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Monty led fourth graders in writing these songs inspired by the book "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau during a residency at Sangre Ridge Elementary in Stillwater, OK, supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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released December 7, 2012

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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: We Are Doomed
Hear that crackle when the lights go out?
Hear the people scream and shout?
We don't know what to do!
We don't know what to do!
If the generator dies we will all die too!

Smell the generator burning its gears
Smell the city dying of fear
We don't know what to do!
We don't know what to do!
If the generator dies we will all die too!

We are doomed
We are doomed
We will lose our power soon
We'll be stuck in endless gloom
We are doomed
We are doomed
We are lying in our tomb
We are lying in our tomb

Feel the sadness creeping through the town
Feel the darkness dragging us down
We don't know what to do!
We don't know what to do!
If the generator dies we will all die too!

We are doomed
We are doomed
We will lose our power soon
We'll be stuck in endless gloom
We will lose our power soon - We are lying in our tomb
We'll be stuck in endless gloom - We are lying in our tomb
We will lose our power soon - We are lying in our tomb
We'll be stuck in endless gloom - We are lying in our tomb
Track Name: Escape
The power is failing.
We're hanging by a thread.
People are stealing.
We're barely keeping fed.
Answers are coming.
That's what the mayor said.
But the mayor is lying, and people are dying.
I wish I were flying out over Ember!

Escape! Escape! Escape! Escape!
If only we could escape Escape!
Escape! Escape! Escape!
How do we escape?

People are grousing.
Ember is a cage.
Darkness is closing.
End of an age.
Our book is ending,
so flip another page.
We keep on trying. The dark is denying.
I wish I were flying out over Ember!

Escape! Escape! Escape! Escape!
If only we could escape Escape!
Escape! Escape! Escape!
How do we escape?

Goodbye darkness, hello light
Goodbye hunger lies and fright
Goodbye nightmares, goodbye screams
Hello freedom, food and dreams

The power is failing.
We're hanging by a thread.
People are stealing.
We're barely keeping fed.
Answers are coming.
That's what the mayor said.
But the mayor is lying, and people are dying.
I wish I were flying out over Ember!

Escape! Escape! Escape! Escape!
Track Name: No One Really Knows
It's cold out there in the unknown,
unknown, unknown
Oh we’re scared but not alone,
alone, alone
There might be giant rats or moles
There might be cliffs or walls or holes
But no one really knows,
No one really knows

Step outside and shout hello
Hello, hello
Can we find a place to go
To go, to go
There might be warmth and food and light
There might be cities blazing bright
But no one really knows
No one really knows

No one knows what we might find
Sadge went out and lost his mind
In dark so dark it makes you blind
Darkness isn't kind
In the shadow can we cope?
We might need to use a rope
We might stumble fall and grope
Still we must have hope

Should we head to the unknown,
unknown, unknown
Do we have to go alone,
alone, alone
We might die of dehydration
We might find our own salvation
No one really knows, No one really knows
No one really knows, No one really knows
Track Name: All For Ember
All for Ember
We share what we have when there are people to feed
All for Ember
We turn to each other for the things we need
If we give
Together we all can live
We will give to Ember

All for Ember
Just look around if you start to doubt
All for Ember
Family and friends are what it’s all about
Lend a hand
Together we’ll make a stand
We will stand with Ember

There is darkness waiting
And people are missing
Fighting will never help
So think of Ember
And please remember
Whatever each day may bring
We will stand up together and sing

All for Ember
Working together we can find the light
All for Ember
Working together we will be alright
If we strive
Together we can survive
We are all for Ember

All for Ember
All for Ember
All for Ember