Marsh Mud Madness

by Roger Day

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  • “The science is sneakily good, the songs are fun and the rhythms downright infectious.” - Christian Science Monitor

    “One of the best blends of music, humor, science lesson and audience participation I’ve seen” - James Plath, Movie Metroplis

    A two-time Parents' Choice Gold© Award winner, Roger Day uses his trademark "wit, whimsy and wordplay" to introduce children everywhere to the fascinating plants and animals that live in and around the saltwater marshes and beaches of barrier islands and how each one has an important role to play in a healthy ecosystem. Even sneaky ghost crabs and regurgitating vultures!

    Recorded live at the Savannah Music Festival -- plus two bonus tracks recorded in Nashville -- Roger was inspired to write these songs after a week-long visit to the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island sponsored by Georgia Sea Grant.

    For grade specific study guides, please visit: http://georgiaseagrant.uga.edu/article/RogerDay/
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Track Name: Vulture Vomit (Studio Version)
VULTURE VOMIT (Studio Version)
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

1st Verse
If you’re walking through the hammock on Sapelo
Underneath the crooked limbs of a tall live oak
You better keep you eyes open for a big black bird
He’s got a nasty habit that’s a little absurd
Watch out before it’s too late
‘Cause if you get too close he regurgitates

CHORUS
I’M TALKING VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
I SHOULDA BROUGHT MY UMBRELLA INSTEAD
I’VE GOT VULTURE VOMIT ON MY HEAD

2nd Verse
As gross as that sounds to you and me
The projectile vomit of semi-digested meat
It’s the turkey vulture’s only real means of defense
If you think of it that way it starts to make sense
(But) make no mistake let there be no doubt
You don’t want to be around when he lets breakfast out

CHORUS

Bridge
They’re so disgusting I’ve heard people insist
We would all be better off if vultures did not exist
Now don’t you listen that’s a bunch of malarkus
Vultures are nature’s way of recycling a carcass

3rd Verse
They’re otherwise gentle and they’re rarely rude
It’s just that they like to eat already dead food
Now let’s be honest is that so different than us?
We just like our food cooked instead of hit by a bus
Still you’ve gotta be careful when you walk in the woods
Cause if you startle one bad you’re gonna get it good

CHORUS
Track Name: Turtle Girl (Studio Version)
TURTLE GIRL (Studio Version)
From Roger Day’s new CD/DVD “Marsh Mud Madness”
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

CHORUS
TURTLE GIRL – TURTLE GIRL
SAY HELLO TO JESSE THE TURTLE GIRL...HI!
TURTLE GIRL – TURTLE GIRL
RIDING IN HER RED TRUCK ROCKING THE WORLD
SHE’S THE TURTLE GIRL

1st Verse
If you’re out early one morning on Nannygoat Beach
There’s a girl named Jesse that you might meet
She wakes up every morning at the crack of dawn
To see how the turtles are getting along

CHORUS

2nd Verse
Loggerheads, leatherbacks, ridleys too
She counts ‘em one by one and two by two
She checks on every single one of their nests
She wants to be sure they’re doing their best

CHORUS

Bridge
A marine biologist with a big job to do
She’s taking care of all the turtles for me and you

CHORUS
Track Name: I Love to Study Mud!
I LOVE TO STUDY MUD
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

...so everybody put on a sun hat like mine to keep the sun off your head
And put on some big boots like these - and let’s go stomp in the mud...

CHORUS
I LOVE TO STUDY MUD – MARSH MUD
I LOVE TO STUDY MUD – MARSH MUD
I LOVE TO STUDY MUD – MARSH MUD
I LOVE TO STUDY MUD – MARSH MUD

1ST Verse
When I graduate from college – and my brain is really big
I want to be a scientist – that’s my perfect gig
I’m gonna hop on board a ferry boat - I’m gonna sail to Sapelo
They gotta lotta something there that I love – don’t you know

I’m gonna learn so much about it - that I’ll get my PH.D

CHORUS

2nd Verse
Now when I step onto the island - I’m gonna take a great big whiff
Ooo…man…that smells so bad - somebody get me a handkerchief
You see marsh mud it’s like a chocolate soup - that you can smell for miles around
It’s the perfect place to wear big boots like this - and stomp around

I can’t wait to learn the things - the marsh mud teaches me

CHORUS

We’re not only are we gonna smell mud - we’re gonna spell mud too...

M-U-D!
M-U-D!
M-U-D!
M-U-D!

I can’t wait to learn the things - the marsh mud teaches me

CHORUS
Track Name: The Fiddler Groove
THE FIDDLER GROOVE
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

1st Verse
I went down to the marsh to take a look around
It looked the mud was moving around
I went down to the marsh to take a look around
It looked the mud was moving around…

2nd Verse
So I took a closer look with my two eyes
Whatever it was, was moving side to side
I took a closer look my two eyes
Whatever it was, was moving side to side...

3rd Verse
He had one claw that was bigger than the other
But only the males, the fathers and brothers
He had one claw that was bigger than the other
But only the males, the fathers and brothers.

CHORUS
THE FIDDLER CRAB
HE WAS ON THE MOVE
DOWN IN THE MUD
DOING THAT FIDDLER GROOVE

PUT YOUR BIG CLAW UP - LITTLE CLAW DOWN
WAVE YOUR BIG CLAW ALL AROUND
PUT YOUR BIG CLAW UP - LITTLE CLAW DOWN
WAVE YOUR BIG CLAW ALL AROUND

CHORUS

PUT YOUR BIG CLAW UP - LITTLE CLAW DOWN
WAVE YOUR BIG CLAW ALL AROUND
PUT YOUR BIG CLAW UP - LITTLE CLAW DOWN
WAVE YOUR BIG CLAW ALL AROUND

CHORUS
Track Name: Mosquito Burrito
Mosquito Burrito
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Original Version on Roger Day’s CD Rock ‘n’ Roll Rodeo
Words & Music © 1997 Roger Day

1st Verse
You can talk about your hot dogs (YUCK!)
And your peanut butter too (YUCK!)
Pepperoni pizza (YUCK!)
Just makes my stomach blue (YUCK!)

Ice cream is so disgusting (YUCK!)
And french fries make me sick (YUCK!)
So if you want to fix my favorite dish
Just one thing does the trick...

CHORUS
Oh, yes I want a mosquito - a mosquito burrito
I like to smash ‘em with my hands-o
Spread ‘em on a tortill-o
Roll ‘em up and take a bite-o
Rub my stomach while I swallow
If you’re really my amigo
I want mosquito burritos

2nd Verse
You can serve me a big hamburger (YUCK!)
With ketchup on the top (YUCK!)
You can try to make me eat it (YUCK!)
But I’ll only holler STOP!

‘Cause there’s really only one dish
And it’s a culinary feast
You might never guess the taste that I like best
Comes from a little beast...

CHORUS x 2

TAG
Either plain or con queso
I want mosquito burritos
They taste better with tabasco
I want mosquito burritos
Track Name: Alligator in my Refrigerator
ALLIGATOR IN MY REFRIGERATOR
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music Roger Day © 2010 Roger Day

CHORUS
THERE’S AN ALLIGATOR
RAIDING MY REFRIGERATOR
LOOKING FOR A SNACK (CHOMP CHOMP)

THERE’S AN ALLIGATOR
RAIDING MY REFRIGERATOR
HE’S GETTING REALLY FAT (CHOMP CHOMP)

YOU CAN CHECK ME LATER
BUT I’M PRETTY SURE THAT’S NOT HIS HABITAT (CHOMP CHOMP)

1st Verse
There are two kind of alligators living in the world today
One lives in China and one in the USA
The freshwater marsh that’s the place where they usually stay

2nd Verse
It’s called their habitat – that’s the place that they like best
It’s got all their favorite foods and a cozy place to build their nest
But that does not explain why my kitchen is such a mess

CHORUS

3rd Verse
Well, there’s nothing in my fridge for an alligator to munch
No fish no turtles no crabs for his jaws to crunch
In fact there’s not a single thing that an alligator eats for lunch


CHORUS
Track Name: Periwinkle Snail
Periwinkle Snail
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2011 Roger Day

CHORUS
SEE ‘EM CLIMBING
HIGHER AND HIGHER
AND HIGHER AND HIGHER TO THE TOP
UP ABOVE THE WORLD

1st Verse
Periwinkle Snail
It’s climbing up the smooth cord grass
Periwinkle Snail
Slow and steady – not too fast

Up above the hungry crabs
Up above the rising tide

CHORUS
SEE ‘EM CLIMBING
HIGHER AND HIGHER
AND HIGHER AND HIGHER TO THE TOP
UP ABOVE THE WORLD

2ND Verse
Periwinkle Snail
Their family name is kind of odd
Periwinkle Snail
Scientists call them gastropods

Up above the hungry crabs
Up above the rising tide

CHORUS
SEE ‘EM CLIMBING
HIGHER AND HIGHER
AND HIGHER AND HIGHER TO THE TOP
UP ABOVE THE WORLD
UP ABOVE THE WORLD
Track Name: Dolphins Will Jump Up
DOLPHINS WILL JUMP UP!
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

CHORUS
THE DOLPHINS WILL JUMP UP!
THEN SPLASH IN THE WATER
THE DOLPHIN WILL JUMP UP!
THEN SPLASH IN THE WATER

1st Verse
It’s sounds a little fishy but it’s true
The dolphin is a distant cousin to me and you
A mammal in the middle of the ocean
I love to see them swimming with their acrobatic motion…

CHORUS
THE DOLPHINS WILL JUMP UP!
THEN SPLASH IN THE WATER
THE DOLPHIN WILL JUMP UP!
THEN SPLASH IN THE WATER

2nd Verse
When it’s time to eat they like to sneak
Deep into the marsh on a tidal creek
And use a little echolocation ECHO, ECHO, ECHO….
To find a jumbo bite of shrimp and have a celebration

CHORUS
THE DOLPHINS WILL JUMP UP!
THEN SPLASH IN THE WATER
THE DOLPHIN WILL JUMP UP!
THEN SPLASH IN THE WATER

Jump Jump...SPLASH
Jump Jump...SPLASH
Jump Jump...SPLASH
Jump Jump...SPLASH
Track Name: Flushing Out the Estuary
FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

‘CAUSE WE’RE
FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY
FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY
WATER FLOWING FAST AND MERRY
FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY

THE TIDE ROLLS ROLL IN....
THE TIDE ROLLS OUT...
EVERYBODY SCREAM AND SHOUT
HEY. HEY. HEY. HEY

FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY
FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY
WATER FLOWING FAST AND MERRY
WE’RE FLUSHING OUT THE ESTUARY...yeah
Track Name: Ghost Crab
GHOST CRAB
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 20103 Roger Day

Scary Voices
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)

1st verse
When you’re walking on the beach
Be careful where you put your feet
There’s something sneaking up on you

CHORUS
GHOST CRAB
WALKING UNDERNEATH THE MOON
GHOST CRAB
FROM HIS BURROW IN THE DUNE – WATCH OUT!

2nd Verse
He’s searching through the smelly wrack
He’s searching for a tasty snack
Be careful it might be your toe

CHORUS

Scary Voices
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)

3rd Verse
So next time you’re digging in the sand
Be careful where you put your hand
You might surprise our sandy friend

CHORUS

Scary Voices
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)
OOO – Ghost Crab (ghost crab)
Track Name: Turtle Girl
TURTLE GIRL
From Roger Day’s new CD/DVD “Marsh Mud Madness”
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

CHORUS
TURTLE GIRL – TURTLE GIRL
SAY HELLO TO JESSE THE TURTLE GIRL...HI!
TURTLE GIRL – TURTLE GIRL
RIDING IN HER RED TRUCK ROCKING THE WORLD
SHE’S THE TURTLE GIRL

1st Verse
If you’re out early one morning on Nannygoat Beach
There’s a girl named Jesse that you might meet
She wakes up every morning at the crack of dawn
To see how the turtles are getting along

CHORUS

2nd Verse
Loggerheads, leatherbacks, ridleys too
She counts ‘em one by one and two by two
She checks on every single one of their nests
She wants to be sure they’re doing their best

CHORUS

Bridge
A marine biologist with a big job to do
She’s taking care of all the turtles for me and you

CHORUS
Track Name: Blackbeard
BLACKBEARD
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

Blackbeard was a pirate
Tall in his pirate boots
No one’s ever found his treasure
No one’s ever found his loot

Blackbeard was a pirate
Tall in his pirate boots
No one’s ever found his treasure
No one’s ever found his loot

Might be buried on an island
Might be buried on the beach
Might be buried in the marsh
Might be right beneath our feet

So grab your shovel - here we go!

CHORUS
GOTTA DIG IT UP, DIG IT UP - YEAH
DIG IT UP, DIG IT UP - HUH!
DIG IT UP, DIG IT UP - YEAH
DIG IT UP, DIG IT UP - HUH!

Blackbeard was a pirate
Loved his silver loved his gold
Hid it where no one could find it
Down deep in a hole

Might be buried on a sand dune
Or maybe on a tidal creek
Might be buried on the playground
Might be found by you or me

CHORUS

Blackbeard was a pirate
Loved his silver loved gold
No one’s ever found his treasure
Deep down in a hole

Blackbeard was a pirate
Tall in his pirate boots
No one’s ever found his treasure
No one’s ever found his loot
Track Name: Vulture Vomit
VULTURE VOMIT (Live Version)
From Roger Day’s CD/DVD Marsh Mud Madness
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

1st Verse
If you’re walking through the hammock on Sapelo
Underneath the crooked limbs of a tall live oak
You better keep you eyes open for a big black bird
He’s got a nasty habit that’s a little absurd
Watch out before it’s too late
If you get too close he regurgitates

CHORUS
I’M TALKING VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
VULTURE VOMIT – ON MY HEAD
I SHOULDA BROUGHT MY UMBRELLA INSTEAD
I’VE GOT VULTURE VOMIT ON MY HEAD

2nd Verse
As gross as that sounds to you and me
The projectile vomit of semi-digested meat
It’s the turkey vulture’s only real means of defense
If you think of it that way it starts to make sense
So make no mistake let there be no doubt
You don’t want to be around when he lets breakfast out

CHORUS

Bridge
They’re so disgusting I’ve heard people insist
That we would all be better off if vultures did not exist
Now don’t you listen that’s a bunch of malarkus
You see vultures are nature’s way of recycling a carcass...

CHORUS X 2
Track Name: Everybody Loves Marsh Mud
EVERYBODY LOVES MARSH MUD
Words & Music © 2013 Roger Day

Everybody loves marsh mud
In between their toes
Everybody loves marsh mud
Filling up their nose

You put one toe in and you start sinking down
Next thing you know your leg is underground

Everybody loves marsh mud
In between their toes...