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

by Alastair Moock

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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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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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Track Name: I Am the Light
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.
Track Name: When I Get Bald
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
Track Name: I'm a Little Monkey
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
Track Name: Take a Little Walk with Me (feat. Elizabeth Mitchell)
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
Track Name: Hard Travelin' (feat. The Okee Dokee Brothers)
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
Track Name: Have You Ever Been Jealous? (feat. Rani Arbo)
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
Track Name: B-R-A-V-E
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
Track Name: You've Got a Friend in Me (feat. Chris Smither)
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
Track Name: Joy Comes Back
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
Track Name: Take Care of Your Grownups
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
Track Name: Walk On
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
Track Name: Home When I Hold You (feat. Aoife O’Donovan)
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
Track Name: This Little Light of Mine (feat. The World’s Bravest Kids)
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