Imagine That

by Monty Harper

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Intelligent songs for kids.

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released January 1, 1996

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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: Imagine That
I built a city in my room on the floor.
It started by the window and it grew right out the door.
I used up all my Lego™ sets and Tinker Toys™ and blocks.
There were Hot Wheels™ on the highways, there were Weebles™ on the walks.
I ran into the living room a flappin my jaws:
It was bigger than New York, it was brighter than Oz!
My dad looked up from the book in his lap and he said.... "Son, imagine that."

Imagine that.
Imagine that.
Imagine that.
Imagine that if you will just imagine that.

Mmm imagine, mmm imagine

We built a castle on a giant pile of sand.
Kids showed up from blocks around to lend a helping hand,
digging tunnels underneath it and a moat around the yard.
We made walls and keeps and towers with a dragon standing guard.
We told our mom about it as she shook her finger at us:
It was mightier than Camelot and brighter than Atlantis.
She showed us to the bathroom and she ran us both a bath and she said, "Mm mm mm....imagine that."

Imagine that.
Imagine that.
Imagine that.
Imagine that if you will just imagine that.

Mmm imagine, mmm imagine

I built a city on a cloud in the sky.
The people worked together using love to make it fly.
And every single boy and girl was treated like a king.
Cause in my city children were the most important thing.
I wrote a song about it which I sang near and far:
It was happier there than Disneyland and brighter than Shangri-La
A lot of people heard it and a lot of people laughed
But a lot of people said, "Imagine that."

Imagine that.
Imagine that.
Imagine that.
Imagine that if you will just imagine that.

Mmm imagine, mmm imagine

Imagine with me what the future may be.
Imagine living in a city under sea.
Imagine living on a Martian colony.
Imagine that if you will just imagine that!
Imagine every child pursuing a dream.
Imagine turning dreams into reality.
Imagine living in peace and harmony.
Imagine that if you will just imagine that!
Track Name: Lisa Lee Elizabeth
Mr. and Mrs. McGill, they had a daughter, and when they got her,
all their relations and friends wanted to name her after each other.

Aunts and uncles, moms and dads, even the neighbor's dog
all had names to give the child that they insisted on!

So Mr. and Mrs. McGill took their suggestions into the study,
and after a week they came out with an announcement for everybody. They named her...

Lisa Lee Elizabeth Amanda Francis Jill
Georgette Suzette Luette Edwina Gina Terry Tina Willamina
Mindy Cindy Lauren Wendy Sandra Donna Lil
Michelle Druzella Ariella Stella Shishkabob McGill

Once Lisa's teacher at school gave her some paper to write her name on,
and by the time she was through her brand new pencil was half an inch long!

All her life when she filled forms for anything official
those tiny squares drove Lisa nuts... last name, first name, middle initial!

At Lisa's college graduation her name took pages inside the program,
but there was one other person whose name was longer than Lisa Lee's,
and his was...

Tom Paul John Bartholomew Alfonzo Ricky Shane
Moe Mickey Larry Barry Barney Jerry Terry Eric Duane
Beau Derrick Melvin Milton Maximilian Zachariah Kane
Joe William Eddie Teddie Fred Spaghetti Sheldon Eldon Payne.

Well, it was love at first sight, and when she met him she knew for sure then
that she had found "Mr. Right." They started planning a simple wedding.

The invitations had to be as large as window shades
just to give them room enough to publish both their names.

Now Lisa Lee's lucky groom had scores of relatives, but she had more of them,
and so the only place with room to hold the wedding in was a gymnasium,
and the preacher said...

"Lisa Lee Elizabeth Amanda Francis Jill
Georgette Suzette Luette Edwina Gina Terry Tina Willamina
Mindy Cindy Lauren Wendy Sandra Donna Lil
Michelle Druzella Ariella Stella Shishkabob McGill,

do you take

Tom Paul John Bartholomew Alfonzo Ricky Shane
Moe Mickey Larry Barry Barney Jerry Terry Eric Duane
Beau Derrick Melvin Milton Maximilian Zachariah Kane
Joe William Eddie Teddie Fred Spaghetti Sheldon Eldon Payne
to be your lawfully wedded husband as long as you both shall live?"

Lisa Lee said, "I do."

And the preacher said....

"Tom Paul John Bartholomew Alfonzo Ricky Shane
Moe Mickey Larry Barry Barney Jerry Terry Eric Duane
Beau Derrick Melvin Milton Maximilian Zachariah Kane
Joe William Eddie Teddie Fred Spaghetti Sheldon Eldon Payne,

do you take

Lisa Lee Elizabeth Amanda Francis Jill
Georgette Suzette Luette Edwina Gina Terry Tina Willamina
Mindy Cindy Lauren Wendy Sandra Donna Lil
Michelle Druzella Ariella Stella Shishkabob McGill
to be your lawfully wedded wife as long as you both shall live?"

Tom Paul said, "I do."

And the preacher said, "You may kiss the bride."

Now Lisa Lee and Tom Paul wanted a family to share their joy with,
and Lisa Lee's first born child turned out to be twins - a girl and boy kid.

Letters started pouring in from relatives all over.
Requested names were piling up in every nook and corner.

So Lisa Lee and Tom Paul took their suggestions into the study,
and after a week they came out with an announcement for everybody.
They named the twins...

Mike and Sarah Payne.
Track Name: The Brainiacs
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
The Brainiacs

This is the story of a family
who never did a thing except for watch TV
until one day when the family pet
pulled the plug on their TV set.

And they blinked,
cleared their heads,
and they picked up a book and they read.
(And) That's the way they all became the Brainiacs!

Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
The Brainiacs

Now Papa knows the almanac from A to Z.
He's a five time champion on Jeopardy.
And Mama Brain's a self taught scÃientist.
She built a nuclear reactor in the barbeque pit.

Teen Brain invented an electric car.
It can drive across the country on a single charge.
The littlest Brain is a billionaire.
Her company's the leader in computer software.

Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
Snap snap (fingers) - pop (mouth)
The Brainiacs

The President called on the Brainiacs
to find a better way to pay the national debt.
We owe it all to that wonderful pet
who pulled the plug on their TV set!

And they blinked,
cleared their heads,
and they picked up a book and they read.
(And) That's the way they all became the Brainiacs!

That's the way they all became the Brainiacs!

The Brainiacs
The Brainiacs

The Brainiacs (whispered)
Track Name: I'm Not Bald
I got no hairs upon my head
But that don't mean I'm bald.
All's it means is the daggum things
Don't come when they is called.
I guess they could've left for good
But it still don't mean I'm bald.
A man whose parted with the hair that he started with
Is what I'd rather be called.
Call me Chrome Dome.
Call me Slap Top.
Call me a bowling bowl.
But as a rule, unless you're cruel
You shouldn't call me bald.
Track Name: The Gentlemen Are Dancing On Their Toes
The gentlemen are dancing on their toes, on their toes.
The gentlemen are dancing on their toes.
The ladies all exclaim that their feet are in great pain
for the gentlemen are dancing on their toes!

Oh, the ladies all exclaim about their feet, about their feet.
The ladies all exclaim about their feet.
Two jugglers from Pierre keep twenty biscuits in the air,
as the ladies all exclaim about their feat!

Oh, the jugglers toss their biscuits in the air, everywhere.
The jugglers toss their biscuits in the air.
The chefs aboard the yacht are cooking fish heads in a pot.
It makes the jugglers toss their biscuits everywhere!

Oh, the chefs they are cooking in a pot, in a pot.
The chefs they are cooking in a pot.
The blind man from Berlin has accidentally knocked them in.
Now the chefs, they are cooking in a pot!

Oh, the blind man accidentally knocked them in, knocked them in.
The blind man accidentally knocked them in.
You should have seen the players’ faces as they ran around the bases,
when the blind man accidentally knocked them in!

Oh, you should have seen their faces as they ran, as they ran.
You should have seen their faces as they ran.
The painted clowns from Istanbul up and dove right in the pool,
and you should have seen their faces as they ran!

Oh, the clowns from Istanbul dove right in, dove right in.
Those clowns from Istanbul , they dove right in.
They stole a plate of chocolate sweets, which the children rarely eat,
but those clowns from Istanbul, they dove right in!

Yes, the children very rarely take in sweets, take in sweets.
The children very rarely take in sweets.
The gentlemen’s ballet will dance the Nutcracker today,
although the children very rarely take in Suites!

So the gentlemen are dancing on their toes, on their toes.
The gentlemen are dancing on their toes.
We’ve come right around the bend; the beginning is the end,
for the gentlemen are dancing on their toes!
Track Name: How Many Days?
How many blades of grass on the prairie?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many flakes of snow on the mountain?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many days would it take to count them,
Counting on our fingers and our toes?

How many grains of sand in the desert?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many drops of rain in the ocean?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many days would it take to count them,
Counting on our fingers and our toes?

Well, if you want to we could try
To count those days as they roll by,
And if we reach the end of time
You can count on me to still be by your side.

How many songs are there in a scale?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many stories are there to tell?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many days would it take to tell them,
Counting on our fingers and our toes?

How many hugs have I yet to give you?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many times will I say I love you?
I'm certain I don't know.
How many days will it take to count them,
Counting on each other as we grow?

Well, if you want to we could try
To count those days as they roll by,
And when we reach the end of time,
You can count on me to still be by your side.

How many days are there in forever?
How many days? How many days?
Track Name: Using Your Imagination
Using your imagination
you could become the engine on a train.
Singing, "Clickety Clack"
around the track.
Turn that corner and don't look back.
"Woo! Woo!" coming down the line again.

Using your imagination
you could become a teeny tiny fish.
Just swimming free
beneath a clear blue sea.
Find a sunken treasure or a coral reef.
"Bloop! Bloop! Bloop!" swim anywhere you wish.

You don't need any special kind of training
to do this magic sort of entertaining.
All you need's a simple inclination
toward using your imagination.

Using your imagination
you could become a space bound rocket ship.
Just hold on tight
for your very first flight.
Shout 3, 2, 1, and you ignite.
Blast off on an astronomic trip!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, We have ignition; we have liftoff!

Using your imagination
you could become a big old dinosaur.
Just stomping around,
shaking the ground,
scaring everybody with a great big sound.
Won't you let us hear those dinos roar!

You don't need any special kind of training
to do this magic sort of entertaining.
All you need's a simple inclination
toward using your imagination.

Using your imagination
you could write yourself a little song.
Just playing around
with a musical sound.
It'll make you giggle when you feel down.
"La la la la la la" sing along.
(All together now)
"La la la la la la" sing along.
(everybody)
"La la la la la la" sing along.

Using your imagination.
Track Name: Topologically Speaking
Topologically speaking, circles are the same as squares.
Topologically speaking, people are the same as bears.
Your donut is the same as the coffee cup you dunk it in each day.
"Upside-down's the same as downside-up," a topologist might say.

Topologically speaking, a quarter is the same as a dime.
Topologists can count, but rarely finite amounts.
You can bet they haven't yet to tell a 6 from a 9.
A topologist can make a t-shirt with a piece of paper and a three-hole punch.
The topological secret is the homeomorphic scrunch!

Topological spaces are the places where topologists live.
They like to drive compact manifolds, for when they bump into each other they give.
You can visit your favorite topologist in a land called RP2,
and if the hand that you favor is right you just might become a new left-handed you!

Topologically speaking, peaches are the same as pears.
Topologically speaking, people are the same everywhere.
Topologically faces all look just like the one on you!
Topologically races all share one gender, shape and hue.

Topological spaces will expand your point of view.
'Cause topologically speaking, I'm just the same as you.
It's true -
I'm just the same as you.
We're homeomorphic!
I'm just the same as you!
Track Name: Everybody Wants One
They said a hot new craze was sweeping 'cross the nation.
"Be the first kid on your street to own this out-of-sight sensation!
If you want to have a lot of friends and have a lot of fun,
then dig up all your money and go out and get yourself one!"

Because everybody wants one.
And everybody needs one.
And everybody's having fun.
'Cause everybody's got one -
Everybody but me!
I know because I saw it on TV.

Well, I always hate the feeling that I'm being left out.
I knew I had to have one. There was never any doubt.
So I begged my mom and dad until I drove 'em both insane,
and they took me to the store so I could but the crazy thing.

Because everybody wants one.
And everybody needs one.
And everybody's having fun.
'Cause everybody's got one -
Everybody and me!
I know because I saw it on TV.

Well, I got the thing home and dumped it out of its box.
It just sat there on the carpet looking kind of sad and lost.
I tried to get it going, but it wouldn't work- for me.
Why'd it look so darned fantastic when I saw it on the TV?

They said everybody wanted one.
They said everybody needed one.
They said everyone was having fun -
Everybody but me!
Could it be? Did they lie to me on TV? Oh, no!

They said everybody wanted one.
They said everybody needed one.
They said everyone was having fun -
Everybody but me!
I guess I can't believe everything on TV!
Track Name: Alphabet Rag
ABCDEFG
Gee it would be nice to hear you sing with me.
HIJKLMN
In a little while we'll sing together my friend.

OP
QR
ST
UV
WXYZ

ABCDEFG HIJKLMNOP QRSTU and V WXYZ

That's the alphabet ragtime
from A to Z,
and if you want to learn to sing it,
then repeat it after me.

ABCDEFG
HIJKLMNOP
QRSTU and V
WXYZ

ABCDEFG HIJKLMNOP QRSTU and V WXYZ

That's the alphabet ragtime
and I can see you've got the gist.
So now we're gonna try it
with a different kind of twist.

ZYXWVU
You could sing it backwards if you wanted to.
TSRQPON
In a little while we'll try it backwards again.

ML
KJ
IH
GF
EDCB and A

ZYXWVU TSRQPON MLKJIHG FEDCB and A


That's the alphabet ragtime
from Z to A.
If you want to learn it backwards,
then repeat what I say.

ZYXWVU
TSRQPON
MLKJIHG
FEDCB and A

ZYXWVU TSRQPON MLKJIHG FEDCB and A

That's the alphabet ragtime.
You've got to sing it every day.
We'll try it one more time now,
from A to Z and back to A.

ABCDEFG HIJKLMNOP QRSTU and V WXY
ZYXWVU TSRQPON MLKJIHG FEDCB and...
ABCDEFG HIJKLMNOP QRSTU and V
WX
WX
WXY Z!
Track Name: The Princess And The Farmer's Son
A farmer once had three sons
who left to find their fortunes.
Each one chose a path and waved goodbye.
The first son he found trouble.
The second his was double.
The third son now is happy; I’ll tell you why -
Because he loves to read a story.

The king proclaimed an offer
to marry off his daughter,
but the princes that he chose she turned away.
For above the king’s objection
she loved that farmer’s third son.
When the king forbade the wedding all she could say
was, “But Daddy he loves to read a story!”

A storybook takes you
on a magic carpet ride
to fanciful adventures all
in a faraway place and time.

A fire breathing dragon
was threatening the kingdom
and the king considered this a stroke of luck.
For he sent the farmer’s third son East
to battle with the brutal beast,
and the lad took nothing with him but a book
because he loves to read a story.

That farmer’s clever third son
soon found the dreadful dragon
whose angry threats had lead to such distress.
He turned that dragon from mad to meek
with the promise of a book a week
and the lad was finally wed to his princess
because he loves to read a story.

A storybook helps you
view the world through a hero’s eyes
so you can become the virtuous one
to tackle troubles as they arise!

The king and all his kingdom,
the fire breathing dragon,
the princess and the farmer’s son
all live happily ever after
because we love to read a story!

We love to read a story.
We love to read a story.
We love to read a story
when they all live happily ever after
in the end.