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Childhood (1974-90)
1977 Firsts
1978 Seconds
1985 Cacappella
1986 Eye Beater
1987 Guitarded
1988 Kim 1
1988 Kim 2
1988 Kim 3
1988 Kim 4
1988 Kim 5
1988 Kim 6
1988 Kim 7
1988 Kim 8
1988 Kim 9
1988 Kim 10
1988 Kim 11
1988 Kim 12
1989 Kim 13
1989 Five Dollar Drummer
1989 Wino Three Girls
1990 A Caustic Gutter
1996-1999
1996 NoVaSoCa
1996 Fullerton
1997 Soundtracks
1997 Walk Around
1997 Riding the Greyhound
1999 I Mowed
1999 Simulameous
1999 Yikes
1999 Piano Farte
2000-2008
2001 Marathon
2001 Days Like These
2001 Alcan Back
2001 Sleepy Sloppy
2001 Dad Day Jam
2002 Unfit
2002 The Key of G
2003 Daffy Day
2003 Januweary
2003 Post-Key
2003 Fatiguitar
2003 Oh No
2005 Waiting
2005 Sun Strike
2006 Stinky Room
2006 Schtupid
2007 Coy Pun
2007 Post-Ides
2007 Post-Ideas
2007 Post-Ideals
2007 Warble
2007 Another Same Day
2007 And Another
2007 Bald Ballads
2007 Lunch Broken
2007 Mayo
2007 Mayon
2007 Mayonandon
2007 Mayoff
2007 Juneo
2007 Juneon
2007 Juneonandon
2007 Two Song Rule
2007 Cavy Fury
2007 Infinity Daze
2007 Fall Start
2007 False Tart
2007 Fall End
2008 New Ear
2008 Decadend

Track List

# title lyrics time download listen started recorded rating
1 People Who Need People lyrics 0:19 download listen locally - 1974-12-15
2 Tiny Bubbles lyrics 0:34 download listen locally - 1974-12-15
3 First Organ lyrics 0:22 download listen locally - 1974-12-25
4 Babyland (1) lyrics 1:35 download listen locally - 1975-01-20
5 Rock-a-bye Baby (1) lyrics 0:20 download listen locally - 1975-01-20
6 Open Up Your Heart lyrics 1:32 download listen locally - 1975-01-24
7 Rock-a-bye Baby (2) lyrics 0:19 download listen locally - 1975-01-24
8 Rock-a-bye Baby (3) lyrics 0:34 download listen locally - 1975-10-26
9 ABC (1) lyrics 0:21 download listen locally - 1975-10-26
10 Count lyrics 0:13 download listen locally - 1975-10-26
11 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (1) lyrics 0:32 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
12 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (1) lyrics 0:36 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
13 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (2) lyrics 0:44 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
14 Rock-a-bye Baby (4) lyrics 0:18 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
15 Humpty Dumpty lyrics 0:06 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
16 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (3) lyrics 1:02 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
17 Rudolph (1) lyrics 0:54 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
18 Rudolph (2) lyrics 1:00 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
19 Jingle Bells (1) lyrics 0:25 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
20 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (2) lyrics 0:19 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
21 Silent Night lyrics 0:20 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
22 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (4) lyrics 0:59 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
23 Over the River (1) lyrics 0:33 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
24 Little Drummer Boy lyrics 0:46 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
25 Deck the Halls lyrics 1:12 download listen locally - 1975-12-24
26 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (5) lyrics 0:13 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
27 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (3) lyrics 0:32 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
28 Jingle Bells (2) lyrics 0:11 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
29 Scary One lyrics 0:38 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
30 Scared Again lyrics 0:46 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
31 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (6) lyrics 0:46 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
32 Oh Christmas Tree (1) lyrics 0:38 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
33 Jingle Bells (3) lyrics 0:31 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
34 Oh Christmas Tree (2) lyrics 0:13 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
35 Jingle Bells (4) lyrics 2:42 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
36 Scale lyrics 0:58 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
37 Jingle Bells (5) lyrics 1:04 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
38 Jolly Old Saint Nicholas lyrics 0:41 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
39 Joy to the World lyrics 0:30 download listen locally - 1975-12-28
40 Jingle Bells (6) lyrics 0:12 download listen locally - 1975-12-31
41 Oh Come All Ye Faithful (7) lyrics 0:58 download listen locally - 1975-12-31
42 Oh How I Love Jesus lyrics 0:21 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
43 ABC (2) lyrics 0:34 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
44 Xylophone Improv lyrics 0:18 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
45 Punk Counting lyrics 0:27 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
46 Yes Jesus Loves Me lyrics 0:15 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
47 Cornet Intro lyrics 0:31 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
48 You Better Watch Out lyrics 0:22 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
49 Blame the Mute lyrics 2:12 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
50 ABC (3) lyrics 0:20 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
51 I'm in the Lord's Army lyrics 0:54 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
52 Praise Ye the Lord lyrics 0:31 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
53 Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be lyrics 0:34 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
54 Oh Jessica lyrics 0:29 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
55 All the Emmitts lyrics 0:10 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
56 Stage Fright lyrics 1:02 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
57 Bugs lyrics 1:47 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
58 More Bugs lyrics 0:47 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
59 Bagworms lyrics 0:55 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
60 Rosy Apple Aphids lyrics 0:28 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
61 Tortoise Beatles lyrics 1:26 download listen locally - 1976-01-xx
62 Taps lyrics 1:17 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
63 We're on the Homeward Trail (1) lyrics 0:23 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
64 The Mailman Rides the Bike lyrics 0:41 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
65 Scatter in the World lyrics 0:33 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
66 Our Saturday Mornings lyrics 2:49 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
67 Daddy lyrics 1:49 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
68 Jessica lyrics 1:35 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
69 Mary Had a Little Lamb lyrics 0:51 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
70 We're on the Homeward Trail (2) lyrics 0:56 download listen locally - 1977-09-xx
71 Dog Named Bill (1) lyrics 0:37 download listen locally - 1977-10-24
72 We're on the Homeward Trail (3) lyrics 0:46 download listen locally - 1977-10-24
73 Dog Named Bill (2) lyrics 0:38 download listen locally - 1977-10-24
74 Do Re Mi (1) lyrics 0:32 download listen locally - 1977-10-31
75 Over the River (2) lyrics 0:32 download listen locally - 1977-10-31
76 Dog Named Bill (3) lyrics 1:07 download listen locally - 1977-10-31
77 Do Re Mi (2) lyrics 1:08 download listen locally - 1977-10-31
78 Surrey with the Fringe on Top lyrics 1:10 download listen locally - 1977-10-31
79 German lyrics 0:30 download listen locally - 1977-11-0x
80 Scatter's Flat (1) lyrics 0:50 download listen locally - 1977-11-15
81 Babyland (2) lyrics 1:29 download listen locally - 1977-11-15
82 Scatter's Flat (2) lyrics 0:48 download listen locally - 1977-11-15
83 Skitter's Flat lyrics 0:20 download listen locally - 1977-11-15
84 Jingle Bells (7) lyrics 1:02 download listen locally - 1977-11-15
85 Rudolph (3) lyrics 3:12 download listen locally - 1977-11-15
  Total   67:26 play all locally album rating:

Notes

These songs are from our earliest family recordings, 1974 through 1977.

Most are attempts at singing other people's songs, but towards the end I started making up my own stuff.

Songs

People Who Need People

This is the first recording of me attempting to sing. I was about 23 months old.

Lyrics to "People Who Need People":

mom:
  let's sing, travis, you wanna sing?

trav:
  sing?

mom:
  you sing

trav:
  people

mom:
  people, people who need people

trav:
  woah
  people
  woah
  woah
  meow
  

User Comments:

  1. "How many people will hear this tape?" - kme (2010-07-17)

Tiny Bubbles

Second song, twice as awesome.

Lyrics to "Tiny Bubbles":

mom:
  sing tiny bubbles

trav:
  baba buddles
  tabba bush
  tabba bush
  tieba bush
  teepu
  taiba bush
  teepu ta
  tabba bush
  ???
  daddy

dad:
  travis, if you could write that down, that would be a hit

mom:
  tiny bubbles

trav:
  tabba bush
  tayba bush
  tabay babby
  taiba bush
  tabba bush
  [laugh]
  dee
  

First Organ

This was my first time playing my grandparents' organ. I was afraid of it!

Lyrics to "First Organ":

trav:
  nui
  [cry]

dad:
  you don't like the noise?
  play us a song
  play a song for us

trav:
  [cry]

dad:
  play a christmas song for us, travis
  go ahead
  push the buttons

trav:
  [cry]

dad:
  push the buttons
  go ahead

trav:
  [cry]
  

Babyland (1)

This was on my second birthday. The "fun" part is comparing it to my sister's version a couple years later.

Lyrics to "Babyland (1)":

mom:
  how many miles to

trav:
  babyland

mom:
  anyone can

trav:
  tell

mom:
  up one

trav:
  flight

mom:
  to the

trav:
  bell

mom:
  right
  please to ring the

trav:
  bell

mom:
  what do they do in

trav;
  do

mom:
  what do they do in babyland

trav;
  land

mom:
  dream and wake and

trav:
  play

mom:
  laugh and

trav:
  crow

mom:
  ???

trav:
  grow

mom:
  grow
  jolly times have they
  [laugh]

trav:
  they
  [laugh]

mom:
  what do they say in babyland
  why the

trav:
  bill?

mom:
  what do they say in babyland
  why the oddest

trav;
  princess

mom:
  things
  might as well try to tell
  what the

trav:
  [thumps]

dad:
  hey listen

mom:
  he's not paying attention

dad:
  listen to mommy
  you're supposed to be singing

mom:
  might as well try to tell
  what the

trav:
  thing

mom:
  might as well try to tell
  what the

trav:
  ??? things

mom:
  who's the queen in

trav:
  ???land

mom:
  mother kind and

trav:
  play

mom:
  and

trav:
  wild

mom:
  [laugh]
  sweet
  and her

trav:
  feet

mom:
  oh boy this is going to be a disaster
  you're getting
  you're too fast
  and her

trav;
  love

mom:
  born above
  guides the

trav:
  feet

mom:
  little feet
  that's the best word in all ??
  

Rock-a-bye Baby (1)

Not much going on in my head here.

Lyrics to "Rock-a-bye Baby (1)":

trav:
  rock bye baby

mom:
  rock-a-bye baby
  in the

trav:
  and sing
  birthday
  sing
  sing
  baby

mom:
  rock-a-bye baby
  in the
  in that what

trav:
  time

mom:
  he's not doing very well
  is he?
  

Open Up Your Heart

  • Firsts track 6
  • recorded: 1975-01-24
  • location: Charlottesville
  • other names: Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In), Let the Sunshine In
  • length: 1:32
  • Dave Emmitt - talk
  • Travis Emmitt - vocals
  • Karen Emmitt - talk
  • Stuart Hamblen | wrote: music, lyrics
  • rating: rate this song
  • mp3: download listen locally

Toeing the line between encouragement and mockery.

Lyrics to "Open Up Your Heart":

dad:
  go ahead now, you sing, let your sunshine in
  go ahead
  go ahead

trav:
  let sunshine in
  frifth a gwim
  upon you let sunshine in

dad:
  all right you go ahead and sing it again

trav:
  let sunshine in
  force a grin
  oh honey let sunshine in

mom:
  do it again

dad:
  let's hear that again

trav:
  let sunshine
  with face a gwin
  oh my honey let sunshine in

dad:
  all right, can you sing a little louder
  you're too soft

trav:
  let sunshine in
  ??? gwin
  oh my honey let sunshine in

dad:
  let's see if we can sing it right this time
  ok go ahead
  real loud now
  go ahead

mom:
  you're doing a great job
  go on

dad:
  but make sure you use the right word this time
  go ahead, nice and loud, ready?

trav:
  let sunshine in

dad:
  yeah

trav:
  oh ba heart
  let sunshine in

dad:
  open up what?

mom:
  good
  he said it right
  do it again
  do it again, that was good

dad:
  try once more, you missed the whole
  ready

mom:
  that's a, that's good

dad:
  let your sunshine

mom:
  what are you doing?

dad:
  i wish we could record all those movements
  ready?

mom:
  go ahead and sing it

trav:
  no

dad:
  one more time
  one more time
  go ahead

trav:
  let sunshine in
  force a grim
  oh my honey
  let sunshine in

dad:
  no, oh

trav:
  oh my heart
  let sunshine

dad:
  oh right, open up your heart

trav;
  let sunshine in
  

Rock-a-bye Baby (2)

This is much improved over my previous version. It's amazing how quickly kids learn at that age! (Or maybe my mind was just working better that day).

Lyrics to "Rock-a-bye Baby (2)":

dad:
  ok what else can you sing?

trav:
  nah

mom:
  you can sing "rock-a-bye baby" all by yourself

dad:
  can you?

trav:
  ??? rock a baby on dree top

dad:
  ok you sing "rock-a-bye baby on the tree top"

trav;
  rock a baby on dree top
  rock a baby on the tree
  

Rock-a-bye Baby (3)

Nine months later, I was inching closer to perfection.

Lyrics to "Rock-a-bye Baby (3)":

trav:
  rock-a-bye baby

dad:
  ok sing that one

trav:
  rock-a-bye baby
  on the tree top
  when the wind blows
  the wind will
  uh, i can't do that

dad;
  that was a good one

mom:
  ???

trav:
  rock-a-bye baby
  on the tree top
  when the wind blows
  the cradle will rock

mom:
  when the bough breaks

dad:
  when the bough breaks

trav:
  rock-a-bye baby
  when the bough ???

dad:
  when the bough breaks

trav:
  rock-a-bye baby
  when the bough breaks

dad:
  the cradle will

trav:
  fall

dad:
  and down

trav:
  comes travis
  cradle and all

mom:
  good
  

ABC (1)

Nice try.

Lyrics to "ABC (1)":

trav:
  a b c d e f g h i k m o p q r s t u v w x y and z
  now i my abcs
  next time ??? you will sing with me

dad:
  that's good

mom:
  good, that's very good

trav:
  yay
  

Count

Not really a song, but it fits nicely with "ABC (1)".

Lyrics to "Count":

dad:
  now let's see how high you can count

trav:
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and 10 11 12 14 14
  i did it
  yay
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (1)

I was entering a bossy phase, which seemed to start around the time of Jessica's arrival and lasted a couple years.

Well, at least I outgrew it!

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (1)":

trav:
  oh come all faithful
  try triumphant
  oh come all faithful
  try triumphant
  oh come all faithful
  try triudphant
  oh come

dad:
  oh come ye
  oh come ye to where?

trav:
  let let let me do it

dad:
  ok you sing

trav:
  ???

dad:
  all right

trav:
  oh come
  

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (1)

More religious songs.

Lyrics to "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (1)":

trav:
  i'll sing the shepherd song

dad:
  ok

trav:
  the, the ender song

mom:
  the shepherd song

dad:
  ok you sing the shepherd song

trav:
  i can't
  i'll sing "while shepherds watched their sheep by night"

dad:
  ok you sing that one

trav:
  while shepherds rust their sheep by night
  i'd seated on the gwound

dad:
  yes?

trav:
  i just did it

trav:
  what happens when they're all seated on the ground?

trav:
  oh can they'll ??? stand

dad:
  is that it?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  hmm
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (2)

This is slightly more coherent than the version we recorded earlier that day.

Slightly.

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (2)":

mom:
  ok now do "oh come all ye faithful"

trav:
  i did that

dad:
  well sing

trav:
  oh come all faithful
  try triudaphan
  oh come

dad:
  oh come ye
  oh come ye

trav:
  to bethlehem
  sar go
  come and adore him
  come and adore him
  come and
  king
  the angels
  awar
  came down
  and glory
  shall stand
  yay!

dad:
  ok that's good
  

Rock-a-bye Baby (4)

Perfection.

Lyrics to "Rock-a-bye Baby (4)":

rock-a-bye baby
on the tree top
when the wind blows
the cradle will rock

when the bough breaks
the cradle will fall
and down comes travis
cradle and all
  

Humpty Dumpty

So much for perfection.

Lyrics to "Humpty Dumpty":

humpy dumpy had a gray fall
??? amen
can put humpy dumpy gether again
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (3)

The reverb really adds polish to this performance.

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (3)":

trav:
  triumphant
  oh come ye
  oh come uh to bethlehem
  come let me hold him
  born the king of angles
  oh come let us adore him
  oh come let us adore grim

  where's the blue one?
  the blue one?
  where's blue one?

dad:
  i don't know

trav:
  i want that one to put the water in

dad:
  can you sing um?

trav:
  oh come all ye faithful
  try try triumphant
  oh come me
  oh come
  to bethlehem
  come me hold him
  born the king of angels
  oh come let us
  

Rudolph (1)

Charming little tantrum in this one.

Lyrics to "Rudolph (1)":

trav:
  rudolph

dad:
  huh?

trav:
  rudolph deer

dad:
  rudolph?

trav:
  rudolph red-nose reindeer
  had a ver shiny nose
  i know that song

dad:
  you know that song?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  ok go ahead and sing it

trav:
  rudolphs the

dad:
  red nose

trav:
  reindeer
  had about a

dad:
  had a very shiny nose

trav:
  nose

dad:
  and if you

trav:
  no!
  don't get it all over my eyes!

dad:
  pardon me?

trav:
  don't get it ???
  try again
  rudolph red-nose reindeer
  had a very shiny nose
  ??? saw him
  i would say it glows

dad:
  is that all you know?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  ok
  

Rudolph (2)

Mom carried this one.

Lyrics to "Rudolph (2)":

mom:
  all of the other reindeer
  used to laugh and call him names
  they never let poor rudolph
  join in any reindeer games

  then one foggy christmas eve
  santa came to say
  rudolph with your nose so bright
    you're supposed to be singing
  won't you guide my

trav:
  sleigh tonight

mom:
  then how the reindeer loved him
  as they shouted out with glee
  rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
  you'll go down in

trav:
  history

mom, dad:
  good

trav:
  yay!
  

Jingle Bells (1)

Are you getting tired of listening to these yet? Think of how I feel transcribing them!

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (1)":

dad:
  jingle bells for us?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  go ahead

mom:
  you shouldn't ???

trav:
  jingle beh
  jingle holloway
  hodda fa
  besso fa
  unsah hossun say
  don't turn that one on

dad:
  well go ahead
  i was listening to your jingle bells
  then we'll play it back
  this is so you can remember when you're really old
  you can listen to this

trav:
  i sing "rock-a-bye baby"

dad:
  oh is that a christmas song?

mom:
  you always sing that
  

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (2)

Aren't you glad you get to hear two versions of this?

Lyrics to "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (2)":

while shepherds watched their sheep by night
all sitting on the ground
the angels tow ward came down
swarie sauna wound
  

Silent Night

I don't know if "good" is the word I'd use.

Lyrics to "Silent Night":

mom:
  sing another one, "silent night"

dad:
  how about "silent night"

trav:
  silent night
  oh he's bright
  wound on earth
  and bar and chowed
  schweep in heavens lee peace

dad:
  that's it?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  good
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (4)

This song was popular that night!

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (4)":

trav:
  oh come oh we faithful
  try triumphant
  oh come may oh
  to bethlehem

mom:
  ??? hold him

trav:
  born a king a angels
  oh come mad us adore him
  oh come mad us  dore him
  oh come mad us adore him
  oh come mad us adore him
  oh come mad us adore him
  oh come mad us adore him
  oh come mad us adore him
  oh come mad us adore him
  pry a dords

dad:
  good

mom:
  that's good
  

Over the River (1)

I like my ultra-efficient version. Too bad it had to get extended.

Lyrics to "Over the River (1)":

dad:
  you know "over the river"?

trav:
  over the river
  and through the grandma's house we go

mom:
  the horse knows

trav:
  the way coo carry the sleigh
  in the ???

mom:
  in the night and drifting

trav:
  snow

mom:
  over the river and through the woods
  oh how the wind does blow
  it stings the nose
  and bites the toes
  it's over the river

trav:
  over the river ??? we go

dad:
  ok
  

Little Drummer Boy

Rum pum pum pum.

Lyrics to "Little Drummer Boy":

dad:
  you know the know the rum pum pum pum?

trav:
  yeah, rum pum pum pum

dad:
  mom has to sing the

mom:
  no, dad sings this one

dad:
  i don't know this one
  how's it go?

trav:
 don't turn that one on

mom:
  oh they told me

trav:
  rum pum pum pum

mom:
  our newborn king to see

trav:
  rum pum pum pum

mom:
  our finest gifts to bring

trav:
  rum pum pum pum

mom:
  to lay before the king

trav:
  rum pum pum pum

mom:
  rum pum pum pum
  rum pum pum pum

trav:
  pum pum

mom:
  so to honor him

trav:
  rum pum pum pum

mom:
  when we come

trav:
  rum pum pum

mom:
  that was good
  

Deck the Halls

The final song of the evening.

Lyrics to "Deck the Halls":

mom:
  deck the halls with boughs of holly

trav;
  falala la la la

mom:
  'tis the season to be jolly

trav:
  jolly
  falala la la la

mom:
  don we now our gay apparel

trav:
  falala la la la la la

mom:
  fa la la la la la la la la
  toll the ancient yule tide carol

trav:
  falala la la la la

mom:
  fa la la la la la la la la
  see the blazings yule before us

trav:
  carol
  falala la la la

mom
  strike the harp and join the

trav:
  for us

mom:
  fa la la

trav:
  falala la la la

mom:
  follow me in merry measure

trav:
  treasure
  falala la la la

mom:
  while i tell of yule tide

trav:
  care us
  calladd

mom:
   treasure

trav:
  falala la la la
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (5)

This is the first recording of my singing along to an instrument (my mom's parents' organ).

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (5)":

trav:
  oh come let us adore him
  oh come let us adore
  yay!

dad:
  that's good
  

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (3)

More organ goodness. I got scared at the end.

Lyrics to "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (3)":

dad:
  now sing "while shepherds watched their flocks"
  and i go eat breakfast

trav:
  while shepherds watched their sheep by night
  or the ??? the ground
  the angels ??? came down
  the angels ???

  oh scary one

dad:
  yeah yeah that's, that's a good one
  

Jingle Bells (2)

Mercifully short.

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (2)":

dad:
  all right sing "jingle bells" now

trav:
  jingle bells
  jingle all the way
  oh what fun ???
  ??? sleigh

dad:
  yeah that's good
  

Scary One

Not much of interest here.

Lyrics to "Scary One":

trav:
  scary one

dad:
  i know
  ok i'll go eat breakfast

trav:
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  1 2 7 3 4
  

Scared Again

I guess I was getting freaked out again.

Lyrics to "Scared Again":

dad:
  you have to sing
  sing

trav:
  turn this off
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (6)

Just what we need: a sixth version of this song!

This one's actually the most creative.

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (6)":

trav:
  oh come all we faithful
  ??? phant
  oh ??? me

dad:
  play the buttons too

trav:
  what?

dad:
  play the buttons

trav:
  oh come all we faithful
  oh ???
  oh come ???
  come let us adore him
  angels
  oh
  

Oh Christmas Tree (1)

I got lucky with the melody in the beginning. Then my usual "talent" kicked in.

Lyrics to "Oh Christmas Tree (1)":

trav:
  ??? stop

dad:
  hey travis, did you play that?

trav:
  what?

dad:
  were you playing "oh christmas tree"?

trav:
  oh christmas tree
  ???

dad:
  who was in here playing "oh christmas tree"?

trav:
  me, me

dad:
  you were?
  how did you know?
  

Jingle Bells (3)

Who knew "Jingle Bells" could be so scary?

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (3)":

dad:
  now play um "jingle bells"

trav:
  jingle bells
  jingle all the way
  oh ???
  oh ???
  ??? ride

dad:
  woah

trav:
  scary one
  

Oh Christmas Tree (2)

More creepy carolling.

Lyrics to "Oh Christmas Tree (2)":

trav:
  oh christmas tree
  oh ???
  christmas tree

dad:
  all right
  

Jingle Bells (4)

A lovely duet with my dad.

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (4)":

dad:
  you wanna play a duet?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  i'll tell you which ones of these to press, ok?
  you hold it down as long as i tell you to press it
  press f
  where's f
  f's back here
  see f?
  press f
  got it?
  press it down
  no press the white button in front of that
  ???
  hold it there
  where are we?
  ready?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  press c
  c

trav:
  c

dad:
  press it
  press
  i can't

trav:
  i did

dad:
  you pressed c?
  i can't see around you

trav:
  i did

dad:
  ok
  travis and i are playing a duet

mom:
  yes i hear

dad:
  huh?

mom:
  what did he do ???
  did you play all that?

dad:
  he played something i don't know
  "oh christmas tree"

trav:
  oh christmas tree
  oh christmas

mom:
  you mean like really played it?

dad:
  uh-huh

mom:
  ??? numbers
  does he know how to do that?

dad:
  mm-hmm

trav:
  oh christmas tree
  you press the buttons

mom:
  ??? jessica ???

dad:
  you want me to push the buttons?

trav:
  yeah
  you press a

dad:
  all right
  ready?

trav:
  you press a

dad:
  huh?

trav:
  you press

dad:
  you want me to press these?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  ok

trav:
  ???
  press those first
  press
  don't
  press those first

dad:
  which one?
  this one?

trav:
  yeah
  ???

dad:
  this one?
  i don't like that one

trav:
  press that

dad:
  ok let's press f
  ok you press f
  ready?
  ???
  i'll help you press

mom:
  oh

dad:
  travis
  

Scale

Lessons with Dad.

Just be glad this is 58 seconds rather than 58 minutes!

Lyrics to "Scale":

dad:
  can you play the scale?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  oh play the scale
  take each one and go
  can you do that?

mom:
  ???

dad:
  that's good, travis
  play the scale

trav:
  ???

dad:
  ok, you do those

mom:
  ???

trav:
  turn it down

dad:
  ok, let's play the scale, ready?
  is that good?

trav:
  turn it down
  

Jingle Bells (5)

Here we go again.

I'm pretty sure Mom stepped in on organ near the end. Listening to us play must've been painful! At the end I decided to hide under the organ (or bed).

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (5)":

trav:
  don't
  turn it off

dad:
  we gotta teach you to play these ???

mom:
  why don't you teach him the notes

dad:
  you wanna play "jingle bells"?
  you know that one?
  all right
  that's not really it either

mom:
  oh
  oh

trav:
  what? what?

mom:
  ooh

trav:
  under under

dad:
  where you going?

trav:
  under

dad:
  under?
  

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Here's a solo by Dad, a nice dose of melody in a sea of cacophony.

Lyrics to "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas":

jolly old saint nicholas
don't you tell a single soul
what

wants a dolly
nallie wants a story book
she thinks dolls are folly

as for me my little brain
isn't very bright
choose for me old santa claus
what you think is right
  

Joy to the World

One more solo from Dad.

By now I was either tired of hearing the organ, or tired of being "shown up" by my parents. Either way, I'd had enough.

Lyrics to "Joy to the World":

trav:
  turn that

dad:
  no
  i have some
  yeah i do, of course

trav:
  turn it off

dad:
  you all done?
  

Jingle Bells (6)

I get the feeling our practicing of religious songs was leading up to this "recital" in front of Dad's parents. I was probably very nervous.

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (6)":

grampie:
  sing "jingle bells" first, then

trav:
  jingle bells
  jingle all the way
  oh ??? fun
  it is
  ??? sleigh
  

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (7)

"Jingle Bells (6)" wasn't enough; of course we had to have a religious song!

Lyrics to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful (7)":

grampie:
  that's good, now sing the "oh come all ye faithful"

trav:
  oh come all we faithful
  ??? triumphant
  oh come me
  oh come ??? to bethlehem
  come ??? hold hime
  born the king of angels
  oh come let us adore him
  oh come let us adore him
  prize da door

grampie:
  well isn't that good

grammie:
  oh that was nice

mom:
  good

grampie:
  that was nice
  he's good
  he's got a good voice
  you're gonna be a singer when you grow up, aren't you?

trav:
  now can we open the presents?

grampie:
  oh

grammie
  well, that was the price

grampie:
  yep
  all right
  mommy, you wanna be missus...
  

Oh How I Love Jesus

Hmm.

Or should I say, "hymn"?

Lyrics to "Oh How I Love Jesus":

oh how i love jesus
oh how i love jesus
'cause he first loves me

how i jesus
'cause he first loves me
  

ABC (2)

First recording with a xylophone. Love the energy at the end. Not so sure about the technique.

Lyrics to "ABC (2)":

g h i k i j k m o p q r s t t r s t u v w x y z
now i've sung abcs
next time will you sing with me
  

Xylophone Improv

First improv on the xylophone. I sure was excited!

Lyrics to "Xylophone Improv":

[scat]
???
yay
???
  

Punk Counting

Not sure about the lyrics, but I love the punky 'tude!

Lyrics to "Punk Counting":

1 2 3 4 5
i've got to hear one
1 2 3 4
i've got to hear one
1 2 3 4
i've got to hear one
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
ow
i've got to hear one
ow
  

Yes Jesus Loves Me

And now we're back with the religious stuff.

Lyrics to "Yes Jesus Loves Me":

trav:
  yes jesus loves me
  yes jesus loves me
  yes
  yes jesus loves me
  yes jesus loves me

dad:
  that's good
  you sang that with a lot of heart
  

Cornet Intro

Introducing the cornet.

Lyrics to "Cornet Intro":

dad:
  you're gonna play the trumet for us, travis?

trav:
  i wanna put put this in

dad:
  what's that called?

trav:
  this?

dad:
  yeah

trav:
  i don't know

dad:
  it's called a mute

trav:
  moot

dad:
  yeah, that's so when you practice the horn it doesn't disturb the neighbors

trav:
  it keeps falling out

mom:
  ok, push it in real hard

dad:
  all right, there you go

trav:
  ok

dad:
  ok what will you play for us?
  have you been practicing?

trav:
  yes

dad:
  all right, what's the name of this song, now?
  before you start to play, what's the name of this song?

trav:
  you better watch out

dad:
  you're gonna play "you better watch out"?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  all right
  

You Better Watch Out

This was my first time playing Dad's cornet.

Do you think it's ok if I don't credit anyone else for the lyrics or music?

Lyrics to "You Better Watch Out":

dad:
  this is travis
  how old are you travis?

trav:
  three

dad:
  you're three years old
  and he's gonna play "you better watch out" on the trumpet

trav:
  ok

dad:
  go ahead
  

Blame the Mute

Dad took pictures while I demonstrated my awesomeness on the cornet.

Lyrics to "Blame the Mute":

dad:
  all right, i think i'll got get a camera
  and take a picture of you playing "you better watch out"

mom:
  why don't you get the mute out; it's easier

dad:
  you want me to take the mute out?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  all right, i think that's the problem

mom:
  good
  is that fun?
  do some more

trav:
  what's that
  what's that right there?

mom:
  i don't know
  i think it's dad's ???
  try again
  i wanna hear some more

trav:
  don't take picture picture

dad:
  don't take your picture?

trav:
  no

mom:
  can you make your lips vibrate?
  they'll pbbbb
  you're good
  he's got it upside down

dad:
  ok travis
  all right, let's hear you play

trav:
  i did

dad:
  that was good

trav:
  ???
  i wanna get another picture

dad:
  get another picture?

trav:
  mm-hmm

mom:
  get a profile ???

dad:
  no, we don't want ???

mom:
  huh?

dad:
  ???
  all right, travis
  what song are you gonna play for us now?

trav:
  how about we start again?

dad:
  what's the name of this song?

trav:
  i can ??? it

dad:
  ok go ahead
  what's the name of this song, though?
  wait a minute
  hey, travis

mom:
  he's done a lot and you've just been fiddling with your camera

dad:
  one more time
  step back there, stand back there
  good

mom:
  i thought we were gonna get a profile

trav:
  i've done another one

dad:
  why? do you like profiles better?

mom:
  well, just one

dad:
  well, let's get a trumpet
  mom, move out of the way
  don't want you in the background
  ok, a trumpet profile
  play it toward the kitchen

trav:
  ok

dad:
  play it toward the recorder

trav:
  down here

dad:
  yeah
  ok

mom:
  that was good

trav:
  i'll do another one

dad:
  no that's ok

mom:
  your poor little head
  

ABC (3)

Missed one.

Chalk it up to sibling rivalry.

Lyrics to "ABC (3)":

a b c d e f g h i k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y and z
now i've sung my abcs
next time won't you sing with me
  

I'm in the Lord's Army

It's all in the motions.

Lyrics to "I'm in the Lord's Army":

trav:
  i'm too young to march in the emassy
  ride in the cabbal
  shoot in the emassy
  i'm too young to march in the emassy
  fly in the art ah me

mom:
  you forgot fly over the enemy
  do it again
  do it again
  do it with the motions
  i'll show you the motions
  sing it again

trav:
  i'm too young to march in the emassy
  ride in the cabbal
  ???

mom:
  do it again, come on

trav:
  i'm too young to march in the emassy
  shoot in the emassy
  i'm too young to fly over ememy
  well i'm im a yard ah me

mom:
  good

trav:
  i'm im a yard's ah me
  i'm im a yard's ah me
  

Praise Ye the Lord

Can never get enough of these hymns!

Lyrics to "Praise Ye the Lord":

trav:
  hallelula hallelula
  praise the lord
  hallelula hallelula
  praise the lord

mom:
  praise ye the lord

trav:
  hallelula

mom/trav:
  praise ye the lord

trav:
  hallelula
  praise ee a lord

mom:
  hallelujah

mom/trav:
  praise ye the lord

mom:
  good
  

Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be

Nice masculine song. Good thing I had no idea what any of these songs' lyrics meant!

Lyrics to "Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be":

trav:
  dear dear what can the matter be
  dear dear

mom:
  what can the matter be

mom/trav:
  dear dear what can the matter be

trav:
  johnny's so long at the fair
  he promised to buy me a bonnie blue ribbon
  he promised to buy me a bonnie blue ribbon
  ??? hair

mom/trav:
  to tie up my bonnie brown hair
  

Oh Jessica

Somehow I think Mom was more into this song than I was.

Lyrics to "Oh Jessica":

mom:
  sing oh jessica

trav:
  oh jessica

mom:
  oh jessica

trav:
  you are the cutest baby

mom:
  oh jessica

trav:
  oh jessica

mom:
  and that's ???

trav:
  ??

mom:
  you're pretty

trav:
  in summer and wintertime

mom:
  and you're

trav:
  did you turn that on now
  

All the Emmitts

Made this one up myself.

Lyrics to "All the Emmitts":

daddy
skigger and skagger
jessica and mommy
and travis and jessica
and all ???
  

Stage Fright

This is the first hint of self-consciousness.

Lyrics to "Stage Fright":

dad:
  all right now, what's this song about?

trav:
  about bugs

dad:
  about bugs
  ok
  why don't you come over here closer to the mic
  this is a new bug song, huh?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  all right, go ahead
  that's a good one
  that's an orange one
  yeah
  ok
  go ahead
  what kind of a bug is that?

trav:
  ???

dad:
  yeah
  and i'll put this right here
  and you go ahead and sing your song about bugs
  ok

trav:
  ok
  i can't sing it

dad:
  well that's all right, just make one up
  that's good

trav:
  i don't
  i
  you
  you

dad:
  you want me to go out of the room?

trav:
  what?

dad:
  will you feel more comfortable if i'm out of the room?
  want me to go in there so that you can sing the song by yourself?
  all right
  

Bugs

My guess is that for Christmas we got a book about bugs. I then tried to interpret different bugs using the xylophone. I treated the bug pictures as if they were sheet music.

Lyrics to "Bugs":

trav:
  ants ???
  ??? everywhere
  ???

dad:
  is that it?
  do you have any more songs about bugs?

trav:
  yeah

dad:
  that was a good one
  

More Bugs

More bug-inspired improvisation.

Lyrics to "More Bugs":

dad:
  you have some words to that song?

trav:
  i don't have any

dad:
  oh

trav:
  ???
  that's all these songs

dad:
  that's all those songs?

trav:
  yeah
  

Bagworms

Never mind the fingers; what a nimble mind!

Lyrics to "Bagworms":

trav:
  i got some more
  i got some more over here
  i got one of these songs
  i got one of these songs, daddy

dad:
  all right

trav:
  i got these songs

dad:
  oh those are good ones
  those are about bagworms
  that's good

dad:
  you have any words to that song?

trav:
  what?

dad:
  any words to that song?

trav:
  no

dad:
  old bagworm, bagworm
  i'd like to give you a poke

trav:
  i don't have any song

dad:
  no?
  what nimble fingers

trav:
  the end of the song

dad:
  the end of the song
  

Rosy Apple Aphids

Dad's ideas were too much for my brain.

Lyrics to "Rosy Apple Aphids":

dad:
  well, that's a nice one
  rosy apple aphids

trav:
  what them?

dad:
  rosy apple aphids
  can you sing that one?

trav:
  rose
  i can't say

dad:
  rosy apple aphids

trav:
  i can't say it

dad:
  go ahead, just sing it
  rosy apple aphids
  are pressed principally of apples

trav:
  ???
  say it with me

dad:
  well, you sing it now

trav:
  can't say it

dad:
  you can

trav:
  no
  

Tortoise Beatles

The final bug jam. Dad teaches me about lyrics.

Lyrics to "Tortoise Beatles":

trav:
  i'm gonna do it, start it

dad:
  ok

trav:
  ???
  what's these?

dad:
  those are called turtles beatles
  tortoise beatles
  you just need some good lyrics, travis

trav:
  what?

dad:
  you just need some good lyrics

trav:
  what?
  what?

dad:
  some words
  words to songs are called lyrics

trav:
  oh
  we need?

dad:
  yes

trav:
  we needs?

dad:
  yes
  those words
  you need to sing them as you play

trav:
  ???
  i'm singing this one

dad:
  all right

trav:
  ???
  that's the end
  

Taps

We'd been living in Hamburg for about a year. Somehow I managed to pick up both the language and a slight German accent. I lost both soon after returning to the States.

Lyrics to "Taps":

mom:
  day is done

trav:
  gone the sun
  from the lake
  from the hills
  from the sky
  all is well
  safely rest
  god is dock

mom:
  that was good, do it again

trav:
  safely rest
  god is dock
  safely rest
  god is dack
  safely rest
  god is dock

mom:
  come on, do the whole thing, all right?
  day is

trav:
  done
  gone the sun
  from the lake
  from the hills
  from the sky
  all is well
  safely rest
  god is dock
  

We're on the Homeward Trail (1)

I don't know whether we learned this song from a class or a tape. No clue about the author.

Lyrics to "We're on the Homeward Trail (1)":

mom:
  now i want you to sing "homeward trails"

trav:
  we're on the homeward trails
  we're on the homeward trails
  singing, singing
  everybody singing
  going home

mom:
  that was good
  

The Mailman Rides the Bike

My parents encouraged me to make stuff up because they got tired of telling me which "real" songs to sing.

Bit of a double-edged sword.

Lyrics to "The Mailman Rides the Bike":

trav:
  now what?

mom;
  can you um sing some of your own songs now?
  songs that you make up
  you want me to give you something to sing about?

trav:
  yeah

mom:
  why don't you sing about the mailman who rides the yellow bike?

trav:
  the mailman rides the bike
  the mailman rides the bike
  the mailman rides the bike
  of course
  he was, he was, he was
  he was and he doesn't
  he doesn't get to do it
  'cause he did he did he did
  that's all
  

Scatter in the World

Scatter was one of our cats. By "flat" I think I meant "dead".

Lyrics to "Scatter in the World":

trav:
  scatter in the world

mom:
  what?

trav:
  scatter in the world

mom:
  scatter in the world?

trav:
  yeah

mom:
  fine, scatter in the world
  sing that one

trav:
  scatter in the world
  scatter in the world
  scatter in the noon time time

  scatter in a new time
  scatter in the sunshine
  scatter in everybody too

  everybody anybody everybody too
  he was flat

  scatter he was
  scatter he was
  scatter was flat
  scatter was flat
  he was too

  scatter used to be
  scatter used to be
  scatter used to be flat

  scatter used to be
  scatter used to be
  scatter used to be flat

  scatter used to be
  scatter used to be
  scatter used to be that
  scatter used to be

  scatter used to be flat
  

Our Saturday Mornings

How are your ear drums?

Lyrics to "Our Saturday Mornings":

trav:
  now what?

mom:
  sing a song about our saturday mornings

trav:
  our satur
  our satur
  our saturday mornings too

  our satur
  our satur
  satur mornings too and you

mom:
  sing about what we do on saturday mornings

trav:
  we go to the bakery
  we go to the bakery
  we go to the bakery too

  now what?

mom:
  what else do we do?
  keep singing
  think of different things we do on saturdays

trav:
  we shopping in the noon
  we shopping in the moon and daddy
  he goes to the baker with me
  bakery bakery bakery we

  he goes there off but he can't drive
  he doesn't know right germany in the life
  he doesn't know how to drive a motorcycle
  and there so the hawkins
  they don't want to do it but
  and he knows he now know how co ???
  he knows and no ???
  he goes around and he is done

  we shop in the noon
  he shop in the noon
  we shop in the noon
  we shop in the noon
  we shop in the noon
  they go break so
  now what?

mom:
  um, don't we do anything else on saturdays besides shop?

trav:
  we go to away, right?

mom:
  go to what?

trav:
  to, um, on a trip on saturdays, right?

mom:
  sometimes
  wanna sing about when we go on trips?

trav;
  we went on a trip with hawkins
  we went on a trip on saturdays
  mondays and tuesdays and wednesdays and thursdays and fridays and sundays
  don't go on a trip
  but only saturday
  right?

mom:
  mm-hmm

trav:
  on a saturday we go on a trip?

mom:
  sometimes we leave on fridays
  that's all right
  

Daddy

The lyrics shift from talking about Dad to something about sickness and death. I have no idea what inspired that, unless I was talking about Scatter again, or someone else's dad.

Lyrics to "Daddy":

mom:
  sing a song about daddy

trav:
  daddy was a big boy
  he was a big boy
  he was a big boy in me

  daddy was
  daddy was
  daddy was a big boy in me

  when daddy was a big boy he was was
  he was was was
  he was um sick and he was from
  he ??? was sick in me
  and then when he went and he gave him some care
  and he was dead in me
  he was dead in the heart
  in the
  he was he was something to herring
  then he was to
  but he was was dead
  he was he was he was

  he was dead and he died
  was dead and he died
  was dead he was in me
  he wasn't dead
  he was dead
  he was very bad
  he was dead in me

  [scat]

  who
  he was dead and i was he
  he was dead and i was he
  daddy was a father time
  

Jessica

I don't understand it, but I'm sure it wasn't nice.

Lyrics to "Jessica":

trav:
  now what?

mom:
  sing a song about jessica

trav:
  jessica was bad
  'cause she sat all over me
  and i sat all over
  jessica was big
  and she sat on me
  and she sat all over me

  jessica was a bad boy
  jessica was a bad fatty
  he was, he was ???
  he was ???
  she was thin, stepping on me
  he was he was
  it's over in the muds
  we throw her in the mud
  and she was in the gud
  she was in the gutter to me
  now what?

mom:
  i don't know
  what do you want to sing about?

trav:
  i wanna sing about jessica

mom:
  ok

trav:
  jessica was a bad girl
  'cause she stepped all over me too
  stepped all over me
  stepped all over me
  stepped all over me too

  and i don't mind
  i did
  i hit it and put my weight on it
  went so fast
  i was in a mess
  i was going fast and no
  and no ???

mom:
  mmm
  ok that was good
  

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Jessica was now the same age that I was when my parents started recording me.

In other words: let the competition begin!

Lyrics to "Mary Had a Little Lamb":

dad:
  jessica, you sing me "mary had a little lamb"

jess:
  mary had a li

dad:
  sing
  yeah, sing it into the machine

mom:
  ok, come here
  want me to help you?

jess:
  ???

mom:
  come on
  come over here by me

dad:
  you go sing, sing with mom
  sing your song

mom:
  bring your pyjamas with you
  mary

jess:
  had a
  no

mom:
  all right now don't touch this
  'cause we just want to hear you

dad:
  ok go ahead

mom:
  mary

jess:
  mary had a little

mom:
  real loud

jess:
  mary had a

mom:
  little lamb

jess:
  little lamb

mom:
  little lamb

jess:
  no that no no that no

mom:
  its fleece was white as snow

jess:
  white snow

mom:
  that's nice

dad:
  good, that's a really good song
  

We're on the Homeward Trail (2)

This is Jess's attempt at the song

Lyrics to "We're on the Homeward Trail (2)":

dad:
  can you sing "we're on the homeward trail"

jess:
  home trail trail

trav:
  [laugh]

jess:
  ???

dad:
  oh go ahead, sing it again

jess:
  trail ??? home

dad:
  we're, we're
  we're on the homeward trail
  go ahead

jess:
  trail ??? trail

dad:
  we're on the homeward trail

jess:
  home ???

dad:
  singing, singing

jess:
  ??? singing

dad:
  singing, singing

jess:
  ???

mom:
  sing everybody sing

dad:
  everybody singing
  say that

jess:
  ???

dad:
  what?

jess:
  abray singing

dad:
  everybody singing?

jess:
  yeah

dad:
  going home

jess:
  [panting]

mom:
  don't touch it
  you can be right here and talk
  but don't touch it

dad:
  jessica

mom:
  going home

jess:
  going home
  

Dog Named Bill (1)

We're getting a bit hyper.

Lyrics to "Dog Named Bill (1)":

mom:
  had a dog and his name was bill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  if he hadn't run away he'd be here still

trav:
  arf [laugh]

dad:
  it's the drum beat that i think's gonna ???

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

jess:
  ???

trav:
  and then what?

mom:
  if we had a little dog would we name him bill

jess:
  ???

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  would you take ??? out by the hill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  that's enough

dad:
  there goes jessica's finger

mom:
  ok jessica

dad:
  all right
  no more of that
  

We're on the Homeward Trail (3)

What was that saying about filming kids and pets?

Lyrics to "We're on the Homeward Trail (3)":

mom:
  why don't you sing "homeward trail"

dad:
  stand down here and sing

trav:
  had a dog and his name was bill

dad:
  all right

mom:
  we're on

dad:
  this audition is completely out of hand

mom:
  we're on

jess:
  homeward trail
  we're go homeward trail

mom:
  singing singing

jess:
  ???

mom:
  going

trav/jess:
  home

dad:
  that's good, jessica

jess:
  oh go homing

dad:
  can you sing that again?
  come up here

jess:
  what  ?

dad:
  we're gonna sing that song again, all right?

jess:
  up here

dad:
  ok, right here
  you sing, ok, all right?

mom:
  we're on

jess;
  we wee
  i don't ???

trav:
  ???

dad:
  hey travis
  no background noise, all right
  we're on the

trav:
  homeward trail
  

Dog Named Bill (2)

Sounds like we were getting quite a workout!

Lyrics to "Dog Named Bill (2)":

dad:
  well, anyhow
  are you going to sing any more songs?

trav:
  i had a little dog and his name was bill

mom:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

trav:
  if he hadn't run away, he'd be here still

mom:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

trav:
  i had ??? and his name was bill

mom:
  woof woof woof, woof woof woof

jess:
  [laugh]

trav:
  i would take him up, up the hill

mom:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

jess:
  ???

trav:
  daddy, you can have this balloon and i can have this

dad:
  [laugh]
  

Do Re Mi (1)

Thump thump thump!

Lyrics to "Do Re Mi (1)":

mom:
  do a deer, a female deer
  [laugh]
  re, a drop of golden sun

trav:
  mi

mom:
  a name i call myself
  fa, a long long way to run
  so, a needle pulling thread

  is that like percussion you're doing?

  la, a note to follow so
  ti, a drink with jam and bread
  that will bring us back to do oh oh oh
  

Over the River (2)

Nice solo, mom!

Lyrics to "Over the River (2)":

mom:
  you wanna sing a sing with me?

trav:
  ok

mom:
  let's sing um

trav:
  scatter's flat

mom:
  i don't want to sing "scatter's flat"
  let's sing "over the river and through the woods"

trav:
  over the river and through the woods

mom:
  do you know it?

trav:
  no

mom:
  over the river and through the woods
  to grandmother's house we go
  the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
  through the white and drifting snow

  over the river and through the woods
  oh how the wind does blow
  it stings our nose and bites our toes
  as over the ground we go
  

Dog Named Bill (3)

Finally putting this one to rest.

Lyrics to "Dog Named Bill (3)":

mom:
  i know what we can sing
  had a little dog and his name was bill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  if he hadn't run away i'd have him still

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  if we had a little dog, would you name him bill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  would you take him running on the hill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  i think it'll be quite a while until

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  you get a little dog that you can name bill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  but if you're a real good boy and you sit real still

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  someday you might have a dog you can name bill

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  this is the end of the story until

trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  we sing a little more about the dog named

trav:
  bill

mom/trav:
  arf arf arf, arf arf arf

mom:
  the end
  

Do Re Mi (2)

Too much of "mi" in this version.

Lyrics to "Do Re Mi (2)":

trav:
  do, a deer, a female deer
  re, a drop of golden sun
  mi, a name i call myself
  fa, a long long way to run
  so, a drink a bread and jelly

mom:
  [laugh]
  so, a needle

trav:
  pull thread
  la, a note to bo fo

mom:
  follow so

trav:
  follow so
  ti, a drink that jelly and bread
  we will be back to

  do, a deer, a female deer
  re, a drop of golden sun
  mi, a name i call myself
  fa, a long long way to run
  mi, a name i call myself
  fa, a long long way to run
  so, a needling pulling thread
  la, a ??? follow so
  ti, a drink with jelly and bread
  we will be back to so

mom:
  to do

trav:
  do
  

Surrey with the Fringe on Top

Finally, a new song to butcher!

Lyrics to "Surrey with the Fringe on Top":

mom:
  can you sing "surrey with the fringe on top"

trav:
  no

mom:
  oh yes you can
  chicks and

trav:
  ducks and geese ??? scurry
  when i take you out in my surrey
  with the fringe on the top

mom:
  watch that

trav;
  fringe and see how it flutters
  when i drive those high steppin' stutters
  nosey pokes bruce feet would be shutters
  and their eyes will pop

  the wheels are yellow, the upholstery's brown
  the dashboard's genuine ??? leather
  then what?

mom:
  with isinglass

trav:
  curtains

mom:
  you can roll

trav:
  right to
  in case there's a change in the weather
  2 bright sidelights wink ???
  ain't no finer rig ???
  then what?

mom:
  you can

trav:
  your eyes if you stick it
  and your eyes will pop

mom:
  for that

trav:
  ??? with the fringe on the top

mom:
  that was good, travis
  

User Comments:

  1. "Why did I have to sing so much?" - kme (2010-07-17)

German

A tiny taste of one of our German conversations, to show that we were indeed multilingual... For a few months, at least.

Lyrics to "German":

[german]
  

Scatter's Flat (1)

I'd been itching to sing this one for a few days, and now I finally got my chance.

Lyrics to "Scatter's Flat (1)":

mom:
  if you want to talk, go ahead and talk
  now, go ahead

trav:
  um, scatter's flat

mom:
  what?

trav:
  i'm going to sing "scatter's flat"

mom:
  poor scatter

trav:
  scatter is flat
  'cause he went so fast
  when we went so fast
  he fell down on a raft

  then he ate it up
  then the rat was a little ???
  by the corner ???
  he was dead dead
  dead dead dead dead dead dead

  he was dead
  the rat was too
  rat was too
  rat was too

  he was dead
  the rat was too
  rat was too
  

Babyland (2)

This is Jessica's version. Which one do you like better?

Lyrics to "Babyland (2)":

mom:
  jessica, travis has done all that stuff
  and when he was your age, he sang "babyland"
  do you want to help me sing "babyland"?

jess:
  yeah

mom:
  ok
  how many miles to babyland anyone can

jess:
  tell

mom:
  up one flight, to the right, please to ring the

jess:
  ???

mom:
  now listen, you have to sing very loud or this won't hear it
  up one flight, to the right

jess:
  to right, to right

mess:
  please to ring the

jess:
  bell

mom:
  good, that's good
  what do they do in babyland

jess:
  bell

mom:
  dream and wake and

jess:
  play

mom:
  laugh and

jess:
  crow

mom:
  find or grow
  jolly times have

jess:
  they

mom:
  what do they say in babyland why the oddest

jess:
  ???

mom:
  no, i don't want you to push the buttons
  what do they say in babyland why the

jess:
  [cry]

mom:
  no, i don't want you to push

jess:
  ???

mom:
  you can listen when we're all finished
  ok?

jess:
  yeah

mom:
  let's finish the song and then you we listen, ok?

jess:
  yeah

mom:
  what do they say in babyland why the

jess:
  oddest things

mom:
  might as well try to tell

jess:
  birdie sings

mom:
  who's the queen in babyland mother kind and

jess:
  sweet

mom:
  and her

jess:
  and her

mom:
  love born above guides the little

jess:
  feet

mom:
  good
  now you want to listen?

jess:
  yeah

mom:
  ok
  

Scatter's Flat (2)

Encore!

Lyrics to "Scatter's Flat (2)":

trav:
  i'm gonna sing "scatter's flat"

mom:
  that one again?

trav:
  yeah, a different one than that

  scatter is flat
  fell down on a dog
  when he gonna get up
  the dog was dead
  he was too
  he was too
  'cause scatter was flat, flat, flat flat flat flat

  he was flat
  the rat was too
  rat was too
  rat was too

  he was flat
  rat was too
  rat was too
  rat was too

mom:
  you can sing too, jessica

jess:
  rat was too
  rat was too

trav:
  he was flat
  the rat was too
  rat was too
  

Skitter's Flat

I guess Mom didn't want me to sing "Scatter's Flat" anymore so I tried this one. Skitter was our other cat.

Lyrics to "Skitter's Flat":

trav:
  skitter's flat

mom:
  travis, don't be so ???

trav:
  skitter is flat
  skitter is flat
  ??? on a rat rat rat
  oh the rat was too

mom:
  why don't you sing a christmas song?

trav:
  why?
  

Jingle Bells (7)

I think I was bored with song. Are you?

Lyrics to "Jingle Bells (7)":

trav:
  jingle bells

  dashing through the snow
  in a one horse open sleigh
  over the fields we go
  dashing all the way

  bells on wobtails ring
  making sure is bright
  what fun it is to ride in a one horse sleigh all night

  oh jingle bells
  jingle all the way
  oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

  oh
  jingle all the way
  oh
  ???

jess:
  ???

mom:
  travis

trav:
  what?

mom:
  sing it again, only try singing it slowly
  so that i can hear every word

trav:
  dashing through the snow
  in a one horse open sleigh
  over the fields we go
  dashing all the way

  bopping tails and ring
  making sure is bright
  what fun it to ride in a one horse sleigh tonight

  oh
  jingle bells, jingle bells
  jingle all the way
  oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
  

Rudolph (3)

Finally some honest feedback!

This is the big finale. You can let your ear drums rest now.

Lyrics to "Rudolph (3)":

trav:
  oh
  rudolph the red-nose reindeer
  he had a shiny, shiny nose
  whenever you see him
  here nose will where you goes oh

  rudolph the red-nose reindeer
  he had a shiny, shiny nose
  whenever you see him
  he never know where you goes oh

  rudolph the red-nose reindeer

mom:
  then one foggy

trav:
  christmas eve santa came to say

  rudolph the red-nose reindeer
  he had ??? sleigh tonight oh

  rudolph the red-nose reindeer
  he had a shiny, shiny nose
  whenev

mom:
  you're doing a horrible job

trav:
  whenever

mom:
  that's a terrible job
  ???

trav:
  whenever you see him
  ???

trav/mom:
  say it glows
  all of the reindeer

mom:
  used to laugh and call

trav:
  let me
  i want to ???

mom:
  all right
  used to

trav:
  call him names
  i want to sing it however i want to

mom:
  ok

trav:
  whenever you see him
  he knows where you goes
  ??? ring
  ??? sure is bright
  what fun it is to ride in a one horse sleigh tonight
  oh jing

  rudolph the red-nose reindeer
  he has a shiny, shiny nose
  whenever you see him
  he had a glamour glows

  whenever you see him
  scatter is
  scatter isn't so good
  when he is in he should

  oh the red-nose

jess:
  deer

trav:
  red-nose reindeer

jess:
  please let me

trav:
  he has a shiny, shiny nose
  whenever you see him
  he gladden he glows

  whenever you see him
  war race

  when you go
  out seeing snow
  when you know him
  when you go
  where he goes for him

  when he goes
  where he goes
  when he ???
  enter ??? goes
  all other doves
  are good except one
  they all go to christmas
  when you go
  when you

mom:
  travis

trav:
  what

mom:
  wanna go to the library

trav:
  yeah

mom:
  turn off the tape recorder
  push the blue
  it's gonna be a great tape