Can You Feel It

by Jessa Campbell & the Saplings

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released June 7, 2019

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Jessa Campbell & the Saplings Portland, Oregon

MUSIC & ECOLOGY FOR KIDS
Jessa Campbell is an Oregon-based performer who bridges the worlds of music and ecology by enchanting young audiences with the wonders of nature through her songs. Caregivers can expect a blend of familiar folk children's songs mixed with original tunes written about what it's like to grow up in the Pacific Northwest! ... more

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Track Name: Can You Feel It
Can You Feel It
We’re in the Redd
Mom used her tail to build a nest And now we rest
Until we hatch
We’re alevins and we eat
Our yolk sac

Oh and we try
Oh we try
Oh we try
To emerge from the gravel as small fry

Can you feel it Oh oh oh oh oh Comin’ at ya

And now we swim
To the surface
Fill our bladders with oxygen We feed and hide
From predators
As hearty smolts
We shall survive

Oh and we try
Oh we try
Oh we try
To grow up strong because the Ocean’s on our
Hearts and minds

Can you feel it Oh oh oh oh oh Comin’ at ya

We spend a year swimming in the ocean
Some stay for two or maybe five But then one day we get that feeling
To go back home and start new life

Oh and we try
Oh we try
Oh we try
To swim upstream because our home is on our
Hearts and minds

Can you feel it Oh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: Mole in the Ground
Well I Wish I was a mole in the ground
Wish I was a mole in the ground,
as a Mole in the ground, I'd root that mountain down

Wish I was a mole in the ground

Wish I was a lizard in the spring
I'd hear my darlin sing

Wish I was a turtle in the pond
I’d stay there all day long

Wish I was squirrel in the tree
you bet I would be free

Wish I was a bee in the hive
Give me clover and I’ll thrive

Wish I was a fox at the gate
Hen’s run for heaven’s sake

Wish I was a bear in the den
I’d stay till winters end

Wish I was a mole in the ground
I'd root that mountain down

Track Name: Waltz of Trillium and Ant
Trillium bracts count them... 1, 2, 3
Trillium sepals...1, 2, 3 Trillium petals...1, 2, 3
In Red, Purple, Pink, Yellow, White or Green

I see the ants count them... 1,2,3
One, it was larvae...1,2,3 The second had fallen... 1,2,3
But his friend dragged him home...1,2,3

Trillium seeds have Elaiosomes
Say it with me now, Elaiosomes
Full of lipids and proteins, Elaiosomes
Food for the larvae, Elaiosomes

When the larvae are done the seeds are taken away
To where the soil is rich from the frass and decay
From the ants who had fallen to pave the way
For Trillium seeds to germinate

So come see the waltz of Trillium and ant
It occurs every spring and will always enchant
All of the children who witness the dance
Of Trillium seeds dispersed by ants!

Trillium bracts count them... 1, 2, 3
Trillium sepals...1, 2, 3 Trillium petals...1, 2, 3
In Red, Purple, Pink, Yellow, White or Green
Track Name: T-Rex in the Forest
I’ve heard the big T-Rex lived over here
A long long time ago
He ran through the forest
He ate lots of meat
He drank from the water that flows
Hear Him Roar: ROOOOAAARRR

I’ve heard the big T-Rex lived over here
A long long time ago
He looked very sleepy
He laid on the earth
He closed his eyes and he doze Hear him snore : ZZZZZZZ
Track Name: How I Love You Sun
I have a friend and he runs a little HOT
At 9,941 degrees (Fahrenheit)
And when I ask him to come out and play
He’s only 93 million miles away
If you ask him to let his light shine
8 minutes is all it’ll take
For his light to reach your smiling face
Just in time to hear you say

How I love you Sun (how I love you)
How I love you Sun (how I love you)
How I love you Sun

He’s got joy, joy, joy down in his heart
Some call it nuclear fusion
And if you ask me, well, he’s a star
There’s no room for confusion

How I love you Sun (how I love you)
How I love you Sun (how I love you)
How I love you Sun

So when there’s a day that rainy and grey
You can call up to my friend
Known as Mr. Golden Sun
My love for you will never end
Track Name: Shadow Doo-Dah
All the shadows sing this song Do da do da
All the shadows sing along Oh de do da de

Somebody give us light
So we can come out to play Emma’s shadow was 20 feet long at the end of the day

All the shadows sing this song Do da do da
All the shadows sing along Oh de do da de

Somebody give us light
So we can come out to play Abel’s shadow was 1 foot long after lunch today

All the shadows sing this song Do da do da
All the shadows sing along Oh de do da de

Somebody give us light
So we can come out to play, Conner’s shadow was long gone, a cloud got in the way

All the shadows sing this song Do da do da
All the shadows sing along Oh de do da de

Somebody give us light
So we can come out to play Shadow tag is so much fun You better run away

All the shadows sing this song Do da do da
All the shadows sing along Oh de do da de

Somebody give us light
So we can come out to play With a flashlight you will find That in the night we stay

All the shadows sing this song Do da do da
All the shadows sing along Oh de do da de

Somebody give us light
So we can come out to play All the shadows come along And sing with us today
Track Name: The Great Happening
She wonders when they all gave up,
When apathy ruled the day,
When it is what it is became the phrase
That we all mutter to ourselves
Just to get through the day

So come and play among the trees
Won't you feel the needles and the leaves between the toes of your feet
We’re all ordinary and we miss the beauty
Won’t the striving cease to be

There is a time there is a line
When we cross it we all find
That we’ve been there all along and we inherit
Generations of mistakes
But our families try to build a better life

And were all starving for connection
As the wolves begin to pray
For one more run into the wild
Before it’s lost to pave a way
Just so somebody gets there faster today

So we gotta' laugh real hard
We gotta' love real deep
Nobody owes us anything
We get the chance to bring
Our gifts to the party
It’s already happening

WOAH OH OH WOAH OH OH OH

She looked around and saw that it might fall apart
Instead of throwing in the towel
She responded with her heart
Made a way for all the rest of us
To do our part

None of us have any clue
About what is to come
Oh these seven generations
We’re focused on the ones we’re giving birth to
Making sure their world wont come undone

So we gotta' laugh real hard
We gotta' love real deep
Nobody owes us anything
We get the chance to bring
Our gifts to the party
It’s already happening

WOAH OH OH WOAH OH OH OH

And I believe that if we dream it we will find
That we’ve been there all along
There’s someone on our side
And when we live the joy
The rest will all unwind
Track Name: Fractals
There are rings in the forest that tell The years of the tree
And when we throw Red Agates Into the stream
Rings around You
Rings around Me
Tell me, where are the rings that you see?
Where are the rings that you see?

I see the spiral on the Sideband Snail’s shell
And in the dance of the Bull Kelp Pacific waters swell
Spiraling You
Spiraling Me
Tell me, where are the spirals you where are the spirals you see?

But there’s one shape that we just cant name
It doesn’t fit into our shape game Fractals yea
We call them Fractals

And I see an arrow in the Dandelion leaves
Flint-knapping hands make arrows fly free
Arrows by You
Arrows by Me
Tell me, where are the arrows you see where are the arrows you see

I see Stars exposed on the coast And Big Leaf Maples with big leaves to boast
Stars next to You
Stars next to Me
Tell me, where are the stars you see where are the stars you see

But there’s one shape that we just cant name
It doesn’t fit into our shape game Fractals yea
We call them Fractals

In Queen Anne’s Lace and Sword Fern
In the Cascade Mountain Range In Cedar Branches,
my how we’ve learned
That these patterns make sense of the strange
Fractals in You
Fractals in Me
Tell me, where are the fractals you see?
Where are the fractals you see?

But there’s one shape that we just cant name
It doesn’t fit into our shape game Fractals yea
We call them Fractals

In Queen Anne’s Lace and Sword In the Cascade Mountain Range In Cedar Branches, my how we’ve learned
That these patterns make sense of the strange
Track Name: Water Worth
We fly up from the rivers with the help of the sun
The we make shapes in the sky as Dinos and bears we blow on
Until we fall back down, my oh my is it fun
Then we sink into the earth, the groundwater you depend on

Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Percolation Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Percolation Circulation

So remember the water, we’ve travelled so far
To come back to ya, here we are
In your bodies, and all through the earth
Please protect us, for what we’re worth

Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Percolation Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Percolation Circulation
Track Name: Goodnight Pacific Northwest
Goodnight Pacific Shrew
Goodnight Mountain Goat
Time to Dream
Time to Sleep
Just like me

Goodnight Grizzly Bear
Goodnight Bald Eagle
Time to dream
Time to sleep
Just like me

Hello Hoary Bat
Hello Mountain Lion
Time to rise
Time to play
But not me
I’ll be dreaming
I’ll be sleeping

Goodnight Black-tailed deer
Goodnight to the Elk
Time to dream
Time to sleep
Just like me

Goodnight little one
Goodnight lovely children
Time to dream
Time to sleep
Just like me

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