A Place to Call Home

by dana

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UNDERGROUND TRAFFIC JAM By Dana Cohenour ©2020 Dana Cohenour Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’ There’s a whole lot happening underneath the ground You really wouldn’t know it, ‘cuz you never hear the sound But there’s digging being done, hidden from the sun All kinds of creatures movin’ dirt by the ton Tunnels heading east, tunnels heading west All of them are leading to a burrow or a nest Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’ Here’s your traffic report from beneath the lawn Coming to you twice a day at dusk and dawn Everybody’s movin’ it’s time to get some eats Rush hour is pickin’ up on underground streets Bunnies heading east, Gophers heading west All of them are comin’ from a burrow or a nest We got a traffic… underground traffic jam! Traffic! Things are moving slow We got traffic, traffic down below Honk honk, beep beep! Come on, let’s go! Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’ V3 There’s a bottleneck backin’ up squirrels over here They’re carrying acorns to last ‘em all year The hamsters are heading for a hold up down south ‘Cuz the chipmunks are chilling, stuffing nuts in their mouth We got nose to tail traffic from a whole bunch of moles They all keep stoppin’ to dig more holes We got a traffic… underground traffic jam! Traffic! Things are moving slow We got traffic, traffic down below Honk honk, beep beep! Come on, let’s go! Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’ TRAFFIC REPORT: Yeah, we got a snake tying things in knots over on Gopher Way… Try Meerkat Road instead. And avoid the chipmunk interchange… we have reports of a skunk spray… best to steer clear of the area until—well, until the area, uh… clears. And we have a burrowing owl over on route 20 invading a prairie dog burrow… hoot knows when that one will clear up. Oh! And red fox alert in the rabbit warren district… Use alternate routes! Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’ OK… Things are moving nicely, everybody’s up top Picking up dinner at Mother Nature’s shop Oh, no… here we go, it’s starting to rain Everybody’s dashing back to the HOV lane Bound for their burrows where it’s safe and sound We got another gridlock underground! We got a traffic… underground traffic jam! Traffic! Things are moving slow We got traffic, traffic down below Honk honk, beep beep! Come on, let’s go! Got a traffic, underground traffic jam! Traffic! Things are moving slow We got traffic, traffic down below Honk honk, beep beep! Come on, let’s go! Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’… Diggin’ TRAFFIC REPORT: We got a woodchuck chucking wood & piling things up on Groundhog Lane And the worms are winding down their evening wiggle under the Earthworm underpass… best to take exit 7 and use the Burrow Beltway And, just a reminder… Ant Hill Boulevard is closed due to the annual ant march. Follow the new traffic pattern signs and stay in line. A family of ferrets is distracting downtown traffic with their traditional weasel war dance. Those guys do know how to put on a show, but seriously folks, keep your eyes on the road. Yep… There’s a raccoon blocking up the north bound high occupancy lane. Backs ups are building…
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A PLACE TO CALL HOME By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour 2020 Everybody needs that one place Everybody needs a safe space Everybody needs somewhere to be with their family We all need little nest A cozy corner where we can rest Every creature, everywhere needs their own somewhere… A place to call HOME…. A place to call HOME… A place to call home. We all need a way to stay warm A shelter to keep us from the storm A special spot where we can stay to eat and play We all need somewhere to belong Free to sing our own song Every creature, everywhere needs their own somewhere… A place to call HOME…. A place to call HOME… A place to call home. When the clouds bring rain and ice and snow Or the winds outside begin to blow It’s so nice to know that ‘til we see the rainbow We’ve got our somewhere we can go Our place to call HOME…. A place to call HOME… A place to call home Everybody needs that one place Everybody needs a safe space Everybody creature, everywhere needs their own somewhere A place to call HOME….
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Migration 04:29
MIGRATION By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 It’s been a nice long summer up in Glacier Bay But the Alaskan sun is fadin’ away Snow and ice are bringin’ a chill And the humpback whales have had their fill of fish and krill They’ve been eatin’ all summer and their bellies are full Now the whales are feelin’ that natural pull To head down south to sing their song Winter in Hawaii is where they belong The whales know… when it’s time to go They’re feelin’ that sensation It’s time to change location Make the big mi, make the big mi Make the big migration, head down south The whales hit the waves and get their flukes in gear The journey is long, they make it twice a year It takes determination To make it to their destination To their winter home The whales say hello to a passing ship With a breach and a blow and a fancy flip The planet guides them with gravitation They follow the sun for navigation The whales know… where to go They’re feelin’ that sensation It’s time to change location Make the big mi, make the big mi Make the big migration, head down south The Hawaiian waters will be nice until spring They’ll have a whale party and sing, sing, sing Their song might help ‘em meet someone sweet They live off their blubber so they don’t need to eat Just sing and play Whale babies are born under Hawaiian sun They’re never small they start out weighing a ton The calves are hungry and their mama’s are too So what’s a hungry humpback whale gonna do? The whales know… when it’s time to go They’re feelin’ that sensation It’s time to change location Make the big mi, make the big mi Make the big migration, head back north It was a nice warm winter in Hawaii down south But the north is the place to catch fish in the mouth Whales come together and blow a bubble net And scoop a ton of fish without breakin’ a sweat The whales know… how to blow It’s another summer up in Glacier Bay They’ll stay until the sun starts fadin’ away When snow and ice start bringin’ a chill And they’ve had their fill of fish and krill The whales will know… when it’s time to go The whales know, when it’s time to go The whales know, the whales know, the whales know…
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LET’S BUILD A DAM By Dana Cohenour © Dana Cohenour; 2020 When the sun sinks low, it’s time to get up and go That water wants to move, we gotta stop the flow We all work together in this beaver colony To make a lodge a home for our friends and family We need sticks and stones Leaves and logs Mud, mud, mud to build a dam We use our iron teeth To chew, chew, chew Through big tall trees… they fall and Timber! We’re busy beavers hard at work Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! We know how to get things done, we’re nature’s engineers Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! We sleep all day and we work all night Our home is a construction site We can hide inside our dam, safely in our den But if we hear a leak has sprung, it’s back to work again! We need sticks and stones Leaves and logs Mud, mud, mud to build a dam We use our iron teeth To chew, chew, chew Through big tall trees… they fall and Timber! We’re busy beavers hard at work Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! We know how to get things done, we’re nature’s engineers Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! Dams can stop a stream and make a water habitat For fish & ducks & frogs… yeah, they’re happy about that! We share our beaver pond and make a neighborhood for all Watch out for falling trees if you ever hear us call… Timber! We’re busy beavers hard at work Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! We know how to get things done, we’re nature’s engineers Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! Timber! We’re busy beavers hard at work Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! We know how to get things done, we’re nature’s engineers Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam! Boom, boom, bam! Boom, boom, bam! Boom, boom, bam! Let’s build a dam!
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RAINFOREST SYMPHONY By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 Let’s take a little trip, just you and me And listen to the rainforest symphony Climb in our canoe and paddle on The mighty river Amazon We’ll say hello as we float along And hear the animals sing their song See their homes in the canopies Of the beautiful rainforest trees We’re paddlin’, paddlin’ on down the mighty Amazon The rainforest chorus sings to us as we go along The animals livin’ by the river don’t have another place to be We need to save the home of the animals… it’s up to you and me We need to save the rainforest… you and me Movin’ down the river to the melody Of a scarlet macaw, singing in a rubber tree Capybaras bark to a bossa beat Cicadas buzz, yeah the groove is sweet We hear the hiss of an anaconda Scampering steps of a green iguana Jaguar’s pouncin’, hear him growlin’ Howler monkeys never stop howlin’ Paddlin’, paddlin’ on down the mighty Amazon The rainforest chorus sings to us as we go along The trees are the lungs of our planet, making air for us to breathe We need to save the trees… it’s up to you and me We need to save the rainforest… you and me Comin’ ‘round the bend, I think I see A sloth hangin’ loose in a cecropia tree Then snap, snap! The caiman’s up from a nap A red-eyed tree frog just hopped in my lap Listen to the flap of butterfly wings And the song the piha birdie sings The rhythm of the rain drops all around The rainforest symphony of sound We’re paddlin’, paddlin’ on down the mighty Amazon The rainforest chorus sings to us as we go along The trees and animals need our voices, stand and sing out loud We can save the animals and trees, it’s up to you and me We can save the rainforest… you and me We can save the rainforest… you and me We can save the rainforest… you and me
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HONEY BEE BEE BOP By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 Come on, let’s dance with the honey bees And pah, pah, pollinate the plants and trees Fly to the flowers, hop, hop, hop And carry the pollen with every stop Gotta get nectar for our honeycomb Bring it on back to our home sweet home Buzz, buzz, it’s a honey bee bee-bop Flap your wings with a flip and flop Buzz, buzz, buzz, all around the hive Wiggle, waggle, buzz and dive Now’s your chance to do the Waggle Dance Buzz, buzz, buzz, to the bee-bop jive The queen stays home in the hive, outta sight But worker bees are busy from morning to night Caring for the babies and feeding the queen Makin’ all the honey and keeping things clean The drones hang around the hive and wait Hoping to be the queen’s new mate Buzz, buzz, it’s a honey bee bee-bop Flap your wings with a flip and flop Buzz, buzz, buzz, all around the hive Wiggle, waggle, buzz and dive Now’s your chance to do the Waggle Dance Buzz, buzz, buzz, to the bee-bop jive Where would we be without the honey bees Treat them kindly, will you please If those little ladies didn’t pollinate, We wouldn’t have food upon our plate The honey bees are the planet’s heroes They make sure that everything grows Buzz, buzz, it’s a honey bee bee-bop Flap your wings with a flip and flop Buzz, buzz, buzz, all around the hive Wiggle, waggle, buzz and dive Now’s your chance to do the Waggle Dance Buzz, buzz, buzz, to the bee-bop jive Buzz, buzz, it’s a honey bee bee-bop Flap your wings with a flip and flop Buzz, buzz, buzz, all around that hive Wiggle, waggle, buzz and dive Now’s your chance to do the Waggle Dance Buzz, buzz, buzz, to the bee-bop jive Buzz, buzz Buzz, buzz Buzz, buzz to the bee-bop jive
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Bluebird 03:35
BLUEBIRD By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 Bluebird, bluebird, pretty bluebird How I love to hear you sing I’d like to fly up in the sky And take a ride upon your wing Blackbird, blackbird, pretty blackbird How I love to hear you sing I’d like to fly up in the sky And take a ride upon your wing Fly, fly way up high We’ll float up in a rainbow sky If you invite me as your guest I’ll take a rest inside your nest Red bird, red bird, pretty red bird How I love to hear you sing I’d like to fly up in the sky And take a ride upon your wing There’s plenty of room up in the sky For every color bird to fly Different melodies echo on the breeze And ring out from your home up in the trees Green bird, green bird, pretty green bird How I love to hear you sing I’d like to fly up in the sky And take a ride upon your wing Fly, fly way up high We’ll float up in a rainbow sky If you invite me as your guest I’ll take a rest inside… Inside your nest
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DOG ON MY HEAD By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 I’ve got a dog, his name is Rowdy I love him and he loves me My doggie is stuck to me like glue Wherever I go, Rowdy goes too He always comes when I ask him to stay He’s right at the door when I get home each day And every night when I’m trying to sleep He’s right on my head in a big giant heap It’s hard to sleep with a dog on your head So I built mine a house with his very own bed I tuck him in tight in his house every night But by midnight he’s back… right on the dot… right in the spot… on top my head! So I got him some fluffy feathery pillows A nice cozy blanket and a nightlight that glows I left extra bones for a late night snack Hope he’ll sleep in his house … oh wait, he’s back! It’s hard to sleep with a dog on your head So I built mine a house with his very own bed I tuck him in tight in his house every night But by midnight he’s back… right on the dot… right in the spot… on top my head! Well, I got him a comfy rocking chair And his own cuddly teddy bear I put up some curtains to keep out the light Hoping he’ll sleep in his own bed tonight! He’s back! It’s hard to sleep with a dog on your head So I built mine a house with his very own bed I tuck him in tight in his house every night But by midnight he’s back… right on the dot… right in the spot… on top my head! I painted the ceiling with pictures of sheep I taught him to count them while falling asleep I sang lullabies, tried aromatherapy But there’s only one place Rowdy wants to be! So I guess I’ll get used to this weight on my head And let the cat’s move into the dog house instead My dog’s got a home and a pillow already And I’ve got a best friend, his name is Rowdy It’s hard to sleep with a dog on your head So I built mine a house with his very own bed I tuck him in tight in his house every night But by midnight he’s back… right on the dot… right in the spot… on top my head!
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Movin' Day 03:25
MOVIN’ DAY By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 Hey, if you’re looking for a hermit crab, that’s me! I’m Hattie from the island of Carrie Bow Cay I climb on rocks on the beach by the bay Carrying a shell on my back all day My shell is my very own mobile home I carry it with me wherever I roam But I don’t grow a shell on my own, you see Gotta find me an empty with a vacancy Every day…. is moving day A hermit crab’s always lookin’ for another place to stay Every day… is moving day For the crabs living by the Caribbean sea, on Carrie Bow Cay We hermit crabs are a recycling crew To us an old shell feels brand new When snails and clams have left and gone Their shells give us a new home to try on Yeah, this shell I’m wearin’ is startin’ to pinch I think I might’ve grown a half an inch It’s time to molt deep under the sand While I groove to the sound of a steel drum band Every day…. is moving day A hermit crab’s always lookin’ for another place to stay Every day… is moving day For the crabs living by the Caribbean sea, on Carrie Bow Cay Oh, look! A big shell just washed ashore It’s time to shop at the hand-me-down store My friends and I all make a conga line To find out who might fit just fine We measure each other up for size The crab who’s a match will win this prize We all swap shells and make a trade We move in fast to get back in the shade Every day…. is moving day A hermit crab’s always lookin’ for another place to stay Every day… is moving day For the crabs living by the Caribbean island, on Carrie Bow Cay Every day…. is moving day A hermit crab’s always lookin’ for another place to stay Every day… is moving day For the crabs living by the Caribbean island, on Carrie Bow Cay
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ANIMAL HIDE AND SEEK By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 Hide and seek is the game today Lots of animals want to play Let’s see if we can guess which place All the animals call home base Hey, who’s that up in the tree Lookin’ fine and feathery Sweet bird we could have guessed It’s you hiding in your nest! Olly olly olly oxen free Where can all the animals be? Hide and seek, come on let’s play Bird come out of your nest Hey, who’s that? What’s that buzz? We see black and yellow fuzz Peek-a-boo, who do we see? Come out of your hive, little bee! Hey, who’s that behind the hay? Hiding on the farm today? Mrs. Cow… that’s who! Come out of your barn, we see you! Olly olly olly oxen free Where can all the animals be? Hide and seek, come on let’s play Cow come out of your barn, bee come out of your hive, bird come out of your nest. Hey, who’s that digging underground? Bunnies in a burrow, that’s who we found Here’s another tunnel, we see you mole! Ready or not, come out of your hole! Hey, who’s swimming in the coral reef? To many fish to count, good grief! Urchins, clams and turtles too Hiding in the ocean, turquoise blue Olly olly olly oxen free Where can all the animals be? Hide and seek, come on let’s play Fish come out of your reef, mole come out of your hole, bunnies come out of your burrows, Cow come out of your barn, bee come out of your hive, bird come out of your nest Hey, over there! Is that a bat? How’s he hanging upside down like that? This cave is big enough to share Even with a big brown bear! Hey, who’s that with the golden hair? It’s mama lion with her babies there If we hear a roar, we’d better beware ‘Cuz Lion’s coming out of her lair! Olly olly olly oxen free Where can all the animals be? Hide and seek, come on let’s play Lion come out of your lair, bear and bat come out of your cave, Fish come out of your reef, mole come out of your hole, bunnies come out of your burrows, Cow come out of your barn, bee come out of your hive, bird come out of your nest Olly olly olly oxen free Where can all the animals be? Hide and seek, come on let’s play Olly olly olly oxen free Olly olly olly oxen free Where can all the animals be? Hide and seek, come on let’s play Olly olly olly oxen free
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Home 03:28
HOME By Dana Cohenour ©Dana Cohenour; 2020 It could be a cabin on a lake A warm and cozy place where we awake A small apartment twenty stories high Or a castle that seems taller than the sky It could be a barn out on a farm A place that keeps us safe, away from harm It could be a trailer in a park Or a lighthouse, shining in the dark Doesn’t matter where we are Anywhere beneath the stars If I’m with my family, I know I am home Maybe it’s a cottage by the sea Just big enough for me and my family A tattered tent out on the desert sand Or a tiny treehouse, nothing very grand Home is where I find the people closest to my heart Walls of brick and wood are just a start It’s the time we spend together, makes no difference where we roam Love’s the only thing we need to make a house a home It could be a hidden mountain cave Or a house boat gently rocking on a wave We might move from place to place each night, If I’m with my family, then I’m alright Doesn’t matter where we are Anywhere beneath the stars If I’m with my family, I know I am home

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Every living being, from honey bees to humans, needs a safe place to call home. Dana’s seventh recording explores the different places animals live… in the sky and sea, in wetlands, underground tunnels and more. Featuring numerous musical genres ranging from rock to reggae, bluegrass to bossa nova, the album is designed to educate and engage young listeners while planting seeds of care for the planet we all call home.

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released June 6, 2020

All songs written by Dana Cohenour (BMI) ©2020 Dana Cohenour
Produced and engineered by EJ Ouellette
Recorded at EJO Whole Music Studios; Byfield, MA
Mastered by Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering; Boston, MA
Dana Cohenour: Lead & Background Vocals, Piano/Keyboard, Synth Steel Drums
EJ Ouellette: Bass, Guitars, Fiddle/Violin, Viola, Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin
Dave Mattacks: Drums and Percussion
Steve Baker: Saxophone
Albert Lamar: Flute
Children's Chorus: Samantha Bender, Aylin Jurta, Ana Knapczyk, Benji Lochtefeld, Jaye Nichols, Marissa O'Connor, Sam Wellehan
Associate/Assistant Engineer: Shane Pender
Apprentice Engineers: James Witham, Sinjon Holmes, Atticus Chaisson
Cover Art: Emily Zimmerman
Photography: Jack Cohenour

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Dana’s music introduces children to a wide range of genres from jazz & country to pop, rock, reggae & bossa nova. Winner of 27 national awards and wide critical acclaim, Dana's songs are interactive fun for young children.

Dana’s newest release explores the different places animals live and is designed to educate and entertain children while planting seeds of care for the planet we all call home.
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