BIRDBRAIN

by Fatcat & Fishface

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BIRDBRAIN is a tribute to the greatest singers in New Zealand – our native birds.

BIRDBRAIN is the seventh album from Fatcat & Fishface, the award-winning outlaws of New Zealand children’s music, and is supported by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Creative NZ.

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released May 22, 2013

All songs written, recorded and produced by FATCAT & FISHFACE
Mixed by Gil Eva Craig in Wellington, New Zealand
Mastered by Mike Gibson
Cover artwork by Stephen Templer
Layout and Design by Charlotte Hird Design
2009

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FATCAT & FISHFACE are the award-winning outlaws of New Zealand children’s music. Their cheeky style and offbeat humour have been compared to Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak.

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Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - KEA
The smartest bird in the world
Is me, ha ha
Lord of the mountains
And everything I see, ha ha

To eat I use
My curved and scimitar-like beak, ha ha
To break into your car
I do not need a key, ha ha

Kea Kea Kea
Cleverest of all

The only parrot in the world
Who lives in snow, ha ha
I’m more intelligent
Than any bird I know, ha ha

Where you may fear to tread
It’s there I boldly go, ha ha
Where the altitude is high
But the temperatures are low, ha ha

Two toes forward
Two toes back
Steal a little bit of this
Nick a little bit of that
Two toes forward
Watch your back
It’s a pick-pocket parrot
It’s a kea attack

I fly from peak to peak
I do not need a tree, ha ha
And how you make me laugh
When you learn to ski, ha ha

The smartest bird in the world
Is me, ha ha
Lord of the mountains
And everything I see, ha ha
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - NIGHTCLUB
Nightclub
Nightclub
Who’s in the nightclub
Nightclub

Kakapo
In the dark
In the night
In the mood for a good time

Kakapo
Builds a bowl
Looking for a mate
Gonna boogie all night going Boom Boom

Ruru
Who are you
Lots to do
Looking for food in the night time

Ruru
On the hunt
On the prowl
Pretty little owl going Hoo Hoo

Kiwi
Getting Down
On the Ground
Calling everybody to the dance floor

Kiwi
Feel the beat
Stamp your feet
At everyone you meet in the night time
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - BIRD WATCHING
Black shag
Little shag
Little black shag
Diving in the water
For a crawly little crab

Red billed
Black billed
Black backed gull
Fighting over rubbish
At the dirty old dump

Watching the birds go by
(And they do, in the sky)

Grey duck
Blue duck
Paradise duck
Paddling in a puddle
And a-waddling in the mud

Black stilt
Pied stilt
Good godwit
Splishing and a-splashing
On Farewell Spit

There’s a whole lot of others
That you’ve never seen before
From the seas to the trees
And along the forest floor
If you look you will see them
If you listen you will hear them call
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - BEFORE THE HUMANS CAME
What was it like in the great outdoors
Before the humans came
Birds of a feather
Living together
Before the humans came

Birds in the trees and over the seas
In this avian paradise
No one to fear, no worries at all
Suddenly not so nice

Every morning we sang to the sun
An avian melody
Our hopes were high as the days flew by
Changed so suddenly

Where did they go?
The huia
Merganser
Pio pio
Giant eagle
The moa
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - CUCKOO TO YOU
We’re back
From the northwest
Shine in our eye and stripes on our chest
Look out
With a bird’s eye view
We’re coming to a nest near you

Cuckoo to you

Hey you
Got a real nice place
Plenty of room and I trust your face
Your home
Can be my home too
Boy have I got something for you

Little grey warbler
With a sweet sweet song
Take my egg
I won’t be long
Raise that baby like a mother should
I never could be that good

Hello
I’m a new face
Out of my shell and into your place
I’m big
And I’m hungry
You better make room for me
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - KINGFISHER
Know the truth
The truth in the trees
The ghastly truth
Lest you be deceived
By the secret life
In brilliant blue
For a feathery tale
I bring to you

You’d never know
Cos I’d never tell
That halcyon bird
Who looks so well
His eye is sharp
And filled with a gleam
But beware the bird by the stream

He looks like a prince
Dressed in ultramarine
The handsomest bird
That you’ve ever seen
He flies like an arrow
As swift as a dart
But there is no escape from the kingfisher’s mark

If you were a lizard
Or you were a mouse
Then you’d never leave
Your lizardy house
Cos the fisher of kings
Is watching your door
And you are the something
That he’s waiting for

The moral, my friend, is terribly clear
Things are not always as they first appear
Don’t be deceived by beauty alone
Or you’ll end up dinner
Kingfisher wishbone
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - BIRDBRAIN
The brain of a bird is a marvelous thing
It can teach you to fly. It can teach you to sing
It can teach you to operate both of your wings
Oh the brain of a bird is a marvelous thing

The brain of a bird is a marvelous thing
It can make you take journeys in winter and spring
It can make you make nests of tinfoil and string
Oh the brain of a bird is a marvelous thing

Your bones may be hollow
Your feet may be webbed
Your song may be just a quack
Yet you can fly thousands of nautical miles
And know how to get yourself back

The brain of a bird is a marvelous thing
It can help you to see when it’s terribly dim
It can lead you to water to duck, dive or swim
Oh the brain of a bird is a marvelous thing
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - TICKLE ME
Free as a bird
A bird in the sky
Dream if you like
No one will mind

Tickle me

Come spread your wings
Learn how to fly
Follow the clouds
Drift out of sight

Tickle me

This is the pleasure of feathers
Keeping you warm at night
This is the pleasure of feathers
A quill will write a love letter
An arrow’s aim is so much better
Feathers flying in a pillow fight
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - COME HOME
Far away on the highest seas
On the winds he glides
All alone on the stormy seas
Through the southern skies

Come home
She cries

Gracefully round the world he roams
His wings spread wide
Out of sight of the windswept isles
On his endless flight

Years go by in his wandering
On the ocean wide
Hears her call and he does return
On the homeward tide
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - LITTLE HOPPING BIRDS
Little hopping birds
Busy with their lives
Scarcely ever seen
In a magazine
They don’t seem to mind

Little hopping birds
They’re the perfect size
At the crack of dawn
They’ll be on your lawn
Looking for supplies

Little hopping birds
Beady little eyes
Looking out for that
Ferret, stoat or cat
Who seeks their demise

Little hopping birds
Say your last goodbyes
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - PENGUIN
Little Blue or Fairy
Emperor and King
Chinstrap and Adelie
Penguin

Birds of the south
Fly through the water
Filling their mouths
With squid rings and krill

Birds of the south
Dressed for the winter
Comfortably stout
Don’t feel the chill

Birds of the ice
Love the Antarctic
Colonies thrive
When the temperature’s low

Birds of the ice
Notice it’s melting
Not very nice
When it’s your home
Track Name: FATCAT & FISHFACE - EVERY BIRD HAS WINGS
When you are low
And your flock has far to go
Know that every bird has wings

When there’s a frog in your throat
And you cannot sing a note
Know that every bird has wings

And though you may be far away from home
In storms across the winter sky
And though it’s dark and lonely in the night
Remember every bird has wings

When your egg is broke
And it’s only shell and yolk
Know that every bird has wings

When you don’t feel your best
And you’ve got an empty nest
Know that every bird has wings