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Junior

by The Alphabeticians

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"Junior" is our second album. The digital version is available as of 4/29/12, the CD will be available on June 2nd, at our CD Release Party at Eat.Art.Theater. in NE Portland, starting at 4 p.m.

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released 29 April 2012
The Alphabeticians are:
Mr. E (Eric Levine): Vocals, guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, toy piano, hi-hat, tambourine, jews harp
Mr. Hoo (Jeff Inlay): Vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, glockenspiel, tambourine, shakers, cowbell, hand claps, claves, woodblock, triangle

Guest Musicians:
Professor Banjo - Banjo & Washboard on #5 and #13
Matt Clark - Bass on #2, #5, #8, #9, #11 and #15
Abby Sarmac - Cello on #17

Produced, Mixed and Engineered by The Alphabeticians at Kid's Recording Studio

Executive Producers: Blaise "Freight Train" Lamphier, Grandma Pye Private Eye

Cover Art: Olive Rootbeer

Special Thanks: Felix, Lincoln & Lara Levine, Aidan & Carter Inlay, Grandma Pye Private Eye, Blaise, Allie & Ivy Lamphier, Tom & Linda Inlay, Jan Reed & Guy Oboler, Peter & Gale Levine, Mary Swope, PDX Kids Calendar, Dot Rust, Zooglobble, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl, Flying Cat Coffee Co., Milagros Boutique, Matt Clark, Paul Silveria (Professor Banjo), Olive Rootbeer, Libraries

All songs wriiten by The Alphabeticians, published by Fish47Music (BMI)

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The Alphabeticians Portland, Oregon

Self made millionaires seeking out vigilante justice from a cave? No. Huge, scary, reptilian beasts from an ancient time? No. Space travelers from the other side of the universe trapped here because their ship ran out of fuel? Maybe, but no. Then who, or more precisely, what are The Alphabeticians? They are 2 guys (Mr. Hoo & Mr. E) who love playing quirky, funny, upbeat songs for kids & families. ... more

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Track Name: Theme Song Revisited
Just when you open your eyes
Here’s a little surprise
From the ABC Guys
Yeah, those ABC Guys
Say you and j r on the swings
Or hanging from the oval rings
You can take the alphabet and sing it backwards
For ABCs we are your men
From NME to LFN
Anemone to Zebra
Oh the things we say when we play with the alphabet all day
The Alphabeticians
Track Name: Fly
Gonna sit till I crawl
Crawl till I stand
Stand till I walk
Walk till I run
Run till I dance
Gonna dance till I fly

Why am I not flying?
Track Name: Elephant
Look around on the ground
Big round holes in sets of four by haystacks
It's clear they've been here
What's their business they are not indigenous.

Everywhere in this town you see elephants
Not just in the zoo, behind every fence.
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant.
Infinity in a hose, for a nose
that was heaven sent.
Leathery and tan like my old man
he's no sycophant.
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant.

Try to dance like one now
Swing your trunk back and forth
Now you're a trunkophant.
Hear them making the sound.

Everywhere in this town you see elephants.
Brown round mound on the ground,
that's their excrement.
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant
Infinity in a hose, for a nose
that was heaven sent
T - M - B - E
Yeah you know me
They might be elephants
E - L - E - P - H - A - N - T
that spells elephant
Track Name: General Relativity
Your cousin is the son or daughter
of the sister or the brother
of your father or your mother

(repeat x2)

Your aunt is the woman who has the
same mom or dad
as your mom or dad had
Your uncle is the man who has
the same mom or dad
as your mom or dad had
Unless he's the mister
who married their sister

Your cousin is the son or daughter
of the sister or the brother
of your father or your mother

(repeat)

It's all relative
It's all relative
It's all relative
Track Name: Wotchado
Well, I've got a dad he's a really good dad but sometimes he gets mad.
I've got a sis, she screamed while I was swinging and she made me miss.
I've got a bro he says I'm short and I'll never grow

Well all of these people, they're my family.
I'm stuck with them and they're stuck with me
But it's just like my daddy told me back when I was two:
I may not always like what you do but I'll always love you.

Well, I've got a mother sometimes she confuses me with my brother.
I love my gramps but I worked really hard and he paid me with stamps.
I've got a grammie one time she looked at me and she called my Tammy

Well all of these people, they're my family.
I'm stuck with them and they're stuck with me
But it's just like my daddy told me back in ought-two:
I may not always like what you do but I'll always love you.

I know I'm not perfect, I make mistakes too
I tracked mud in the house, I wrote on the wall, knocked over my mom's stew.

I've got a dad, he's a really good dad, but sometimes I make him mad.
I've got a sis, one time I got mad and hit her with my fist.
I've got a bro I remember that time I stepped hard on his toe.

Well all of these people, they're my family.
I'm love them and they love me
But it's just like my daddy told me back in '72:
I may not always like what you do but I'll always love you.
Track Name: Alpha Bravo Charlie
Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel India Juliet Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec (papa quebec) Romeo Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey X-ray Yankee Zulu (zulu)

The international civil aviation organization’s alphabet: radiotelephony
We don’t know what it means, but if you fly a plane they make you learn it,
And if you don’t, they won’t let you fly away.
Track Name: Garbage Eve
It isn’t what you take, it’s what you leave on garbage eve.
Track Name: I'm Flying
If I could fly I would spend all day flying.
If I could fly I would look up at the sky and see myself flying.
If I could fly I would sing a song about how I am flying.
If I could fly I would find a bird and say "Hey, we're both flying."
If I could fly I would only eat food that was good for flying.
If I could fly I would shout to the world:
I'm flying
I'm flying
I'm flying
I'm flying

If I could fly don't you think I would spend every second of the day flying.
Track Name: Send Him Back
Everyone’s excited about the new little addition
But he seems like a subtraction to me
A magician with distraction I can see in his reaction
He’s trying to evaporate me
Trying to prestidigitate me
I’ll strike back, I’m gonna throw him off his track
I’m gonna send the little bugger back
It was fun while it lasted, I know I’ll be lambasted
But it’s time to send the little bugger back
Send him back I don’t need him
Did you know you have to feed him?
It’s time to send the little bugger back
All my stuff he’ll never borrow
Mom and dad will feel the sorrow
Maybe I’ll send the little bugger back tomorrow
Track Name: I Farted
In my brown windbreaker I slice right through the cheddar
Do you follow me? Or better we should just walk side by side
Gulps of air you swallow when you eat or when you chew
Work their way around down there and come back out of you

I farted! I farted!
Knocked the wind right out of me
I smelt it and I dealt it, took my knife and cut the cheese
I farted! I farted!
The beginning of my end, and now I’ll say I’m sorry and I hope we can still be friends.
Track Name: Twins
It’s a baby in the mirror it’s another baby
Wait it’s not a baby it’s an echo it’s a mic check
Double helix double vision
Do I have to decide?
Two left feet, pair of shoes, A batteries
Yes good egg no evil chicken batteries
Are you kidding me did you really think you’d never need another pair of AA batteries?

The twins are more than you asked for
All that you’ve got and more than you deserve
And if you ask me I’ll say
Every day is two’s day
Today must be a birthday and another birthday

It’s a movie, it’s a double feature, it’s a double double feature
(that’s a double feature about a double feature)
It’s the tandem bike you took to get yourself to the shows
It’s a two lane highway with a double decker bus with two rows of double seats on the inside.
Have a twin pop popsicle sit back and enjoy the ride and the hum of the countryside.

The twins are more than you asked for
All that you’ve got and more than you deserve
And if you ask me I’ll say
Every day is two’s day
Today must be a birthday and another birthday
Track Name: The Big Parade
That man in the top hat standing on the corner looking at the big parade,
What could he possibly see?
He holds a microphone above his head until the sky begins to fall
Downtown on the top hat standing on the corner looking at the man in the big parade.
Track Name: I'm Gonna Eat
I’m gonna eat a peach
Even though it might be out of reach
I’m gonna eat a peach

I’m gonna eat a pear
I’ll eat it all, but if you want some I’ll share
I’m gonna eat a pear.

I'm gonna eat a grape
Even if I have to take it from an ape
I'm gonna eat a grape.

I’m gonna eat a carrot
No no no, I didn’t say parrot!
I’m gonna eat a carrot

I’m gonna eat a shoe
I know that’s a silly thing to do
but I’m gonna eat a shoe

I’m gonna eat a bug
I just saw it crawling on the rug
so I’m gonna eat a bug

I’m gonna eat the moon
Look up there one day real soon.
'Cause I’m gonna eat the moon.

I’m gonna eat the sun
I think it sounds like a whole lot of fun
I’m gonna eat the sun.

I’m not feeling very good
That’s because I ate everything I could
now I’m not feeling very good
Track Name: Spooky Alphabet at a Distance
A B C D
E F G H
I J K L M N O P
Q R S T
U V W
X Y Z
What do you see

Z Y X
W V U
T S R Q P O N M
L K J I
H G F E
D C B A
What do you say

A B C D
E F G H
I J K
What do you say
Track Name: Toast
What’s better than bread? It’s toast!

When ice gets hot it melts a lot
When ducks get hot they roast
When milk gets hot it goes to pot
Your vegetables will wilt and rot
When I get hot I sweat a lot
But when bread gets hot it’s toast

It gets a special oven on the counter to itself
It summons all your favorite condiments off of the shelf
I like mine with peanut butter
Always tasty with nutella
France or Texas, either place can boast

When I get hot I sweat a lot
But when bread gets hot it’s toast
Track Name: Waiting for Mom to Get Home
We are waiting for mom to get home.
Waiting for mom to get home.
We played with the football, we shot a few baskets,
shook my Magic 8 Ball™ ten times and I asked it,
how long must we wait on our own?
We are waiting for mom to get home.

We are waiting for mom to get home.
Waiting for mom to get home.
We ate all our veggies, artichoke to zucchini,
Wore every hat including stovepipe and beanie
We took a long nap after playing all morning
Hung out with daddy until he got boring
In fact, at this moment he’s on the couch snoring,
And we’re waiting for mom to get home.
Track Name: Where do you Go When You Sleep?
It’s hard sometimes to go to sleep
But where do you go when you sleep
And how do you know you are sleeping?
When you dream, what do you see in the sea behind your eyes
Tales unfold and lies are swept away when you sleep.