School Songs

by Tim Koehn

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All of these songs and "songlets" were recorded mostly in the classroom, for the classroom, in several schools around the world. The original release of the album was part of an effort to raise money for a school-building project in Nepal. Songs are for instructional purposes, but if you find them pleasing to listen to, you may listen for enjoyment purposes as well.

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released July 6, 2013

Thanks to all my students.

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Tim Koehn Istanbul, Turkey

“I do not wish to close the frontiers of my life upon my own self. I do not wish to deny myself the expansion of seeking into individual capabilities and depths by living in a space whose boundaries are race and nation. Lord, give my poor stammering tongue at least one taste of the whole round world, if you please, sir.” ~Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on the Road ... more

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Track Name: The Little Clock
The Little Clock - by Elinor Wylie

Half-past-four and the first bird waking,
Falling on my heart like a thin green leaf.
If you are alive, your heart is breaking,
If you are dead, you are done with grief.

Half-past-five and the birds singing sweetly,
World washed silver with the rain and the wind.
If you are a saint, you have lived discreetly,
If you are a sinner, you have surely sinned.

Half-past-seven and the birds singing madly;
Sun flames up in the sky like a lark,
If there are things to remember sadly,
Wait and remember them after dark.
Track Name: Celebrate Your Body (In French and English)
Tête, epaules, genoux, et pieds...
J'ai deux yeux, un nez, une bouche, et deux orielles
Tête, epaules, genoux, et pieds...

One head, a couple of shoulders
Now go down to your knees
Don't forget your feet, please
A couple of eyes, a couple of ears
One nose, one mouth--where we're singin' it out!

(Let me here ya)
Celebrate your body now
Come on and let me show you how
Celebrate your body now--by singin' it out!
Track Name: The Long Way to Lilongwe
If you take the long way all the way to Lilongwe, it's a long way.
Track Name: Do I Really Need That?
Monologue: One time I saw this advertisement for H&M, and it said, “Are you ready to do some serious shopping?” And I was like, dang, yes I am—and I couldn’t have asked a better question myself. Though they didn’t mean what I took it to mean—you’ll see what I mean. ‘Cause if you, too, wanna do some serious shopping, it sure as heck better be these questions that you’re droppin’!

Was it made near under fair conditions?
Sustainable production, minimal emissions?
Was it made of oil, either palm or crude?
If you know it is, you shouldn’t by that, DUDE!
When you’re done with it, where’s it gonna go?
Take it back to the shelf if you really don’t know.
Besides my room is full of stuff and I’m getting kind of fat,
So the best question is: DO I REALLY NEED THAT?

(SMART SHOPPERS IN THE HOUSE!)

Do we really need that, do we really need that?
No, better go before I buy the whole store!
Do we really need that, do we really need that?
No, because I don't know exactly where it's gonna go!
Do we really need that, do we really need that?
No, because the people paid their lives to make the prices low!
Do we really need that, do we really need that?
No, because the science show the atmosphere don't want no more!
Do we really need that--
Smart shoppers in the house!
Track Name: Loan Out Your Love (KIVA Theme Song)
Give that 500 fils
What's it to you when it can bring this many dollar bills?
If it's in your pocket still
It can't be out workin' in that farmer's field...

You gotta give it
So you can loan it
So they can get it
So they can own it!

Loan out your love for their living
It's gonna give us much more than we're giving

Givin' fils to fill the need
It's like fillin' your heart with the opposite of greed
Now they're sewin' shirts and sowin' seeds
And you're feelin' pretty good 'cause you're doin' good deeds!

Like Mahatma said, you gotta be the change
Some people need your change
Come on and leave some change!

Loan out your love for their living
It's gonna give us much more than we're giving

Loan out your love for their living
It's gonna give us much more...

Then I saw her face--I'm a be-kiva
Without a trace of doubt in my mind
I've been givin' loans (lo-ans!)
I'm a be-kiva, I could kiva if I...

Loan you, loan you MONEY
Loan out your love now...

Ooo...
Loans are lonely; give 'em a home...
Kiva, Kiva, leave us a loan

Loan out, Loan out, Loan out--Loan out your love!

Loan out your love for their living
It's gonna give us much more than we're giving
Loan out your love for their living...

It's gonna give us much more
It's gonna even the score
We're gonna dance on the floor
While we're giving!
Track Name: UM-DD-W
U to the M, to the double-D, W--
extract analysis, I'll tell you what you gotta do:
First, read for literal UNDERSTANDING;
I.D. the MESSAGE that the author is handing
over to the reader with his lit. DEVICES
(What would biryani be without all the spices?)
DECIDE which are most effective,
then WRITE an essay that links them all to the message.

UM, double-D, W!

Five easy steps, your literary biceps,
stronger than any super glue.
They'll give you the strength,
and it's them that you'll thank
when you don't have a metaphorin' clue!

Understanding, Message, Devices, Decide, Write!
Track Name: Fox Philosophy Made Mine
No time to tame, so let's play the Love Game:
I could be your friend if I only knew your name.
Body says, "No, your difference is to blame!"
But my mind says, "Hey, we're all just the same."
Track Name: Who or Whom
Who or whom--now what's the rule again?
Well, if it happens to them, then you use the "M".
And if you need a preposition,
Better change its position
To the front of the "whom", not the end of what you're doin'.

Meet my good man, Goodman, whom I rapped this rhyme with?
Nope, it's "Goodman with whom I rapped this rhyme.
Track Name: Hopkins' Spring
Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring":

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.