Get A Clue!

by Monty Harper

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Five mystery songs and five Oklahoma history songs, featuring guest kids' rock gurus ScribbleMonster and Mr. Billy. Excellent songwriting shines through on every track.

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released January 1, 2007

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Monty Harper Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Harper is a children's musician in Stillwater, OK. He performs for elementary schools and libraries, helps kids write their own songs in workshops and residencies, does informal science education, and writes songs for clients.

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Track Name: Get a Clue
I used to lie awake late at night
Questions running round in my mind
Were there ever pirates here? Did they bury treasure near?
Could there still be treasure to find?

I used to pester my mom.
I was a never-ending question machine.
Why were mummies mummified? What did pyramids hide inside?
What do Egyptian hieroglyphs mean?

My mom said you should look for a good book to help you to

Get a clue! (Become a biblio-sleuth)
Get a clue! (In your pursuit of the truth)
Get a clue! (Be where you need to be)
Get a clue at your library!

I used to grumble at TV shows
When the information felt incomplete.
They just said a carnotaur was a vicious carnivore
So what kind of meat did he eat?

I used to bug my best friend.
I was a question-popping pain on the bus.
Will we ever walk on Mars? Is there life among the stars?
Are they out there signaling us?

My friend said you should look for a good book to help you to

Get a clue! (Become a biblio-sleuth)
Get a clue! (In your pursuit of the truth)
Get a clue! (Be where you need to be)
Get a clue at your library!

Now I still pester my poor mom
Whenever questions pester me.
But these days I’ve been asking her
for a ride to the library.
I found books about mummies, carnataurs,
and the lives of a pirate crew.
If you have questions, check it out!
You’ll be glad you decided to

Get a clue! (Become a biblio-sleuth)
Get a clue! (In your pursuit of the truth)
Get a clue! (Be where you need to be)

At your library you can

Get a clue! (Become a biblio-sleuth)
Get a clue! (In your pursuit of the truth)
Get a clue! (Be where you need to be)
Get a clue at your library!
Track Name: Can You Guess?
Can you guess what I am?
Can you guess what I am?
Play my eighty eight keys in a row.
Some are black. Some are white.
They make music left and right.
Can you guess what I am?
A piano!

Can you guess what I am?
Can you guess what I am?
Grip my sticks with your fingers and thumbs
Make my sound fill the room
With a round crash bang boom
Can you guess what I am?
A set of drums!

When we have three clues
We will see if you
Can solve a mystery
The piano and drums
Were one and two
Now get ready cause here comes number three

Can you guess what I am?
Can you guess what I am?
You can strum me like a rock n roll star
Plug me in and I sing
With my six metal strings
Can you guess what I am?
An electric guitar!

The piano and drums
and electric guitar
These are clues to a mystery
When the curtain goes
up on our stage today
What kind of group will we hear and see?

Can we guess? Yes we can!
Can we guess? Yes we can!
It's as easy as one two three
Can we guess? Yes we can!
Can we guess? Yes we can!
And together we solved a mystery!
Track Name: Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library - Detectives Version
Well it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
The hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

This diminutive detective always takes the case.
He leaves a note for his mom, then he’s off on the chase.
His clever dog, Sludge, helps him search for clues.
At times he finds he’s stuck and doesn’t know what to do.
That's when a pancake snack sets him thinking straight.
Solve a mystery at the library with Nate the Great!

Well it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
The hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

He's a noble-hearted canine and an old cowhand.
He gets no appreciation for protecting his land.
As the head of ranch security his life's on the line.
Sneaking up and jumping on a porcupine.
If something goes awry, there's a cowdog to thank.
Making rounds at the library with good ol' Hank!

Well it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
The hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

Criminals in Idaville are caught every time
By a sneaker-wearing weapon in the war on crime.
Put a quarter on his can, he'll be your private sleuth.
He always sees the clues he needs to get to the truth.
Can you pick up on the answers that’ve been laid down?
Think about it with Encyclopedia Brown!

It’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
The hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

The most talented detective in River Heights
She loves to take the case whenever trouble ignites.
Her very best girlfriends George and Bess
Are always glad to help her score another success.
She’ll tackle any situation just to Get a Clue
Launch a new investigation with Nancy Drew!

It’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
The hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

I say now if you're looking for me, let me tell you where I'll be.
I'll be hanging out with heroes at the library!
I said I gotta shout about from the top of every tree!
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!
Track Name: Junior Detectives Club
We are the Junior Detectives Club.
Youth dedicated to pursuit of truth.
Observation, deduction, and sheer determination
Will lead us to succeed at being super sleuths.

We observe every minuscule detail
As we gather every fingerprint and follow every trai.l
Our ears are always listening; our eyes are ever peeled.
Through careful observation information is revealed.

We are the Junior Detectives Club.
Youth dedicated to pursuit of truth.
Observation, deduction, and sheer determination
Will lead us to succeed at being super sleuths.

We deduce what we can’t directly see
Putting two and two together we can solve a mystery.
We analyze the clues until we know beyond a doubt.
When answers try to hide themselves, deduction brings them out.

We are the Junior Detectives Club.
Youth dedicated to pursuit of truth.
Observation, deduction, and sheer determination
Will lead us to succeed at being super sleuths.

We persist in the face of our defeat.
No we never give up trying though we may be feeling beat.
When we’ve followed every lead and found we haven’t got a clue.
It’s sheer determination that will help us carry through.

We are the Junior Detectives Club.
Youth dedicated to pursuit of truth.
Observation, deduction, and sheer determination
Will lead us to succeed at being super sleuths.
Track Name: There's Something Going on at the Library
There's something going on at the library.
It's a mystery, it's a mystery.
There's something going on at the library.
Go there if you dare and see - it's a mystery!

It was shocking and frightening, his head full of lightning,
with his kite and key there stood Benjamin Franklin.
He looked out through his bifocal lens,
and said, "Welcome to the library, friend."

I was hardly through blinking, when standing there thinking
in a stovepipe hat I saw Abraham Lincoln.
He was talking 'bout the war comin' on.
He said, "Something here is terribly wrong."

I checked the encyclopedia to confirm my wildest fears.
These two men had been dead and gone for more than 100 years.
So what were they doing here?

There's something going on at the library.
It's a mystery, it's a mystery.
There's something going on at the library.
Go there if you dare and see - it's a mystery!

Now I swear I'm not braggin', I heard someone say "Tag," and
when I turned myself around there stood a 40 foot dragon.
She said, "Welcome to my treasure trove.
Pick out anything you want to take home."

Well, I looked over the scene - so many colorful things
then my eye fell on the pegasus, a horse with two wings.
And he said, "You can take me out for a ride,
but you'd better bring me back on time."

Someone's imagination thought these creatures up long ago,
yet here stood were in front of me just as plain as my big toe.
Tell me, how can it be so!

There's something going on at the library.
It's a mystery, it's a mystery.
There's something going on at the library.
Go there if you dare and see - it's a mystery!

It was exciting and shocking, all those animals talking.
There were dinosaurs with pompadours and skeletons walking.
I began to take a good look around.
Every shelf held something new to be found.

I saw tornadoes and blizzards and witches and wizards
and deep in a volcano, some guitar playing lizards.
I met gold medal olympic stars
and little lost men from Mars.

Now I know I saw everything I said, but I imagine you don't believe.
You may say it's all in my head, still it feels so real to me.
Don't ask me how it can be!

There's something going on at the library.
It's a mystery, it's a mystery.
There's something going on at the library.
Go there if you dare and see - it's a mystery!
Track Name: Boom Town
Big big news, the kind I like
Wildcatter made an oil strike
I'm heading for the field to find out more
Gonna take me out a lease on that reservoir
There's black gold gushing from the number one rig
You don't wanna miss this it's gonna be big

Boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town baby
Boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town baby
There's a fortune to be found
Pumping money from the ground
In our boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town

Jobs jobs jobs for tough young men
Hauling pipe and lumber in
Putting up derricks, breaking down soil
Driving down drill bits, pumping up oil
Come pitch your tent and earn your pay
Roustabouts are starting out at six bucks a day in our

Boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town baby
Boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town baby
There's a fortune to be found
Pumping money from the ground
In our boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town

Derricks bloom like daisies; Popping up all over
Tanks are overflowing; Spilling down the river
Oil fills every plate cup and pitcher
Everybody's busy; Everybody's richer
Bang bang bang our boom town grows
Now we've got two picture shows
Twelve rooming houses, five pool halls
Restaurants built with wood plank walls
The future of our city burns bright and clear
A man'll be proud to raise a family here in our

Boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town baby
Boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town baby
There's a fortune to be found
Pumping money from the ground
In our boom town boom town
We're gonna build a boom town

Tonkawa, Garber, Glenpool, and Tulsa, these are boom towns baby
Bartlesville, Healdton, Drumright, and Oilton, these are boom towns baby
Shamrock, Cromwell, Oklahoma City, Burbank, Cushing, Seminole, Wewoka
These are boom towns baby; These are Oklahoma boom towns
Oklahoma boom towns, baby; Yeah we're gonna build a boom town
Gonna build a boom town baby; We're gonna build a boom town
Oklahoma boom town, baby; Gonna build a boom town
Track Name: Oklahoma Land Rush 1889
Fifty thousand Boomers are lined up to go.
What's your plan of action when the buglers blow?
Getting in quick is the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

Up in Wichita folk'll explain
You better get a ticket for the Santa Fe train.
They're packing them cars like sardine cans.
Gonna ride in on the rail - Woo, woo!
To the promised lands!

Will YOU ride the rail? Woo, woo!
Cause getting in quick that's the bottom line
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

I heard rumors flying on the wind
Darn them Sooners - they's already in!
All staked out before the break of dawn.
Now they're hiding in the bushes - Shh, shh!
Until the race is on!

Will you ride in on the rail? Woo, woo!
Or hide out in the bushes? Shh, shh!
Just get in quick that's the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

I met a young Yankee with a confident air.
He spent $300 on a thoroughbred mare.
He may be first man to reach his goal
Unless he races that horse - Giddyup! Giddyup!
Into a gopher hole!

Will you ride in on the rail? Woo, woo!
Or hide out in the bushes? Shh, shh!
Will you race in on a racehorse? Giddyup! GIddyup!
Just get in quick that's the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

I heard about a lady who peddled all the way
Through the Cherokee Strip to be here today.
When the race takes off she'll be sweating in the heat
Bouncing cross the prairie - Boing, boing!
On a bicycle seat!

Will you ride in on the rail? Woo, woo!
Or hide out in the bushes? Shh, shh!
Will you race in on a racehorse? Giddyup! Giddyup!
Or bounce in on a bicycle? Boing, boing!
Just get in quick that's the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

I read it in the paper bout an Indiana man
With big imagination and a highfalutin plan.
If the breeze blows luck this flying buffoon
Will float above the crowd - Whoosh, whoosh!
In a hot air balloon!

Will you ride in on the rail? Woo, woo!
Or hide out in the bushes? Shh, shh!
Or race in on a racehorse? Giddyup! Giddyup!
Or bounce in on a bicycle? Boing, boing!
Will you fly in a balloon? Whoosh, whoosh!
Just get in quick that's the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

Now here's a young lady says, "I got it made.
I got a team of horses I'm hitching to a blade.
Before the bugle fades I'll be claiming my place
Gonna dig my plow - H’ya, h'ya!
Two steps into the race!"

Will you ride in on the rail? Woo, woo!
Or hide out in the bushes? Shh, shh!
Will you race in on a racehorse? Giddyup! Giddyup!
Or bounce in on a bicycle? Boing,boing!
Will you fly in a balloon? Whoosh, whoosh!
Or dig in with your plow? H’ya, h’ya!
Just get in quick that's the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889!

Oklahoma Land Rush 1889
Fifty thousand Boomers are crowding that line.
Keep your eyes on the prize, your heart set to go
What's your plan of action when the buglers blow?

Will you ride in on the rail? Woo, woo!
Or hide out in the bushes? Shh, shh!
Will you race in on a racehorse? Giddyup! Giddyup!
Or bounce in on a bicycle? Boing, boing!
Will you fly in a balloon? Whoosh, whoosh!
Or dig in with a plow? H’ya, h’ya!
Just get in quick that's the bottom line.
This is the Oklahoma Land Rush 1889.
Track Name: Oklahoma Heroes At The Library
Well it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
An Oklahoma hero is what I wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

He was a fancy trick roper on Vaudeville
But his clever commentary moved him up the bill
By the thirties he was famous as a Hollywood star
He wrote a daily quote that people read near and far
He could poke good fun at anyone from babies to codgers
Check out a chuckle at the library with Will Rogers

Cause it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
An Oklahoma hero is what I wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

His friends thought that he had gone insane
But this Cherokee silversmith was using his brain
He invented a system he called talking leaves
It was an alphabet that let his people write and read
Now His name is on a book award so you can enjoy a
Winner at the library with Sequoyah

Cause it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
An Oklahoma hero is what I wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

The most decorated gymnast in the USA
Her attitude keeps her Winning Every Day.
Even when the press said, "You're too old!"
She proved 'em all wrong and won an olympic gold
Her bar, beam, floor routines, and vaults are all killer
Turn a handspring at the library with Shannon Miller.

Cause it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
An Oklahoma hero is what I wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

He was born Frank Eaton in the wild wild west
But his nickname proved he could shoot the best.
He was a rootin' tootin' lawman who rarely fail
To put the bad guys out or bring 'em in to jail
You see his likeness where the OSU Cowboys meet
Fill your hands at the library with Pistol Pete

Cause it’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
An Oklahoma hero is what I wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

If you're lookin' for me let me tell you where I'll be.
I'll be hanging out with heroes at the library.
I've got to shout about it from the top of every tree!
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!
Track Name: Oklahoma Annie
I am an Oklahoma cowgirl.
I ride an Oklahoma pony.
Her name is Oklahoma Annie.
Oklahoma Annie can do anything!

We were counting all the butterflies in our backyard
When the world grew darker and the wind blew hard.
The sky took to turning and a twister came down.
It tore across the prairie heading straight for town!

I called Oklahoma Annie!
Oklahoma Annie!

And Oklahoma Annie came thundering in.
She ran circles round that funnel with an opposite spin.
That F4 tornado went 3, 2, 1.
And there was nothing left swirling by the time she was done.
The headlines read: Tornado Blown Away.
Oklahoma Annie Saves the Day!

I am an Oklahoma cowgirl.
I ride an Oklahoma pony.
Her name is Oklahoma Annie.
Oklahoma Annie can do anything!

We were singing to the cattle in the bright moonlight
When a horrible howl rose into the night.
A thousand mean coyotes in a dangerous mood
Were breaking into houses and stealing people’s food!

I called Oklahoma Annie!
Oklahoma Annie!

Oklahoma Annie charged into the zone.
She called to all the horses she had ever known.
She lead the horse army in a counter-attack.
A thousand mean coyotes went whimpering back.
The headlines read: Coyotes Run Away.
Oklahoma Annie Saves the Day!

I am an Oklahoma cowgirl.
I ride an Oklahoma pony.
Her name is Oklahoma Annie.
Oklahoma Annie can do anything!

I love my Oklahoma Annie.
I love my Oklahoma Annie.
I love my Oklahoma Annie.
I love my Oklahoma Annie.

Train wrecks, rattle snakes, cattle stampedes
Whatever the challenge is Annie succeeds.
Brave as Wonder Woman; Strong as Supergirl
We wouldn’t ever trade her for the whole wide world.

I am an Oklahoma cowgirl.
I ride an Oklahoma pony.
Her name is Oklahoma Annie.
Oklahoma Annie can do anything!

I love my Oklahoma Annie.
I love my Oklahoma Annie.
I love my Oklahoma Annie. I love my Oklahoma Annie.

Oklahoma Annie can do anything!
Track Name: Oklahoma Kids: A Kaleidoscope
We are Oklahoma kids. (We are Oklahoma kids)
We are Oklahoma's future. (We are Oklahoma's future)
We shine bright with every color. (We shine bright with every color)
A Kaleidoscope. (A Kaleidoscope)

We speak Chinese. We speak Spanish.
We speak Arabic and English.
Some among us here our Grandpas
Speaking Cherokee or Choctaw.

We are dark skinned. We are light skinned.
We are cowboys. We are Indians.
We have ancestors who came here
For a thousand different reasons.

Some laid tracks that brought the train.
Some drove cattle. Some grew grain.
Some were soldiers, others oilmen.
Some were slaves and some were freemen.

Some rode in on covered wagons.
Others walked from distant homelands.
We were born here. We were brought here.
Somehow all our families got here

So we share a common land we call our own.

We are Oklahoma kids. (We are Oklahoma kids)
We are Oklahoma's future. (We are Oklahoma's future)
We shine bright with every color. (We shine bright with every color)
A Kaleidoscope. (A Kaleidoscope)

We're explorers and we're triers.
We're bike riders and kite flyers.
We play baseball. We play soccer.
She's a rapper. He's a rocker.

From the cities to the rural routes
We are Brownies. We are Boy Scouts.
We do Tae Kwon Do and ballet
And we dream what we'll be someday.

We'll be singers with guitars.
We'll be athletes. We'll be stars.
We'll be scientists and teachers,
Veterinarians and preachers.

We'll build roads and we'll build robots.
We'll be farmers. We'll be astronauts.
However far we end up going,
Today we're learning and we're growing

Here together in this land we call our home.

We are Oklahoma kids. (We are Oklahoma kids)
We are Oklahoma's future. (We are Oklahoma's future)
We shine bright with every color. (We shine bright with every color)
A Kaleidoscope. (A Kaleidoscope)