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These songs were written by fifth graders under the guidance of Monty Harper during a songwriting residency at Richmond Elementary School in Stillwater, Oklahoma in Spring 2016. The songs were written in cooperation with the Oklahoma State University Science Cafe and were used to help two scientists present their work at a public science cafe event. Made possible with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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released April 20, 2016

Writing by Richmond Elementary fifth graders with help from Monty Harper. Cover art by Jacey Fahlenkamp. Many thanks to Dr. Kristen Baum, Dr. Mark Fishbein, and Karen Neurohr of the OSU Science Cafe for inspiration. This project was made possible with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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

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Track Name: Just Eat It
Daddy do we have to eat this food
Yes you do Honeys please don’t plead
But why Daddy defenses are disgusting
Baby caterpillars please eat your milkweed

Just eat it / Do we have to
You have to / Please don’t make us
Have courage
Just the thought makes our stomachs ache
Just eat it

It has hair and glue - ew
The glue’s too sticky - icky
And all that hair gives us a scare
It’s so rough - and prickly

Just eat it / Do we have to
You have to / Please don’t make us
Have courage
Just the thought makes our stomachs ache
Just eat it

It tastes bitter - ew
It’s poison - icky
All that wax won’t let us relax
We keep slipping off - it’s tricky

Just eat it / Do we have to
You have to / Please don’t make us
Have courage
Just the thought makes our stomachs ache
Just eat it

You have to eat this tasty treat.
At least you have to try
If you don’t get enough nutrition
I’m afraid you’re going to die

Just eat it / Do we have to
You have to / Please don’t make us
Have courage
Just the thought makes our stomachs ache
But I guess we’ll have to
Eat it
Crunch
Delicious!
I told you so!
Track Name: Effective Detective
Effective Detective,
Where did they go?
The monarchs are dying
Their numbers are low
Effective Detective,
Use your microscope
Bring us an answer
Give us some hope

Effective Detective, oh what will you do?
Monarchs are in trouble, oh what will you do?
Parasites are lurking, oh what will you do?
Detectivus Plexippus, oh what will you do?

Effective Detective
Is it parasites?
The butterfly larvae
Have lost their appetites
Effective Detective
See the stringy white goo
Hanging from the chrysalis
Is it a clue?

Effective Detective, oh what will you do?
Monarchs are in trouble, oh what will you do?
Parasites are lurking, oh what will you do?
Detectivus Plexippus, oh what will you do?

She investigates with her scientific mind
Like Scooby Dooby Doo, with all the clues she can find
Is it protozoa or the Tachinid fly?
When butterflies die, she figures out why

Effective Detective, oh what will you do?
Monarchs are in trouble, oh what will you do?
Parasites are lurking, oh what will you do?
Detectivus Plexippus, what will you do?
Track Name: A Need For Milkweed
It was a lovely day
I was getting ready for flight
Then the humans started a fire
It burned all through the night

Why are you burning my home?
Why are you burning my home?
I have a need for milkweed
I have a need for milkweed
I have a need for milkweed, yeah

The fire was rising higher
I knew I’d have to go
So I prepared to leave my home
I was flying to Mexico

Why did you burn my home?
Why did you burn my home?
I have a need for milkweed
I have a need for milkweed
I have a need for milkweed, yeah

I really missed my milkweed
While I was down in Mexico
Then it was time to lay some eggs
So I flew all the way back home

I feared what I would find
The ground all burnt and black
But to my great surprise
All the milkweed had grown back

Thank you for burning my home
Thank you for burning my home
I have a need for milkweed
I have a need for milkweed
I have a need for milkweed, oh
yeah
Track Name: Friend or Nemesis
(milkweed)
I thought you were my friend
But look what you just did
You laid your eggs so my leaves will feed your kids
I’m poison, don’t you know
And I’m tough to chew
I’ll give them little mouthfuls of my
Glue - Now… just shoo!

This is my dilemma, Sis,
Are you my friend or nemesis?
We co-evolved to fight like this
Are you my friend or nemesis?

(butterfly)
My larvae eat your leaves
Yeah, I guess that’s true
But I also do my best to help
Pollinate you
You need me to survive
I’m your friend yeah not your foe
And if you don’t want that I guess I’m gonna go… oh…

This is my dilemma, Sis,
Are you my friend or nemesis?
We co-evolved to fight like this
Are you my friend or nemesis?

It’s complicated, it’s hard to understand
Are you my enemy or my friend?
Can I trust you? I don’t know
Are you on my side or are you my foe

This is my dilemma, Sis,
Are you my friend or nemesis?
We co-evolved to fight like this
Are you my friend or nemesis?

This is my dilemma, Sis,
Are you my friend or nemesis?
We co-evolved to fight like this
Are you my friend
or nemesis?