Party Like a Twinkle Star

by Charity and the JAMband

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What people are saying about the latest release from family music pioneers Charity and the JAMband:

...astonishing...gorgeous...jammin'...awesomely good...a revelation...kinetic & soulful...a survival tool...out of this world...uplifting...genius...passionate...simply beautiful...groovy party animal...clever...a heartwarming vessel for bonding...strong stuff for anyone to resist...

Disc 1 (PARTY): 10 Songs for Rocking Out
Disc 2 (TWINKLE): 10 Songs for Tucking In

As a collection, Party Like a Twinkle Star showcases all the JAMband has to offer. If you're new to the JAMband's brand of family music, it's a great starting point. If you're already On The Bus, it's a necessary addition to your collection.

One half (PARTY) is for partytime, uptime, energytime, wildtime; one half (TWINKLE) is for downtime, snuggletime, cozytime, bedtime.

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released January 1, 2010

All songs performed by Charity and the JAMband as follows:
Charity Kahn: vocals, piano, organs, acoustic guitar, midi magic
Daryn Roven: acoustic and electric guitars, cavaquinho, midi magic, engineering
Jake Wood: drums, bottles
Paul Lamb: bass, Mellotron, engineering
Laurie Pomeranz: vocals
Danny Zingarelli: percussion
Jasper and Silas Crocker, Jonathan and Sophia Roven: kids' vocals

Engineered and mixed by Daryn Roven and produced by Daryn and Charity at The Hut, The Woodsey House, The Pink House, In the Pocket Studios, and Ed Bogas Studios.

All lyrics and music by Charity Kahn except:
Amazing Rocket Ship: Charity and Daryn
Party: Charity and Jasper

Star art: Silas and Charity
Front Cover: Tammy Radmer
Additional artwork & graphic design: Charity

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Track Name: Get Your Booty Out of Bed
when the sun begins its risin’
and the day’s self-realizin’
well it’s time to get up, time to wake up
when your dreams are fleetly flittin’
and reality is hittin’
well it’s time to get up, time to wake up
when the darkness is retreatin’
and your belly feels like eatin’
then it’s time to get up, time to wake up
it’s time to stretch out of your lazies
and invite in all the crazies
time to rally, rise and shine
open up your sleepy mind

it’s time to get your booty out of bed
jump down, turn around, what I said
shake those cobwebs outta your head
get your booty out get your booty out
get your booty outta bed

well it’s time to go explorin’
but your grownups are still snorin’
well it’s time to get up, time to wake up
so you tiptoe into their room
sneaky creepy in the gloom
because it’s time to get up, time to wake up
and then you jump on ‘em and scream!
crashin’ right into their dreams
oh yeah it’s time to get up, time to wake up
sayin’, let’s go play!
and make pancakes today
it’s time to rally, rise and shine
open up your sleepy mind

jam jam jammies yeah I say jam jam jammies
jam jam jammies yeah I say jam jam jammies
we wanna wear our jammies
we wanna wear our jammies all day
we’re gonna wear our jammies
we’re gonna wear our jammies all day
yeah, we’re wearin’ our jammies
we’re gonna wear our jammies all day
uh huh uh huh we’re wearin’ our jammies
so you better…
Track Name: Pancakes
the eggs come from the chickens in the yard
you feed ‘em and they lay ‘em (2x)
now that’s not hard
the milk comes from the udder of a cow
you squeeze it and you squirt it (2x)
come on, I’ll show you how

we’re makin’ pancakes, pancakes, pancakes
flip it over now!
we’re makin' flapjacks, griddle cakes, hot cakes
pancakes

the butter comes from the milk in the churn
you mash it and you pound it (2x)
come on it’s your turn
the flour comes from the wheat in the fields
you grow it and you cut it (2x)
you thresh it and you grind it (2x)
now that’s a big deal!

we’re makin’ pancakes, pancakes, pancakes
flip it over now!
we’re makin' flapjacks, griddle cakes, hot cakes
pancakes

I want a pancake big as the pan
I want one teeny-weeny-tiny as you can
I'm gonna flip mine high in the sky
it's an amazing rocket ship! watch it fly
I want one shaped like the stars above
I want a pancake shaped like LOVE!

the berries come from the bushes on the hill
you pick em’ and you sneak em’ (2x)
but don’t let ‘em spill
the syrup comes from inside a maple tree
you tap it and collect it (2x)
sweet as can be

we’re makin’ pancakes, pancakes, pancakes
flip it over now!
we’re makin' flapjacks, griddle cakes, hot cakes
you can have your cake and eat it
how I love 'em pancakes
pancakes
Track Name: Party
hey laurie!
yeah charity?
whatcha doin’?
just goofin’ around, what you doin’
I feel like havin’ a party
I love parties
I got my party hat right here
I got my party pants on!
I got my party cape!
you got your party self?
right here
right now
right on
let’s go
yeah!
uh huh

we’re gonna party party party
party party party
party party party
party party party
we’re gonna party party party
party party party
party party party
party party party

we’re gonna party
let’s party
come on and party
party ‘til the sun goes down
we’re gonna party
let’s party
come on and party
party ‘til the moon comes up

come on everybody
where the party at?
it’s right there inside of you
it’s my party
and tonight we’re gonna party
like it’s 1999

we’re gonna party
let’s party
come on and party
party ‘til the stars come out
we’re gonna party
yeah let’s party
come on and party
party ‘til the planets shine

we’re gonna party
let’s party
come on and party
party ‘til the darkest hour
we’re gonna party
let’s party
come on and party
party ‘til the sun does rise

party like a twinkle star
party like a rockstar
party like a cosmonaut
ring around the rosie
pocket full of posies
ashes ashes ashes
party ‘til we all fall down
Track Name: Some More S'mores
oh I hiked into the forest with my big boots on
on a quest to find the perfect spot to camp ‘til dawn
I had all my campin’ gear in in the pack on my back
sleepin’ bag thermarest flashlight bear cord pocket knife compass maps bear sack

well I traveled ‘til I almost reached the mountain top
‘til the settin’ sun told me it was time to stop
then I found a little clearing where the ground was flat
I set up my tent, started to unpack
got a powerful cravin’ for the ultimate campfire snack

you take a graham cracker
and a little piece of chocolate
a roasted marshmallow
and another cracker top of it oh

I’m gonna make some more s’mores
I’m a-gonna make some more s’mores
I’m a-gonna make some more s’mores
they really have it all they really have it all
they really have it all

so I dug a fire pit and gathered up some wood
little twigs and big logs to make it super good
and when the flames got goin’ ‘twas a sight to see
every color of the rainbow
red orange yellow white even violet blue and green

so I went off to search for a roastin’ stick
found a branch a little bit thin a little bit thick
then I hunkered on down to where the coals were burnin’ sweet
and prepared to roast the perfect marshmallow
for the tastiest most spectacular campfire treat

hot sticky, good ‘n’ finger licky
rich sweet a pleasure to eat
crunchy chewy melty ooey-gooey
S O M E M O R E S apostrophe M O R E S
S O M E M O R E S apostrophe M O R E S
S O M E M O R E S apostrophe M O R E YES!

well the moon was full and the stars so bright
I didn’t even need to use my big flashlight
and when I snuggled down deep in my sleepin’ bag bed
I had visions of you-know-what dancin’ through my head
Track Name: Row Row Row Your Boat
row row row your boat
gently down the stream
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life is but a dream

sway sway sway your boat
rock from side to side
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life’s a wild ride

spin spin spin your boat
round and round and round she goes
where-ily where-ily where-ily where-ily
where she stops
nobody knows

jump jump jump your boat
‘til you almost make it tip
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life is a trip

shake rattle and roll your boat
from the stern to the prow
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life is here and now

spin spin spin your boat
round and round and round she goes
where-ily where-ily where-ily where-ily
where she stops
nobody knows

jam!

drum drum drum your boat
find that river rock beat
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life sure is sweet

dance dance dance your boat
boogie down that river blue
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life’s a journey, too

twirl twirl twirl your boat
travelin’ where that river flows
swirl swirl swirl your boat
livin’ all those highs and lows
spin spin spin your boat
round and round and round she goes
where-ily where-ily where-ily where-ily
where she stops
nobody knows
Track Name: Beach
once I went to the beach
and I dug a really really deep hole
tunneled all the way under the sea
to the other side

once I went to the beach
and I brought a ball to kick around
and I kicked it so far it traveled to the stars
and stayed

once I went to the beach
and I built a castle in the sand
and it grew so tall
way up into the clouds
and all around the world
a hundred million times
until it came back to me

I love the beach (na na na na na na)
I love the beach (na na na na na na)
what’s not to love about the beach?
I love everything about the beach

once I went to the beach
and I ran a race in the sand
and I ran so far I made it all the way to Mexico

once I went to the beach
and the big waves were crashin’ down
and I rode the biggest one all the way
to the arctic ocean

once I went to the beach
and somethin’ shiny washed ashore
it was an old glass bottle
I popped off the cork shook it upside down
and out came message
a magical treasure map

once I went to the beach
and all my friends were there
and we played all day ‘til the sun
was sinkin’ low
where does it go?

and as the sun went down
we saw dolphins playin’ in the surf
they jumped so high they made it over
the moon just like that cow
wow!

it was a magical groovy night (la la la)
and we sang every song we knew (woo woo woo)
and we did a little dance in the sand and it goes like this

you go side to side
front to back
turn yourself around
and give a little clap clap
rock your roll
swing your sway
hula your hoop
and ride a really really big wave

sashay to the right
sashay to the left
sidle right on up to the front
and walk it right on back
jump into a star
and shine like a bright sunray
make a little stomp stomp
and shout a little hip hip hooray! ‘cause
we love the beach…
Track Name: Rockstar
you got the music in you
in your blood and in your bones
you got the fire burnin’
showin’ you the way home
you’re ridin’ on that rhythm train
sharin’ your seat with the beat
you’re gonna sing sing sing sing sing
and make ‘em dance

‘cause you’re a rockstar baby
uh huh uh huh
you know how to rock
I know how to rock!
you know how to shine
I know how to shine!
come on you’re a rockstar baby
uh huh uh huh
you know how to rock
I know how to rock!
you know how to shine
you’re so fine

hangin’ out on this little rock
a-hurtlin’ through the sky
at a gajillion miles an hour
now I know you’re gonna ask me why
world turnin’ round and round
everything comes again
you’re gonna love love love love love
and make ‘em dance

you put your feet on the rock
you reach your hands to the stars
open your heart to the love in the air
open your mind to every little thing everywhere
let your soul do the walkin’ now
let your spirit do the talkin’ now
walk dance talk sing
come on baby, do your thing!

lookin’ up from this little rock you see the sun up in the sky
but when the lights go down the truth comes out
it’s just a star in disguise
twinkle twinkle little star you gotta open up your eyes and
shine shine shine shine shine
and make ‘em dance
Track Name: Amazing Rocket Ship
one fine day the sun failed to rise
we all woke up to black and lonely skies
how would we see and how would we grow?
we all need the sun to live, you know!

so we climbed into our amazing rocket ship
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
blast off! we’re headin’ for the sun

so we flew into space and finally reached the sun
and with our space megaphone, said, “shine, shine!”
well that didn’t work ‘cause he was sleepin’ pretty deep
so we got a runnin’ start and we jumped on him
‘til he laughed a belly laugh and opened up his eyes
and brightened up the skies with his fire
he said, “I guess I’m bone-tired from risin’ in the morn
every single day since the universe was born!”

we and our amaaaaaaaaazing rocket ship
saved the day!

one fine eve the moon failed to wax
stayed a skinny little crescent while a whole long month passed
who would bring the tides and who’d light up the night
we need the moon to be full, that’s right!

so we climbed into our amazing rocket ship
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
blast off! we’re headin’ to the moon

so we flew into space and finally reached the moon
with our space megaphone yelled, “shine, shine!”
well that didn’t work she was too empty to fill up
so we called the dish and spoon and said, “feed her!”
and we got the dog to laugh and the cat to the play the fiddle
and we even got the cow to jump over her
until she filled right up into her chubby round self
singing, “I was sad and lonely but the party’s sure here now!”

we and our amaaaaaaaaazing rocket ship
saved the day!

one fine night the stars failed to come out
nothin’ up there to twinkle about
how would we wish, and navigate our way
we need the stars to shine, we say!

so we climbed into our amazing rocket ship
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
blast off! we’re headin’ to the stars

so we flew into space and finally reached the stars
with our space megaphone yelled, “shine, shine!”
well that didn’t work the sky was still black as pitch
so we closed our eyes and wished for a light switch
and right then and there one materialized
so we flicked it on the sky was filled with diamonds
they said, “we love to blink and twinkle all night long
but someone’s gotta remember to turn us on!”

we and our amaaaaaaaaazing rocket ship
saved the day!
Track Name: Into Space
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 blast off!
how big is the moon?
how many stars are there?
how many molecules in a grain of sand?
how many in a pancake?
how many in the sun?
can stars sing?
what would this song sound like in outer space?
where does the universe end?
how did it get here?
Track Name: We Are Stardust
comes and goes another year
like the light that flies ‘tween us dear
listen to the dry leaf fallin’
through the air what do you hear
bodies earthy like trees growing
minds like ocean water flowing
hearts of love like fire burning
spirits breathing shining learning

we are stardust
we are shiny
we are huge and
we are tiny
we are ancient
we are new
we are me and
we are you
we are mother
we are father
we are son and
we are daughter
we are newborn
we are olden
we are stardust
we are golden

shine your soul upon your shadows
ask them in for conversation
hold it all in just this moment
can you watch it fly away
what is my love for you darlin’
sun or moon or ray of starshine
now the flower hears the mornin’
singing’ love songs to the dew
Track Name: So Long to the Day
the time has come
night is falling fast
the sun has set
sky is steel gray
the stars come out
twinkling a lullaby
hello to the nighttime
so long to the day

you’re safe, now, and warm
and in the dreamtime the magic
surely will come
to gently hold your hand
until night is done

so close your eyes
sweet child of mine
and feel the love of all the world
and go to sleep
under the setting sun
blanket of rainbow clouds
pillow of song

the stars come out
twinkling a lullaby
hello to the nighttime
so long to the day
Track Name: A Little Night Music
there goes the sun, slidin' down the sky
there goes the sun, settin'
here comes the moon, climbin' way up high
here comes the moon, risin'

sing me a song
a little night song
sing me a song
for the evening
sing me a song
a little itty bitty night song
sing me a little night music

there goes the light, slippin' away
there goes the light, fadin'
here comes the dark, fallin' like rain
here comes the dark, blanketing

there goes the hummingbird, tucking in her joy
there goes the hummingbird, quieting
here comes the owl, with secrets in her eyes
here comes the owl, she's flying
Track Name: Moon Hug
come here
I’ll give you a moon hug
hug you all day long
and all night wide
while star kisses
rain down around us
we're catchin' 'em here in our hearts
now we’re shinin’ inside

like the mountains
climbing tall
like the ocean
waves that fall
like the wind
breathing through
that is how I love you

like the sun
huge and hot
like the tiniest
raindrop
like the buds
opening new
that is how I love you

like the roots
diving down
like the branches
reaching ‘round
like the forest
standing true
that is how I love you

like the earth’s
gentle turning
like the stars’
fiery burning
like the moon
round and blue
that is how I love you
Track Name: Song in Your Heart
you can wander the wilderness
sail the seven seas
climb the highest mountain peaks
cross the valleys
traverse the driest deserts
get pounded by the rain
but the song in your heart
is never goin' away

you can dig deep down into the earth
fly to a distant star
searchin' for a treasure chest
and riches from afar
for diamonds and rubies
golden coins and silver rings
but the song in your heart
is your most treasured thing

you can't lose it, you can't break it
you can't fudge it or fake it
you can't sell it, you can't buy it
and you sure can't deny it
you can't trade it, loan it
beg, borrow, steal or own it
'cause the song in your heart
is with you for good

so if you ever think you’ve lost it
feel alone and scared and blue
confused about which road to take
don't know which path is true
float quietly and listen
like a bird upon the wing
for the song in your heart
and you will hear it sing
Track Name: Rock-a-Bye
rock-a-bye babe
in the green tree tops
wind’s gonna blow
cradle’s gonna rock
but you’re not gonna break
and you’re not gonna fall
you’re gonna journey far
grow up strong and tall

rock-a-bye babe
in the silver moonlight
she’s gonna swaddle you
good and tight
you ask, how does the moon
know how to fly?
I say, you’ll know, too
when it’s your time to try

rock-a-bye babe
in the gold sunshine
he’s gonna hold you safe
and treat you kind
and you’ll never be lost
in the dark for long
if you listen close
for the sun’s true love song

come on home, come on home
everything is shining here
come on home, come on home
everything is growing here
come on home, come on home
everything you need is here

rock-a-bye babe
in the ocean’s womb
where there’s always space
and always room
and there’s always love
and always time
rock-a-bye babe
in this heart of mine
Track Name: The Reminder
you are the sky
you are the mountain
you are the water
you are the fountain
you are the moonlit meadow moss
under my toes

you are the bloom
you are the butterfly
you are the sundown
you are the morning light
you are the proof
that something inside of us knows

you are the moon
you are tides turning
you are the galaxies
you are stars twirling
you are the road
everything comes, then it goes

you are the nugget
right at the heart of things
you are this moment
empty of everything
you are the song
that rises up
and forever grows
on and on and on and on and on...

you are the wind
you are falling leaves
you are the soul that shines
you are the heart that grieves
you are the raindrop
you are the ocean
you are the magic words
you are the potion
you are the message
speaking through everything
you are the sage who smiles
you are the child who sings
on and on and on and on and on...
Track Name: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
up above the world so high
like a diamond in the sky
twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are

come on tonight we can try
to count the stars up in the sky
come on tonight we’re gonna see
if we can count to infinity

each night when the sky grows dark
a little star makes it mark
the very first one of the night
shining sure, beaming bright
I make a wish right then and there
for peace on earth and everywhere

come on tonight we can try
to wish for wings so we can fly
come on tonight we’re gonna see
if we can live our fantasy

each morning at the break of day
the birds sing a song while the stars fade away
except for the one star risin’ true
givin’ life to me and you
thank you sun for shining strong
and standin’ by us all day long

come on tonight we’re stardust
come on tonight we’re dreamers
come on tonight we’re magic
come on tonight we’re believers
we’re growing
glowing
flowing
flying
we’re glittering
glimmering
shimmering
shining

twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
up above the world so high
like a diamond in the sky
twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
Track Name: Juggle the Stars
when I’ve got your love in my heart
I can juggle the stars
when I’ve got your love in my bones
I can dance on the moon
when I’ve got your love singin’ me a lullaby
I can say
good night to the sun
and know it’s gonna come
back again

when I’ve got your love in my soul
I can paint a sunset with a rainbow
when I’ve got your love holdin’ me
I can ride the night clouds wherever they go
when I’ve got your love tellin’ me a story
I can say
good night to you
and know you’re gonna come
back again

when I’ve got your love in my mind’s eye
I can see in the dark (see to forever)
when I’ve got your love carrying me
I can fly through the night (fly to infinity)
when I’ve got your love givin’ me just one more kiss
then I can go to sleep
and I can even dream
and know I’m gonna come
back again
Track Name: The Bird
sundown, sunset
almost dark, not yet
silver sky fade to black
don't cry now, sun always comes back

day goes, night comes
crickets beat their lullaby drums
starts turn their lovelights on
foggy or clear, they're always twinklin'

day will come, sun will rise
you will open up your eyes
to the mornin's magic dew
and the bird who sings her song
ahhhhhhhhhh...
just for you

this night is falling fast
landing now, coming to rest
just like you in your cozy bed
lay down, my dear, your weary head

it's time to sleep now
find a dream, you know how
trust the moon to guide you there
full or new
just like you
and everything true
the moon's always there

open your eyes
you know how
everything
true will rise
always there
inside you
singing a song