GROW

by Andrew Queen

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    Canadian Folk Music Award 2012 -- nominee!
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Andrew "Too Tall" Queen dishes up one super-sized order of fun! With generous helpings of original tunes about food, sprinkled with silliness and seasoned with sweet sing-a-longs, GROW will leave folks with a belly full of laughs and hungry for more!

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released November 1, 2011

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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: Macaroni and Cheese
My mom calls me a picky eater
But really… I like all kinds of food
Like cheeseburgers, pizza and spaghetti
Or chicken fingers if I’m in the mood
But there’s one thing I like better ’n all of these
I wish that I could always eat macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese Macaroni & cheese!
Won’t you make some for my dinner pretty please?
You say that greens are good to eat but they don’t taste good to me
Won’t you please make macaroni and cheese

I’ll eat fruit if it’s blended into milkshakes
Tomatoes in the ketchup on my fries
I’ll eat carrots baked into a carrot cake
And pickles even though they’re just cucumbers in disguise
I’ll help you pick the green beans and even shell the peas.
But please don’t put them on my plate – I just want mac and cheese

Macaroni and cheese Macaroni & cheese!
Won’t you make some for my dinner pretty please?
You say that greens are good to eat but they don’t taste good to me
Won’t you please make macaroni and cheese

They hide sweet potato puree in my pancakes
’n’ they’re always trying to sneak in something green
Like spinach blended into my spaghetti sauce
And broccoli in my birthday cake! — Well that was just plain mean!
One day when I get older I’ll eat anything, you’ll see
For now my all-time favourite is macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese Macaroni & cheese!
Won’t you make some for my dinner pretty please?
You say that greens are good to eat but they don’t taste good to me
Won’t you please make macaroni and cheese
Won’t you please, please make macaroni and cheese
Won’t you please, please, please make macaroni and cheese
Track Name: Stone Soup
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone
But when she got there the cupboard was bare. She said, “It’s time to make soup from a stone.”
So she went out back ‘n’ found three round rocks and scrubbed ‘em good and clean
She filled a pot of water and put it on the fire and dropped those rocks right in

Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
We’ll stir it up together and serve it up hot
If we each bring a little we’ll all have a lot
Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
Come on everybody make yourselves at home

Jack and Jill tumbled down the hill to see what was going on
”Herbs & spice would be quite nice to bring out the taste of the stone.”
Jack came back with pepper and salt. Jill brought parsley and thyme
Little Boy Blue brought savoury, too. And the soup started smelling fine

Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
We’ll stir it up together and serve it up hot
If we each bring a little we’ll all have a lot
Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
Come on everybody make yourselves at home

Humpty Dumpty jumped from the wall and landed on his feet
He asked Mother Hubbard what he could do. She said “Carrots would make the broth sweet.”
Mary, Mary quite contrary had a nice garden you know
She brought some potatoes, ripe red tomatoes and onions right outta the row

Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
We’ll stir it up together and serve it up hot
If we each bring a little we’ll all have a lot
Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
Come on everybody make yourselves at home

Next thing you know everybody was there dropping veggies into the pot
Garden green beans, garlic and peas and cold, crunchy celery stalks
Hey diddle diddle the cat played the fiddle the cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such soup and everybody grabbed a spoon

Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
We’ll stir it up together and serve it up hot
If we each bring a little we’ll all have a lot
Stone soup Stone soup! Soup from a stone Soup from a stone!
Come on everybody make yourselves at home
Track Name: Whoa Jack!
Jack woke from the very same dream he’d had a hundred times before
It was a pancake breakfast with maple syrup, bacon & sausage and so much more
The dream seemed so real he could almost taste it now
When he was jolted back to the harsh reality his mother said Jack go sell the cow

Whoa Jack! Cut him some slack!
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah
Whoa Jack! You’d better get back
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!

He met a man on the sideroad who gave him a handful of beans
But his mother threw them out the kitchen window -- she didn’t believe in magic it seems
Next day Jack woke up – and he couldn’t believe his eyes
Then he climbed and climbed and climbed and climbed the magic beanstalk up to the sky

At the top of the beanstalk he found a castle in the clouds
And then a FEE FI FO FUM !!! knocked him over thundering loud
Found a place to hide in the kitchen while the giant counted his gold
And when he fell asleep Jack snuck across his lap and stole a sackful of coins so bold.

He went back up the beanstalk and hid in the kitchen again
He heard, “Fee fi fo fum I smell the blood of an Englishman!!”
The giant sat in his great big chair and soon began to snore
And then Jack stole the hen that laid golden eggs and high-tailed it out the back door.

Last time up the beanstalk he stole the magic harp that could sing
But the harp cried out and woke up the giant and just about ruined everything
Back home jack grabbed an axe and gave the beanstalk a mighty chop
And then the giant tumbled down to the ground from high in the sky with a flip flap flop.
Track Name: Little Red Hen
Little Red Hen went out one morn,
And found a little grain of corn
“Who’s gonna help me plant this seed?”
She asked her friends Pig, Dog & Sheep

“Who will help me dig the row
and turn the soil up with a hoe?”
“Not I” said Sheep, “Not I” said Pig
Dog said, “I’ve got bones to dig.”

Ha, ha, ha, come & play
Little Red Hen needs help today!
Ha, ha, ha, you and me
Little Red Hen’s a friend in need!

“Who will help me water the seed
and dig up all these nasty weeds?”
“Not I” said Pig, “Not I” said Dog
Sheep said, “Go ask Mr. Frog!”

“Who will help me pick the crop
and tears the husks from the cobs?”
“Not I” said Sheep, “Not I” said Dog
Pig was busy sawing logs. (Zzzzz….) CHORUS

“Who will help me grind it up
and mix it with some eggs and milk?”
“Not I” said Dog, “Not I” said Sheep
Pig didn’t answer, he was still asleep!

“Muffins are ready, who wants to eat?”
They all came running, “Me!” “Me!” “Me!”
Little Red Hen asked, “Why should I share?
When I needed help you were not there.” CHORUS

Pig, Dog, Sheep began to cry
And said, “We want to apologize!
You worked so hard, we didn’t see
That a friend in need is a friend indeed.”

Little Red Hen began to sing
“Forgiveness is a noble thing.”
So she gave each friend their own corncake
And hoped they learned from their mistake! CHORUS
Track Name: Fried Ham
Fried ham, fried ham
Cheese and baloney
And after the macaroni
We’ll have some pickles, and onions, and pretzels,
And then we’ll have some more fried ham!

Fried yams, fried yams
Cheese ravioli
And after the guacamole
We’ll have samosas and tofu and hummus
And then we’ll have some more fried yams!
Track Name: Witch's Brew
I know an old witch who went out one night
To boil up a brew to stir up a fright
She tossed in a toadstool and a hiss of a cat
Some musty dusty powders and the tail of a rat

She cackled like a jackle by the pale moonlight
Sipped from the ladel but it wasn’t quite right
She went out a-searchin’ in the deep dark woods
The potion needed something to be terribly good

She picked up a plant. It was poison oak
And swallowed three leaves … it ain’t no joke
Perhaps she’ll croak

I know an old witch who swallowed a goblin
Whose eyeballs were wiggling and waggling and wobbling
She swallowed the goblin to the chase the oak
The poison oak… perhaps she’ll croak

I know an old witch who swallowed a vampire
“One vampire! Ah ha ha ha ha!”
She sat by the campfire and swallowed a vampire

I know an old witch who swallowed an ogre
“Get out of my swamp!”
The ogre was dripping with green slimy boogers

I know an old witch who swallowed a zombie
What good would this song be without a zombie?

I know an old witch who swallowed a wizard
“Alakazam!”
Who cast a spell and got stuck in her gizzard

The spell created a spooky fog
And turned the old witch into a frog

And she croaked up the wizard, chased by the zombie…ogre…vampire…goblin…poison oak…
And then she croaked! “Ribbet, Ribbet!”
Track Name: Green is the Scene
Broccoli and spinach, lettuce, peas
Frogs and turtles, plants and trees
Icky sticky boogers from an ogre's sneeze
What is the same in all of these?

Green is the scene
Green is what I mean
Green is the scene
Green is what I mean

Green is the colour that they share
Just like Kermit's wavy hair
... Hey... Kermit the frog? Frog's don't have hair!
... Well, if he did, it would be green... probably..
When you're driving green means go
Go clip the nails off a dragon's toe

Chorus

Green is slimey guts and goo
Moss and mould and a witch's brew
I once saw a snake and a lizard too
Playing on a tuba and a big kazoo
Track Name: Worms
Nobody gets me, everyone forgets me,
I think I'll go eat worms!
Short fat squishy ones,
Long thin slimy ones,
Chewy, Gooey, Icky, Ooey Worms!

Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
Oh how they squiggle and squirm!
Long slim slimy ones,
Short, fat juicy ones,
Itsy bitsy fuzzy wuzzy worms

Long thin slimy ones slip down easily
Short fat fuzzy ones don't
The short fat fuzzy ones stick to your teeth
And the juice goes slurpin' (slurping noise) down your throat

Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
See how they wiggle and squirm!
Long slim, slimy ones,
Short, fat juicy ones,
Itsy bitsy fuzzy wuzzy worms.

Now everybody gets me, no-one forgets me
Why did I eat those worms?!!
Long slim slimy ones,
Short, fat juicy ones,
Itsy bitsy fuzzy wuzzy worms.
Track Name: Three Billy Goats Gruff
Oh Ho! We are the Billy Goats Gruff
Oh Ho! The Billy Goats Gruff are we
Oh Ho! We are the Billy Goats Gruff
Oh Ho! The Billy Goats Gruff are we

Our story begins as the littlest Billy Goat Gruff crosses the bridge
Trip trop, trip trop, … And the Troll said,
Who’s that trip tropping over my bridge?
I’m a hungry Troll with an empty fridge

Oh Ho! Please be kind to me!
I’m the littlest Billy Goat Gruff as you can see
Oh Ho! I’m much too skinny for you
You should wait for my bigger brother who’s coming_along soon

So the Troll grumbled while he thought about it
Hmmmmm….
Very well. Be off before I change my mind
You may cross my bridge but just this one time
And so by and by, along came the middle sized Billy Goat Gruff
Trip trop, trip trop, … And the Troll said,
Who’s that trip tropping over my bridge?
I’m a hungry Troll with an empty fridge

Oh Ho! Please be kind to me!
I’m the middle sized Billy Goat Gruff as you can see
Oh Ho! I’m much too skinny for you
You should wait for my bigger brother who’s coming_along soon

So the Troll grumbled while he thought about it
Hmmmmm….
Very well. Be off before I change my mind
You may cross my bridge but just this one time
And so by and by, along came the great big Billy Goat Gruff
Trip trop, trip trop, … And the Troll said,
Who’s that trip tropping over my bridge?
I’m a hungry Troll with an empty fridge

Oh Ho! Please be kind to me
I’m the great big Billy Goat Gruff as you can see
Oh Ho! You can’t carry on
Bullying everybody who comes along

Well you know the only reason I act this way
Is because I’ve never had a friend to hang out with or play
Nobody seems to want to make friends with a Troll
Sometimes I just want to crawl into a deep dark hole

Oh Ho! Why don’t you come with me
Come be friends with us the Billy Goats Three
Oh Ho! If you’ll stop playing rough
You can come be friends with us the Billy Goats Gruff
Track Name: Pizza Tree
On top of my pizza with hot melted cheese

I lost my pepperoni with a gigantic sneeze

It stuck to the ceiling and fell to the floor

Then my pepperoni bounced out the back door


It rolled through my sandbox and bounced off a truck

Then my pepperoni, it landed in muck!

It lay there all summer and right through the snow

And then in the springtime it started to grow


It grew tiny branches like you’d never believe

With pepperoni flowers and pizza crust leaves

Now whenever I’m hungry I just have to go

Out into the backyard where my pizza tree grows
Track Name: Orange is the Thing
Sing sing sing! Orange is the thing
Smiles and laughter fill the air around the campfire ring
Sing, sing, sing! Orange is the thing
Makes the world around us bright so sing, sing, sing!

Once there was a little mouse. His name it doesn’t matter
Had a pumpkin for a house and his heart went pitter-patter
For a ginger cat came creeping round looking for some dinner
Peeked through the jack-o-lantern’s eye the mouse began to quiver

That old tomcat was clever had brought along some cheese
Made a trail of cheddar bits and hid behind some trees
But the mouse popped out of the pumpkin’s nose ran for the setting sun
Found haven in a carrot patch that lucky mouse had won

So let’s sing sing sing! Orange is the thing
Smiles and laughter fill the air around the campfire ring
Sing, sing, sing! Orange is the thing
Makes the world around us bright so sing, sing, sing!

Once there was a little girl staring into a stream
Sparkling scales of goldfish tails lead her into a dream
Robins flew into the blue and tangerine skies
Orange stripes of tigers danced with monarch butterflies

So if you’re feeling down someday you know what you can do
Imagine something orange to warm your body through
Mangoes, peaches, clementines and loooong summer days
Fill your mind with bright sunshine chase those blues away

So let’s sing sing sing! Orange is the thing
Smiles and laughter fill the air around the campfire ring
Sing, sing, sing! Orange is the thing
Makes the world around us bright so sing, sing, sing!
Track Name: Too Tall
When I was an itty bitty baby my feet looked like water skis
I had long skinny legs and long skinny arms and great big knobbly knees
My mother took one loving look as I began to bawl
She said with a smile, “Just wait a while this one’s gonna be too tall.”

Too Tall, my feet hang over the bed
Too Tall, I’m always bumping my head

Well people often ask me, “Do you play basketball?”
“How’s the weather up there?” and “How did you get so tall?”
Well it’s not from eating spinach or munching on string beans
The reason for my height is my family’s too tall genes.

Too Tall, my feet hang over the bed
Too Tall, I’m always bumping my head

My friends all said when I turn to the side I practically disappear
Toothpick, skinny bones, stretch and slim are some of the taunts I’d hear
You better watch out on a windy day, you might just blow away
I wished I could be the bionic man just to hear what they would say.

Too Tall, my feet hang over the bed
Too Tall, I’m always bumping my head

I’ve taken trips on aeroplanes with my knees buckled up to my chin
I’ve cracked my head on doorframes, almost every house that I’m in
And just for the record I’m not very good at basketball
Just some of the trials and tribulations of being too tall.

Too Tall, my feet hang over the bed
Too Tall, I’m always bumping my head
Track Name: Just Down the Road
Last night at the table I found myself amazed
So many different countries were visiting my plate
Lamb from New Zealand, red peppers from Peru
Asparagus from Mexico and Chinese garlic, too

I thought of Laura Ingalls that pioneering girl
Wondered what she’d think of our carbon crazy world
I think that Laura Ingalls would shake her head and frown
To see the waste that we create moving food around

We can’t grow bananas in the cold
And let’s hope that the Family Farm’s never sold
‘Cause the apples are crisp and sweet. And the cheddar can’t be beat
There’s good eating from just down the road

This morning when I woke up I thought about the Farm
And all the ways that I could try to do less harm
I went driving in the country stopped at a roadside stand
Down at the market I shook a farmer’s hand

I started me a garden just three feet wide
And planted some tomatoes, green beans and chives
I ‘m gonna read a book about how to make my own jam
Preserving fruits and vegetables means I won’t need to buy ’em in a can

We can’t grow mangos in the cold.
And let’s hope that the Family Farm’s never sold
‘Cause the carrots are crisp and sweet. And the maple syrup can’t be beat
There’s good eating from just down the road

So ask your produce manager what’s local and what’s ripe
Remember what’s spewing from that truck’s tailpipe
We’ve gotta check the labels. Put our habits to the test
‘Cause when we eat in season you know the food tastes its best

You shouldn’t need a passport when you’re at the grocery store
If you stay within a 100 miles you’d be a locavore
The pioneers could do it so why can’t we?
It’s time that we think local and act responsibly

We can’t grow avocadoes in the cold
And let’s hope that the Family Farm’s never sold
‘Cause the turnips are crisp and sweet. And the wild blueberries can’t be beat
There’s good eating from just down the road

So come on! Let’s get started! Check your plate
Add up your food miles the planet can’t wait
When you buy local it lessens the load
There’s good eating from just down the road