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These songs were written with Richmond Elementary 4th graders in Stillwater, OK during a Monty Harper residency in the spring semester 2013. They were inspired by a visit from the Oklahoma City Zoo during which we met similar animals in person!

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released May 16, 2013

This project was made possible with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Songs and performance by Monty Harper and Richmond 4th graders, 2013.
Photo Credits: Greg Hume, Patrick Coin, J. Michael Lockhart / USFWS, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Student Songs Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Harper helps 3rd-5th grade students create and perform original songs that make meaningful connections.

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Track Name: Bring Back the Black-footed Ferret
Round-eared and cute, they leap among the rocks
Like long furry noodles wearing short black socks
They have beady little eyes, and masks upon their faces
Their noses and their whiskers are for underground spaces
But their prairie homes are ruined ‘cause we didn't have a clue
So now we only see them in the zoo.

Bring back the black footed ferret
Bring em back bring em back
We need to make em feel at home now
In their Oklahoma habitat
Bring back the black footed ferret
We brought em back from the brink
Now bring em back to Oklahoma
Don't ever let em go extinct

They were the ninjas of the prairie, slinking through the night
Sneaking up on prairie dogs to grab a tasty bite
But the prairie dogs were poisoned. Their numbers went down
It's getting pretty rare to find a prairie dog town
That's why we nearly lost the ferrets, and that's just wrong
So now you know the reason for our song

Bring back the black footed ferret
Bring em back bring em back
We need to make em feel at home now
In their Oklahoma habitat
Bring back the black footed ferret
We brought em back from the brink
Now bring em back to Oklahoma
Don't ever let em go extinct

Only 18 ferrets were left alive
But captive breeding is letting them thrive
Anyone could help them, you or me
Go to black footed ferret dot o r g
Black footed ferret dot o r g

Bring back the black footed ferret
Bring em back bring em back
We need to make em feel at home now
In their Oklahoma habitat
Bring back the black footed ferret
We brought em back from the brink
Now bring em back to Oklahoma
Don't ever let em go extinct
Yeah bring em back to Oklahoma
Don't ever let em go extinct
Track Name: Si the Slimy Salamander
I looked under the deck by my grandma's pool
Searching for a coin I'd dropped
What a surprise I found instead
A little blue critter with round white spots
His bulgy eyes and funny grin
Made him look like a friendly guy
His long skinny body was bent like an S
That's why I named him Si

Si the Slimy Salamander (Si the Slimy Salamander)
You make me smile
Si the Slimy Salamander (Si the Slimy Salamander)
I like your style
S-A-L A-M-A N-D-E-R
Si the Slimy Salamander, you're a super star

I set up a salamander cam
And put him on the internet
Now Si has a YouTube page
If you see it you'll never forget
That's how he got so popular
He does a brand new show each day
People write in from all over the world
And this is what they say…

Si the Slimy Salamander (Si the Slimy Salamander)
You make me smile
Si the Slimy Salamander (Si the Slimy Salamander)
I like your style
S-A-L A-M-A N-D-E-R
Si the Slimy Salamander, you're a super star

One day Si met a girl salamander
She gave him a funny glance
Si turned red in his face and spots
And he did a crazy dance
My family left on a long vacation
Riding on our bikes
When I got home and turned the Si-cam on
One dozen salamander tykes!

Si the Slimy Salamander (Si the Slimy Salamander)
You make me smile
Si the Slimy Salamander (Si the Slimy Salamander)
I like your style
S-A-L A-M-A N-D-E-R
Si the Slimy Salamander, you're a super star
Si the Slimy Salamander, you're a su - per
star
Track Name: Turtle Talk
You're listening to Turtle Talk
We talk to turtles from around the world

I'm Shelley. I'm Sheldon.
Today we're talking habitat
Caller number one, you're on the air…
Tell us where you're at

Hi, this is the sea turtle
I have something to share
My home is becoming a trash dump
I don't think it's fair
Humans are polluting the ocean
And no one seems to care
I wish I could live on land
I bet it's cleaner there

We're sorry - to hear that
It must be hard for you
We have another turtle on the line…
Let's hear from caller two

Hi, this is the desert tortoise
I have something to share
My home is becoming a golf course
I don't think it's fair
Humans are taking the desert away
And no one seems to care
I wish I could live in the ocean
I bet it's bigger there

You're listening to Turtle Talk
We talk to turtles from around the world

Well, Shelley… Yes, Sheldon?
Sounds like our last two callers agree
It's getting pretty bad on land AND sea
Humans are giving us turtles the blues
Can any turtle call with better news?

Hi, this is the red eared slider
I have a different view
The way you talk about humans
I don't think it's true
I live with human kids
They know what to do
I've seen humans clean their messes
In land and water too
They want to fix your homes
And make things right for you

Thanks for calling, Red eared slider
That's really good to know
Let's hope you're right about that
Now it’s time to go

You've been listening to Turtle Talk
We talk to turtles from around
the world