Sing Song Sayings

by Mike Bryden

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Mike Bryden's Sing Song Sayings is a beautifully crafted concept album for children that puts common expressions to music in a delightful way. Fun, witty and bilingual, it's the perfect balance between entertainment and discovery.

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released June 23, 2019

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Track Name: Don't Count Your Chickens
DON’T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS
Mike Bryden 2017

CHORUS
I’ve got 4 eggs (I’ve got 4 eggs)
I’ve got 4 eggs (I’ve got 4 eggs)
I’ve got 4 eggs (I’ve got 4 eggs)
They’re going to be 4 chicks

But one of my eggs rolled on the floor
Rolled through the kitchen, out the front door
We all ran after but it was faster
And that’s the end of that pour egg’s chapter
Farmer always said to close the front latch
And never count your chickens before they hatch
That’s ok, it’s fine with me
I’m still happy ‘cause I still have 3!

CHORUS
I’ve got 3 eggs (I’ve got 3 eggs)
I’ve got 3 eggs (I’ve got 3 eggs)
I’ve got 3 eggs (I’ve got 3 eggs)
They’re going to be 3 chicks

Then one day I was fishing at sea
An egg went overboard, oh dear me!
It floated away out of my reach
We looked everywhere, even combed the beach
Farmer always said to release what you catch
And never count your chickens before they hatch
I don’t feel blue and neither should you
I’ve got more eggs, yeah I’ve still got 2!

CHORUS
I’ve got 2 eggs (I’ve got 2 eggs)
I’ve got 2 eggs (I’ve got 2 eggs)
I’ve got 2 eggs (I’ve got 2 eggs)
They’re going to be 2 chicks

You’ll never guess what happened to egg number two
I lost it one day when I went to the zoo
There were monkeys and gorillas, snakes and alligators
And somewhere in there my egg said see ya later
Farmer always said that monkeys love to scratch
And never count your chickens before they hatch
I’m not glum cus I still have one
Me and my egg gonna have a lot of fun

CHORUS
I’ve got 1 egg (I’ve got 1 egg)
I’ve got 1 egg (I’ve got 1 egg)
I’ve got 1 egg (I’ve got 1 egg)
They’re going to be 1 chick

Now I’m keeping my egg warm in the sun
I’m taking good care of my very last one
She’s gonna grow up and be a great chicken
We’ll go bike riding and I’ll take her picnicking
Farmer always said to fix a flat you need a patch
And never count your chickens before they hatch
I had 4, then 3, then 2, then 1
Oh my gosh, my egg’s gone and now I have none!

CHORUS
I’ve got no eggs (I’ve got no eggs)
I’ve got no eggs (I’ve got no eggs)
I’ve got no eggs (I’ve got no eggs)
They’re is going to be no chicks

Well without my eggs I’m feeling kind of low
The farmer was right, she really did know
But then I woke up and what did I see
All my baby chicks were coming back to me!

CHORUS
I’ve got 4 chicks (I’ve got 4 chicks)
I’ve got 4 chicks (I’ve got 4 chicks)
I’ve got 4 chicks (I’ve got 4 chicks)
They’re going to be my friends

I’ve got 4 chicks (I’ve got 4 chicks)
I’ve got 4 chicks (I’ve got 4 chicks)
I’ve got 4 chicks (I’ve got 4 chicks)
They’re going to be my friends
Track Name: Doggy Day
DOGGY DAY
Mike Bryden 2017

There are dogs out there with fur all covered in spots
And some have hair that’s curly and tangled in knots
Some dogs learn how to help some people to see
We want to help our dogs live happily

CHORUS
Is it your doggy day?
Is it my doggy day?
Well then who's doggy day is it anyway?
Every dog has its day
Is it your doggy day?
And what doggy way can we celebrate?

Weiner dogs walk low to the ground (dogs, dogs, dogs)
Great Danes are the tallest dogs around (dogs, dogs, dogs)
Sheepdogs, well they look a lot like sheep (dogs, dogs, dogs)
And every dog needs a good night sleep

CHORUS
Is it your doggy day?
Is it my doggy day?
Well then who's doggy day is it anyway?
Every dog has its day
Is it your doggy day?
And what doggy way can we celebrate?

Huskies pull us through the ice and snow (dogs, dogs, dogs)
And Pointers point out which way to go (dogs, dogs, dogs)
Dogs can't clap ‘cause they have paws (dogs, dogs, dogs)
So it's up to us to provide the applause

CHORUS
Is it your doggy day?
Is it my doggy day?
Well then who's doggy day is it anyway?
Every dog has its day
Is it your doggy day?
And what doggy way can we celebrate?

How about this…
Balls and sticks and doggy treats
Doggy walks down doggy streets
Doggy parks, a place where we can run and sniff and howl and bark, Awoooo!

Pugs, Poodles, Pomeranians and Pekingese (dogs, dogs, dogs)
Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Corgi and Maltese (dogs, dogs, dogs)
Bulldogs, Boxers, Collies and Scottish Terriers (dogs, dogs, dogs)
Labradoodle, Whippet, Schnauzer and Weimaraner

CHORUS
Is it your doggy day?
Is it my doggy day?
Well then who's doggy day is it anyway?
Every dog has its day
Is it your doggy day?
And what doggy way can we celebrate?

(REPEAT CHORUS)
Track Name: When The Cat's Away
WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY
Mike Bryden 2017

Here is the story
Of a serious cat
A very well dressed cat
Who lived in a house

It was a small crowded house
With more than one mouse
More mice than you'd ever seen
That house was hard to keep clean

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat came back all the mice will say
Mais non monsieur le chat, On joue encore avec ça
Vous pouvez rester là, Mais nous on y va
Oh no mister cat, we're not done playing that
You're welcome to stay, But we're on our way

Now early each morning
Whether sunny or storming
Mister cat went to work
As a hotel desk clerk

And he'd come each night
To a terrible sight
So he dared to suggest
That the mice clean up their mess

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat came back all the mice will say
Peut-être un jour monsieur le chat. On ne sais pas
Mais aujourd'hui mon p'tit chou, on veut jouer et c'est tout
Perhaps mister cat, we will think about that
But as far as today, we would much rather play

Then one day mister cat
Had an idea in his hat
To get the mice to do cleaning
From the floor to the ceiling

So he invented new games
With catchy new names
Like tidy-up tag
And race to fill the trash bag

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat came back all the mice will say
Bien sûr monsieur le chat, on veut jouer avec toi
Nous sommes tous amis, oui chat et souris
Oh yes mister cat, we'd love play that
It's so very nice to be friends cat and mice

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat is away the mice will play, the mice will play all day
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat comes back all the mice would say
Monsieur le chat, vient donc jouer avec nous
Track Name: The Best Medicine
THE BEST MEDICINE
Mike Bryden 2018

I’d like to introduce to you
A different kind of doctor from kalamazoo
She’s going to make us happy as a clam or two
Going to do it with style

When you’re sick in bed and feeling blue
Call Doctor Giggles and she’ll come visit you
She’s got the medicine to help you through
She’ll bring you a smile

CHORUS
And you’ll go Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
He He He He He He He He
Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho
That’s what you’ll do

Doctor Giggles has a medicine kit
And it’s packed so full that it’s sides might split
With twelve whoopie cushions and some tickly bits
And a few long haired hamsters

Well Doctor Giggles travels far and wide
To visit children at their bedside
And sometimes they get a little cross-eyed
From all the laughter

CHORUS
We all go Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
He He He He He He He He
Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho
That’s what she’s after

‘Cause her jokes are world class
Her wagon runs on laughing gas
And she can turn a million frowns upside down, in a flash,
That Doctor Giggles is a gas

She makes chuckle soup with laughing stock
Has silly string sewn into her sock
And she can tickle any funny bone from all the way around the block

Oh she can stop a willow from weeping
She’s got a horn up her sleeve for safekeeping
And even when she’s done you’ll keep laughing all night, so forget sleeping.

She’s gonna laugh and giggle and wiggle and tickle and toot (hoo hoo)
Cause laughter is the best medicine, and she brings it to you (hoo hoo)
She’s gonna laugh and giggle and wiggle and tickle and toot (hoo hoo)
Cause laughter is the best medicine, and Doctor Giggle’s is a hoot (hoo hoo)

You got me laughing till my tummy hurts (Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha)
You got me laughing so hard (He He He He He He He He)
Lets all laugh a little louder now (Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho)
Until we feel it in our hearts

CHORUS
We all go Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
We go He He He He He He He He
We’ll go Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho
That Doctor Giggles is a blast
Track Name: The Goose And The Gander
THE GOOSE AND THE GANDER
Mike Bryden 2018

I woke up ce matin
To a knocking à la porte
Je me suis dit, “who could that be?”
C’est bien trop tôt, for receiving company

Et oui, I looked and found a letter
Et puis, this morning just got better
C’était pour moi, a lovely invitation
De mes amis, to a special celebration, and it said

CHORUS
My jolie salamander
My jolie salamander
Je vous en prie, please come to our party
Signed the goose and the gander

J’ai commencé par faire une liste
Of all things I could bring as a gift
I thought long and I thought hard
Peut-êtres des fleurs mais quelles couleurs?

Ou un ballon, could they both enjoy this toy?
Un camion, for a girl or a boy?
I asked for help from le coq et la poule
I said, aider-moi to the cow and the bull, Ils ont ri, ils ont tous dit

CHORUS
Ma gentille salamander
Ma gentille salamander
Quand tu y pense, What’s good for the goose is good for the gander
Quand tu y pense, What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

Soudainement it became so clear
Aucun soucis, I had nothing to fear
Peu importe your gender, colour or name
Nous sommes pareilles, in our hearts we’re all the same

CHORUS
Oh silly salamander
Oh silly salamander
Nous sommes amies, you, me, the goose and the gander
Nous sommes amies, you, me, the goose and the gander

ROUND
Nous sommes amies, nous sommes amies, nous sommes amies, nous sommes amies….

Nous sommes amies, bien oui. Nous sommes amies, bien oui
You me the goose and the gander…

I am he, as you are she, and they and we, together equally, bien oui

Moi j’suis moi, comme elle et lui, et eux en plus, contents d’être inclus, and they said

You me the goose and the gander
Track Name: Birds Of A Feather
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Mike Bryden 2017

CHORUS
Birds of a feather, they’ll stick together
They’ll stick together, they’ll stick together
They’ll be your friend in all kinds of weather
Birds know it’s better together

Oh I once knew a duck
His name was Charlie but we all called him Chuck
He got his legs stuck
In the sticky mucky muck

But Chuck, well he didn’t worry
He just called up his old friend Murray
And together they splished and splashed
Oh they laughed and laughed in that dirty birdie bath
They laughed and laughed in that dirty birdie bath

CHORUS
Birds of a feather, they’ll stick together
They’ll stick together, they’ll stick together
They’ll be your friend in all kinds of weather
Birds know it’s better together

I once knew a crow
His name was Jimmy Joe
He played on the piccolo
And was part of a traveling show

His partner was named Sly
He always had a tuba down by his side
Together their music filled the sky
Well Sly played low and Joe played high
Sly played low and Joe played high

CHORUS
Birds of a feather, they’ll stick together
They’ll stick together, they’ll stick together
They’ll be your friend in all kinds of weather
Birds know it’s better together

Oh I once knew a goose,
Her name is Lucy P Goose and we just call her Luce
She loves her French juice
To us it’s grapefruit to her it’s pamplemouse

Her best friend is Jenevive,
They’re so happy together they will never leave
And every New Years Eve
A new friendship bracelet is tucked beneath their sleeve
A new friendship bracelet is tucked beneath their sleeve

CHORUS
Birds of a feather, they’ll stick together
They’ll stick together, they’ll stick together
They’ll be your friend in all kinds of weather
Birds know it’s better together

Birds of a feather, they’ll stick together
They’ll stick together, they’ll stick together
They’ll be your friend in all kinds of weather
Birds know it’s better together
Track Name: Petit Criquet
PETIT CRIQUET
Mike Bryden 2018

REFRAIN
Criquet, criquet, criquet
On entend ton chant
Criquet, criquet
Résonner dans les champs

Un jour, un petit criquet
pratiquait la hauteur de son saut
tout à coup il s’est perdu
En se posant dans une forêt inconnue
Tout là haut, il essaie de sauter
mais trop haut sont ces arbres élevés

Allo, surgit une voix amicale
Attirée par le son musical
Criquet, arrête de pleurer
Comment puis-je t’aider
Monsieur, je n’ai aucun moyen
Tout petit là dans le creux de ta main

REFRAIN
Criquet, criquet, criquet
On entend ton chant
Criquet, criquet
Résonner dans les champs

Voyons criquet, tu es puissant
Ton chant criquet est retentissant
Chante criquet, chante pour ta mère
Et chante criquet, chante pour ton père
Et tout les autres criquets se sont joint
A lui, chantant le joli refrain

REFRAIN
Criquet, criquet, criquet
On entend ton chant
Criquet, criquet
Résonner dans les champs

C’est ainsi que l’histoire est finit
La famille s’est à nouveau réunie
Souvenez-vous qu’un petit criquet
Peut avoir un grand effet

REFRAIN
Criquet, criquet, criquet
On entend ton chant
Criquet, criquet
Résonner dans les champs

Criquet, criquet, criquet
On entend ton chant
Criquet, criquet
Quand le soleil descent
Track Name: A Rolling Stone
A ROLLING STONE
Mike Bryden 2018

This is the story about two stones (this is the story about two stones)
One that played outside and one that stayed home (one that played outside and one that stayed home)

One rolled up to the top of the hill (one rolled up to the top of the hill)
And the other at the bottom stayed very very still

One got a ride on a mighty mighty hawk (one got a ride on a mighty mighty hawk)
The other stayed inside just staring at a box (the other stayed inside just staring at a box)

Now the rolling stone got healthy as an ox (now the rolling stone got healthy as an ox)
But the stay at home stone is covered in moss (but the stay at home stone is covered in moss)

So get up, get out, move around
So get up, get out, move around

Shake it up, yeah shake it like a boss (shake it up, yeah shake it like a boss)
Cause a rolling stone gathers no moss (cause a rolling stone gathers no moss)
Shake it up, yeah shake it like a boss (shake it up, yeah shake it like a boss)
Cause a rolling stone gathers no moss (cause a rolling stone gathers no moss)

You gotta move, move around
You gotta dance, to the sound
You gotta jump, jump, jump, jump, jump up and down
You gotta jump, jump, jump, jump, jump up and down

On va bouger, se secouer
On va danser et s’amuser
On va sauter, haut haut haut on va sauter
On va sauter, haut haut haut on va sauter

You gotta skip, skip and stroll
You gotta shake, lose control
You gotta rock, rock, rock, rock, rock and roll
You gotta rock, rock, rock, rock, rock and roll
You gotta rock, rock, rock, rock, rock and roll
You gotta rock, rock, rock, rock, rock and roll

This is the story about two stones (this is the story about two stones)
One that played outside and one that stayed home (one that played outside and one that stayed home)
Track Name: Fish Out Of Water
FISH OUT OF WATER
Mike Bryden 2018

What if all the fish
Suddenly got their wish
And learned to fly up in the sky
Oh wouldn’t that be a twist

What if snakes could sing
And their tails went ding-a-ling
They would slide along and sing their song
Oh what music they might bring

CHORUS
Like a fish out of water
Like a bird deep in the sea
I want to explore and do so much more
I want to be all I can be
I want to be all I can be

What if birds could swim
I’m going to go out on a limb
I think they might just love the sight
Of inside the aquarium

What if bugs were tall
And people were really small
You might catch a ride on a dragonfly
And learn how ants can crawl

CHORUS
Like a fish out of water
Like a bird deep in the sea
I want to explore and do so much more
I want to be all I can be

You and me, you and me, you and me what will we be
You and me what will we be, what will we be

What if up was down
What if in was out
What if all the things that we know about
Were up, down and inside out

CHORUS
Like a fish out of water
Like a bird deep in the sea
I want to explore and do so much more
I want to be all I can be
I want to be all I can be

I want to be, be, be, be, be a bumblebee
Track Name: Needle In A Haystack
NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
Mike Bryden 2018

Joni is a jumpy girl who loves her skipping rope
She skips in summer, spring and fall and even in her winter coat
One day she lost her favourite toy, thought she’d never get it back
But a rope is not as hard to find as a needle in a haystack

CHORUS
You gotta stop, take a breath
Close your eyes, put your hands on your thighs
Get ready to take the next step
Now you look, look real close
With your eyes open wide, look in and outside
Check the place you go to the most
Then you think, think real hard
Where was I last, who can I ask
Did I remember to check the backyard
Now take a break, lets change gears
Do something fun, jump skip and run
And suddenly guess what appears?

The skipping rope was in the bath tub!

Owen is a lanky lad who collects some shiny stones
His favourite is a purple one with blue and yellow tones
One day he lost that tiny rock from a hole in his backpack
But a purple rock stands out much more than a needle in a haystack

CHORUS
You gotta stop, take a breath
Close your eyes, put your hands on your thighs
Get ready to take the next step
Now you look, look real close
With your eyes open wide, look in and outside
Check the place you go to the most
Then you think, think real hard
Where was I last, who can I ask
Did I remember to check the backyard
Now take a break, lets change gears
Do something fun, jump skip and run
And suddenly guess what appears?

The rock was in his left boot!

Sally is a cockatoo with a lovely little bell
She rings it every single day as far I can tell

But one day she couldn’t find her bell to give it it’s daily whack
But a bell is easier to find than a needle in a haystack

OUT CHORUS
So let’s look in, let’s look out, let’s look up and around
We may find what we’ve lost will turn up and be found
Let’s look in, let’s look out
Let’s look down, let’s look up
We may find what we’ve lost will turn up

So let’s look in, let’s look out, let’s look up and around
We may find what we’ve lost will turn up and be found
Let’s look in, let’s look out
Let’s look down, let’s look up
We may find what we’ve lost will turn up

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