump or swim

half in water, half on land – it’s an Amphibian

around the pond and all night long

the world is soaked in a frog song

rib-bit, rib-bit, rib-bit – lurp

the frog can make a froggy burp

 

W – O – W

 

6.  Equal Day Equal Night 2:14

 

(verse 1)

Harmonicas and Daffodils

Bird Calls and Heasley Field

It’s the first day of Spring,

when every little thing alive begins to sing

 

(chorus)

Equal Day

Equal Night

we spin around the Axis in the Changing Light

Equal Day

Equal Night – Also, Chores!

you’ve got your vacuum cleaner on the Kitchen Floor

you’ve got your vacuum cleaner on the Kitchen Floor

 

(verse 2)

Bicycles and Porcupines

Black-Eyed Susan’s, Banjos and French Fries

It’s the first day of Spring

when every little thing alive begins to Sing

 

(chorus)

Equal Day

Equal Night

we spin around the Axis in the Changing Light

Equal Day

Equal Night – Also, Chores!

you’ve got your vacuum cleaner on the Kitchen Floor

you’ve got your vacuum cleaner on the Kitchen Floor

 

7. Jumping Bean 1:47

 

(verse 1)

I have a little Friend and he’s here in my hand.

He has no legs, but he sure can dance.

He doesn’t come alive until you start to sing.

He’s my little Jumping Bean.

 

(chorus)

J-J-J-J-J-J-J-J

Jumping Bean

I spin around

I touch the ground

I start to sing

Like a pop stick

I just can’t quit

I’m a little Jumping Bean

 

(verse 2)

My little Jumping Bean

You’re a dancing machine,

You’re jumping like a monkey on a trampoline,

Put a quarter in the jukebox, now you can’t stop,

You’ll be jumping ’til you finally drop.

 

(chorus)

J-J-J-J-J-J-J-J

Jumping Bean

I spin around

I touch the ground

I start to sing

Like a pogo-stick

I just can’t quit

I’m a little Jumping Bean

 

8.  Circle Dance  2:31

(poem)

 

Take, Take

these broken things and

Make, Make

a heart that loves to sing for

Love, Love

 

is written in the heavens like

branches in the sky

ashes of a tree

a Circle Dance

around a fire ring

I hear the voice of an

ancient soul –

a Child in thee

 

9.  Underneath a Spectacular Sky 4:23

(no words just pictures)

 

thunderstorms in the distance

telephone poles for miles

you fell asleep in the backseat

counting the crows on the wires

wake me up when we get there

you don’t need a reason why

to follow the wind on the prairie

underneath, underneath a spectacular sky

 

 

ten geese take the shape of an arrow

your shoelaces are untied

there’s a glass jar half-empty with sweetgrass

and the memories of fireflies

wake me up when we get there

you don’t need a reason why

to follow the wind on the prairie

underneath, underneath a spectacular sky

 

there’s a break in the clouds, a fingernail moon

the sun is setting behind sheets of rain

silence can make the most high lonesome music

in a car driving a thousand miles of open plain

wake me up when we get there

you don’t need a reason why

to follow the wind on the prairie

underneath, underneath a spectacular sky

 

10.  Something Happens (The Campfire Song) 3:42

(song as the felt experience of integration, prosody)

 

(chorus)

Something Happens in the firelight

above the glow a million stars shine,

I watch the flames leap and the smoke rise –

I’ll never be the same.

 

(verse 1)

Out there on the rocks of The Joshua Tree

we search the night sky for The Pleiades,

looking through the eye of a telescope for

The Bear and The Coyote

 

and there are things we can’t explain

that remain hidden and unseen –

 

(chorus)

Something Happens in the firelight

above the glow a million stars shine,

I watch the flames leap and the smoke rise –

I’ll never be the same.

 

(verse 2)

There are devils in the dust,

there are flowers, there are thorns,

the Chuckwalla Caves,

the Ghost Moon of Jupiter

 

and there are things we can’t explain

that remain hidden and unseen –

 

11. Dancing Moon 5:16

(duet between the child and the old woman and the moon)

 

dance with me, o lonely moon

in my child’s eyes you fill the room

up from my window

look down on my pillow

and rise, rise

 

dance with me, o lonely moon

chase the shadows, chase away the gloom

paint my night

with your light

and rise, rise

 

(chorus)

round and round

in the night you walk the ground

in your light into my lonely

round and round

in the night you walk the ground

in your light I know you’ll find me

dancing moon

 

dance with me, o lonely moon

old woman:  I once was young but now I’m old

in my child’s eyes you fill the room

old woman:  I shiver, I’m so cold

paint my night in the dark again

with your light my old forgotten friend

you rise, you rise

 

12. Lullabye 4:05

(old middle English spelling)

 

(verse 1)

I close my eyes and I reach far

father than the dark, blue sky or

the brightest shining star

 

I call your name

with a child’s soul

and in the night I hear your voice

singing me back home

 

I hear the music that sings my soul to sleep

a thousand angels voices I pray my soul to keep

 

When I awake,

I’m still with you

in sunlight, tears or laughter

you’re in everything I do

 

I hear the music that sings my soul to sleep

a thousand angels voices I pray my soul to keep

 

(bridge)

and still sometimes I am so frightened in the dark

I close my eyes and know you’re right here in my heart

 

(the ancient meaning of chorus – a “we”)

O hear the music that sings your soul to sleep

a thousand angels voices, I pray your soul to keep

 

 

13.  If I Could Take You With Me 6:03

(memories)

 

(verse 1)

I’m watching the dirt turn  from black, brown to red

out my car window with the glass to my head

and underneath the bridge I can hold my breathe

catch the view and take it with me until my death

 

(chorus)

windblown grass on a rolling hill,

mountain lakes that sit so still,

canyons carved by painted sand

and forest trees that shade the land

and if I could take you with me it wouldn’t be so hard

then I would have the biggest backyard

 

(verse 1 repeat)

I’m watching the dirt turn from black, brown to red

out my car window with the glass to my head

and underneath the bridge I can hold my breathe

catch the view and take it with me until my death

 

(chorus 2)

falling rock and shooting star

moccasin and arrowhead,

this hymn of earth,

this poem of praise,

this symphony of sky,

(I know you are, but what am I?)

and if I could take you with me it wouldn’t be so hard

 

(tag)

then I would have the biggest

I would have the biggest

I would have the biggest

 

backyard

 

Original Songs, Music & Lyrics by Michelle M. Bloom

Copyright 1994, 2016, 2017 Stonepoem Publications

All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.