Alligator Tracks

by Andrew Queen

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released June 1, 2004

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Andrew Queen Ontario

Andrew "Too Tall" Queen is one of the tallest talents in Canada’s family-folk music scene, engaging big and little folks with his animated delivery of original fairy tale songs and twisted traditionals.

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Track Name: Crazy Purple Day
I see purple . . . all around me
I see purple . . . all around me

Grape juice dribbling down my chin
Thunder clouds a-rolling in
Wandering through the lilac trees
They smell so sweet they make me sneeze – Achoo!

Eggplants have a purple skin
Like the bruise I’ve got on my shin
Riding on my mountain bike
I saw a purple monster. Yikes!

The monster was sitting all alone
Wearing violet robes and amethyst stones
Orchids braided in its hair
I crashed my bike and sat and stared

Monster saw me and said, “Hello
Can you tell me where the lilacs grow?”
I pointed and it walked away
What a crazy purple day
Track Name: Gator Hunt
Going on a gator hunt
Gonna catch a big one
I’m not scared
Long tail
Rough scales
And a mouth full of big, sharp teeth

Uh oh! . . . a pond . . . a slimy, grimy pond
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it
Can’t go around it
I guess we’ll have to swim

Uh oh! . . . a forest . . . a wrangly, tangly forest
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it
Can’t go around it
I guess we’ll have to climb through

Uh oh! . . . a swamp . . . an icky, stinky swamp
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it
Can’t go around it
I guess we’ll have to walk through

Uh oh! . . . Long tail . . . Rough scales . . . And sharp teeth . . .
It . . . must . . . be . . . an . . . ALLIGATOR!
Quick! Out of the swamp
Through the forest
Through the pond
There’s your driveway
Open the door
Close it! Lock it! Whew!
See ya later alligator!
In a while crocodile.
Track Name: If I Had the Wings
If I had the wings of a butterfly
Out to the meadow I’d fly
Sipping the nectar from wildflowers
Watching the sun go by

If I had the legs of a bullfrog
Out to the swamp I would jump
Munching on blackflies and skeeters
Right from my favourite stump

If I had the jaws of an alligator
Under the waters I’d lurk
Watching for unsuspecting creatures
Then I’d snap and I’d snarl and I’d smirk

Chorus
With an Ooh la la, Ooh la la, Ooh la
Ooh la la, Ooh la la lee. Whee- hee!
Ooh la la, Ooh la la, Ooh la
The swamp is the place for me


If I had the trunk of an elephant
Cross the savannah I’d roam
Looking for mud baths and waterholes
Until it’s time to go home

If I had the arms of a monkey
Up through the jungle I’d climb
Munching on bugs and bananas
Swinging through branches and vines


Chorus
. . . The jungle’s the place for me


If I had the wings of a dragon
Over the mountains I’d soar
Burning down forests and villages
With a fiery shriek and a roar

And if I had the paws of a kitty cat
Out in the backyard I’d play
Sneaking and pouncing on butterflies
Until the end of the day


Chorus
. . . The backyard’s the place for me
Track Name: Little Tree Frog (Red song)
The little tree frog said, “Red, red
Red, red. Red, red.”
The little tree frog said, “Red, red
What is the colour red?”

If your body is covered in red itchy spots
You’ve got the chicken pox, probably the chicken pox
And chickens have to watch out for the hungry fox
‘Cause it’s time for lunch

We all have to stop when we see the colour red
At a traffic light, in the day or night
You know the stove is hot when it glows red and bright
So keep your hands away

Red is the colour of ripe tomatoes
Santa’s cherry nose, or a red rose
A ladybug’s shell or apples in a bowl
And don’t forget that fox

The little tree frog said, “Red, red
Red, red. Red, red.”
The little tree frog said, “Red, red
That is the colour red!
Track Name: Mama Don't Allow
Mama don’t allow no hand clapping round here
Mama don’t allow no hand clapping round here
I don’t care what mama don’t allow
I’m gonna clap my hands anyhow
Mamma don’t allow no hand clapping round here

Mama don’t allow no foot stomping round here
Mama don’t allow no foot stomping round here
I don’t care what mama don’t allow
I’m gonna stomp my feet anyhow
Mamma don’t allow no foot stomping round here

Mama don’t allow no jumping on the couch
Mama don’t allow no jumping on the couch
I don’t care what mama don’t allow
I’m gonna jump on the couch anyhow
Mamma don’t allow no jumping on the couch

Mama don’t allow no whispering around here
Mama don’t allow no secrets around here
I don’t care what mama don’t allow
I’m gonna whisper secrets anyhow
Mamma don’t allow no secrets around here

Mama don’t allow no hollering around here
Mama don’t allow no hollering around here
I don’t care what mama don’t allow
I’m gonna hoot and holler anyhow
Mamma don’t allow no hollering’ around here

Mama don’t allow no messing around here
Mama don’t allow no messing around here
I don’t care what mama don’t allow
I’m gonna mess around anyhow
Mamma don’t allow no messing around here
Track Name: I's the B'y
I’s the b’y that builds the boat
And I’s the b’y that sails her
I’s the b’y that catches the fish
And brings ‘em home to Lizer

CHORUS
Hip yer partner, Sally Thibault
Hip yer partner, Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton’s Harbour
All around the circle

Sods and rinds to cover your flake
Cake and tea for supper
Codfish in the spring o’ the year
Fried in maggotty butter

I don’t want your maggoty fish
That’s no good for winter
I could buy as good as that
Down in Bonavista

I took Lizer to a dance
And faith, but she could travel
Every step that she did take
Was up to her knees in gravel

I’s the b’y that builds the boat
And I’s the b’y that sails her
I’s the b’y that catches the fish
And brings ‘em home to Lizer
Track Name: Blue is the Colour of the Sea
Blue is the colour of the sea

Blue is the colour of the sea


There is blue, there is blue

Blue all around us can’t you see


There’s a big blue whale blowing bubbles in the sea

There is blue ....


There’s a bluebird on the back

of the whale bubbles in the sea

There is blue ...


There’s a berry in the beak

of the bird on the back

of the whale blowing bubbles in the sea

There is blue ...


There’s a bright blue bug

on the berry in the beak

of the bird on the back

of the whale blowing bubbles in the sea

There is blue ...


There’s a tear in the eye

of the bug on the berry

in the beak of the bird on the back

of the whale blowing bubbles in the sea

Feeling blue . . . oh so blue . . .


I wonder what that poor bug’s gonna do?
Track Name: Three Pig Jig
I woke up in the morning, headed out on my own
It was time to leave that old pigsty and build myself a home
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
Built the floors Built the doors
From top to bottom the entire house
Was made of straw

My brother came to visit, he said he couldn’t stay
He didn’t think much of my house of straw he had a better way
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
Built the chairs Built the stairs
From top to bottom the entire house
Was made of sticks

My little sister’s happening, this piglet’s outa sight
And when she built her house you know she did it right
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
Built the walls Built the halls
From top to bottom the entire house
Was made of bricks

She said that we were welcome
To visit any time
Day or night, dark or bright
Weather rain or shine

There I was back in the kitchen just a-sipping on some tea
When the Big Bad Wolf came knockin’ and a-loookin’ out for me
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
Well he huffed And he puffed
With a ravenous and salivating grin
He blew the house in!

So I hurried to my brother’s. That wolf he wanted in
We said “Not by the hairs of our chin chin chinny chin!”
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
He huffed And he puffed
With a ravenous and salivating frown
He blew the house down

We hustled to our sister’s. That wolf wanted in
We said “Not by the hairs of our chin chin chinny chin!”
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
He huffed And he puffed
Even though that big bad wolf gave his all
The house stood tall

The wolf jumped down the chimney
He landed in the pot
The fire was a-burning
And the soup was boiling hot
Hah woooooo !! (howling)

With his tail between his legs that poor old wolf scampered home
And you can bet that from now on he’s gonna leave these pigs alone
Shoobie, shoobie Howlie, howlie
We danced A little jig
And that’s the story of the Big Bad Wolf
And the Three Little Pigs

That’s the story of the Big Bad Wolf & the Three Little Pigs!
Track Name: The Cat Came Back
Old Mr. Johnson had a ginger cat
Who clawed up the chairs and his favourite hat
Nothing in the house was safe from harm
So he gave the cat away to a neighbouring farm

Chorus
But the cat came back the very next day
The cat came back. They thought he was a goner
But the cat came back. He just couldn’t stay away

He put the cat outside on a blizzardy night
The wind was howling. What a shivery sight
Never before had they seen such a storm
The cat dug a hole beneath the shed to keep warm

He gave it to a fisherman who promised he would take
The cat on a tour of the bottom of the lake
A scuffle on the boat made a curious sound
When all was said and done it was the fisherman who drowned

He put it on a train on the eastbound tracks
He sent it to his sister in Halifax
The engine jumped the tracks as it rounded a bend
The locomotive met a twisted mangled fiery end

One day that cat had kittens too
When a giant tornado came twisting through
The house was torn to pieces. The cat flew all about
The air was full of kittens! A cat-astrophe no doubt