Everyone's Invited!

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A Parents' Choice Approved album for kids and families featuring a sound described by reviewers as similar to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and The Ramones. The songs carry messages promoting kindness, active play, learning and imagination.

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released January 28, 2014

Everyone's Invited
(C) 2014 Knock-Knock Music (ASCAP)
All Songs Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner., Music by Jason Didner.
Except: "Down By the Bay" -Music traditional, Lyrics traditional, adapted by Amy and Jason Didner

The Jungle Gym Jam Is:
Jason Didner -Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Casey McCleary -vocal harmonies, guitar
Judy Helbig -Bass guitar, vocal harmonies
Ross Kantor -drums, vocal harmonies

Produced, engineered and mixed by Dave Cushing at Snowdome Studios, Montclair, NJ
Mastered by Scott Anthony at The Viewing Room, Springfield, NJ (theviewingroom,com)
Cover artwork by Melissa Balley illustrations
Meg Beattie -vocal harmonies on "Five sea Lions," "Mimi the Ladybug," "The Pick Song," "A Bowling Party," "Glass Bottom Boat" and "Peek-a-boo Moon."
John Ginty -Hammond B-3 organ on "Window of the Train"
Bob Cannon -mandolin on "Mimi the Ladybug"
Dave Cushing -acoustic guitar and percussion on "Window of the Train"
Amy Didner -Spoken voice on "The Pick Song"

These songs started as a gift for our daughter Holly and ended up sparking some lively family time with her cousins Natalie, Maya, Chase and Cameron, Many thanks to Holly for the lovely inspiration, all the kids who danced to these tunes at our concerts, and my parents Linda & Bob for still coming to most of my gigs! Thanks to Katherine Dines, Dave Kinnoin, Leslie Zak and Monty Harper of Children's Music Network for the critiques that helped strengthen the songwriting, Thank you Amy for your passion on our parenting journey and these most wonderful souvenirs-the songs!

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Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam is an award-winning "kindie" band that brings a true rock-n-roll spirit to songs that emphasize kindness, active play, imagination and love of learning. The band's debut album "Everyone's Invited!" was honored with the Parents' Choice® Approved seal. The sound is often compared to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and The Ramones -- for kids and families. ... more

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Track Name: Jungle Gym Jamming
Intro:
G | / | C | / |
D | C D | G | / |

Verse 1:
G C G
Time to put down that gadget
C G
And get up from that chair
G C G
Reach your hands up
C C# D
And shake your derrière

G C G
You got a place to play
C G
Outdoors or in
G C G
Rock to the music as you
C C# D
Climb, slide and swing

Chorus:
G
You are jungle gym jamming
C
Jungle gym jamming
D
Jungle gym jamming
C/D D G
It’s jam time today!

G
Jungle gym jamming
C
Jungle gym jamming
D
Jungle gym jamming
C/D D G
Who’s ready to play?


Verse 2:
Clap your hands in rhythm
Now stomp to the beat
Jump, jump up and down
That's using your feet!

Let's pretend we're banging the drums
And play that air guitar
Play the low notes on the bass
You're a little rock star

Chorus:
You are jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
We learn as we play

We're jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
Keep jamming away

Bridge:
F C
You can spin in circles
Am F G
You can march in place
F C
Feel the joy of moving
F C D
Bring a smile to your face

F C
Having fun together
Am F G
That's what jam time's about
F C
Everyone's invited
F C D
And no one gets left out!


Solo (over a verse)

Chorus:
When we're jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
Let’s jam every day

Jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
Jungle gym jamming
You rule when you play!

Outro:
G
HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!
C
HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!
D
HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!
G
HEY!
G
HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!
C
HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!
D
HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!
G
HEY!
Track Name: Window of the Train
Verse 1:
D G D
I see our trip just beginning
G D
I see our trip just beginning
D G D
I see our trip just beginning
Bm A D
Out the window of the train

D G D
I see tall and shiny buildings
G D
I see tall and shiny buildings
D G D
I see tall and shiny buildings
Bm A D
Out the window of the train

Chorus:
G D
Choo-choo and clickety clack
A D
Here we come along the track
G D
I press my face against the glass
E7 A
To see the wonderful sights we pass

Verse 2:
I see cows grazing in the pasture
I see cows grazing in the pasture
I see cows grazing in the pasture
Out the window of the train
I see the scenery moving faster
I see the scenery moving faster
I see the scenery moving faster
Out the window of the train
Chorus:
Choo-choo and clickety clack
Here we come along the track
I press my face against the glass
To see the wonderful sights we pass

Verse3:
I see the sun sparkle on the water
I see the sun sparkle on the water
I see the sun sparkle on the water
Out the window of the train

I see horses playing together
I see horses playing together
I see horses playing together
Out the window of the train
Chorus:
Choo-choo and clickety clack
Here we come along the track
I press my face against the glass
To see the wonderful sights we pass

Solo (over half a verse)

Verse 4:
I see Grandma waving at me
I see Grandpa waving at me
I see my cousins waving at me
Out the window of the train

I can see our destination
I see us pull into the station
I see us pull into the station
Out the window of the train
Track Name: Five Sea Lions
Intro:
C | F | G | C |

Verse "5":
C | G
Five sea lions rolling on the pier
| G | C
They look like seals but you can see their ears
| C | F
One rolled off and then swam to shore
| G | C
And four sea lions were left on board

Verse "4":
Four sea lions rolling on the pier
They look like seals but you can see their ears
One rolled off and then swam to shore
And three sea lions were left on board

Verse "3":
Three sea lions rolling on the pier
They look like seals but you can see their ears
One rolled off and then swam to shore
And two sea lions were left on board

Verse "2":
Two sea lions rolling on the pier
They look like seals but you can see their ears
One rolled off and then swam to shore
And one sea lion was left on board

Verse "1":
One sea lion rolling on the pier
She looks like a seal but you can see her ears
She rolled off and then swam to shore
And no sea lions were left on board


Bridge:
| G F | C
The mighty sea lion and its cousin the seal
| G F | C
People often mix them up but here's the deal
| G F | C
A sea lion spends much more time on land
| Am | G
So its ears are on the outside to meet that demand
| G F | C
A seal spends most of its time in the sea
| G F | C
And has to swim faster using less energy
| G F | C
To give it a faster and smoother ride
Am | G
A seal has its ears tucked away inside

Am | G | Am | G

| F | G
Now everybody swim together now!

Verse "5" Reprise:
Five sea lions rolling on the pier
They look like seals but you can see their ears
They all rolled off and then swam to shore
And no sea lions were left on board

| C | F
They all rolled off and then swam to shore
| G | C
And no sea lions were left on board

Outro:
C | F | G | C |
Track Name: The People Exhibit at the Zoo
Intro:
C | G | D | A

| C | D | E | / |

Verse 1:
E
It's Ten A.M., let's open the gate
D
The gorillas and lions can barely wait
G A G E
To see the creatures that fascinate them so

E
You gotta see all the colors they wear
D
Their attempts to tame their unruly hair
G A G E
They hurry and push and stop and stare, then go

Pre-chorus:
A G E
When they pass by they try to roar and moo
A D A B
We marvel at all the funny things they do

Chorus:
C G
The people exhibit
D A
No animal should miss it
C D E
The people exhibit at the zoo


Verse 2:
Tell me, why do they carry all those things
Like those shiny little boxes that chime and ring
And the bags and bags and bags they bring, oh my!

They certainly are a noisy bunch
We can hear them at the snack bar all through lunch
They chatter and chew and crunch at the same time

Pre-chorus:
They have such wacky habits? Can you name a few?
We marvel at all the silly things they do

Chorus

Solo (over a full verse)

Pre-chorus:
They don't act normal like a penguin or kangaroo
We marvel at all the zany things they do

Chorus (2x)

Tag:
C D E
The People exhibit at the zoo
C D E
The People exhibit at the zoo
Track Name: My Glasses
Verse 1:
A D E
I can see the world in high definition
A D E A
I can see the world in H - D
A D E
I can see the world with crystal vision
A D E A
I can see the world in 3 - D

Chorus:
D E
Now that I've got my glasses
D E
I'm ready to rock all of my classes
D E
Now that I've got my spiffy specs
D E
I'm ready for the multiplex

Verse 2:
I can do arts and crafts with precision
I can read a book without straining my eyes
I can ride my bike without a collision
I see where to run to catch a pop fly

Chorus

Solo (over a verse and chorus)


Bridge:
F#m
Hey I got these lenses
(I got these lenses)
A
Made just for my eyes
(Made just for my eyes)
D
The first time I tried them
(The first time I tried them)
E
WOW! I was surprised
(Surprise! Surprise!)

Verse 3:
I can see the airplane soar through the sky
I can see the strings on my rock guitar
I'm glad I gave these glasses a try
Now I can see everything near and far

Chorus

Outro
I got my glasses (my glasses) – 4x
Track Name: Mimi the Ladybug
Intro:
D Em | A D | G A | D

Verse 1:
D | /
Mimi the ladybug
G A | D
Helps me in my garden
D | /
She keeps my plants safe from other bugs
E7 | A
Who don't say "Beg your pardon!"

D | /
She keeps away the aphids
| G A | D
Who would eat my flowers and fruit
D | /
Some folks think she's a good luck charm
E7 A
But I say think she's cute!

Chorus:
G | D
Mi-mi, Mi-mi
Em A | D D7
I'm so glad she comes to see me
G | A Bm
Mi-mi, Mi - mi
G A
My gardening M.V.B.

D Em | A D | G A | D
That's Most Valuable Bug!


Verse 2:
Mimi the ladybug
Has a brother Billy
The idea of a boy ladybug
To some might seem quite silly

Almost every kind of animal
You'd find around the world
Is divided pretty evenly
Among its boys and girls

Chorus

D Em | A D | G A | D

Verse 3:
Mimi the ladybug
Walks across my ceiling
Her red shell with black polka dots
Is really quite appealing

Mimi the ladybug
Gives my arm a tickle
When she makes it to my elbow
You know, I just have to giggle

Chorus (2x)

Tag line:
G A D
My gardening M.V.B.
G A
My gardening M.V.B.
D Em | A D
Most valuable bug
G A | D A D
I'm delighted to see Mi-mi!
Track Name: The Pick Song
Intro:
E A B E
E A B E

Verse 1:
E A
I have a plastic triangle
B E
I hold between my fingers
E A
I always keep it handy
B E
When I play my six-stringer
A
Take it out when you're in a musical mood
B
But remember it isn't food

Chorus:
E A
Don't put the pick in your mouth
B E
Don't put the pick in your mouth
E A
Don't put the pick in your mouth
B E
You use it when you rock out

Verse 2:
I sweep the pick in rhythm
Up and down across the strings
As the sound hole adds a fullness
To my guitar's cheerful ring

The hole stands out on a guitar's face
But it isn't a storage place

Chorus:
Don't drop the pick down the hole
Don't drop the pick down the hole
Don't drop the pick down the hole
That’s not a guitar hero’s goal


Verse 3:
I keep my pick in my pocket
In case I burst out into song
I'm always ready to rock it
But it only goes where it belongs

You can use it with guitars all around the globe
But it isn't a nasal probe

Chorus:
Don't put the pick in your nose
Don't put the pick in your nose
Don't put the pick in your nose
'Cause that's just kind of gross

Verse 4:
I have picks of many colors
Orange, purple, yellow and red
They bring color to the songs I play
But I don't let that go in my head

A pick's just perfect for its job
But it isn't a cotton swab

Chorus:
Don't put the pick in your ear
Don't put the pick in your ear
Don't put the pick in your ear
So you can hear what you play

Chorus (Reprise):
Don't put the pick in your mouth
Don't put the pick in your mouth
Don't put the pick in your mouth
You use it when you rock out

Tag Line:
B E
You use it when you rock out
B E
You use it when you rock out
Track Name: A Bowling Party
Intro:
E | D | A E | A |

Verse 1:
A
Let's have a party! I know a great game
F#m
It's got ten pins and you play for ten frames
D Bm
There's counting and exercise and manners to learn
G E
And everybody gets to have a turn

A
Now come up to the desk and get your bowling shoes
F#m
Then go to the rack, what color ball will you choose?
D Bm
It doesn't matter if it's sunshine or rain
G E
It's a party inside on a bowling lane

Chorus:
A
B-B-B-Bowling, B-Bowling
Let's get the ball rolling
D
At the foul line
It's time to stop strolling
E D7
Knock 'em all down, you can call it a strike
A E A
B-B-B-Bowling is the game that I like


Verse 2:
Now put on your shoes, make sure they fit right
Look up at the scoreboard; your name is in lights
Fit your thumb and two fingers in the bowling ball
And face those ten pins standing straight and tall

Now take 3 steps while you swing your arm back
Look up at the pin that's in front of the pack
Then on your last step let your front foot slide
And let your arm go, give that ball a ride

Chorus

Bridge:
Bm D A
And we learn to wait our turn
E
Root for our friends and play it fair
Bm D
If you don't get 'em all the first roll
E
There's a chance to make the spare

Solo (over half a verse)

Chorus

Chorus (reprise)
B-B-B-Bowling, B-Bowling
Let's get the ball rolling
At the foul line
It's time to stop strolling
When it’s too cold to ride my bike
B-B-B-Bowling is the game that I like

Tag line:
A E A
B-B-B-Bowling is the game that I like
A E A
B-B-B-Bowling is the game that I like
Track Name: Stay in the Pool
Intro:
C Em F G

Verse 1:
C Am
I've got sunscreen everywhere
F G
That isn't covered by my swimsuit
C Am
I've got towels and my goggles
F G
And my flipper fins to boot

C Am
Now we're roasting in the back seat
F G
Until Mom turns on the A/C
C Am
But I'm happy that we're driving to
F G
My favorite place to be

F C/E
You know I love the water
Dm C
without a doubt
G F
The hardest part is
C/E F G
Get-ting out

Chorus:
C Em F
I want to stay in the pool
G
Until my fingers get pruny (YEAH!)
C Em F
Spend all day in the pool
G
Do you think that sounds looney? (NO!)
Am E7
'Ttil my ears get water-logged
F D7
and my lips turn a little blue
F G
I want to soak up this summer day with you
C Em F G


Verse 2:
I guess I'll have to climb out sometime
To take a break and have a snack
When I'm halfway up the ladder
I hear the water call me back

So I'll jump back in with gusto
And come bubbling to the top
You've got to see my wicked cannonball
And my awesome belly flop

You know I love the water without a doubt
The hardest part is keeping out

Chorus

Bridge:
A♭ B♭
We take play and safety seriously
E♭ A♭
So we all can have our fun
A♭ B♭
We listen to the lifeguard
E♭ G
When she says walk, don't run!

Cm B♭ A♭ G7

Breakdown:
When I say Marco you say Polo
Marco (POLO!), Marco (POLO!)

Chorus

Sub this last line of Chorus (note added A7 chord)
F G C A7
I want to soak up this summer day with you
F G C A7
I want to soak up this summer day with you
F G
I want to soak up this summer day with you


Tag:
Cm B♭ A♭ G7
C (6/9)
Track Name: Glass Bottom Boat
Intro:
E | /

Chorus 1:
E D
Let's ride in a glass bottom boat
E D
Our aquarium that floats
C7 B7
Let’s rock these orange vests, here we go
C7 B7 E
I wonder what we'll see down below

Verse 1:
E
Sunfish and bass swim into view
A
Here comes a catfish gliding through
C#m
You might not have to look too far
B B7
To see a pointy, long-nosed gar

E
This place is fish reception hall
A
Who knows if we can count them all
C#m
The backdrop here is mighty swell
B B7
A bed of ancient fossil shells


Chorus 2:
Let's ride in a glass bottom boat
Our aquarium that floats
You rock that orange vest, here we go
I’ll bet there’s more to see down below

Verse 2:
A shallow spring is up ahead
There's crawfish digging in the river bed
And the shrimp go paddling with their tails
Showing off for the belly-crawling snails

The river banks have more to see
A gator waits beneath a tree
And if you're taking video
A monkey might make a cameo

Chorus 3:
Let's ride in a glass bottom boat
Our aquarium that floats
We learned so much and saw quite a show
A river teeming with life down below

Tag Line:
C7 B7
We learned so much and saw quite a show
C7 B7 E
A river teeming with life down below
Track Name: Peek-a-boo Moon
Intro:
G Em C D
G Em C D G

Verse 1:
G Em C D
I see a dark and lonely sky
G Em C D
Until a cloud goes drifting by
G Em C D
A little beam of light shines through
G Em C D G
A big surprise for me and you

Chorus:
C
Peek-a-boo moon
Em D
Peek-a-boo moon
Em Bm C D
Keeps us guessing, will it show?
G D Em C
Where to look to see the glow of a…
G D
Peek-a-boo moon, peek-a-boo moon

G Em C D
G Em C D G

Verse 2:
Different colors at different times
Orange, gold, and silver shine
Some nights a crescent or a ball
And changing size between big and small

Chorus


G Em C D
G Em C D G

Verse 3:
What does the moon look like to you?
Let's take some time and think it through
A ball of cheese or a happy face
Floating there in outer space?

Chorus

G Em C D G

Bridge:
Bm C
If I could I would take a trip
G D
In a shiny rocket ship
Bm C
The moon and I would play all night
G D C G/B Am G D
We’d skip through shadows and starlight
G Em C D
G Em C D G

Chorus

G Em C D
G Em C D
G Em C D G
Track Name: Down By the Bay
Intro:
G | / | D | / |
D | / | A | D |

Verse 1:
D
Down by the bay
A
Where the watermelons grow
A
Back to my home
D
I dare not go
G
For if I do
D
My mother will say

Did you ever see an owl
Drying on a towel?
A D
Down by the bay

Verse 2:
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Have you ever seen a chimp
Flying a blimp?
Down by the bay


Verse 3:
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Have you ever seen a lizard
Dressed for a blizzard?
Down by the bay

Verse 4:
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Have you ever seen a whale
Shopping for a sale?
Down by the bay

Solo (over a verse)

Verse 5:
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a seal
Making a deal?
Down by the bay


Verse 6:
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Have you ever seen a horse
Taking a course?
(Animal husbandry!)
(Google that one!)
Down by the bay

Verse 7:
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a chicken
Pointin'-and-a-clickin'?
Down by the bay

Tag Lines:
Did you ever see a pig
Rehearsing for a gig?
Down by the bay

Did you ever see a salmon
JUNGLE GYM JAMMIN'!
Down by the bay

Outro:
D G
D G A D