Don’t Let Them (Go Anywhere) – Bonus Track

Dear listeners,

This is the final song from the Extinct Animal Songs project. It is all about Endangered Animals and as the song tells us, these are animals that are in danger of becoming extinct, so if we don’t care for them and help them to stay alive, they will disappear all together. You might be shocked to discover that some of your favourite animals are endangered and might not be around much longer unless we do something about it!

 

 

  

 

Check out the Don’t Let Them Video Clip for movements and actions that go with this song, created by the Daphodil Music Singers:

 

 

Lyrics:

We’ve got the panda, the tiger, the polar bear
Don’t let them go anywhere.
‘Cause if we let them they’ll never come back again,
And we will lose our animal friends!

The giant tortoise, the eagle, the albatross -
This is really making us cross.
‘Cause if we let them they’ll never come back again,
And we will lose our animal friends!

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Thank you to the Daphodil Music Singers for doing their bit to save all the lovely endangered species by co-writing this song and singing and spreading the message!

This is the end of this project, and we had a wonderful time singing, recording, dancing, drawing and making music come to life!

 

 

    

There will be a new project very soon – if you are interested in joining the musical fun please contact me today.

An enormous thank you to:

The Daphodil Music Singers for your beautiful voices and hard work
The Daphodil Music Parents for all your support
To Udi for orchestrating, arranging, recording and playing gorgeous guitars
To everyone out there who has been following – thanks and please keep sharing Daphodil Music with other music lovers!

See you soon,

Daphne x

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!

The Sabre Toothed Tiger – Song No. 6

  Welcome back and happy Halloween week!  

To match Halloween’s scaaaaaary atmosphere, this week is all about the Sabre Toothed Tiger song. As the song tells us, the Sabre Toothed Tiger was a very scary and fierce creature and a cunning predator that other animals dreaded.

 

Did you know?

That the Sabre Toothed Tiger wasn’t really a tiger?…It was actually a kind of prehistoric CAT.

Did you also know:

Their teeth were so long that they stuck out of their mouths even when they were closed! Their long and sharp teeth made them excellent hunters and it is believed that they ate sloths and mammoths among other pray.

 

Musical Challenge: Try singing along using your scariest, most creepy and mysterious voice…pretend that you are as sneaky, fierce and cunning as the Sabre Toothed Tiger used to be.

Lyrics

Verse:
Sabre Toothed Tiger you’re one scary cat,
Everyone thinks so but I know a fact -
Sabre Toothed Tiger you’re gone from this world,
And no one can find you, not even the bird.

Chorus:
Sabre Toothed Tiger, Sabre Toothed Tiger
Sabre Toothed Tiger you’re gone just like that!
Sabre Toothed Tiger, Sabre Toothed Tiger
Sabre Toothed Tiger you’re one scary cat!

Verse:
King of the jungle, you rule all the land.
Teeth sharp as icicles, speed close at hand.
All of the animals cry in despair,
But no one could fight you, not even the bear.

Chorus:
Sabre Toothed Tiger, Sabre Toothed Tiger
Sabre Toothed Tiger you’re gone just like that!
Sabre Toothed Tiger, Sabre Toothed Tiger
Sabre Toothed Tiger you’re one scary cat!

RRROOOAAAAAARRR!!!!

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Happy Trick or Treating, and see you next week for the next song from the Extinct Animal Songs project!

This page is dedicated to Abigail, who said The Sabre Toothed Tiger song is her favourite.

* Additional pictures from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saber-toothed_cat

 

The Sloth – Song No. 4

Hello everybody!

This week our song is The Sloth Lullaby.

The Sloth Lullaby is a duet sung by 9 year old Tallulah and Sophie.
A musical duet is when two people sing or play music together.

A lullaby is a calm and soothing song that helps you to fall asleep, when you’re tucked into your bed all cosy and snug at night.
The word sloth means lazy and slow. The different sloth species are considered very slow moving, which is why they are called sloths. This is also why the sloth is the perfect animal to sing a lullaby about, as the music will also be as slow and calm and lazy as a sloth, and can put you to sleep in no time.

     

In the film Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael who are very excited from their long and magical day with her refuse to go to bed so she sings them a magical lullaby called Stay Awake, and by the end of it they are sound asleep…

See whether The Sloth Lullaby can help you fall asleep tonight.  
Or
Try putting your little brother or sister to sleep by singing The Sloth Lullaby gently to them.

Lyrics
The sloth climbed slowly up the tree to fetch some leaves for his dinner.
La la, la la…
The sloth hung slowly upside down, that’s how he likes to swing.
La la, la la…
The baby sloth clung to his mum so tight, he mustn’t fall off.
La la, la la…
The sloth went slowly off to sleep he sleeps most of the day.
La la, la la…

 

Did you know?
Sloths are prehistoric mammals that first appeared around 60 million years ago!
Not all species of sloths are extinct, some are still alive such as the three-toed-sloth! They are leaf eaters that live on trees in the jungles of Central and South America and are related to the armadillo and anteater. It is believed that the giant sloth became extinct because of humans hunting them as well as due to climate changes.

Join us next week for the first of two scary  Extinct Animal Songs, especially for
Halloween!!!
I wonder if you can GUESS which two extinct animals are scary enough to have their own Halloween song…

 

* With help from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth

The Passenger Pigeon – Song No. 3

Welcome back!
Our next song from the Extinct Animal Songs project is about the Passenger Pigeon.

We have uploaded 3 versions of the song, sung by 3 fantastic soloists (that means they sing on their own!). The solos are sung by 8 year old Maya and Rosa, and 6 year old Erin. We have also added a backing track for you to sing a solo of your own!
Use the lyrics to sing along and make your own version of The Passenger Pigeon song – enjoy!

Lyrics

There was once a bird called Passenger Pigeon,
It was everyone’s favourite bird in the sky.
You could see it here and there and everywhere,
But then it left, never said goodbye.
Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon fly!

There was once a bird called Passenger Pigeon,
It was everyone’s favourite bird in the sky.
You could hear it calling ‘Coo’ to all its friends,
But then it left, never said goodbye.
Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon fly!

Coo, Coo, Coo…

Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon fly!

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Singing Solo – means singing on your own. Try practising singing the song for a bit and when you think you know it well enough you can perform it for your family and friends!

The Passenger Pigeon used to be a very common bird and there used to be lots and lots of them, some people estimate there were between 3-5 BILLION of them! That is a lot! Even though there were so many of them they became extinct at the beginning of the 20th century.

Did you know?

There were a few reasons for the extinction of the Passenger Pigeons:

a. Humans destroyed their natural habitats by cutting down trees and even whole forests

b. Pigeon meat became popular during the 19th century so people used to often hunt and eat them

 

Did you also know:

The last known living Passenger Pigeon was called Martha, and she died on the 1st of September 1914.

This page is dedicated to Martha.

 

 

See you next week with a brand new Extinct Animal Song!

 

The Dodo – Song No. 2

We are happily continuing our releases of the Extinct Animal Songs with The Dodo song!

This song tells us lots of facts and details about the dodo and why it became extinct. Read the lyrics below and find out how many details you can learn about the dodo! 

* All drawings made by the Daphodil Music singers!

Lyrics:

Verse

Big and round and very slow,
The sky is somewhere he won’t go.
He can’t fly though he has wings,
But he can do some other things.

Chorus

“Oh Mr Dodo where can I find you now?”
“You won’t find me, no,no, I’m no longer around”.

Verse

Very friendly, orange beak
This is the bird of whom we speak.
He eats off the Dodo Tree
And is a friend to you and me.

Chorus

“Oh Mr Dodo where can I find you now?”
“You won’t find me, no,no, I’m no longer around”.

“Where can I find you Dodo?”
“You can find me in this song!”

      

As the song tells us, the dodo became extinct because it was such a friendly bird and was not at all scared of humans which made it very easy for hunters to catch them. The dodos were also flightless birds, which means they couldn’t fly so it wasn’t easy for them to get away from the hunters even if they wanted to!

Did you know?

You can see what the dodo looked like at the Natural History Museum.

      

Did you also know:

The dodo bird also appears as one of the characters in Alice In Wonderland.

The illustration is by John Tenniel, and is of Alice In Wonderland’s Dodo in ”A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale”. Some people believe that the author of the book Lewis Carrol, whose full name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson based The Dodo character on himself and the reason he chose the dodo to represent him was because of his stammer that would have caused him to accidentally introduce himself as “Do-do-dodgson.”

In the book, the dodo is one of the animals that swim around in Alice’s Pool Of Tears.  In order to get dry after the swim, the Dodo suggests that everyone run a Caucus race — where they all run in patterns of any shape, starting and leaving off whenever they like, so that everyone wins. At the end of the race, Alice hands out sweets from her pocket to everyone as prizes. However this leaves no prize for herself. The Dodo inquires what else she has in her pocket. As she has only a thimble, the Dodo requests it from her and then awards it to Alice as her prize. The Caucus Race as depicted by Carroll is a satire on the political caucus system, mocking its lack of clarity and decisiveness*

*from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo_(Alice’s_Adventures_in_Wonderland)

Come back next week to hear the third song of the Exinct Animal Songs project. See you soon!

Don’t Forget Them – Song No. 1

Hi everyone,

I am very happy to release the first song of the Extinct Animal Songs project.

It is called Don’t Forget Them and it explains what this music project is all about. It was recorded only a few weeks ago by some very talented young singers. The middle part that is spoken was inspired and written by some of the singers and is based on a real chat they had while we were learning the songs. Scroll down to find the words to the song, sing along and add a commnet.

Don’t forget to check out the dance that goes with the song, made up by some of the same children who recorded the singing!

Come back every week to hear the latest song release and listen to your old favourites too!

Enjoy and spread the word – it’s all about the Extinct Animal Songs!!!

Lyrics

Chorus:
Please make sure you don’t forget them,
Keep them in your heart and mind.
If you make sure you don’t forget them,
You will keep them alive!

“Welcome to our special musical programme of Extinct Animal Songs!”
“What does kextinc mean?”
“Well EXTINCT means animals that don’t exist any more”
“But why don’t they exist any more?”
“Well, sometimes it’s because humans hunt them down so much that there aren’t any more around, like the dodo bird. Or sometimes, nature wipes out whole species, like the gigantic asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs a long long time ago”
“Wow it that true?! But what does species mean?”
“It means whole groups of animals!”
“Hmm…I think I’ve got a good idea how to make sure we don’t forget about them”
“What is it??”
“Sing some songs about them!”

Chorus:
Please make sure you don’t forget them,
Keep them in your heart and mind.
If you make sure you don’t forget them,
You will keep them alive!

Listen to all the songs we have uploaded so far, we hope you enjoy!

Get in touch to find out about future musical projects and to join in and get involved!