“Now the sun is on the rise, like a big
balloon in the bright blue sky”
A piece of calypso-tinged joy, this song is a call to children
(and grown-ups too!) to join the world-wide human musical
Listen for: Guitar, congas, horn sounds
“Two horses dancing back and forth, one
facing south and one facing north”
The silliness begins here, with a combination of real animal
noises and “talking animals”, as the animals
begin preparations for their big hoe-down night. Intricate
country picking and vocals help set the giddy bovine mood.
Listen for: Guitar, fiddle
If I Were a Little Flea
“Maybe a butterfly would flutter by and
ask if I would like to take a spin”
A child imagines a day of joyful flight in this whimsical
reflection, set to gentle acoustic guitar, cello & piano.
Listen for: Guitar, cello, piano
Mississippi Tickle-Buggy Ride
A zydeco ride in the country-side! A bouncy accordion &
rolling guitar keep things in motion, as Jake invites us
all to jump in a tickle-buggy (Volkswagen Beetle, in his
family vernacular) and create a rolling party, complete
with balloons, clowns, and bubbles!
Listen for: Accordion, guitar, car horns!
“We all have a part – sing it from
Jake’s infectious reggae version of this old sing-along
song, amplifies the song’s inclusive purpose –
to create verses as you go!
Listen for: Reggae-style drum & percussion
“A cucumber has more fun, by far”
A silly interlude, this short song questions the life of
Listen for: Banjo
“Time has a way of just slippin’
by, the sun and moon take their turn in the sky”
A cold winter’s night takes a sleeping child away
on an entrancing dream of the tropics – or is it really
Listen for: Guitars, steel drum sounds, flute sounds
8. Mr Wobbles Meets Mr Jiggles
“I thought they’d get along, I had
a little hunch – so I invited them both for lunch”
Despite the unfortunate mixture of these two unsteady fellows,
the guitar and cello keep imperturbably playing on, providing
unexpected beauty amidst utter calamity.
Listen for: Cello, guitar, violin
“The fire-eater cooked my meals, the knife-thrower
cut my hair”
A delightful carousel romp through an odd, but happy, imaginary
Listen for: Calliope, tuba sounds
Mr Farmer’s Truck
“Your head it bumps the ceiling, as your
bum drags across the floor”
Imagine riding in a truck with four square wheels –
it gets a little crazy, but it turns out to be fun!
Listen for: Fiddle, banjo, bouncy sounds!
“If it did not have three corners, it
would not be my hat.”
Jake’s beautiful new melody for an old song, combined
with simple guitar and a yearning cello line, makes for
a gentle short interlude.
Listen for: Guitar, cello
“What if things were different, not quite
the way that they are?”
A pretty piano part and some soul-searching lyrics might
lull the listener into thinking this is a serious song…
but be prepared for a surprise or two!
Listen for: Piano
“When we stand behind the two behind, we find what
these be for”
It’s hard to say who wins the speed battle between
voice and guitar in this tongue-twisting cautionary tale!
Listen for: Guitar
The I-Thought-I-Saw Zoo
“I thought I saw a tiger in pink underpants
– he don’t look so scary in that circumstance”
Expect the unexpected in this crazy zoo, where the animals
do whatever they want. A rollicking r’n’b rhythm
completes the sense of raucous rebellion.
Listen for: Sax & organ sounds, electric guitar
“I never knew a better time… than
flying in my sleigh down the seven-bump hill”
Remember the freedom of a snowy hill and a toboggan? Here’s
a nostalgic winter memory of a real hill, which will resonate
with any child that loves the snow.
Listen for: Banjo
“No matter where we go, what distance
there may be, the same stars will shine down on you and
Originally written as a guitar melody for his own baby,
Jake’s lullaby will catch the hearts of parents, and
give children a moment to snuggle like the babies they once
were (and always will be).
Listen for: Cello, violin
songs written by Jake, with the exception of
*= Traditional lyrics, with new melody & arrangement