Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids

by Alastair Moock

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1.
C is for cancer, that’s growing in me. A is for able, that’s what I will be — Able to bend like a tree in the wind; My branches are strong even though they are thin. N is for nothing can make me afraid For I am the kid who leads the parade. I march down the street and I wave as I go And people wave back and they smile. Even though My hair may be gone they can see me for me For I am the light and the light is in me. Then C once again, this time is for comfort The people who love me will give me when I hurt, Which I will now and then and I know they will too But we’ll huddle together and the storm will pass through. And then E, we’ll emerge, and we’ll smile and dry Ourselves in the sun that’s now bright in the sky. And R, I will rest and get ready again For the struggle that’s waiting around the next bend. It’s a long journey this cancer, an unwanted trip That I didn’t sign up for and I’d rather have skipped. But I’m on it now, traveling, and making the best Of each mile that passes, each step that I step. And I’m showing the world that I’m strong as that tree With the wind blowing through it — the wind bends for me. For I am the kid who shines ever bright The light is in me and I am the light.
2.
When I get bald There I’ll be Out in the world Flying free Walking around With my head held high When I get bald I won’t be shy Might use my hair To make a nest For all the birds To take a rest The birds will sing They’ll squawk and squall Yes, I’ll be loved When I get bald When I get bald Gonna have a ball Gonna wear big boots Wear overalls Gonna draw a face On the back of my head Gonna call that face Back Head Fred Me and Fred Gonna look so sweet Gonna look both ways When we cross the street Me and Fred Gonna stand real tall Gonna look real cool When I get bald When I get bald Gonna laugh with dad Gonna reminisce ‘Bout the hair we had Course I’ll laugh more Cuz it’s understood Mine will be back His is gone for good When I get bald I’ll prove I can Show the world Just who I am Let em look Let em stare At one brave kid Who’s got no hair
3.
CHORUS: Ooh ooh, aah aah, eee eee I feel fine I’m a little monkey, swinging on a monkey vine Swinging from the branches of every jungle tree Swinging and jumping underneath the canopy Swing so low, swing so high Swinging right up to the sky CHORUS Eating nanas from the nana tree All them nanas grew there just for me Swing so high, swing so low Don’t stop now, go go go! Little monkeys never put on a tie Little monkeys they don’t work nine to five A monkey’s job is to swing all day It’s monkey business to play that way CHORUS Ooh ooh, aah aah, eee eee I feel fine I feel fine x3
4.
Come with me where the air is clean Take a little walk with me Hold my hand, feel the breeze Take a little walk with me Let’s go down to the ocean’s shore Take a little walk with me The sun our roof, the sand our floor Take a little walk with me Come with me where the air is clean Take a little walk with me Let’s go down to the ocean’s shore Take a little walk with me Come with me to the slides and swings Take a little walk with me Stretch our legs and spread our wings Take a little walk with me Let’s go down to a sunny zoo Take a little walk with me The monkeys there all look like you Take a little walk with me Come with me where the sky is blue Take a little walk with me The sun up there shines bright like you Take a little walk with me Come with me, take my hand Take a little walk with me Let’s walk right across this land Take a little walk with me Hills and mountains, ponds and streams Take a little walk with me We’ll tell the wind our hopes and dreams Take a little walk with me Come with me where the air is clean Take a little walk with me Hold my hand, feel the breeze Take a little walk with me
5.
CHORUS: I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, I thought you knowed I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, way on down the road I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, hard ramblin’, hard gamblin’ I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, Lord I’ve been ridin’ them fast rattlers, I thought you knowed I’ve been ridin’ them flat wheelers, way on down the road I’ve been ridin’ them dead enders, blind passengers, pickin’ up cinders I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, Lord I’ve been doing some hard rock mining, I thought you knowed I’ve been leanin’ on a pressure drill, way on down the road Hammer flyin’ and air-hose suckin’, it’s six feet of mud I been mucking I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, Lord CHORUS I’ve been doing some hard harvesting, I thought you knowed North Dakota to Kansas City, way on down the road Cuttin’ that wheat, stackin’ that hay, tryin’ to make about a dollar a day… I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, Lord I’ve been laying in a hard luck bed, I thought you knowed Wires tangled round my head, way on down the road I’ve been poked and I’ve been prodded, got these IVs double knotted… I’ve been doing some hard travelin’, Lord CHORUS
6.
Have you ever been jealous of a sister or a brother For getting more attention from your father or your mother? Have you ever been jealous of your brother or sister Cuz of something they got and it ain’t fair, mister? Have you ever been jealous? The feeling’s so real Have you ever been jealous? I know how you feel Have you ever wanted something that you just couldn’t have? Did you want it so much that it made you feel bad? Have you ever wanted something that you just couldn’t get? Did it make you upset? It’s a pretty good bet That the feeling you had was that life is unfair Let me tell you something, brother, I’ve been there CHORUS: Have you ever been jealous? (Have you ever been jealous?) x3 Have you ever been jealous? I know how you feel Have you ever had a sister or a brother who’s ill? Have you ever wished that you could be the one with the pills? Have you ever had a brother or a sister who’s sick? Did you wish you could switch so you’d get more gifts? Have you ever kinda wished you could be someone else? I know how you feel, I’ve been there myself CHORUS Envious, covetous, and dissatisfied Moping around with the big green eyes Resentful, unhappy, bitter and mean Feeling so angry that you want to scream Dragging around a great big gripe Listen up sister, I know what that’s like CHORUS
7.
B-R-A-V-E 01:17
B-R-A-V-E I’m brave I’m brave, I’m brave I will not be afraid I’ll let the nurses put me on a scale And then I’m weighed I’m weighed, I’m weighed I’ll also give my height And if you ask me nice To take my blood pressure I might I might, I might I might just be all right If I can B-R-A-V-E I think I’ll be all right It’s fine, OK I’ll let you take my temp If you would ask to stick it in my ear Then I’ll ascent Or underneath my arm Or even ‘neath my tongue But let’s just leave it there Before this whole thing comes undone Undone, Undone This song’s been almost sung But now we’re getting to the point Where things get way less fun A needle’s meant for sewing A needle’s meant for thread But when you say That needle’s meant for me I lose my head I’m gonna have to yell I’m gonna have to scream And the volume of this scream I’m warning you will be obscene What’s that? You’re done? You got just what you need? But I didn’t get to scream I barely got to beg or plead You know? Guess what? I think that I’m ok I’m walking out of here With just a tiny round band-aid I guess I’m brave That is what it must be We’re done, I’m fine, I did my time I’m B-R-A-V-E
8.
You've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me When the road looks rough ahead And you're miles and miles From your nice warm bed You just remember what your old pal said Boy, you've got a friend in me Yeah, you've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me If you've got troubles, I've got 'em too There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you We’ll stick together and we’ll see it through Cause you've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me Some other folks might be a little bit smarter than I am Bigger and stronger too, maybe But none of them will ever love you The way I do, it's me and you (kid) And as the years go by Our friendship will never die You're gonna see it's our destiny Yeah, you've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me You've got a friend in me
9.
CHORUS: I wanna be ready x3 when Joy comes back to me I've been downhearted x3 But I won't be down for long CHORUS I've been too long cryin' x3 I ain't cryin’ anymore CHORUS I felt tied to the ground lord x3 I’m getting lighter every day CHORUS I've been surrounded by midnight x3 The sun's gonna warm my face CHORUS
10.
Children, take care of your grownups They’re not quite as sure as they seem They’re quickly confused and easily bruised And come right apart at the seams Children, take care of your grownups Who’ve been there since your life began They stumble and plod and their techniques are flawed But they’re doing the best that they can Hey now we’re doing our best, we’re doing the best that we can Children, take care of your grownups These weird looking people you know They’re slow on the up-take and make lots of mis-takes But sometimes their brighter lights glow Children, take care of your grownups Even when you know that they’re wrong They stress and they guess and they’re not that well dressed But they’re trying so hard to be strong Hey now, we’re trying so hard, we’re trying so hard to be strong It’s a big, big world And we are so small Sometimes even grownups feel Like they’re not so tall So children, take care of your grownups Sometimes they’re still just like kids Little girls and boys grasping for poise Just like their own parents did Children, take care of your grownups These dishevelled women and men Hold them and keep them, love them and teach them They need you just like you need them Hey now, we need you, we need you just like you need us
11.
Walk On 03:39
Chorus: Walk On x6 Gonna keep on walking til I find my way back home Ducks and geese shuffle their feet Shake their feathers to the crazy beat Walk On x2 They keep on walking til they find their way back home Elephants stomping on the jungle floor Pack their trunks and they’re out the door Walk On x2 They keep on walking til they find their way back home Bears mope around with the low down blues They got bare feet cuz they got no shoes Walk On x2 They keep on walking til they find their way back home You can walk even when you’re sitting down Just roll your bad self through the town Walk On x2 You keep on walking til you find your way back home You can run, you can ride, you can rock and roll It ain’t in your feet, it’s in your soul Walk On x2 You keep on walking til you find your way back home
12.
You’re home when I hold you honey Home when I hold you dear Home in your daddy’s arms tonight Home when I hold you near You’re safe in your mommy’s arms Safe when she holds you tight Safe when your mommy holds you close Safe all through the night You’re loved my sweet, so loved Loved as you can be There’s more love for you darling Then there’s water in the sea You’re home when I hold you honey Home when I hold you dear Home in your daddy’s arms tonight Home when I hold you near
13.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine Deep Down in my heart, I’m gonna let it shine x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine The light that shines is the light of love Lights the darkness from above It shines on me and shines on you Shows what the power of love can do, I'm gonna Shine my light both far and near, I’m gonna Shine my light both bright and clear, Where there's a Dark corner in this land, I'm gonna Let my little light shine This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

about

In July of 2012, one of my twin five-year-old daughters was diagnosed with leukemia. It felt like we were drowning. For the first week or so, my wife and I walked around the hospital in a trance. Then I went home and got my guitar.

Over the next hospital-bound month, I sang to Clio almost every day. When she felt up to it, she sang with me and we even started to write songs together (starting with I’m a Little Monkey and Take a Little Walk with Me, included here). Music’s a big part of my life, but I was amazed by the transformative power of what we created together in that hospital room. Music truly can heal.

This project grew out of that experience. I wanted to share what Clio and I discovered with other kids and families traveling similar paths. Over the next few months, I wrote and collected songs that reflected our thoughts and feelings – the love, the pride, the (surprising amount of) joy, and some of the more difficult parts too.

These songs are about all of that. But mostly they’re songs to be sung. Whether you’re a family with a child who’s a patient, a grownup who’s a patient, or just a family who loves each other, these songs are for you – from us.

Alastair, Jane, Elsa & Clio

For more information about this project, please visit:
www.singingourway.com

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2014 GRAMMY Nomination, Best Children's Album
2013 Parents Choice Gold Medal
2013 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal
2013 People Magazine Best Kids' Album Pick
2013 Fids & Kamily Poll #3 Album of the Year

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released July 9, 2013

Produced by Anand Nayak and Alastair Moock

Featuring Chris Smither, Elizabeth Mitchell, Rani Arbo, Aoife O'Donovan, The Okee Dokee Brothers and more

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Alastair Moock Boston, Massachusetts

A 2013 Grammy Nominee and two-time Parents' Choice Gold Medal Winner, Alastair Moock makes music for the whole family: kids, parents, even discerning pets. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The Boston Globe calls him “one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters." ... more

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