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NATE HOUGE: Mysterious Kung Fu Ninja and The Pink Princess of Pretty Pretty Land

Here are the lyrics and musicians who played on the Mysterious Kung Fu Ninja & The Pink Princess of Pretty Pretty Land!  Quite a few folks were involved in making this album possible and I am deeply thankful for all of them and thier work.   I should also mention that Emily Marty did a fine job of assistant production in the form of child wrangling on the afternoon we recorded ‘Young Consumer Blues.’   

You can also download a lyrics and chords book so that you can play these songs yourself and with your family and friends.  I encourage that.  The only song not in there is Howdi Do because I don’t have permission from the publishers, but I’ll give you a hint:  G, C, D, repeat.

Lyrics and Chords

Mysterious Kung Fu Ninja & The Pink Princess of Pretty Pretty Land
Words  €“ Nate Houge
Tune €“ Traditional (Turkey In the Straw)

Welllllll, the pink princess of pretty pretty land
Decided it was time for tea
So she put some water on
With adult supervision
And then she invited me

IIIIIIII am the mysterious kung fu ninja
Allow me to explain the mystery
While other kung fu ninja€™s
Like going out to fight
I prefer good company.  And tea.

Soooo, join us for a cup, join us for a song
All join together, all join along
Join with the mysterious kung fu ninja
And the pink princess of pretty pretty
Land

© 2009 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Vocals & Mandolin

Howdi Do?  – By Woody Guthrie

(Sorry folks, I don’t have permission to print these lyrics.)

© 1963 Ludlow Music Inc, New York, NY

Nate €“ Vocals, Guitars, Shaker
Jason DeBoer-Moran €“ Drums
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass
Micah Taylor €“ BGV
Rachel Kurtz €“ BGV

Skip To My Lou – Traditional

Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip, skip, skip to my lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip to my lou my darling

Lost my partner what€™ll I do? Lost my partner what€™ll I do?
Lost my partner what€™ll I do? skip to my lou my darling

Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip, skip, skip to my lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip to my lou my darling

I€™ll get another one, pretty as you. I€™ll get another one, pretty as you.
I€™ll get another one, pretty as you. skip to my lou my darling

Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip, skip, skip to my lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip to my lou my darling

Flies in the buttermilk, shoo fly shoo Flies in the buttermilk, shoo fly shoo
Flies in the buttermilk, shoo fly shoo skip to my lou my darling

Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip, skip, skip to my lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip to my lou my darling
Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip, skip, skip to my lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my lou, skip to my lou my darling
skip to my lou my darling

Nate Houge €“ Vocal, Guitar
Jason DeBoer-Moran €“ Drums
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass
Grocery Store
Words & Music €“ Nate Houge

It€™s time to go to the grocery store,
Let€™s all go to the grocery store!
We€™re out of _____milk___ we need some more
Let€™s all €˜walk€™ to the grocery store

We€™re €˜walking€™ we€™re €˜walking€™ We€™re €˜walking€™ to the grocery store

It€™s time to go to the grocery store,
Let€™s all go to the grocery store!
We€™re out of Fruit we need some more
Let€™s all €˜run€™ to the grocery store

We€™re €˜running€™ we€™re €˜running€™ We€™re €˜running€™ to the grocery store

It€™s time to go to the grocery store,
Let€™s all go to the grocery store!
We€™re out of edimame we need some more
Let€™s all €˜hop€™ to the grocery store

We€™re €˜hopping€™ we€™re €˜hopping€™ We€™re €˜hopping€™ to the grocery store

It€™s time to go to the grocery store,
Let€™s all go to the grocery store!
We€™re out of _____ we need some more Let€™s all €˜      €™ to the grocery store

We€™re €˜       €™ we€™re €˜        €™ We€™re €˜      €™ to the grocery store
We€™re €˜hoping€™ we€™re €˜hoping€™ We€™re €˜hoping€™ to the grocery store
We€™re €˜running€™ we€™re €˜running€™ We€™re €˜running€™ to the grocery store
We€™re €˜walking€™ we€™re €˜walking€™ We€™re €˜walking€™ to the grocery store

© 2009 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Vocals, Guitars
Jim Orvis €“ bucket drums
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass
 

Hippy Parents
Words & Music €“ Nate Houge

There was a type of person, that lived not long ago
In the heat of communism and the beatnik€™s afterglow
Some refer to them as the children of the sixties
But you may know them best, when I tell you they were hippies

Now the hippies all had offspring, that€™s what free love will do
And that offspring, folks like myself, we went and sprung off too
Which is where you factor in, you equal generation three
And your parents like your grandparents, may still live like hippies

Is there a bell shape at the bottom of their pants?
Do they wiggle in a circle and call it a dance?
Are there peace signs around the sides of all your sippies?
I hate to break it to ya€™ kid, but your parents are hippies.

Instead of television you got a canvas and an easel
While other dads go out to bowl, yours makes biodiesel
But you don€™t call him dad, no, he just goes by Tim
And your mother€™s an independent woman who chose to marry him

Do you eat more lentils than most kids on the block
Does your dairy come from soy and is that duck really mock
Do csa€™s and co-ops provide the food when you dig in
And do the scraps go in the garbage or in the compost bin

Sure they€™re nonconformists, but it€™s not like they€™re unruly
They€™re peaceful when they protest in gentle clouds of patchouli
And yes they€™ll change the world on shower at a time
So fear not little flower, I€™m sure you€™ll turn out fine

Do not let this stress you out, just take it all in stride
You may follow in their footsteps or you may divide
From the folks who brought you earth day, visualized peace, and sit ins
Remember all who wander are not lost€¦ but that don€™t mean they fit in

© 2009 Nate Houge

Nate Houge- Vocals, Guitar
 

Jenny Jenkins
Traditional

Will you wear white oh my dear oh my dear,
Will you wear white Jenny Jenkins?
No I won€™t wear white, for the colors too bright.

I€™ll buy me a foldy, roldy, tildy, toldy
Seek a double, use a cozy roll to find me
Roll Jenny Jenkins, roll.

Will you wear green€¦
No I won€™t wear green, It€™s a shame to be seen

Will you wear brown€¦
No I won€™t wear brown, for I€™d never get around

Will you wear blue€¦
No I won€™t wear blue, for the color€™s too true

Will you wear beige€¦
No I won€™t wear beige, for it shows my age

Will you wear yellow€¦
No I won€™t wear yellow, for I€™d never get a fellow

Will you wear orange€¦
No, orange I won€™t wear and it rhymes so there!

What will you wear€¦
Oh what do you care if I just go bare?

Nate Houge €“ Guitars, Percussion
Rachel Kurtz €“ Vocals
 

Fly Your Kite
Words and Music Nate Houge

Here comes the breeze, Lift up your kite
Over your head, Watch it fly

Oh fly your kite, Up into the sky
Fly your kite, Fly, fly, fly

On the ground, Shoulder high
Like a bird, Watch it fly

Oh fly your kite, Up into the sky
Fly your kite, Fly, fly, fly
Oh fly your kite, Up into the sky
Fly your kite, Fly, fly, fly

Oh fly your kite, Up into the sky
Fly your kite, Fly, fly, fly
Oh fly your kite, Up into the sky
Fly your kite, Fly, fly, fly

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Guitars, Melodica, Vocals, Harmony
Jason DeBoer-Moran €“ Drums
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass

Young Consumer Blues
Words and Music €“ Nate Houge

My happy meal is making me very unhappy
I€™m only 3 years old and I€™m not market savvy
But it all starts with toys, then each time I come back
You feed me low quality food, loaded with fat
No piece of junk toy can save me from a heart attack
I don€™t want this happy meal it only makes me sad

I take no comfort in comfort food
Happy meals put me in a bad mood
Consumer culture€™s growing up brick by brick
By marketing to toddlers, and it makes me sick

Saturday morning used to be so fun
Till elmer fudd showed up with a loaded gun
Now it€™s smack €˜em and wack €˜em, blow €˜em up to smithereens
There€™s adds for every toy you need crammed in between
We got shoes and shirts and watches every accessory
It used to be entertainment, now it€™s cross marketing

I find no peace in your cartoons
If this is progress we€™re all doomed
Consumer culture€™s growing up brick by brick
By marketing to toddlers and it makes me sick

I wanna build up our kids and let the bricks fall down
Cause lately I€™m afraid it€™s been the other way around
There€™s so much more to life then spend spend spend
We owe it to our kids to make this madness end

Yes consumer culture€™s growing up brick by brick
By marketing to toddlers and it makes me sick

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate €“ Guitar vocals
Martin Marty €“ guitar
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass
Steve Seilhymer €“ harmoncia
Steve Abenth €“ Drums
 

Clap Clap Clap €“ traditional as learned from a Pete Seeger recording

Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet, stomp your feet together
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet, stomp your feet together

Jump, jump, jump up high, jump up high together
Jump, jump, jump up high, jump up high together

Sing, sing, sing our song, sing our song together
Sing, sing, sing our song, sing our song together

Sneak, sneak, sneak about, sneak about together
Sneak, sneak, sneak about, sneak about together

Dance, dance, dance around, dance around together
Dance, dance, dance around, dance around together

(instrumental verse)

Nate €“ vocals, electric, acoustic
Rachel Kurtz May €“ harmony vocals
Jim Orvis €“ bucket drums

Monkey Dance
Words and Music €“ Nate Houge

I met a monkey (echo)
In green pants (echo)
He showed me (echo)
How to dance (echo)

Each round add one:
Clap, clap, clap your hands (echo)
Shak-a shak-a shak-a shak-a shak-a your leg (echo)
Bob bob bob bob bob bob bob-a your head (echo)
Now let your body say (echo)
Oo aa€™s

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ vocals, loops, xylophone, melodica thumb piano, shaker
Jim Orvis €“ bucket drums

Get In The Tub
Words and Music €“ Nate Houge

I was covered in grime I was covered in dirt
After playing in the rain, in the slime and the murk
I came inside to give my dad a hug
He looked horrified and said
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now

So I ran to the tub cross the living room floor
Jumped over the sofa and right through the door
Stopped by my room to pick up clean clothes
Turned around and saw footprints
Where do they go, where do they go go go go go?
Where do they go, where do they go go go go go?

They went down the hall and left through the door
Up onto the sofa and straight across the floor
They led me to my dad standing on the kitchen rug
Hey didn€™t I just tell you?
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now

Here we go again, and so I turned around
But now there was another set of footprints on the ground
Where one set came in the other set went out
I€™m really quite confused; please tell me, what€™s this all about?

So I followed them back, they were totally the same
Leading me in circles I could follow them all day
But I had a feeling my dad would catch on
And if he did it wouldn€™t be long
Till he chased me down, not to give me a hug
But rather to say, Hey! Get in the tub

And when I get don Dad€™ll hand me a broom
Give me a mop and a vacuum,
You€™ve made quite a mess, get out here and scrub
And when you are all done, get back in the tub!!!

Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now
Get in the tub, get in the tub now-now-now-now
Now now€¦..
Get in the tub

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate €“ Guitar, Vocals
Jason DeBoer-Moran €“ Drums
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass
Michael May €“ Guitar Solo

Round and Round
Words and Music €“ Nate Houge

If a cuckoo bird bird sings cuckoo
Would a love you bird sing I love you?
Would a get well bird sing get well soon?
Does anybody know?

And if that bird were me in a tree
Would you believe just what you se
Perhaps you€™d giggle hee-hee-hee
He€™s crazy as a loon

Round and round we fly you know
High and high we go and so
Like an arrow from a bow
We soar into the clouds
In the clouds we find these dreams
Put together crazy things
No one knows just what it means
Until we dream out loud

Is there a mockingbird mocking at your door
Does a whipporwill€™s lip ever get sore?
If a morning dove cries in the afternoon
Does anybody know?

And if that bird were me in a tree
Would you believe just what you se
Perhaps you€™d giggle hee-hee-hee
He€™s crazy as a loon

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin
Rachel Kurtz €“ Vocal
Jason DeBoer-Moran €“ drums
 

When the Leaves
Words €“ Nate Houge
Music €“ Trad. (buffalo gals)

When the leaves come falling down, falling down, falling down
When the leaves come falling down, leaves come falling down

Rake them in a great big pile, great big pile, great big pile
Rake them in a great big pile, in a great big pile

Now you jump into the leaves, to the leaves, to the leaves
Now you jump into the leaves, jump into the leaves

When the leaves come falling down, falling down, falling down
When the leaves come falling down, leaves come falling down
© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Guitar
Rachel Kurtz €“ Vocals
Micah Taylor €“ Mandolin
Caleb Taylor €“ BGV
Bill Singsaas €“ Bass
Jim Orvis €“ Bucket Drums

Oh the Snow
Words & Music €“ Nate Houge

Oh the snow, oh the snow (falling down)
It blows to and fro (back and forth)
It blows all around (spin)
It covers the ground (on the ground)

Catch it all, catch it all
Roll it in a ball
Make it really tall
Watch out when it falls!

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Vocal, guitar, lap dulcimer

When We Say Goodbye
Words & Music €“ Nate Houge

It€™s time to go, time to say I€™ll see you later
We know it won€™t be forever when we say goodbye

Each time we leave it makes way for another greeting
I look forward to our next meeting when we say hello

© 2007 Nate Houge

Nate Houge €“ Vocal, Guitar
Micah Taylor €“ Mandolin
Rachel Kurtz May €“ Harmony

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