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1.
Jabiru 03:50
Wanna tell you ‘bout some feathers with a funny name The tallest flying bird down South America Way A Jabiru Louis: A what? I said it’s called a Jabiru Louis: no way It’s true! Described by Heinrich Lichtenstein Way back in the year 1-8-1-9 A Jabiru You might say “What a name! I mean wait a sec!” But in Tupi Guarani it means “Swollen Neck” A Jabiru It’s raised by its parents in a great, big nest You could lie yourself down for a little rest With A Jabiru CHORUS We go watching for birds when it’s sunny And we love when they’re names are real funny It makes the whole endeavor very chummy Chummy indeed Maybe you wanna come with us Down to the Panama Isthmus To see the silly-sobriquet fellas One of the days Now let me tell you all about another avian down south With a funny appellation that you’ll want to shout Bananaquit Louis: A what? I said “Bananaquit” Louis: no way! Dan: That’s it! First described by the famous Linneaus Way back in the year 1758us Bananquit There’s some disagreement about if it exists As a single species or three close knit Bananaquit But assuming that it does it builds distinctive nests With a side entrance hole An architectural best We go watching for birds when it’s sunny And we love when they’re names are real funny It makes the whole endeavor very chummy Chummy indeed Maybe you wanna come with us Down to the Panama Isthmus To see the silly-sobriquet fellas One of the days Now one last name that will make you laugh The bird sounds like a dance, whatcha you think of that The Chachalaca Louis: The wha??? I said the chachalaca Louis: That’s awesome Dan: No duh! But truth be told it’s an invasive pest That can ravage a whole garden, leaving nothing left The chachalaca We go watching for birds when it’s sunny And we love when they’re names are real funny It makes the whole thing very chummy Chummy indeed Maybe you wanna come with us Down to the Panama Isthmus To see the silly-sobriquet fellas One of the days Jabajabajabajabaru Jabajabajabajabaru Banananananaquit Banananananaquit Chachachachachalaca Chachachachachalaca Bana-cha-jaba-jaba-cha bana-cha-jaba-jaba-cha Bana-cha-jaba-cha-cha-jaba-cha-cha-ru!
2.
If you really like cheese (I do!) Uhhh I gotta great story for you to chew on Think about a cheese, yeah any kind Soft hard mild stinky with an edible rind Imagine biting off a chunk, tastes good, you swallow Goes down smooth, have another dollop You’re still feeling hollow but there’s more to follow Keep eating that cheese if you’re short or tall (ohhhh!) Mouth to saliva through the throat and esophagus Cheese doing down, down, down [cut out rhythm] there’s no stopping us If it’s something you ate It has exactly one fate Cheese or broccoli x3 It goes through your body In your mouth, the cheese was yummy But what’s it like when it gets to your tummy? Swish swish slosh it’s pulverized Minimized, tiny sized, stabilized Standardized collectivized, homogenized, balkanized (not surprised) In the stomach the cheese gets got Acid breaks it down like a juggernaut Now cheese is ready to be digested Nutrients to CELLS like the CELLS REQUESTED If it’s something you ate It has exactly one fate Cheese or broccoli x3 It goes through your body If eating cheese makes you lachrymose You might be intolerant to [beat] lactose Through the duodenum and small intestine-y Cheese is flowing like a yellow destiny In the large intestine, water is squeezed out Food gets hard, hard to pick the cheese out When it gets to the end, what comes next, don’t blame us [four on the floor] What comes next comes right out of your … If it’s something something you ate It has exactly one fate Cheese or broccoli x3 What goes in has got to come out (hey!!!) If it’s something something you ate It has exactly one fate Cheese or broccoli x3 What goes in, comes out, of me.
3.
Auntie Maggie was a turtle Who really loved to dance She felt stymied by her too tight girdle So thought she’d take a chance “Dancing’s great au naturel,” she said, as she removed her shell And started having naked doodah time Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Dance and around and strike a pose, you’re fancy free without your clothes at Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Auntie Maggie’s friends were shocked Yes slack jawed and stunned To see her body sway and rock And roll and have such fun Said a snake and bug and newt “She’s splendid in her birthday suit” And then they shed their skins and joined along Yes they had Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Dance and around and strike a pose, you’re fancy free without your clothes at Auntie Maggie’s naked Doodah time When she gets home from a day that’s tough Auntie Maggie dances in the buff Safe at home she lets it all hang out All right kids let’s do some classic dances. Let’s see the Spinny Woo. Now the Vandergraf Stomp. And finally the Skipton two-step. Very good! Yes they had Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time Dance and around and strike a pose, you’re fancy free without your clothes at Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah Grab the nearest barracuda Auntie Maggie’s naked doodah time
4.
Kid: the summer is over. I don’t want to go back to school! Parent: Ah, but it’s a chance to see to all your old friends – and make a new friend! Kid: Anna McNewFriend? Who’s that? She sounds awesome A new kid to meet Does she live on my street? I wonder what she’s like Does she have a cool bike? Well, I’ll find out soon When I meet her at school It’s just around the bend Gonna make a new friend! Chorus Anna, Anna Anna McNewFriend She might be on my bus That would be a big plus She might be in my class! That would be such a gas! We’ll play on the black top We’re never gonna stop Till the school bell sounds Time for one more round? Chorus 2: I’m gonna make a new friend Anna McNewFriend Bridge She’ll come to my house at the end of the day And we’ll eat a quick snack then we’ll play and play And we’ll make my little brother do whatever we say Before dinner We’ll be BFFs for the rest of the year We’ll have sun filled days, song and endless cheer She’s a top-notch kid yeah one of a kind So lucky I’m her friend and she is mine So lucky I’m her friend and she is mine Yeah won’t it be cool To have a new kid at school? I hope her first day’s swell From the opening bell It can be tough to be new I was once new too When the school day ends Gonna have a brand new friend! Anna, Anna Anna McNewFriend
5.
Our Moms 03:16
Our moms carried us for years Wiped away our tears when we cried Our moms treat us like we’re small Even though we’re tall (at least I am) When we’re old, will we still hear them singing All the silly rhymes and lullabyes we love? They’re our songs for remembering Our moms, our everything Our moms hug us super tight Check on us at night though we’re full grown Our moms calm us when we’re mad Scold us when we’re bad, it’s how we learn Our moms, proud of what we’ve done But lesson number was just: be kind Our moms love us, then we leave But all that we achieve, goes back to them When we’re old, will we still hear them singing All the silly rhymes and lullabyes we love? They’re our songs for remembering Our moms
6.
Let’s imagine you and me We are monkeys swinging from the trees Or big fishes swimming in the seas Let’s imagine together you and me Imagine: We are driving in a car That will take us to Alpha Centauri Oh the sky outside is very starry! By the way we’re driving a Ferrari Together you and me Let’s imagine Let’s imagine Let’s imagine You and me Let’s go Paddle to Vanuatu We can take my Mom and Dad’s canoe they’ll be so much stuff for us to do Just Imagine together me and you And then we’ll Find a super trampoline That will bounce us up to meet the Queen She lives in a castle that I’ve seen On the clouds, I dreamed it in a dream Together you and me Let’s imagine Let’s imagine Let’s imagine You and Me Let’s imagine Let’s imagine Let’s imagine Me and you
7.
Snow Day 02:26
It’s still and quiet The snow is falling down A whispered sigh The snow is calling out I hope and I pray Tomorrow they’ll say It’s a snow day oh a Snow day That’s nature’s way to say Forget your plans you fool Everytime they cancel school A kitten meets its end I can’t stay home again for one more Snow day I play for hours The house is cozy and bright The tv says The snow will fall all night I hope and I pray Tomorrow they’ll say It’s a Snow day Those words are like a shiv And sure – I love my kids! But five days in a row I’m stuck here all alone With my kids Due to snow days
8.
Big Sister 03:32
Hey big sister when I grow up oh yes I want to be like you Whatever you do, and whenever you do it, you know I’ll wanna do it too It’s why I come to the top of the stair and ask you to do my makeup and hair And put on a dress and make a big mess, I do it all the time Oh big sister, doncha get mad can’t you see it’s flattery? To follow you around, to run you to ground, i want to keep you close to me When you’re on the phone and you think you’re alone talking to your latest guy Well I’m there too, I’ll be bothering you, why i really do mean to pry Big sister: I want to be like you! Big sister: it’s why I do the things I do. Just to be like you Oh big sister sometimes I think that you really like me too Like on Saturday mornings, lying on the couch Watching Shaggy and Scooby Doo And in the afternoon when we’re back from school watching Y&R, that Victor’s a tool And Jack is so handsome and Andy is cruel Just look what he did to Sheila! Back of the car, oh wherever we are, listening to our favorite songs Rick Astley and Wham and later Pearl Jam you know I’m going to sing along Yes we sing like fools, and we dance in our seats then Dad turns the dial to the CBC We moan and we groan until we get home, it happens every time Big sister: I want to be like you! Big sister: it’s why I do the things I do. Just to be like you Oh big sister, time’s gonna come where we go our separate ways You’ll go to college, I’ll stay at home, we won’t talk for days and days It’s why I sit at the top of the stair and watch you put on your makeup and hair No matter what happens, yeah we make a great pair, I say it all the time Big sister: I want to be like you! Big sister: it’s why I do the things I do. Just to be like you
9.
When I was just a young boy I had trouble falling asleep I counted sheep after sheep after sheep But I would rouse with every knock and every creak So I went to my mother Said, “Mama! What should I do” She put me on her knee, she said, “Listen to me sonny, I’ve got just the thing for you.” “Have a banana!” X 2 “Bananas are so fine, they cure everything in time Have a banana!” When I was slightly older I was feeling rather stressed About a statewide assessment test I so wanted to do my best He slapped me on the back and said listen to me mac I’ve got just the thing you need When I was slightly older I started sprouting hair I looked as furry as a bear I cried oh why is life so unfair So I went to my father Said, “Papa! Help me please” He took a look real quick and said “A razor does the trick, and I’ve got one more thing you need.” “Have a banana!” X 2 “Bananas are so fine, they cure everything in time Have a banana!” “Have a banana!” X 2 “There’s no reason to complain when you’ve got a big plantain! Have a banana!” Now I am a grown man, with children of my own How I hear them cry and moan Why won’t they leave me alone? But I am here to help them, and help them’s what I do When they come for some advice, they never need ask twice I tell them something true. “Have a banana!” “Have a banana” “Bananas are so fine, they cure everything in time Have a banana!” “Have another banana?” “Have a banana!” “There’s no reason to complain when you’ve got a big plantain! There’s nothing else you needa if you’ve got a ripe Chiquita They really are a steal, especially if you eat the peel Have a banana!”
10.
Magikazoo 02:37
Dan: You know sometimes we get nervous up here on the stage Louis: What if we forget the words or the band plays out of place? What if all you kids are really robots from outer space? Dan: Actually that would be kind of cool. Dan: But I know I’ll be fine on stage, no matter where I am Louis: Cuz we’ve got something special, it pro-tects me and Dan It gives us such a special buzz from our head down to our shoes We’re talking ‘bout [beat, beat] our magic kazoos Our magic kazoos Makes us happy when we’re blue, cures cooties and the flu Our magic kazoos Keep your blankie, nook, or boo No none of those will do When we can too-tee-too: on our magic kazoos Dan: alright Louis. Are you ready? Dan: Everyone has something To helps them feel safe Louis: A blanket, or a fuzzy bear or superhero cape Dan: And I’ve got lucky underwear with spaghetti stains Louis Gross. But when underwear spaghetti won’t do There’s just one thing for me and you We’re talking about [beat, beat] our magic kazoos Our magic kazoo Makes us happy when we’re blue, cures cooties and the flu Our magic kazoo Keep your blankie, nook, or boo No none of those will do When we can too-tee-too: on our magic kazoo Our magic kazoo Our magic kazoo
11.
Waiting 02:27
Hurry up, hurry up Let’s go outside I wanna ride My brand new bike Let’s go outside Hurry up, hurry up Please tie my shoes You’re almost through That’s one of two No don’t redo it Tie my shoes I’m waiting oh so patiently, don’t know Why we always have to go so slow I’m waiting oh so patiently, I’ll wait until you say ok let’s go Hurry up, hurry up I wanna eat I’ll have some meat Or something sweet A yummy treat Please move your feet I wanna eat Hurry up, hurry up This long long line Takes too much time It isn’t fine I’m gonna whine I’m gonna cry Well I could lie Say I might die Then maybe I Could skip this line I’m waiting oh so patiently, don’t know Why we always have to go so slow I’m waiting oh so patiently, I’ll wait until you say ok let’s go But you say no – you say let’s sit a spell time passes fast, you say a pause is just as well Let’s embrace the now, you say it goes away so fast So we should make the moment last (I guess so) I’m waiting oh so patiently, don’t know Why we always have to go so slow I’m waiting oh so patiently I’ll wait until you say ok let’s go
12.
Website Song 01:11
There’s a place you can go To learn about our upcoming shows You can buy a CD for a friend or an enemy Just repeat after me Louis Dan Invisible Band Dot Com!
13.
There’s no need to quarrel Yeah children settle down It don’t matter who had it first We’ve all gotta give some ground No more fighting for attention No more shouting “give it back” We’re all in this thing together Let’s show it when we act Can we get along my children Can we get along tonight Can we live in peace? Have quiet time at least? Join our gentle song Can we get along When time rolls round for dinner Don’t complain ‘bout what we’ll eat Let’s put it in perspective What we’ve got is pretty sweet Come on sing it yeah you get the conceit Can we get along my children Can we get along tonight Here’s a shiny screen So I can drink caffeine Join our gentle song Can we get along Sometimes when my temper’s high I yell and cry Like a yeti, it ain’t pretty I know I can do better too I’m telling you My love is constant Even when it seems I’ve fin’ly lost it Can we get along my children Can we get along tonight End this doom and gloom I’ll be in the bathroom (Ken: it’s the only room with a lock!) Join our gentle song Hand in hand we’re strong Just admit you’re wrong Can we get along

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Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band are back with another record of infectious songs for the whole family. On their second album, Let’s Imagine, you’ll learn all about a bird called a Jabiru, get some excellent parental advice about bananas, hear about the joy and pain of snow days, and get a chance to dance along with a turtle named Auntie Maggie! Recorded at the Library Studio in Minneapolis, Let’s Imagine showcases Louis and Dan’s inimitable songwriting style that combines humor, seriousness, and musical sophistication into music you’ll be humming all day.

Also, this time they rap (“Cheese Digest”), so you’ll want to check it out.

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released December 1, 2019

Recorded at Carleton College and The Library Studio, Minneapolis.

All songs by Louis Epstein and Daniel Groll except "Magikazoo" and "Have a Banana" by Louis Epstein, Daniel Groll and Dan Hernandez.
Mixed by Matt Patrick
Mastered by Jason Decker
Special thanks to Andy Flory and Dave Hagedorn for use of their space and equipment

Louis Epstein: vocals, clarinets, piano, organ, melodica, percussion, saxophones, electric guitar
Daniel Groll: vocals, guitars, drums, percussion
Matt Patrick: electric bass
Max Voda: upright bass
Bex Shuholm: trumpet
Jesse Metzler: tuba, trombone
Martha Larson: cello
Ken Pierce lead vocals on "Can We Get Along?"
Paul Huttner: weather report on "Snow Days"
Helen Forsythe: banjo
Alissa Jacobsen: fiddle
Mae Bowers & Eleanor Groll: lead vocals on "Snow Day"
Back-up Vocals: Aubin Carroll, Rahm Epstein, Sadie Pierce, Sally Pierce, Ken Pierce, Emily Carroll, Maggie Epstein, Martha Larson, Nat Wilson, Karsten Korynta, Annika Korynta

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Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band Northfield, Minnesota

Louis and Dan live across the street from each other in Northfield, MN. Louis lives on one side of the street. Dan lives on the other. Louis teaches at St. Olaf College. Dan teaches at Carleton College. Louis is short. Dan is tall. Louis is young. Dan is old. By rights they should be mortal enemies. But they’re best friends who write songs about rodents, princesses, and hot dogs. ... more

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