This is a song I wrote with Mr. Pulcare’s 5th Grade class at Uriah Hill School in Peekskill NY… It’s strange to think that those kids are now grown ups out in the world doing whatever… How did 1997 get to be such a “long time ago?” I wanted to expose the kids to the idea of writing a song or a story from the perspective of someone else’s shoes. In this case, flippers. Let’s climb into the mind of a whale and look out at the world and humans from that creatures perspective. All the special sound effects of the ocean and the whale sounds are down with drums.
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I Am The Humpback Whale
Song #279 | 2/27-3/20/1997, revised 8/26/98 | CD: Breathing Underwater
I am the humpback whale
Come close and I’ll sing you my tale
I come from a very large family
I live with them under the sea
The blue whale is the largest creature living earth
Can you tell me what it’s worth?
The killer whale or Orca hunts in packs
Fish and seals it attacks
There Right whale was easy to hunt and to kill
It swam close to land, had no teeth
They strain through the water for krill
We have flukes and flippers, no feet
The Sperm Whale is famous, remember Moby Dick?
They were hunted for their blubber which was thick
The narwhal has a horn like a unicorn
It starts to grow after it’s born
Bottle nosed dolphins are playful and fun
No on can say they are “dumb”
They jump out of the water and dance on their tails
Even though they are small, they are whales
You and I have a lot that we share
We both need clean water and air
We both sing lullabies as we nurse our babies
If we’re no longer here will you care?
Swimming through the oceans swimming free
Please don’t hunt us, please let us be
Swimming through the oceans as we roam
Please will you stop poisoning our home?
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