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These songs were written under the guidance of Monty Harper during a songwriting residency at Will Rogers Elementary school in February 2013.

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released April 8, 2013

Writing by Will Rogers Elementary fourth and fifth graders with help from Monty Harper, Singing by the kids and Monty, Instruments and arrangements by Monty Harper, Spoken introductions written by Stacy Reinert, performed by the kids. Thanks to Chris Knight with the City of Stillwater Waste Management for support and inspiration!
This project was made possible with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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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: Trash Monster, Introduction
Student 1- Did you know that the Stillwater Landfill takes in about 300 tons of trash per day?

Student 2- That weighs about the same as one of the cranes that is being used to build our new school. That is like throwing away a crane every day!

Student 3- Another interesting fact is that the tallest point of the Stillwater landfill is 100ft high.

Student 2- What would happen if that hill came to life and started to attack?

Student 1- In a way the hill already has started to attack. Birds and other animals use the landfill as their main source of food rather than looking for natural foods sources. Also the almost constant 20 mile per hour winds on top of the hill carry trash away from the landfill and that trash ends up littering other places. The landfill does what they can by putting up fences but they can’t catch it all.

Student 3- And just think, our landfill isn’t the only one out there. In Oklahoma City they have four landfills that take in about 2000 tons of trash each day each. That is like throwing away 26 cranes each day!

Student 1- Wow! Mother Nature better watch out for that Trash Monster!
Track Name: Trash Monster
Trash Monster grew from trash
Things we all threw away
Trash Monster towers 110 feet high!
Trash Monster hurts the Earth
With heat, floods, famines and storms
Trash Monster makes us sick and he needs to die!

Mother Nature’s in trouble
Trash Monster’s a curse
Everybody recycle
Or it’s gonna get worse

Trash Monster grows and grows
Every time we feed him trash
Plastic bags, bottles, and cans are at his command!
Mother Nature’s on the run
From Trash Monster’s evil plan
It’s a trash tornado and it’s filling up the oceans and land!

Mother Nature’s in trouble
Trash Monster’s a curse
Everybody recycle
Or it’s gonna get worse

Kids know whenever we throw out less trash
And we recycle instead
Trash Monster shrinks just a little bit more
Together we’ll recycle him dead!

Mother Nature’s in trouble
Trash Monster’s a curse
Everybody recycle
Or it’s gonna get worse
Everybody recycle
Or it’s gonna get worse
Trash Monster’s a curse
Track Name: You Can't Trash This, Introduction
Student 1- How can we help Mother Nature defeat the Trash Monster?

Student 2- Well the last class told us we need to recycle.

Student 3- What is recycling?

Student 1- Recycling is when you take materials that you would otherwise throw away and then turn them into new products.

Student 2- Yeah like paper, aluminum, tin… Hey just listen to this song for some ideas on what not to trash.
Track Name: You Can't Trash This
I'm Tim the Tin Can
I've been in the bin
I've been recycled
And I can be again
People love me
All over the country
Please never trash me
Turn me into more of me

I'm The Paper Man, yo
There's something you should know
I'm made out of paper
From my head to my toe
I've got something to say, see
When you recycle me
You'll be a hero
You'll save another tree

We’re so legit
You can’t trash this
We just won’t quit
You can’t trash this
We take no abuse
You can’t trash this
We still have use
You can’t trash this
We're the trash that's sassing back
Don’t you put us in a garbage sack
WORD

I’m Aluminum Al
I’m a metal man
My head was made
From an aluminum can
It took energy
To dig me from the Earth
So recycle me now
And respect my worth

My name is Plastic Polly
I hold your soda pop
Plastic lives forever
It just won’t stop
So if you like to party
Don’t throw me away
Get all your plastic bottles
And recycle them today

We’re so legit
You can’t trash this
We just won’t quit
You can’t trash this
We take no abuse
You can’t trash this
We still have use
You can’t trash this
We're the trash that's sassing back
Don’t you put us in a garbage sack
WORD

I'm Cardboard Karl
I'm stiff and flat
I delivered your pizza
How'd you like that?
Now I wanna be recycled
Don’t make me pout
It stinks in the landfill
Help me out!

My name is Glass Guy
I'm sharper than my brothers
I don't mix well
I don't get along with others
So take me to the center
If you have a heart
But never put glass
In your curbside cart

We’re so legit
You can’t trash this
We just won’t quit
You can’t trash this
We take no abuse
You can’t trash this
We still have use
You can’t trash this
We're the trash that's sassing back
Don’t you put us in a garbage sack
WORD
Track Name: Curbside Karma, Introduction
Student 1- Okay, okay. Trash Monsters, talking trash, begging to be recycled. Come on guys really what’s the point?

Student 2- Well everything is connected and we have to do our part to help keep things healthy.

Student 3- For example, if we recycle paper then less tress are being cut down to make new paper. Having more trees helps cut down the amount of Carbon that is in the air because trees use Carbon for energy. As a result trees then release Oxygen into the air, which we need to survive.

Student 1- It's kinda like a Karma thing.

Student 2- Karma? What is that?

Student 3- It’s the idea that if you do good things then good things will happen to you and if you do bad things then bad things will happen to you.

Student 2- Oh. So you all are telling me that choosing to recycle or not has a kind of Curbside Karma effect on the Earth.
Track Name: Curbside Karma
If we don't recycle, the landfill will go viral
The ocean will become a big mess
At times we seem oblivious, but it’s really obvious
We all need to throw away less

Curbside Karma
Learning to be concerned
Curbside Karma
Whatever we put out there
gets returned

To slow down global warming, recycle every morning
It’s the easy way to do what’s smart
Soon we will be clappin’, cause better things will happen
When you fill up your recycling cart

Curbside Karma
Learning to be concerned
Curbside Karma
Whatever we put out there
gets returned

You better get ready!
Can you hear that sound?
They’re coming now to empty your cart!
Never forget what goes around
Comes around

Trees give us oxygen, so does the ocean
And we ought to know how much that’s worth
Throw your trash away, and you’re speeding up decay
So start recycling for the good of the Earth

Curbside Karma
Learning to be concerned
Curbside Karma
Whatever we put out there
gets returned
Track Name: Recycle Style, Introduction
Student 1- I want good things to happen. So what do I need to do?

Student 2- Well a good place to start is to recycle what you can.

Student 3- Yeah the less trash we have out there the better it is for the environment.

Student 1- I am not sure where to start. Is there a certain way you have to recycle? Is it easy?

Student 2- Recycling can be done in lots of different ways. Different communities and families have various ways to manage their recycling. Some sort it all out and take it to drop off points, some only recycle certain items like paper, and some, like Stillwater, will have curbside pick-up.

Student 3- It doesn’t matter how you do it. The important thing is to find your own Recycle Style.
Track Name: Recycle Style
Recycle Style
Recycle Style

If you start recycling
It would be fantastic
Let's recycle paper
Aluminum and plastic
I heard it from my teacher
Who heard it on the breeze
If you recycle cardboard
You save a lot of trees

Go go go go go - Go recycle style
Go go go go go - Go recycle style

This song is so classic
So listen to the beat
While you fill your cart up
And put it on the street
If we don't recycle
We will be in trouble
Better get your cart now
Do it on the double

We---- recycle paper
We---- recycle plastic
We---- recycle everything
We---- feel fantastic!
Go go go go go - Go recycle style
Go go go go go - Go recycle style

Feel the wrath of nature
When we make a mess
What will make it better
Oh, you better guess
Better be recycling
Better not be trashing
Go protect our planet
Or it will send us crashing

Go go go go go - Go recycle style
Go go go go go - Go recycle style
Track Name: Curbside Recycling Is Fun, Introduction
Student 1- I want to recycle but it is sooooo hard!

Student 2- What is hard about it?

Student 1- Well the way we do it now is I have to sort through everything myself and make sure it is separated correctly. Then I have to find time to take it to the drop off center. Usually I forget to pack it in the car so then what happens is all the recyclables pile up in my garage to the point where I can’t even pick my bins up anymore because they are so heavy. Most of the time I just end up throwing most of it away.

Student 2- Have you heard about Stillwater’s new curbside recycling program?

Student 1- No, I haven’t.

Student 2- They have made it easier. You just throw everything, well except glass, into the recycle cart and the city will pick it up at the curb.

Student 1- Wow this new program makes curbside recycling actually sound fun!
Track Name: Curbside Recycling Is Fun
It used to be hard to recycle
You had to fill boxes with bottles and jars
Your house would turn into a landfill
Then you would shove all that stuff in your car

But curbside recycling is easy
Easy easy easy as counting to one
Thanks to the cart with the yellow top
Curbside recycling is fun fun fun

Now it's a breeze to recycle
They pick it up so you can chillax
Just mix your recycling in one big cart
And wheel it to the curb along with your trash

Curbside recycling is easy
Easy easy easy as counting to one
Thanks to the cart with the yellow top
Curbside recycling is fun fun fun

We want a clean healthy future
Don't fail us now, Moms and Dads!
If you don't sign up to recycle
We kids have a right to get mad mad mad

Cause curbside recycling is easy
Easy easy easy as counting to one
Thanks to the cart with the yellow top
Curbside recycling is fun fun fun
Curbside recycling is fun… fun...
Fun!
Track Name: Recycle the Party, Introduction
Student 1- Wow recycling sounds fun!

Student 2- Yeah, less trash, a cleaner Earth, and easy Recycling! This makes me want to celebrate!

Student 3- Party Time!

Student 1- We just need to remember one thing when the party is over.

Student 2- What’s that?

Student 3- To Recycle the Party!
Track Name: Recycle the Party
The party is over, It's cleanup time again
Don't throw it in the trash, Use your recycling bin
You should listen, To what I have to say
Do the right thing, Don't throw that stuff away

Recycle the party
Recycle, uh uh, recycle, oh yeah
Recycle the party
Paper plastic aluminum cans
Recycle the party
Recycle, uh uh, recycle, oh yeah
Recycle the party
Empty pop bottles and bean dip cans

Don't fill the landfill, Don't hurt the birds
Don't waste our resources, Listen to my words
When you're hangin’ with your homies, You can have a lot of fun
But you gotta recycle, When the party is done

Recycle the party
Recycle, uh uh, recycle, oh yeah
Recycle the party
Paper plastic aluminum cans
Recycle the party
Recycle, uh uh, recycle, oh yeah
Recycle the party
Empty pop bottles and bean dip cans

How many parties must be recycled
Before we save the planet?
Every single party must be recycled
We’ve got to make it a habit -
A habit for life
A habit for life

It's fun to recycle, It's the circle of trash
It's the right way to go, With your after party bash
Get your red solo cups, Get your brown paper sacks
Get your soda pop bottles, And your pizza box stacks, And...

Recycle the party
Recycle, uh uh, recycle, oh yeah
Recycle the party
Paper plastic aluminum cans
Recycle the party
Recycle, uh uh, recycle, oh yeah
Recycle the party
Empty pop bottles and bean dip cans
Recycle the party
Oh, yeah!