Ukulele Jim's Jumping Flea Circus

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There's toe-tappin' fun for the whole family in this collection of kid-friendly ukulele rock. Kids from ages 2 to 92 will dig these catchy tunes! Scores of parents have already reported that "Ukulele Jim's Jumping Flea Circus" has become their children's all-time favorite CD with heavy rotation at home and in their cars and, fortunately, the parents are enjoying grooving and singing along to it too.

"Ukulele Jim's Jumping Flea Circus" plays like a version of Sgt. Pepper for children, opening with the first song about a traveling circus of singing fleas. This whimsical tune sets up the rest of the album as part of a loose concept of watching a performance of musical vignettes. It all comes together by the later inclusion of a lullaby reprise about the fleas settling down in their beds for the night. Each song on the album captures the essence of being a kid through lyrics that reach to the heart of children's imaginations and danceable arrangements that get kids jumping. The album explores a variety of musical genres, including acoustic folk, rock, calypso, country and blues, all unified by Ukulele Jim's lilting voice and playful songwriting style. Even his own kids get in on the act, appearing in several songs as they interact with their father through humorous banter and singing along. Also included on the album as a bonus track is the nostalgic "Let's Have An Old Fashioned Christmas" which preceded the album as a holiday single.

"Clark has found a winning formula in combining clever original songs, well-weathered favorites of the playground set, and a few left-field selections that fit nicely in the mix... Clark will delight children with his singing and songs, and he thankfully avoids the pitfalls that make such albums a trial for parents." (Hyperbolium)

"Great family entertainment... I defy you NOT to smile when you listen to this." (Ukulele Player Magazine)

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released November 3, 2010

Mixed and mastered by Crystal Mixing, except tracks 8 & 12 mixed and mastered by Frank Kennedy

Cover design by Chris Fason ~ fason.deviantart.com

Download the full liner notes and lyrics here:
www.ukulelejim.net/JFC/Digital_Booklet.pdf

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Don't let the name fool you—Ukulele Jim is no novelty act! Music lovers of all ages will enjoy these catchy, emotive songs that bridge the gaps between pop, rock, country and folk music. Call it Cali folk with an island vibe.

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Track Name: The Jumping Flea Circus
All of you children, come gather around
The Jumping Flea Circus is coming to town
The fleas have been traveling all over the world
Spreading their joy to the boys and the girls
All of the fun they have waiting for you
Will only cost you a dime
Come see the flea circus for a limited time

The Tiny Top tent is set up on a tray
And it's tied to a table so it won't blow away
The ringmaster is a jolly little flea
Who stands upon a thimble for all to see
His ukulele is impossibly small
And he plays it impossibly loud
"Welcome to the circus!" he sings to the crowd.

"Ladies and gentlemen! Your attention, please!
Welcome, one and all, to the circus of fleas!
Here they come now to the center of the ring...
Watch them perform as they jump and they sing!
They're simply amazing as they leap through the air
And pirouette with the greatest of ease!
Folks, you're in for a treat!
It's the world-famous circus of fleas!"
(la la la la la la)

A centipede balances on the high wire
Grasshoppers jump through an earring of fire
Spiders are swinging up on the trapeze
Ladybugs dance with the acrobat fleas
Pill bugs are shot from a cannon
The Beetles play in a band
The Jumping Flea circus is the best in the land

Let's give a big cheer (hooray!)
For the smallest show of the year
Oh, The Jumping Flea Circus is finally here!
Track Name: What Will You Be?
What will you be when you grow up?
What do you want to be?
A doctor, a lawyer, a fire chief?
An astronaut in space, a sailor at sea?
What do you really want to be
when you grow up big and strong?
Do you want to be a famous movie star?
Do you want to fly a plane or race in a car?
There's so many possibilities for you to be
what you want to be!

What do you dream about at night?
What do you see when you sleep?
What kind of animals run through your head
late at night when you're snuggled in bed?
What does the world look like to you
when you're having a wonderful dream?
Do you fly like a bird through the big blue sky?
Does it still feel real when you open your eyes?
There's so much you can do in your dreams,
you can be what you want to be!

I have a special wish for you:
May the best of your dreams come true!
Try your best from the very start,
believe in yourself and always follow your heart.
There's a whole world of opportunity
for you to be what you want to be!
Oh yeah, be what you want to be!
You can be what you want to be!
Track Name: Rock A Bye Baby
Rock a bye baby in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

The cradle will rock and roll
The cradle will rock and roll
The cradle will rock and roll
All through the night

Baby is drowsing, cozy and fair
Mother sits near in her rocking chair
Forward and back the baby she swings
Though baby sleeps, he hears what she sings

The cradle will rock and roll
The cradle will rock and roll
The cradle will rock and roll
All through the night

From high on the rooftops, down to the sea
No-one's as dear as baby to me
With wee little fingers and eyes so bright
Now sound asleep 'til the morning light

The cradle will rock and roll
The cradle will rock and roll
The cradle will rock and roll
All through the night

All through the night
Track Name: The Lonely Little Saxophone
The lonely little saxophone
lived in a case all alone.
Nobody would play with her,
and it made her so very sad.

She belonged to a little boy
always busy with his other toys.
He never played the saxophone
and it made her feel so bad.

And she cried,

"Won't somebody play with me
and listen to my lovely melody?
I only want to sing real loud
and be a part of a band."

The saxophone was placed on a shelf.
She sat up there all by herself.
The little boy forgot all about
that beautiful horn that he had.

And she cried,

"Won't somebody play with me
and listen to my lovely melody?
I only want to sing real loud
and be a part of a band.

Oh, if you could only see what fun there could be!
There's a music jubilee waiting inside of me
(and inside of you)."

Over time, the boy grew old
and had a little boy of his own.
He took the saxophone from the shelf
and he handed her down to his lad.

And she cheered,

"Somebody is playing with me!
We're making such a lovely melody!
I finally get to sing real loud
And be a part of a band!"
Track Name: Wheels On The Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round.
Round and round.
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
all through the town.

The people on the bus go up and down.
Up and down.
Up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down
All through the town

The door on the bus goes open and shut.
Open and shut.
Open and shut.
The door on the bus goes open and shut
all through the town

The boy on the bus says, "Let's go play!
Let's go play!
Let's go play!"
The boy on the bus says, "Let's go play!"
all through the town.

The girl on the bus says, "Tee hee hee!
Tee hee hee!
Tee hee hee!"
The girl on the bus says, "Tee hee hee!"
all through the town.

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
The kids on the bus go up and down.
Everybody makes such a silly sound
as the big yellow bus rolls all through town!

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
Round and round.
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
all through the town.

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep.
Beep, beep, beep.
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
all through the town.

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.
Swish, swish, swish.
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish
all through the town.

The motor on the bus goes zoom, zoom, zoom.
Zoom, zoom, zoom.
Zoom, zoom, zoom.
The motor on the bus goes zoom, zoom, zoom
all through the town.

The mommy on the bus says, "I love you.
I love you.
I love you."
The daddy on the bus says, "I love you, too!"
all through the town.

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
The kids on the bus go up and down.
Everybody makes such a silly sound
as the big yellow bus rolls all through town!

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
Round and round.
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
all through the town.
All through the town.
All through the town!
Track Name: Yellow Bird
Yellow bird, high in banana tree.
Yellow bird, sitting alone like me.
Did your lady friend leave the nest again?
That is very sad, makes me feel so bad.
You could fly away, in the sky away.
You more lucky than me.

I once had me a pretty girl
(she not with me today).
They all the same, those pretty girls.
They make their nest, then they fly away.

Yellow bird, high in banana tree.
Yellow bird, sitting alone like me.
You should fly away, in the sky away.
The picker's coming soon,
he picks from night 'til noon.
Black and yellow you, like banana too,
they might pick you someday!

I wish I were a yellow bird,
I'd fly away with you.
But I am not a yellow bird,
so here I sit, nothing else I can do.

Yellow bird.
Yellow bird.
Track Name: Little Star
Twinkle twinkle, my little star
Beautiful baby, how lovely you are
You light up my darkness like a star in the sky
Wonderful child, light of my eye
My star, you know that you are
My star, my little star

Little darling, tell me why do you cry?
Daddy is here and I'm right by your side
With arms wide open just to hold you tight
There's nothing to fear on this beautiful night
My star, you know that you are
My star, my little star

My sky was dark until you arrived
You gave me a smile that lit my life
You stole my heart, my little star

Twinkle twinkle, my little star
Beautiful baby, how lovely you are
You light up my darkness like a star in the sky
Wonderful child, light of my eye
My star, you know that you are
My star, my little star
Track Name: The Hero Song
If I was a super-hero
I might have the power of flight
I'd run faster than a bullet
Round up evil everywhere
And deal justice with my might

You might never see
Someone as great as me
I'll make history
You might choose to be
The one who flies with me
High above the city
We could be a team
The best that's ever been
We will always win
We'll fight our enemies
If you'll agree to be
My sidekick

If I was a super-villain
Taking lots and lots of cash
I would have a secret hideout
Where I'd build my secret weapons
And my wicked plans would hatch

You might never see
Someone as bad as me
I'll make history
You might choose to be
The one who hides with me
Deep beneath the city
We could be a team
The worst that's ever been
We will sneer and grin
We'll fight our enemies
If you'll agree to be
My henchman

If I had some super powers
I would do what's right and fair
I would always use them justly
(Although a big flat-screen TV
would look so nice inside my lair...)

You might never see
Someone as great as me
I'll make history
You might choose to be
The one who flies with me
High above the city
We could be a team
The best that's ever been
We will always win
We'll fight our enemies
Together we can be
Heroes
Track Name: The Cowboy Song
Ee he o he-o cowboy
Ee he o he-o oooo
Ee he o he-o cowboy, cowboy, cowboy
Under the moon.

I was ridin' my horse
by the Rio Grandee
and all o' them coyotes singing
in a prairie symphony.

I was ridin' my horse
down by the Rio Grandee
when I seen me a cowboy, cowboy, cowboy,
ridin' toward me.

Ee he o he-o cowboy
Ee he o he-o oooo
Ee he o he-o cowboy, cowboy, cowboy
Under the moon

He was twirling his guns
And he had a guitar
And we sang us up a sweet old
song about love
Under the stars

Ee he o he-o cowboy
Ee he o he-o oooo
Ee he o he-o cowboy, cowboy, cowboy
Under the moon

Giddyup!
Track Name: Bedtime Blues
The day is done and it's getting late
The clock on the wall reads a quarter to eight
I round up the kids to put them down for the night
But they won't lie down
They just put up a fight
I say "go to bed" but the children refuse
They're giving me a case of those bedtime blues

It's nine o'clock, it's time for bed
But all I'm getting are excuses instead
They put on their PJs and brushed their teeth
But they keep running 'round
And they won't go to sleep
They're all wound up, they don't want to snooze
It's giving me a case of those bedtime blues

Come on, kids
Have some mercy for your old dad
There's nothing under your bed
The dark ain't bad
Stop making a fuss
'Cause it's driving me mad

I look at the clock and it's half past ten
The kids start complaining all over again
I read them some stories and sing lullabies
But they're wormin' and a-squirmin'
And they won't shut their eyes
They got me workin' on a real short fuse
It's gettin' me a case o' them bedtime blues

Come on, kids
Take some pity on your old dad
There's nothing under your bed
The dark ain't bad
Stop making a fuss
'Cause it's driving me mad

The clock strikes twelve and I don't hear a sound
The kids tired out from all that running around
I tuck 'em in bed and I turn out the light
Hugs and kisses and I tell 'em good night
I played it cool and I made it through
I survived the bedtime blues
The kids are asleep
Now it's bedtime for daddy, too
Track Name: The Jumping Flea Circus (Reprise)
The sun has gone down, the tent is put away
The circus shuts down at the end of the day
Everything's quiet as the fleas lie down to sleep

And all that remains of their wonderous display
Are the memories we carry away
The Jumping Flea Circus will come back someday
Track Name: Let's Have An Old Fashioned Christmas [Bonus Track]
Let's have an old fashioned Christmas
Like they had so long ago
The times may have changed
But the spirit remains
Something you never outgrow

Let's bring back those old traditions
Our grandparents and their parents made
It's never obsolete
To sing carols in the street
And walk in the Christmas parade

I remember a time as a child
When Christmas was something divine
Well it seems like the meaning is changing so fast
It's up to us to bring back the past

It's not about shopping on credit
And spending more than you afford
Give from the heart
'cause that's where it starts
You can't find that love in a store

Let's keep our Christmastime simple
Without all the holiday stress
Children at play
Cookies on a tray
Are things that make holidays best

I remember a time
When we told each other stories
By the warmth of the fire
Of a family together on a cold Christmas eve
We can keep that alive if we only believe

Let's have an old fashioned Christmas
Just like they did it before
It worked way back then
We can do it again
And bring back tradition once more