My Backyard

by Will's Jams

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Nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.


released November 16, 2008


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Will's Jams Vancouver, British Columbia

Will's Jams (of Will Stroet), the star on CBC Kids, is an award-winning bilingual children’s entertainer and educator from Vancouver, Canada. Will connects with kids through high-energy, interactive and educational music in English and French. From folk to rock to pop songs about active living, sports, animals and the environment, Will’s guitar-driven music appeals to kids of all ages. ... more

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Track Name: My Backyard
My Backyard

In the fall I’m gonna rake some leaves
In my backyard
In the winter I’m gonna skate
In my backyard
In the spring I’m gonna pick flowers
In my backyard
In the summer I’ll do everything
In my backyard

In the fall the leaves are changing colour
My yard is more beautiful than any other
I watch the leaves as they fall to the ground
And I like to pick them up when I walk around

In the winter my yard it gets pretty chilly
Go out without a toque and you’ll freeze yourself silly
My dad will freeze the yard, we can go for a skate
Then we’ll have a hot chocolate as a special treat

In the spring well everything starts to grow
Daffodils and tulips colours start to show
The birds are coming back from their winter vacation
As the days get longer the theme is recreation

In the summer the sun is out all day
Meet with my friends in my yard will play
We can swing, play soccer, or hide-and-go-seek
From Monday to Sunday we can play all week
Track Name: Bugs in Cahoots
Bugs In Cahoots

We’re having a picnic on the grass
I just saw a butterfly fly past
It was all a distraction
And the bugs are taking action
Singing hey na na na na na na

Hey Na na na na na na
Hey na na na na na na

I think all the bugs are in cahoots
And now they’re stealing all our fruits
They don’t mean to be rude
They just want to eat our food
Singing hey nanana…

Just got bit by a darn mosquito
I think he got me right on my big toe
Now it’s starting to itch
And the ants have got my sandwich

Then we saw a beetle and a ladybug
Looked like they were giving each other a hug
We were so surprised
Then a wasp took all our fries
Track Name: Henry the Meowing Dog
Henry the Meowing Dog

My dog is a dog, he’s nothing but a dog
He walks like a dog, he smells like a dog, but he talks like a Cat

Cause he is Henry the meowing dog (meow)
Henry the meowing dog (meow)
He meows all day, and he thinks he’s a cat
Meow, meow, meow

Henry is his name, and he’s a dog, that’s certain
But he’ll sharpen his claws on the curtain, when we’re not lookin’

When Henry sees the mailman, he doesn’t seem to care
Instead of chasing him down the block, he just purrs and lies there (Prrrrrr)

Henry is a funny one, wouldn’t chase a cat, but he’d chase a rat
His favourite book is one you might know, called “The Cat in The Hat”
Track Name: I'm Gonna Walk
I’m Gonna Walk

Walk all day and walk all night
Turn to the left and turn to the right
Walk into the distance til I’m outta sight
Gonna keep on walkin ‘til I feel all right
I’m gonna walk!

My mom sent me down to the store
So I went walkin and I walked some more
Said, “I need a new broom, so I can sweep the floor
Bring in so much dirt each time you walk in the door”
I can’t help it I just walk a lot
Long as I remember couldn’t stay in one spot
I’m gonna walk

When I was a baby I had two qualities
I was bald as a cueball and never crawled on my knees
While my friends sucked their thumbs with their blankies
I was up and about walking wherever I pleased.
I can’t…


When I grow up I’ve made my career pick
I’m gonna speed walk in the Olympics
Gonna win a gold medal, no cheatin’ no tricks
‘St my feet on the road and my swiveling hips
I can’t…

Track Name: Make Friends with an Earthworm
Make Friends with an Earthworm

There is an earthworm living in my compost
In fact he’s only one of quite a few
He and his buddies eat up some of our garbage
Then we can use it to grow something new

So if you meet an earthworm today
Be happy and don’t be afraid
Cause, earthworms are an important part of our world
So make friends with an earthworm today

There is a spider living in my basement
A beautiful web she has spun
Sometimes I watch her catch a fly in it
Later she’ll eat the prize that she has won

Chorus (spider)

There is a bee that visits my mom’s flowers
He pollinates them and helps them to thrive
But that’s not all he also makes something sweet
It’s honey that he’ll share from his hive

Chorus (honeybee)

So if you meet someone who’s scared of these critters
Maybe you can help them understand
They help to make our world a better place
They all help to enrich the land

Chorus (earthworm)
Track Name: Pete the Funky Monkey
Pete the Funky Monkey

He’s a funky monkey, He’s a funky monkey
He’s a funky monkey, Well he’s a funky monkey
His name is Pete, just watch him move his feet Oh Yeah

Swings from tree to tree
Eat a banana or three
Now can’t you see
That he is just so funky
Well he’s a funky monkey
His name is Pete, you better watch him move his feet, Oh Yeah

Is he an orangutan
Or maybe an ape
Is he a chimpanzee
No he is just plain funky


Styles his hair in an afro
Likes to swing a little low
Dances fast, dances slow
But he knows just where to go

Track Name: Let's Shake
Let’s Shake

We’re gonna shake
We’re gonna shake
We’re gonna shake
Let’s shake
We’re gonna shake
We’re gonna shake

Shake to the left
Shake it to the right
Shake it all day
And shake it all night

We’re gonna shake down low
Til we reach the flo
We’re gonna shake up high
Til we reach the sky

Shake behind your head
Yeah, you heard what I said
Shake behind your back
Have a shake attack

Shake your hands
Shake your feet
Shake your head
Can you feel the beat?
Track Name: Hockey's Just Really Cool
Hockey’s Just Really Cool

My friends and I, we’ve got a hockey team
We play every day after school
Our fans are hard to find
But we don’t really mind
‘Cause to us hockey’s just really cool
(Guitar riff) - CHARGE

Our buddy Paul, he is really tall
We’ve renamed him the “Wall”
He plays back on D and kills most penalties
And wears great big pads on his knees.


Check out Claire, she’s our star player
She once scored 6 goals in a day
Even if we lose, she doesn’t want to hear the boos
Cause she’s a good sport either way


My friend Chuck, he likes to pass the puck
And Janet, she can sure hit the net
But most important don’t forget Ravinder
Cause he’s our best goaltender

Track Name: Bike Safety Boogie
Bike Safety Boogie

Sit on your bike
Put your helmet on tight
Signal left, Signal right
Stop, Look and Listen we’re doing alright

We do the bike safety boogie
We do the bike safety boogie
Doing the bike safety boogie
Whenever we ride our bike

If you ride too far
Not sure where you are
Well you can stop and think
And have a drink

Plan your route
Ride with a group
With a friend alongside
Well you can ride and ride
Track Name: The Crocodile Chomp
The Crocodile Chomp

All the folks are shaking it
At the schools or in the swamp
Doing the bayou boogie
And the crocodile chomp

Bayou Bill plays guitar
His foot it starts to stomp

Willy plays the wash-tub bass
Making the tune a romp

Tiny Tim on squeeze-box
There’s no way to make him stop

Sassy Sue plays the kazoo
Buzzing all around the shop

Moms and Dads are shaking it
The kids are starting to hop
Track Name: Hoppin' up and Down
Hoppin’ Up and Down

Hoppin’ up and down is what we wanna do
Hoppin’ up and down is what we wanna do
Hoppin’ up and down, just me and you
Hoppin’ up and down is what we wanna do.

Clappin’ our hands is what we wanna do…

Stompin’ our feet…

Dancin’ with our friends…

Snappin’ our fingers…

Wavin’ our hands…

Makin’ funny faces…

Hoppin’ up and down…
Track Name: Goodnight

Outside the sheets are blowing
As the wind it goes drifting by
And when we say goodnight
Know that it doesn’t mean goodbye

Baby birds are snuggled up with their parents
Tomorrow they might learn how to fly
And when we say goodnight
Know that it doesn’t mean goodbye

The train is pulling out of the station
The passengers they start to close their eyes
And when we say goodnight
Know that it doesn’t mean goodbye

Listen to my guitar playing
The notes they fade into the sky
And when we say goodnight
Know that it doesn’t mean goodbye

Sometimes we have to leave each other
It might even make us want to cry
But when we say goodnight
Know that it doesn’t mean goodbye

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