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Songs for Kids

by Rabbit Island

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    Limited edition of Songs for Kids on 10" vinyl. Includes full colour artwork and lyric sheet.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Songs for Kids via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
when we lived on the river and the river did flood there were fishes swimming by we caught them with our hands and it was fun when the river did flood when the river did flood i was a young boy swimming by i caught a fish swimming by when the river did flood when the river did flood the river did flood now i live in a different land i drive a taxi in this land i like it here and i like my job but i can't catch fish in my hand when the river did flood… flood, flood flood, flood flood, flood flood, flood
2.
if you want a way to have a nice day this is a thing that you can do smile at somebody help somebody plant a flower or two if you want a way to have a nice day cook something for your mum or dad smile at your brother or sister and help them with something they're doing if they want your help this is a way to have a nice day do something you like to do maybe it's drawing or going for a walk whatever you like that's what you can do here's a way to have a nice day pat a pet like a cat or dog here's a way to have a nice day do a bit of stretching and exercise
3.
once there was a giant once there was a big man once there was a giant once there was a giant man he grew on a tree he grew on a tree he was a giant he was a giant man ooh ooh ohhhh ooh ooh ohhhh if you drink your milk if you drink your milk you will grow you will grow you'll be a big girl or boy you'll be a big girl or boy if you drink your milk if you drink your milk you'll be strong like a giant you'll be gentle like a lamb you'll be happy as a starfish you'll be jumping like a kangaroo
4.
in the forest far away lived a princess asleep a prince came and kissed her on the cheek then she woke up and they went swimming in the lake in the forest far away was a prince at the top of a tower he had long hair and let it out the window and the princess climbed up and helped him down the stairs in a forest far away lived three pigs hiding from a wolf but they were smart and they got away far far away in a forest far away lived a girl on a tuffet she saw a little spider but she didn't get scared in a forest far away teddy bears had a picnic with cakes and pickles and sandwiches a delicious picnic
5.
what noise does a camera make? click what noise does a kitten make? meow what noise does a lamb make? baa what noise does a horse make? neigh what noise does a girl make? hello what noise does a boy make? hello what noise does a duck make? quack quack what noise does a kangaroo make? tch tch what noise does a chair make? squeak squeak what noise does a kettle make? bubblebubblebubble what noise does a rainbow make? no one can say no one can tell no one knows
6.
plants need water plants need light plants need soil and plants need songs they grow up and you eat the leaves they grow up and you look at the flowers plants need water plants need light plants need soil and a kind word when they grow you eat the cucumbers when they grow you climb the trees plants need water plants need light plants need soil and a song
7.
egypt sphinx france napoleon japan emperor italy pizza germany snitzel latvia latvia latvia latvia england scones new zealand grass belgium chocolate
8.
all the colours are good colours all the colours are good for you all food is good food all food is good for you wear blue and green and pink and yellow and magenta and white and black eat broccoli and cucumbers and capsicum mangoes and icecream and chocolate sometimes television and books and movies books and movies drawing and music playing with clay and playing with friends and boggle and scrabble and monopoly all these things are good for you and you will love to do them and wear them and eat them and love them eat them and love them and wear them and play them i promise you
9.
little chicken on rollerskates little chicken on rollerskates where are you going to? i'm gonna catch up with you little chicken in your red dress little chicken in your red dress i'm gonna catch up to you i'm going to catch up to you little chicken with your frozen banana little chicken with your frozen banana won't you give me some of that banana won't you give me some of that banana little chicken you're my friend little chicken you're my friend i love you little chicken on your rollerskates let's go rolling by the river little chicken on your rollerskates little chicken on your rollerskates
10.
there was a kid on a bmx he road fast down the hill with his friends alongside him there was a boy on a bmx carrying the shopping home on the handlebars he went fast with his helmet on he was having lots of fun there was a boy on a bmx wearing a black tshirt his hair going fast behind him under his helmet to protect him a boy on a bmx boy on a bmx there was a girl on a bmx riding fast down the hill screaming out cos she was having such fun there was a girl on a bmx carrying the shopping home there was a girl on a bmx with all her friends and her brother there
11.
Insywinsy 00:27
insywinsy spider climbed up the water spout down came the rain and washed poor insy out out come the sunshine and dried up all the rain so insywinsy spider climbed up the spout again
12.
twinkle twinkle little star how i wonder what you are up above the world so high like a diamond in the sky twinkle twinkle little star how i wonder what you are
13.
three blind mice three blind mice see how they run see how they run they all ran after the farmer's wife she cut off their tails with a carving knife did you ever see such a thing in your life? as three blind mice three blind mice
14.
some days are harder days then the normal days some days are sadder days than others but that's alright cos that's what this life is like and you'll feel better soon i promise you some days you'll have to make cupcakes to feel good some days you'll have to eat cupcakes to feel good but that's alright, alright, ok not every day can be the best day feeling sad is fine sometimes and everyone sometimes feels sad
15.
It's Time 01:24
it's time for you to go to bed think of nice things in your bed with your soft pyjamas on you'll have nice dreams in the morning you'll have toast it's time for you to go to bed give your family a cuddle the world will be sleeping too animals and all your pals plants and fish and the ocean sleeping soundly sleeping soundly like you

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"If I were a kid, I would listen to this album all the time. I sort of am still a kid, even though i'm 25 years old now, and I still want to listen to this album all the time.

For me there are several standout tracks on this album, Once There was a Giant, Little Chicken on Rollerskates, the list goes on, but my personal favourite is 'What Noise Does A Camera Make?' I like this song so much because all the sounds of the things are very accurate, particularly the rainbow." ~ Peter Bibby ~

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From Bedroom Suck: Early 2020 will see Rabbit Island reissue Songs for Kids.

The album is made up of fifteen tracks, recorded to tape by Amber in a kitchen in Melbourne, a bunch of years ago. The selections range from new takes on traditional lullabies to incredibly powerful and simple ruminations on our world and the social systems we have built.

The result is startling. It is a beautiful record, clearly and simply presented, and all the more elegant thanks to a steady stream of tape hiss and the sound of nylon strings buzzing against stone walls.

Songs for Kids re-release couldn’t be more timely. After a devastating summer in Australia, perhaps the first in which mainstream audiences finally acknowledged the all-to-real effects of climate change, and the wild times of Covid, this collection of songs deals a powerful blow. After years of being faced by an Australian people with a stubborn refusal to listen, it seems Amber Fresh has chosen to send a message in the simplest and most reliable method she knows - writing songs for kids.

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released April 24, 2020

Songs for Kids was recorded in Lucy's kitchen in Melbourne on the lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. Mastered at Poons Head, Nyungar land, by Rob Grant. Rabbit Island acknowledges and pays respects to elders past, present and emerging of these nations.

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