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These songs were written under the guidance of Monty Harper during a songwriting residency at Washington Elementary school in Norman, May 2014.

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released May 14, 2014

Writing by Washington Elementary 1st-5th graders with help from Monty Harper. Instruments and arrangements by Monty Harper. This project was made possible with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Public Schools' Visiting Artist Program. Artwork by Madison Launer, 4th grade.

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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: This Is How We Roll
You may feel lost; You may feel small
Just don't let em see it when you're walking down the hall
Just carry on; when 5th grade ends
We can still do work and we can always make friends

This is how we roll
With our heads held high
We have no fear
Gonna touch the sky

Go for the gold, cheers no tears
This is the end of elementary years
You may feel sad, you may feel blue
But the way that you rock it is up to you

This is how we roll
With our heads held high
We have no fear
Gonna touch the sky

New school, new rule
More freedom, that's cool
New teachers, new flow
More challenges, here we go

This is how we roll
With our heads held high
We have no fear
Gonna touch the sky

This is how we roll
This is how we roll
This is how we roll
This is how we roll
Track Name: Like a Monkey in a Tree
Growing up I feel just like a monkey in a tree
Climbing for bananas thinking everything is free
Reaching for a coconut that cannot be found
Slipping off and falling to the ground

Growing up I feel just like a monkey in a tree
Hiding from a crocodile who'd make a meal of me
Whenever I’m in trouble up a tree I wanna go
Laughing at the people down below

Ooh ooh ooh, aah aah aah
Going King Kong crazy getting yelled at when I'm wrong
Aah aah aah, ooh ooh ooh
What's a growing monkey supposed to do?

Growing up I feel just like a monkey in a tree
Always climbing higher so that I can clearly see
And like the little monkey when I know I'm getting tall
I’m excited and I wanna grab it all!

Ooh ooh ooh, aah aah aah
Going King Kong crazy getting yelled at when I'm wrong
Aah aah aah, ooh ooh ooh
What's a growing monkey supposed to do?

Growing up with all the other monkeys in a tree
Swinging by our tails feeling happy and free
Coconut dodge ball, hope it never ends
Playing games with all my monkey friends

Ooh ooh ooh, aah aah aah
Going Donkey Kong crazy getting yelled at when we're wrong
Singing aah aah aah, ooh ooh ooh
What's a growing monkey supposed to do?
Track Name: I Wanna Be as Tall as a Tree
I wanna be as tall as a tree
Not as tiny as a bumble bee
But Mamma says don't grow at all
She wants me forever small

I want to grow but my mom says no
She put a brick upon my head
She noticed I get bigger every time I sleep
So now she never lets me go to bed

I wanna be as tall as a tree
Not as tiny as a bumble bee
But Mamma says don't grow at all
She wants me forever small

My mom misses my baby clothes
And my beddy-bye routine
So now she's looking on the internet
To find out how to build a time machine

I wanna be as tall as a tree
Not as tiny as a bumble bee
But Mamma says don't grow at all
She wants me forever small

My mom cleans my room for me
And gives me my blankie when I'm cold
She babies me so, you know - I don't think she knows
I have a wife and 2 kids and I'm thirty years old!

I wanna be as tall as a tree
Not as tiny as a bumble bee
But Mamma says don't grow at all
She wants me forever small

But I wanna be as tall as a tree!
Track Name: It's Impossible
I used to be able to climb up on my shelf
But now if I try it I tip it on myself
I used to be able to play with baby toys
But now if I try it I cannot stand the noise

It's impossible to stay a kid forever
It's impossible to never grow up
It's impossible to not be bigger better bolder
When you get a little older every day

I used to get angry when my brother fussed and cried
But now if he's hurt I'll be right there by his side
When we were little we never got along
Now I like to teach him how to sing a silly silly song

It's impossible to stay a kid forever
It's impossible to never grow up
It's impossible to not be bigger better bolder
When you get a little older every day
Track Name: Happy Birthday, Beard
It's a special day
This might seem weird
But I just wanna say
Happy birthday to my beard

Happy birthday beard,
You smell like pie
Anyone who sees you
Could figure out why

It's a special day
Just as I feared
It's time to say
Happy birthday to my beard

Happy birthday beard,
One year ago
My razor broke
And you began to grow

It's a special day
I've got my calendar cleared
So you can help me say
Happy birthday to my beard