Louisiana Songs for Kids!
Endorsed by the Louisiana Music Commission


Each CD comes with Lyrics Booklet!
(Available on CD or MP3 DOWNLOAD)
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The Classic music CD, "Louisiana Songs for Kids" is back: Re-released in 2009!

16 Fun Louisiana Songs and a little Cajun Story! Featuring a variety of Louisiana performers, singers, personalities and special guest voices, including local opera star Don Hoffman, actress Angela Mannino, Mardi Gras Guide publisher and TV personality Arthur Hardy, Cajun man Ron "Black" Guidry, St. Charles Streetcar operator Gregory Brown and more!

It's Educational - full of Louisiana culture - and a LOT of FUN!



Complete Lyrics are right here...

Track 1
The Riverboat Song
Performed by Angela Mannino

Polly is a paddleboat - she's churnin' up the water. The one you paddle with your feet, just might be her daughter. You know you'll have a great time on the Mississippi River, and while you're there you might say hi to Polly's trusty skipper.

There's Christopher the Cruise Ship - but you can call him Chris, goin' on a 3-day trip that you won't wanna miss. So bring your luggage right away before it gets too late. On board you're with the captain - along with his first mate. Another river boat - on the Mighty Mississip, in Louisiana on another river trip! (Hey look. There's a paddleboat! Oh, cool!)

Brenda da Barge - means not to be rude. When she barges in - it's not her attitude. She's transporting freight - from here to over there, and where she has to go - she really doesn't care.

Tommy is a Tug Boat and he's got a lot of muscle. When a barge has broken loose - he's really gotta hustle! He'll push it right on back - right to where it once belonged, and he's got a lot of pull - 'cause diesel makes him strong! Another river boat - on the Mighty Mississip, in Louisiana on another river trip! (Look, there's a freighter! And look, a tug boat! Awesome!)

Philip Freighter carries cargo clear across the ocean, while trains on land can do the same with powered locomotion. The cargo Philip carries - can be one hundred cars, ten tons of fresh peanuts or - a million jelly jars.

To cross the Mississippi River to the other side, Fran the friendly Ferry Boat will take you for a ride. People, cars and trucks can go - and you can take your dog. It sure beats floatin' over on a fallen' cypress log! Another river boat - on the Mighty Mississip, in Louisiana on - another river trip! And another river boat - on the Mighty Mississip, in Louisiana on another river trip!



Visit Angela Mannino's website at: AngelaMannino.com
Also, visit the Steamboat Natchez website at: SteamboatNatchez.com

Track 2
Oscar de la Oyster
Performed by Don Hoffman

Oscar de la Oyster wants to be a muscle man, but genetics make his build look a bit more like a clam. He's Oscar de la Oyster, Louisiana muscle man, and all across the USA, he's got plenty of seafood fans.

At the age of only three weeks old, Oscar got himself attached to a bunch of friendly oysters, in a great big oyster batch. Now he hardly ever moves, and he's slower than a snail. He might as well be hammered down with a big ole rusty nail. He's Oscar de la Oyster, Louisiana muscle man, and all across the USA, he's got plenty of seafood fans.

Oscar gets his share of food, 'cause he's got the muscle power. Filters food from H2O, 4 gallons in a single hour. Now livin' like a hermit sure can be a ho-hum life Perhaps one day he'll find himself an underwater wife. He's Oscar de la Oyster, Louisiana muscle man, and all across the USA, he's got plenty of seafood fans.

Then one day Oscar saw this girl - she was livin' 2 shells over. That Oscar always thought himself - an aqua Cassanover. So Oscar found a grain of sand and he made himself a pearl. Now it's not a diamond necklace, folks, but it should impress the girl. He's Oscar de la Oyster, Louisiana muscle man, and all across the USA, he's got plenty of seafood fans.

So Oscar rolled the pearl on over to the lovely girl shellfish. Though Oscar was a bit self-centered, he's not at all selfish. The temperature was 74 when they fell in love that day. Now there are lots more oysters in Louisiana bays. He's Oscar de la Oyster, Louisiana muscle man, and all across the USA, he's got plenty of seafood fans. And all across the USA, he's got plenty of seafood faaaaans.



Don Hoffman starred in the opera masterpiece Don Giovanni, at Loyola University College of Music
Also Visit: LouisianaOysters.org

Track 3
The Saint Charles Streetcar Song
Performed by Daniel Morgan

Streetcars go back to 1835, back when your great great grandpa was alive. The 65-horse power motor will do, with mahogany seats for fifty-two. Once they ran by steam, and once by mule. Now electric power is the streetcar's fuel. They're 21-ton rollin' green machines. The St. Charles streetcars down in New Orleans.

The average speed is just about nine miles per hour on the street car line. But if you want to know it's fastest rate, the best it can do is twenty-eight. The new ones were built in 1924. The height of the streetcar's 11 - 4. The length is precisely 47 - 8. It's 7 10 wide, and the view is great! Once they ran by steam, and once by mule. Now electric power is the streetcar's fuel. They're 21-ton rollin' green machines. The St. Charles streetcars down in New Orleans.

Rollin' down the tracks on the nine-twenty-three's, like taking a trip back in history. You enter by the front and you exit to the rear. The operator drives, but he doesn't have to steer. An Uptown view with time to relax, lookin' out the window, rollin' down the tracks. 20,000 people ride 'em every day. A fantastic ride for a small fare to pay. Once they ran by steam, and once by mule. Now electric power is the streetcar's fuel. They're 21-ton rollin' green machines. The St. Charles streetcars down in New Orleans.

It's a real cool ride by the Audubon Zoo. You'll pass Loyola and Tulane U. The air is fresh - you'll enjoy the breeze, rollin' through a tunnel of grand oak trees. If you go down to the end of the line, the operator says - the pleasure was mine. Another round trip and we're ready to do another ride on St. Charles Avenue. Once they ran by steam, and once by mule. Now electric power is the streetcar's fuel. They're 21-ton rollin' green machines. The St. Charles streetcars down in New Orleans.

(Streetcar Operator Gregory R. Brown announces the "end of the line" on a St. Charles Avenue Streetcar)



The sounds of the streetcar on this song were recoreded live on the St. Charles Streetcar line. Visit The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, St. Charles Streetcar site.

Track 4
Manchac Chicken Shack
Performed by Gregg Ostrick

It's a real quick drive when you take I-55, past Middendorf's, it's a block from Reno's Wharf. You're gonna take a right at the yellow traffic light. And cross the railroad tracks you'll see yellow shack. It's the Manchac Chicken Shack. It's right around the back. So plan to make some tracks. To the Manchac Chicken Shack!

There's gonna be a dance, so come and take a chance. Don't you be a chicken, 'cause the band will be a-pickin'. And dancin' all around makin' clucky chicken sounds, some will be a-talkin', but most will be a-squawkin'. Lots of birds are comin' from all around the place, and I would really love to see your little chicken face. If you meet me there, we can talk about the weather, and when it's time to dance, we can shake our tail feathers, at the Manchac Chicken Shack. It's right around the back. So plan to make some tracks. To the Manchac Chicken Shack!

Chickens came here long ago along with Pilgrim folks, but they had no humor 'cause they told no chicken jokes. What's a hen weigh you may ask, it's about two pounds. Chickens walk in circles just to get around. The chicken caller calls, just one call that's all. It happens once a year at the annual chicken ball. If you have no partner, you can ask a phantom, even if you choose an imaginary bantam at the Manchac Chicken Shack. It's right around the back. So plan to make some tracks. To the Manchac Chicken Shack!

When you dance around the old man's incubator, watch out where you step or you'll make some mashed potaters! Chickens take a dust bath to keep them clean and dry, and when they fall asleep, they dream that they can fly.

It's a real quick drive when you take I-55, past Middendorf's, it's a block from Reno's Wharf. You're gonna take a right at the yellow traffic light and cross the railroad tracks you'll see yellow shack. It's the Manchac Chicken Shack. It's right around the back. So plan to make some tracks to the Manchac Chicken Shack.



Voices of the little girl, Papa Manchac and Gena (hostess at Middendorf's Restaurant) were recorded on location at and near: Middendorf's Restaurant

Track 5
It's Mardi Gras Time Again!
Performed by Bryan Wagar, Terry Lee Ryan and special guest Arthur Hardy

Hey it's Mardi Gras Time Hey it's Mardi Gras Time, Hey it's Mardi Gras Time - it's Mardi Gras Time Again. (repeat). It's Mardi Gras Time again, It's Mardi Gras Time again. The bands and floats are lining up - it's Mardi Gras Time again. It's time for lot's of fun, so put on your favorite grin. With miles of smiles from Angie to Zack, it's Mardi Gras time again. Fantastic things you'll see, like friends from your TV - the scarecrow, lion, the man of tin, It's Mardi Gras time again.

Hey it's Mardi Gras Time Hey it's Mardi Gras Time, Hey it's Mardi Gras Time - it's Mardi Gras Time Again. (repeat).

There's excitement in the air, and laughter everywhere, so come on ya'll and let's all go - it's Mardi Gras time again. Marching bands will play, (Arthur Hardy: Laissez les bon temps rouler). When it comes to fun, you can count me in, it's Mardi Gras time again. Now the floats are passing by, hold you hands up to the sky, so you'll catch your share of doubloons and beads, and maybe a big moon pie!

(Mardi Gras Scene).

It's Mardi Gras time again. It's Mardi Gras time again! It's the time of year for fun and good cheer - it's Mardi Gras time again. And when the party's done, you'll remember all the fun. Then next year, it happens once more, when It's Mardi Gras time again.

Hey it's Mardi Gras Time Hey it's Mardi Gras Time, Hey it's Mardi Gras Time - it's Mardi Gras Time Again (repeat)



Special thanks to Arthur Hardy of Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide

Track 6
The Swamp Stomp
Performed by Angela Mannino

Louisiana wetlands are full of little critters. Little paws and fuzzy feet - go pitter patter pitter. They crawl and slither, swim and hide while others fly and dive. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp! Little Armadillos - under weeping willows come out in the night to get an evening bite. If they get a scare - they jump up in the air. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

You can find a water snake in a swamp or lake. And the way they slither - just might make you quiver. Gracefully they slide for a new place to hide. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

In the water crawfish - go backwards with a swish. It's a crustacean - at a picnic celebration. Their little tail lets them - do a backward swim. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

Families of raccoons - no strangers to the moon, with mask and banded tails and little finger nails. Curiosity takes them up and down the trees. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

Pelicans fly high and dive down from the sky. They always get their wish, scoopin' up a tasty fish. That was just a snack - and he will be right back. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

How bees make their honey - it seems a little funny. Workin' in their hive is how they survive. The worker bees are workin' - around the dancin' queen. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

Alligators love to eat fuzzy things with feet, and lying in the sun is there way of having fun. The alligator dances for reptilian romances. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

Possums climb up trees - to see what they can see. They hang down by their tails and hope it will not fail. Sometimes they play dead to save their possum heads. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!

The Swamp Stomp is the way of survival every day. The search for food is tough - it can be a little rough. They crawl and slither, swim and hide while others fly and dive. That's how they do the Swaaamp Stomp!



Visit Angela Mannino's website at: AngelaMannino.com

Track 7
Voodoo Bayou
Performed by Don Hoffman

The water is murky, the cypress grows thick along Voodoo Bayou.
The Moss hangs low and the plants grow green, along Voodoo Bayou.
There is an old lady who lives in a shack, along Voodoo Bayou.
She traps alligators and catches crawfish, along Voodoo Bayou.
Her green-eyed cat has only one ear, along Voodoo Bayou.
When the sun goes down, you can hear strange sounds, along Voodoo Bayou.
And under the moon - swamp critters come out, along Voodoo Bayou.
It gets very spooky whenever it's dark, along Voodoo Bayou.
You can hear a splash occasionally, along Voodoo Bayou.
Possums hang low from branches up high, along Voodoo Bayou.
The frogs and the crickets - they sing their songs, along Voodoo Bayou.

(Voodoo Bayou Critter Solo)

Remember the lady who lived in the shack, along Voodoo Bayou.
One night she went out, and she never came back, along Voodoo Bayou.
Now the plants grow high - and the cat - she cries, along Voodoo Bayou.
The hours pass slow and a new day breaks, along Voodoo Bayou.
It can be kind of creepy and certainly crawly, along Voodoo Bayou.
But there's nothing, at all, like the beauty you'll see, along Voodoo Bayou.




Don Hoffman starred in the opera masterpiece Don Giovanni, at Loyola University College of Music

Track 8
Toulouse the Crawfish Hunter
Performed by Ron "Black" Guidry

My name is Toulouse and I hunt crustaceans, looking for crawfish in their aqua habitations. Louisiana is my hunting ground, 'cause this is the place where mud bugs are found. Crawfish can be just a little slippery. They escape your net, just like Harry Houdini. And when they get away, I always hear them say, na na na na naaaa.

Good as I am, I know I'm not the best hunter in the east, the south or the west. But I know what I like, and I like crawfish, especially when - they're on my dinner dish. Then one day, I was in the mood for stuffin' my face with Lou-Z-ana food, but my fear that day was to hear the crawfish say, na na na na naaaa.

Like my dad and my grandfather too, we have hunted crawdads here in these bayous. When it comes to hunting and catching crawfish, to be a better hunter was my number one wish. Then one day I was hot on the trail, following tracks made by crawfish tails. I didn't see a-one, but I did heard them say, na na na na naaaa.

Crawfish have got quite a southern reputation. When it comes to food, they're a tasty sensation. If you try them too, you will know what I mean, and you will be a part of the Lou-Z-ana scene. For a hunter I am a pretty skinny guy, but I wouldn't be this way if I had my crawfish pie, and I know they're around, 'cause I always hear them say, na na na na naaaa.

One day I thought I would play a little hunch. This could be the day I would have my crawfish lunch. I scooped real deep, and in my net I saw a little crawfish wavin' his little crawfish claw. He said I'm so small, please let me go and you can catch me later, if you'd only let me grow, so I turned him a-loose, and then I heard him say, na na na na naaaa.

My name is Toulouse and I remember when, I use to hunt for crawfish, but never again. I never want to hear another crawfish say, na na na na naaaa.



Visit Ron "Black" Guidry at CajunMan.com, "A Cajun Man's Swamp Cruise," located in Houma, Louisiana
Also visit the Louisiana Crawfish Farmers Association

Track 9
The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Performed by Don Abney and his Catahoulas

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

The National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas became incorporated as a non-profit organization on October 10th, 1977. On July 9th, 1979, Governor Edwin Edwards signed a bill making the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog the State Dog of Louisiana. There are those who have lived in Louisiana all their lives and do not know what a Catahoula is or what one even looks like.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

Since there are a lot of marshy areas in Louisiana, the Catahoula with his webbed feet and desire to work made him the perfect dog for this terrain. The Catahoulas' origin is based on the fact that DeSoto brought Spanish war dogs with him to the United States and that the Indians crossed them with the red wolf in Louisiana. It doesn't make any difference if the dog works livestock, guards, hunts, or is just the family pet. You're going to hear what a fine outstanding dog he is.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

In the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt came to Louisiana on a hunting trip and was introduced to a pair of Catahoulas. It was on this trip that the president refused to shoot a Louisiana Black Bear, thereby giving birth to a stuffed animal that would become known as the "Teddy Bear."

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

I believe the Catahoula has the spirit of the wolf, the speed of the Greyhound, the strength of the Mastiff and the assertiveness of the Beauceron. All this is piled into a loving, intelligent and loyal companion who wants nothing more than to please his master.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

The light-blue-colored eyes of the Catahoula are not really a color at all. It is a lack of pigmentation that causes the eye to appear like glass. What you are actually seeing is the back of the eye. This is the reason the eye will show red when light hits it in the dark. You are actually seeing the blood vessels. These are some of the finest dogs I have ever been in contact with. They are loving, loyal, protective and at times, a real pain in the neck.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.



Text from the book, "The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog," used by permission from author Don Abney and Doral Publishing, Inc. The book is available at bookstores everywhere and online at Doral Publishing: www.DoralPub.com and Don Abney's Catahoulas: www.DonAbney.com

Track 10
Pretty Purple Possums
Performed by Angela Mannino

In Louisiana, there is a purple parish, where everything is purple from blue birds to red fish. If you go, wear purple or they won't let you in, 'cause any other color would never ever blend. Pretty purple possums hanging off of purple trees, swingin' by their tails among the purple leaves. Everything is purple beneath the purple skies, and all the creatures watch you with peeping purple eyes.

Purple alligators with real sharp purple teeth - they're eyes above the water - their bodies just beneath - they look for purple frogs sitting on their purple logs. But the purplest things you'll see are... pretty purple possums hanging off of purple trees, swingin' by their tails among the purple leaves. Everything is purple beneath the purple skies, and all the creatures watch you with peeping purple eyes.

Pretty purple toad frogs are eating purple flies. For desert they like to eat purple pumpkin pies. Purple pumpkins grow on purple pumpkin vines. But the purplest things you'll see are... pretty purple possums hanging off of purple trees, swingin' by their tails among the purple leaves. Everything is purple beneath the purple skies, and all the creatures watch you with peeping purple eyes.

Once a purple dinosaur walked the purple earth. Now the purple raccoons are giving purple birth. Even purple insects, like purple honey bees. But the purplest things you'll see are... pretty purple possums hanging off of purple trees, swingin' by their tails among the purple leaves. Everything is purple beneath the purple skies, and all the creatures watch you with peeping purple eyes.

Every purple crawfish has a secret purple wish - avoid the purple curse, getting stuck in reverse. The purple crawfish crawls under purple water falls. But the purplest things you'll see are.... Pretty purple possums hanging off of purple trees, swingin' by their tails among the purple leaves. Everything is purple beneath the purple skies, and all the creatures watch you with peeping purple eyes.



Visit Angela Mannino's website at: AngelaMannino.com

Track 11
Nobody Likes Fun more than me!
(Mardi G. Raccoon's Theme Song)

Performed by Don Hoffman & Bryan Wagar

He's the coolest critter under Louisiana's sun. I'm Louisiana's Ambassador of fun. His name is Mardi G. Mardi G. Raccoon. Hey, keep on singin' I kinda like this tune. He loves to run and play under every single tree. Nobody likes fun more than me.

He's purple green and gold and he wouldn't change a thing, 'cause when it comes to fun... I feel like a king. From Monroe to Shreveport and south around DeRidder, Mardi is Louisiana's coolest spokescritter. If you want to be his friend, call him Mardi G. Nobody likes fun more than me.

His stomp of approval will surely let you know - the really cool places, for all the kids to go. If there's fun around somewhere, you know he'll check it out, 'cause fun is what he really likes. Without a single doubt. They say no one likes fun more than he. Nobody likes fun more than me.

From Bossier City, Baton Rouge and south to Lafayette - Mardi wants to know... Hey - are ya havin' fun yet? From St. Charles streetcars to paddlewheel boats, at Mardi Gras - the people, parades and the floats. So that is the story, as you can plainly see. Nobody likes fun more than me. Nobody likes fun more than me!



Mardi G. Raccoon (puppet character) was the "spokescritter"/announcer for puppet shows at Storyland in New Orleans City Park

Track 12
Louisiana's Alphabet Song
Performed by Kristen Cole & Daniel Morgan

A B C D E F G - the state insect is the honeybee
H I J K L M N - and the state bird is the pelican
O P Q R S T U - the crawfish live in the old bayou
V W X Y and Z - and the bald cypress is our state tree
One more time, knock knock, ding dong
Louisiana's Alphabet song

A little bit of jazz, will make it more fun
Get ready, get set, 4 3 2 1

A B C D E F G - the state insect is the honeybee
H I J K L M N - and the state bird is the pelican
O P Q R S T U - the crawfish live in the old bayou
V W X Y and Z - and the bald cypress is our state tree


The words to this song are easy as can be -
they're just as easy as A B C.
If you play it back you can sing along -
Louisiana's Alphabet Song.

Track 13
Clickety Clackety Crab
Performed by Rusty Fox

There is a crab in Lake Pontchartrain who can do more than pinch and grab. His claws go click and his claws go clack - he's Clickety Clackety Crab. When danger lurks around, his friends don't have to guess. He clicks and clacks a little song - sending out an S O S. When Clickety Clackety was growing up, he had to shed his shell. Although he was a softie - it was kind of hard to tell. With soft crab claws there's just no way to clickety clickety clack. The hardness of his shell is exactly what he lacks. After a while some time had passed and Clickety Clackety got - the hardness back into his shell - hey when you're hot, you're hot!

So Clickety Clackety wanted - to try out his new shell for size. So he clicked and clacked a little while, as a warm-up exercise. With a little bit of practice and ready to start the show, Clickety Clackety took a bow and danced his new solo!

(Clickety Clackety Crab Dance Solo!)

There is a crab in Lake Pontchartrain who can do more than pinch and grab. His claws go click and his claws go clack - he's Clickety Clackety Crab.

Upon his toes he can tipety tap while he clickety clacks his claws. And from his mouth come bub-a-lee sounds as he opens and closes his jaws. Then one day, he ran out of luck, when he stepped into a net (uh-oh!). But Clickety Clackety was just not ready to become a snack just yet!

Three seconds later he found himself sitting atop the pier. A fisherman was looking down, as he stroked his old gray beard. Clickety Clackety was petrified - and he was not in the mood - to hang around old Captain Hook and become tonight's seafood. About to sack the crab, the fisherman just froze when Clickety Clackety started to dance, clickin' on his tipety toes. Clickety Clackety tipped and tapped as he clicked and clacked his claws. The ancient angler was so amazed and he dropped his fuzzy jaw.

Clickety Clackety put on a show - and then he took a bow - clicked and clacked his way to the edge and said, "how do ya like me now?" Over the edge and three feet down, he splashed into the lake. Sometimes you just gotta dance - or do whatever it takes!

The man on the pier was boiling mad, but that's the way it goes - for Clickety Clackety got away - on his tipety tapety toes. Back home with his brackish Friends - Clickety Clackety was - clickin' and clackin' his favorite tunes - 'cause that is what he does. There is a crab in Lake Pontchartrain who can do more than pinch and grab. His claws go click and his claws go clack - he's Clickety Clackety Crab. He's Clickety Clackety Crab!



Rusty Fox, Drama Coordinator of the Williams Boulevard Baptist Church

Track 14
Pontchy Pelican
Performed by Angela Mannino

My name is Pontchy Pelican, I'm a most amazing bird, but some folks say my big old bill is a little bit absurd. I'm always making groceries, as I dive down from the sky. Then splashing down, I scoop up a fish in the blink of an eye. My name is Pontchy Pelican, have you heard the latest word? In Louisiana , I am the coolest bird.

Now pelicans aren't choosy - we'll travel far and near. Over Catahoula Lake, or right here on the pier. And when you've cleaning up your catch, my eyes are on your fish, because they say 9/10s of the law will make that my own dish.

After six or seven fish, I like to swim and float. My webbed feet power me around like a little feathered boat. Sun-shiny days or stormy nights - I love the southern weather, because I am a special bird - of Louisiana Feather. My name is Pontchy Pelican - have you heard the latest word. In Louisiana - I am the coolest bird.

Did you know that I'm the spokesbird, for Louisiana State, so come on in, the waters fine, and the fishin' here is great. In the air I'm graceful, and you'll never see me crash, but when I spot a lunch-time fish, you're going to see me splash.

My name is Pontchy Pelican - I'm a most amazing bird, but some folks say my big old bill is a little bit absurd. My name is Pontchy Pelican, have you heard the latest word? In Louisiana - I am the coolest bird!



Visit Angela Mannino's website at: AngelaMannino.com

Track 15
Ezzard & Theodore
Performed by Dustin Johnson

I'm Ezzard the Lizard - I live in the lake, whatever is moving - my dinner I'll make. I'm sick to my gizzard - when I hear them say, you're not a lizard, what makes them that way. I'm one handsome fellow, I know this is true, with eyes golden yellow, but I'm feelin' blue. Oh, why do they tease me and make me see red while I'm turnin' green, down on the lake bed. What is the matter, I'm so confused.

They natter, they chatter, I feel quite abused. So I looked for my mother, and find her I did. She answered my questions - you're an alligator, kid. Mater, oh Mater, was Pater a Gator? Oh yes --- and a hunk he was too. But he loved the ladies, and back in the 80s, he eloped with a Gator name Lou. Now I'm fierce and I'm large and much sooner than later, they know who's in charge - it's Ezzard the Gator!

Oh his name was Tad till he got big and bad. Now he's called Theodore - he's a tad no more. He's green and lean and really quite mean, there on the scene - a bug eating machine. At home by the bog, Theo ate like a hog, which he shouldn't have done - but it's really such fun - to eat lizards and flies and snakes of small size. Minnow and slugs were a quick chug-a-lug.

Oh, he lives near a bog by a pond 'neath a log - he's Theodore, the Louisiana Frog. Then one day on a lily pad he lay. He was feelin' very bad lyin' on that lily pad. For variety, he had gulped a honey bee, which stung going down , my how he jumped around! It really was no joke, it almost made him croak. Now back on his feet, he watches what he eats. Oh, he lives near a bog by a pond 'neath a log, he's Theodore, the Louisiana Frog. He's Theodore, the Louisiana Frog.

Track 16
Alphonse and the Alligator (A Cajun Story)
Performed by Ron "Black" Guidry

Hi everyone, I'm Black Guidry from Houma, Louisiana, down in the bayous. How ya'll kids doin' today? (Good!) Great - now who want's to hear a little tale? (I do, we do) Okay, okay. This is the story about a little boy named Alphonse who was growin' up near where I live, on Bayou Black. Also growin up there on the bayou was a little alligator that Alphonse loved to tease and scare. Every day little Alphonse would throw a stick or a rock at the little alligator, and the terrified little reptile would splash into the water and swim off back into the swamp. This went on for every day, during the winter, spring, summer and fall.

Well, time passed, as time does, until one day, the little alligator wasn't so little anymore. But that didn't stop little Alphonse from teasin' the alligator. One day little Alphonse noticed the alligator half in the water and half out of the water, doing a little mud sun bathing. So little Alphonse picked up a stick and he threw it at the alligator, expecting to see that little gator splash back into the water and head back into the swamp.

Well, I mean to tell ya, this alligator was no longer in the mood for being teased and taunted. A whole year's worth of anger had built up in that little alligator, so out from the water he came... he come-a splashin', and he took to chasin' little Alphonse. Alphonse ran and ran and ran, as fast as he could, with that little alligator's big sharp teeth chompin' right behind him... and let me tell you, friends - "behind" is the key word here!

Little Alphonse jumped up onto a cypress tree and started to climb. That alligator then jumped up and snapped at little Alphonse as he was headin' up dat tree. Little Alphonse almost got pulled off the tree, and then he looked down behind him - and hangin' out of the alligator's mouth was the seat of Alphonse's pants.

Man, that was a close call! Little Alphonse was clingin' on to that cypress tree like a baby possum hanging on to her mama in the middle of a hurricane. My what a sight... there was little Alphonse hangin' off that cypress tree, with his little shiny hiney exposed for all the little swamp critters to see. And there was the alligator lookin' up, with that piece of pants still hanging out of his mouth. Lookin' back down at the alligator, you know Little Alphonse said? (What? What?) He said Aiy-eee!



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Track 17
Aiy-eee!
Performed by the Louisiana Pollywogs

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