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These songs were written with 2nd grade students in May 2015 in Norman, OK, during a songwriting residency funded by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Artists in the Schools program.

Our writing theme was "advice you would give your younger self."

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released May 21, 2015

Writing and performance by Monty and the kids.

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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: Try Try Again
You build a house with lego bricks
But it falls apart
You made it too skinny and tall
You can learn from your mistake
Start one with a wider base
This time it may not fall

Try try again! Try try again!
Don't be a chicken just because it's difficult
Try try again! Try try again!
Believe in yourself for the win

If you want to make a dive
But you climb back down
You're scared that it seems so high
Tomorrow is another chance
Get back on the diving board
This time you just might fly

Try try again! Try try again!
Don't be a chicken just because it's difficult
Try try again! Try try again!
Believe in yourself for the win

You try to play piano
But every note is wrong
Your music doesn't go with the flow
Practice makes you better
You start from the top
Soon you'll be putting on a show

How many failures will you need?
Keep on trying until you succeed!

Try try again! Try try again!
Don't be a chicken just because it's difficult
Try try again! Try try again!
Believe in yourself for the win
Believe in yourself for the win
Track Name: The Truman Challenge
We don't ever have to learn alone
Reading in a group or on our own
Our reading buddies help us get it done
So we can meet the challenge every one

We work on our math facts every day
We can help each other find the way
Computers help us do our extra math
We're moving farther up the learning path

We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge

It's good to learn and get our lessons done
Field trips can be lots and lots of fun
Ms. Eselin puts her Elvis costume on
When we raise money with the jogathon

We always try to do the things we should
We get longer recess when we're good
We show respect and leave an awesome mark
Because we know just how to show our SPARK

We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
We're up to the challenge, the Truman Challenge
Yeah!
Track Name: You Are You
I like dogs and you like cats
I like shoes and you like hats
I like red and you like blue
You like me and I like you

You tell jokes and get funny looks
You like sports and I like books
I like the night and you like the day
You can be different, that's okay

Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
And that's just how you do

I like salad but you like steak
You like to grill but I like to bake
you like tacos I like burritos
you like cheetos I like doritos

You might wear glasses to help you see
You might be smarter and stronger than me
You might have freckles you might be tall
That's okay because I like it all

(sing along)
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
And that's just how you do

You are special in your own way
(slow) You should be proud that you can say

Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
Jibber Jabber Joo You Are You
And that's just how you do
(slow) And that's just how you do

Oh, yeah!