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Dixieland Jazz for Children Lyrics

 
Johnette Downing | Dixieland Jazz Lyrics

This CD is dedicated to D. J. “Nick” LaRocca and the original Original Dixieland Jazz Band for paving the way by making the first jazz recording titled “Livery Stable Blues” in 1917. Our hope is that this recording keeps the tradition alive with a new generation of Dixieland Jazz lovers.

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Track 1
Dixieland Jazz

Music and Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 Johnette Downing

Dixieland jazz, Dixieland jazz
The best jazz in the land
You’ll search high, you’ll search low
No matter where you go
You’ll search far, you’ll search wide
No matter how you try
Dixieland jazz, Dixieland jazz
The best jazz in the land.


Track 2
Got To Have That Swing

Music and Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 Johnette Downing

Got to have that swing, yeah
Got to have that swing, yeah
Everybody knows it down in New Orleans
Got to have that swing
Got to have that bounce, yeah
Got to have that sway, yeah
Got to have that kick, yeah


Track 3
Do the Charleston

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Well come on everybody do the Charleston
It’s the best dance in town
Well come on everybody do the Charleston
Shake your hands around
Well come on everybody do the Charleston
It’s the latest craze
And shake it on down, shake it on down
Shake it on down
Swing your partner around


Track 4
Rolling Down the River

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Rolling down the river
On a paddle wheel
Rolling down the Mississippi River
From Lake Itasca to New Orleans
Nearly 3000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico
We will have a good time
Just you wait and see
Rolling down the river with me
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri
Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana


Track 5
Busy Beeline

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2005 LaRocca/Downing

See what all the buzz is around the bee hive
Gather in a busy beeline
We will work together around the honeycomb
Working together, home sweet home
Little stingers in, little stingers out
Flap your wings and turn yourself about
Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz!


Track 6
I've Got Happy Feet

Music and Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 Johnette Downing

When you come to New Orleans
There’s something you will see
People smiling, people singing
Dancing in the street
When the band begins to play
There’s something you can count on
You’ll get New Orleans in your feet
And it never goes away
I’ve got happy feet, I’ve got happy feet
I’ve got happy feet wherever I go
And I tell you it is plain
I’ve got happy feet walking in the rain
I’ve got happy feet wherever I go


Track 7
Swaying With The Trees

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Just another day in the sun, in the breeze
Swaying with the trees
Sway left, sway right
Dancing with the leaves
When you wake, go outside
It’s a lovely day
Birds and bees call to you
They all want to play
Sway front, sway back
Sway up, sway down


Track 8
That Dixie Beat

Music and Lyrics by Jimmy LaRocca
Copyright 1982 Jimmy LaRocca

Down on Bourbon Street you’ll hear those Dixie bands
Swinging to the beat that makes you clap your hands
Play it piano man, play it on your grand
The rhythm’s in the groove that makes you want to move
And with his sticks the drummer plays those crazy licks
While the clarinet plays the blues
And the trombone plays that tailgate oh so grand
And they’re all backing up that swinging trumpet man
The melody is clear, listen to those guys
The bass man you can hear, he makes you feel so fine
Only in New Orleans, the home of Creole Queens
Can you hear this style of jazz, oh what a beat this Dixie has.


Track 9
Walking in the Sunshine

Music and Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 Johnette Downing

Walking in the sunshine feeling so fine
Walking in the sunshine taking my time
I’m walking, walking my cares away
I’m walking, walking my cares away
Come along sing a song
Whistle a happy tune
Come along sing a song
Spread a little sunshine wherever you go
Dancing, Strolling, Strutting....


Track 10
Make It A Happy Day

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2005 LaRocca/Downing

So if you are feeling sad
And if you are feeling blue
Look on the brighter side of life
Everything will turn out right
All you have to do is believe
So if you are feeling gray
And if you are feeling glum
Just turn that little frown into a smile
And you will make it a happy day


Track 11
Alligator Snap

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2005 LaRocca/Downing

Well when you go to the swamp
You know what you will find
Critters galore of every kin and kind
Clapping their hands
To the alligator snap, and snap and snap
Well there’s a fais do do
Where ever you may go
Hear the beat and tap your toe
And dance around
To the alligator snap and snap and snap
Well crawfish and possums and skeeters too
Pass a good time in the old bayou
Moving and grooving to the melody
And do a little gator dance
Well it’s the spiciest thing
That you will ever see
So come along and sing with me
Swing your tail
To the alligator snap and snap and snap


Track 12
It’s time for Mardi Gras

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Oh, yes it’s time for Mardi Gras
That’s when we dress for carnival balls
Watch the parades go down the street
Raise your hands in the air
And catch some beads and some doubloons
And listen to Dixieland Jazz tunes
Tell everybody we’ll have a good time
Down in New Orleans


Track 13
Lazy Sunday

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Mamma’s in the kitchen cookin’ up some Creole food
And Daddy’s in the backyard cookin’ up some barbeque
And kids are at the table setting out the dishes
Boy you know it’s gonna be good
Friends are all invited they will come from miles around
And when our dinner’s over we will lounge upon the ground
And spend a lazy Sunday under the magnolias
All along the ole bayou


Track 14
Rocking Seahorse

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

I’ve got a rocking horse, a rocking seahorse
The best seahorse you’ve ever seen
So come along with me, we’ll sail the seven seas
Oh what a journey it will be
And we’ll rock and swim around the ocean
And laugh (horse sound)
So come on hitch a ride, the water here is fine
And we can sing a whale of a tale
In the current we will sway and float around all day
And dive down to the ocean deep
We’ll gather all our friends until the day ends
And sleep in our watery beds
So come on hitch a ride, the water here is fine
And we can sing a whale of a tale


Track 15
New Orleans Strut

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Well it’s Friday night and we’re feeling fine
‘Cause its time to do New Orleans strut
So just shine your shoes, wash away your blues
‘Cause its time to do New Orleans strut
So just find a pose, that’s the way it goes
‘Cause its time to do New Orleans strut
You just have to jive when you feel the vibe
‘Cause its time to do New Orleans strut


Track 16
Dance and Sing

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Oh, let’s gather ‘round with all our friends
‘Cause it’s time to dance and sing
La la la la, la la la la
La la la la la la
Clap your hands and tap your feet
Listen to the marching beat
Oh, let’s gather ‘round with all our friends
‘Cause it’s time to dance and sing


Track 17
Throw Me Something Mister

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Throw me something mister
Throw me something mister
You can say it nice and loud
Wave your hands in the crowd
Every year at Mardi Gras
Throw me something mister
Throw me something mister
Beads and doubloons will come to you
From every float and every Krewe
At the carnival parade


Track 18
Tiger Rag

Music by D.J. "Nick" LaRocca
Adapted lyrics by Jimmy LaRocca and Johnette Downing
Copyright 1912 D.J. "Nick" LaRocca, 2004 LaRocca/Downing

Hold that tiger, hold that tiger
Hold that tiger, he’s that tiger
She’s that tiger, you’re that tiger
Where’s that tiger now, there’s that tiger!
Hold that tiger, where’s that tiger
Hold that tiger, where’s that tiger
There’s that tiger, yeah, where you go now?
Where’s that tiger? Hold that tiger rag.


Track 19
Someday Your Dreams

Music by Jimmy LaRocca
Lyrics by Johnette Downing
Copyright 2005 LaRocca/Downing

When the day has come to end
And the orange sun has set again
Then the moon begins to rise
Like a beacon in the sky for you
Close your eyes my little one
And wish upon a star for fun, sweet dreams
You’ll see, when you wish upon a star
That no matter where you are
Someday your dreams will come true
All you have to do is believe!


Copyright 2007 Johnette Downing & Jimmy LaRocca
Wiggle Worm Records, New Orleans, LA USA
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is strictly prohibited without prior written consent from Johnette Downing, Jimmy LaRocca and Wiggle Worm Records.

The Musicians

Al Bernard – bass
Johnette Downing – vocals
Tom Fischer – clarinet
David Hansen – drums
Jimmy LaRocca – trumpet & vocals
Tom Roberts – piano
Ben Smith – trombone

The Acknowledgements

Produced by Wiggle Worm Records, P. O. Box 13367, New Orleans, LA 70185, USA
Recorded and Mixed by Tim Stambaugh, Word of Mouth Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by David Farrell, Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA

Cover Photo by Thom Bennett, Thom Bennett Photographs, New Orleans, LA
Inside Band Photo by Maria Stambaugh, New Orleans, LA
CD Design by Philip Chow Design, Monterey Park, CA
Hair and make-up by Melvin Callahan, John Jay Salon, New Orleans, LA

Special thanks to the band and to Tim for their professionalism, enthusiasm and world-class musicianship during this recording session that was truly magical.