The Great Auk – Song No. 10

Hello music and animal lovers!

The Great Auk is the penultimate (before last) Extinct Animal Song, and next week will be the last song for this project (it’s actually a bonus track!).

But don’t be too sad, there will be another Daphodil Music project on very soon.

Please get in touch to become a Daphodil Music singer and be a part of the new exciting musical programme!

The solo this week is sung by (then) 5 year old Biba. If you listen right to the end you will hear another solo, by 6 year old Ruby, which is sung acapella-  that means with no musical accompaniment.

Did you know?

The Great Auk was a large flightless bird from the penguin species. It had very small wings which is why it couldn’t fly, but it was an excellent swimmer and spent lots of time in the waters of the North Atlantic.

They became extinct because humans used to hunt them for their meat, skin, beaks and eggs until there were none left.

Lyrics

I am skating on the ice,
Auk the great is by my side.
I am skating by the sea,
Auk the great won’t you stay with me?

La, la, la…

 

See you next week for the final Extinct Animal Song – the bonus track! 

The Woolly Mammoth – Song No. 9

Hello everyone!

The Woolly Mammoth song is sung by two wonderful 6 year old soloists – Ruby and Freya.
The lyrics (below) were written by three Daphodil Music singers: Biba, Isobel and Tallulah.

Check out The Woolly Mammoth Clip - of the Daphodil Music singers rehearsing before recording the song:

The Mammoth is the extinct ancestor of the elephant, and scientists were able to find out many facts about the ancient mammoths thanks to the fact that mammoths lived in cold and icy climates. Frozen mammoths were preserved in the ice in different places around the world and then found and studied. You can a mammoth’s huge skeleton at the Natural History Museum.

Did you also know

Woolly Mammoths had very long bushy hair to help keep themselves warm in the freezing climate  which is why they are called woolly mammoths. They also had extremely long tusks, that grew up to 5 meters!

 

  

Lyrics by Biba, Isobel and Tallulah

Verse

It’s a very big surprise
That he didn’t survive.
With fur so brown and tusks so white -
He’s always warm and safe in the night.

Chorus

An ancestor to the elephant
He’s ten times bigger than you
The Woolly Mammoth is gone because
He became extinct too!

Woolly Mammoth Daphodil music children's music

See you next week for another Extinct Animal Song!

The Ancient Man – Song No. 8

The lovely Ancient Man song’s solo is sung by 7 year old Isobel.

This week our funny little song is all about the Ancient Man – our ancestor from long, long ago. Scientists have lots of different names for ancient men and they have several theories about the human evolution and how we turned into the people we are today. There are also different ideas about where the ancient man used to live, but for our song we found a very friendly Ancient Man living right here in Crouch End, London!

And he even agreed to sing and record some of the song for us.


Here are the lyrics for you to sing along, and if you want to join in with the Ancient Man you need to use his ancient language, using the sounds ‘Bu-a’, ‘U-ba’ and ‘Aba-Nua’.

 

 

Lyrics

Bu-a Bu-a Aba-Nua
U-ba U-ba Ana-Bua

Ancient man was different than you and me,
Ancient man was hairy, hairy as can be.
Ancient man discovered how to light a fire,
Ancient man drew on the wall until his arm was tired!

Bu-a Bu-a Bu-a, Bu-a Bu-a Bu…

The Ancient Man and I hope you enjoy this week’s song – see you next week for a new Extinct Animal Song.

The Golden Toad – Song No. 7

Use the lyrics below for the sing-along part of the song, and sing your hearts out!  

The Golden Toad used to live in the tropical forests of Costa Rica (Central America) and there used to be plenty of them. But since 1989 no one has spotted a single Golden Toad, and so they were declared extinct. Scientists hoped that there might still be some species living underground, but none have been found to this day.

When we recorded this song back in 2010, three sisters who were taking part in the workshop came in one day with an article they had found in the newspaper that week, which by total coincidence was all about The Golden Toad, and other toad species and how scientists are still searching in the hope of finding all kinds of missing toad species.


Did you know?
As you can see in the newspaper picture above, the male golden toad was a golden colour, and its skin was shiny and bright. The female however was not golden at all – they were dark green or black with red and yellow spots! As the song tell us, The Golden Toad was also very small – only about 5 centimetres long (2 inches), which is about the size of a grown-up’s thumb.

 Lyrics:                                                                               

The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.
The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.
The golden toad he is so tiny, he would fit nicely in your hand,
The golden toad he might be hiding, maybe he’ll come and join our band.
The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.
The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.

Use these lyrics for the sing-along part of the song, and sing your hearts out!  

See you next week for another Extinct Animal Song!