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lyrics

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!

credits

from Let's Imagine, released December 1, 2019
Louis Epstein: Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet vocals, organ, serbian wood flute
Daniel Groll: ukelele, guitar, vocals, auxiliary percussion, bongos
Max Voda: bass
Assorted children: backing vocals

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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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