Cows, Bugs and Aardvarks (1999)

by James Hersch

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released June 7, 1999

Some songs previously realeased on After School (Dakota Road Music). All songs © James Hersch Music except There’s A Cow Parked In My Driveway © Dakota Road Music, My Brother Eats Bugs © Myther Music, Under My Bed © Myther Music and Genevieve © Mel Marvin.
Cover art and design by rwx Publishing © 2011
james hersch on the web at www.cowsbugsandaardvarks.com

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James Hersch Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hersch, a native Minnesotan, has fifteen album credits and is known for his story song style. He has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival and recognized for his original soundtrack for the PBS documentary, "Paving the Way". His reachwithme program has been honored with the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity by the National Association for Campus Activities. ... more

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Track Name: Aardvarks Are Our Friends
I think you can figure this one out yourself.
Track Name: Cow Parked In My Driveway
School bell rings, I'm racing out the door
Got my mind on something that I've been waiting for
I want a tall glass of milk and a stack of oreo's
There's something in my driveway with a big slimey nose

There's a cow parked in my driveway
Plain as it could be
There's a cow parked in my driveway
Would someone please help me

So I picked up my books and I picked up my jaw
I ran into the house to tell mom what I saw
There's a note on the 'fridge: out of milk, love mom
I'm gone to the market and I won't be long

There's a cow parked in my driveway
A thought just came to me
There's a cow parked in my driveway
Maybe there's milk for free

So I called up Billy and I called up Sue
I've got a cow in my driveway and I don't know what to do
Milk comes out of cows but I don't know where to start
Cause there's too many handles and there's too many parts

There's a cow parked in my driveway
Come on over and see
There's a cow parked in my driveway
Come figure this out with me

So we cranked on her tail and we patted her nose
We blew in her horns and we tickeled her toes
Billy pulled this and Susie pulled that
But all that happened was a big ker-splat

Now there's a cowpie in my driveway
That's all she gave today
There's a cowpie in my driveway
That's all I have to say

© by David Lee Brown, Larry Olson and James Hersch
Track Name: Down the Trail
Going down the trail
Tell me what we'll see
maybe a blue jay high
In a maple tree
Smell the prairie grass
hear the river run
Going down the trail
Where we learn for fun

See the old dead tree
Standing all alone
Where the birds and the bees
Find a sheltered home
We can touch the earth
Maybe plant a seed
Follow nature's path
Wherever it may lead

We can sing a song
Play a nature game
We can find a bird
That says it's name... chi-ka-dee-dee-dee
We can look for snakes
We can look for frogs
We can look for bugs
Underneath a log

We all use this earth
We all play a part
What the earth will teach
We better learn by heart
We all have a place
Every living thing
We all have a song
Everyone can sing

© by James Hersch
Track Name: Grandma's Covers
Let the moon dance over the milky way
Let the sun come and chase it away
Let the shadows grow deep
You're off to sleep
Safe under Grandma's covers
A patchwork of colors and yarns
To hold you as surely as Grandma's arms
Here in the dark you know each patch by heart
Safe under Grandma's covers

The angels watch from above
On a little bed covered in Grandma's love
Here in the dark you know each patch by heart
Safe under Grandma's covers
Chorus
The corduroy patches are wearing thin
The satin and velvet ones too
By the way your little hands
Are holding these strands
It's almost like they could bring Grandma
Right here to you
Maybe they do
Chorus

© by James Hersch
Track Name: La Mama
La la la listen to your mama
La la la listen to your mama
She knows all
Don't drag mud on the carpet
Wipe your feet
Don't do crayons upon the wall

La la la listen to your papa
La la la listen to your papa
When he says
Better jump in the bath tub
Brush your teeth
Just one book and it's off to bed

La la mama
La la papa

La la la listen to your grandma
La la la listen to your grandma
It's not hard
She will buy you a bunch of new toys
And put them all on grandpa's credit card

La la la listen to your mama
La la la listen to your papa
When they say
Don't go out with musicians
Find a lawyer, a doctor
Or maybe a CPA

© by James and Candy Hersch
Track Name: Moose
A Moose that has no antlers
A Moose that has no hooves
A Moose that likes to drink my juice
And go WOOF, WOOF
A Moose that sleeps in the girls bathroom
When she takes a nap
A Moose that likes to sit on my lap

She likes to chase sticks
She likes to play tricks
She likes to try and ring the bell
She likes to jump up on you
To say 'How do you do?'
She likes to steal food from Mel

She likes to dig in the sand
She likes to slobber on your hand
She likes to jump in Ronnie's bed
She likes to go off the trail
She likes to chase her tail
She likes to sit on Roxie's head
Track Name: On the Bus
On the bus, on the bus
Sing about us
On the bus

Don't put your backpack in the aisle
Or your friends might wind up in a pile

On the bus, on the bus
Sing about us
On the bus

It's OK to talk but it's not OK to shout
Don't stand up in your seat or you might tumble out

On the bus, on the bus
Sing about us
On the bus

Say hi to the driver then leave the driver alone
They have a job to do, they've got to get you home

On the bus, on the bus
Sing about us
On the bus
Track Name: Goodnight To the Moon and Stars
Good night to the moon and stars
Good night to my trucks and cars
To my baseball glove
To the toys I love
Good night one and all, good night

Good night to the moon and stars
Good night to my dinosaurs
To my favorite doll
And my basketball
Good night one and all, good night

To the panda bear in the rocking chair
To the sleepy children everywhere

Good night to the moon and stars
Good night to my own back yard
To the fort in the tree
To my whole family
Good night one and all, good night

© by James and Candy Hersch