Big Kid

Released February 14, 2003 | Sleeveless

Sara’s third album of music for children, BIG KID was named as Parents Choice Recommended 2004 and won the 2004 NAPPA Gold award!

The Sara Hickman Children’s Gift Set

Children's Box Set

Direct from Sara to your big kid! This Gift Set features a collection of Sara’s children’s CDs plus the Big Bird, Little Bird DVD.

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IO! vocals by Sara Hickman and Ava
IOLANA music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
CANTALOUPE! music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
OOH LA LA music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
MIDDLE OF A LITTLE COUNTRY ROAD lyrics by Sara Hickman, music by Marty Lester
EAT MY BREAKFAST music by Sara and the Super Pal Universe
LOOK AT ME sung by Lily Hickman-Waldon, music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
LOUISE written by Kim and Anna Steinhagen
PLEDGE music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
LITTLE SEED music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
RADIATION MAN music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
PINK ON THE INSIDE written by Brandon Jemeyson
GREEN BEANS by Todd Wolfson
HERE IT COMES music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
MY SISTA, MY FRIEND written by Annie Ruth, music arranged by Maurice David Crutcher
NANATIME! written by Nana Hickman. Sound design by Shay Levin
LITTLE YELLA DOG written by Mike West
BELINSKY music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
I WISH I WERE A PRINCESS written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore
SPINACH by Todd Wolfson
IT’S FALL music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
SPACE POETRY! intro by by Sara Hickman, written and performed by Kristen Nichols
PILLOWMAN! music by Marty Lester
RED WAGON written by Don Jones, Richard M. DePaul, Gene Raye
RAINSTICK by Sara Hickman, as told by Ray Benson
I WISH YOU WELL music and lyrics by Sara Hickman
PRAYER FOR PEACE music and lyrics by Sara Hickman

  • Produced by Sara Hickman
    Recorded at Tequila Mockingbird, Austin TX
    Engineered and Mixed by Marty Lester
    Mastered by Yes Mastering
    Photos: Lance Schriner
    Cover Kids: William Long, Pearl Kwilosz, Izabella Bastidas, Josh Christman, Lily Hickman-Waldon
    Design: STINGRAY
    Concept: Max Pumpkin
    “Big Kid” logo: Lily (6 years old)
    “Stamp of Approval” drawing: Manuel Phipps (6 years old)
    Songs and Stories written and arranged by Sara Hickman, Le Petit Bonheur/BMI (except where noted):
    “I Wish You Well” and Vocals for “My Sista, My Friend” engineered by Mark Hallman, Congress House Studios
    “I Wish I Was A Princess” engineered and mixed by Terence Slemmons and produced by Carl Finch, performed by Brave Combo, written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, Songwriters Guild of America OBO Abilene Music/MCA
    “Little Yella Dog” engineered by Colin Boyd at Happy Cat recording and arranged by Kentucky “Hoobie Goobie Luby” White, written by Mike West
    Ray Benson recorded at Bismeaus Studios by Chris Burns
    “Louise” written by Kim and Anna Steinhagen about their kitty cat. They also wrote “Mr. Kawasaki” on the TODDLER cd.
    “Pink on the Inside” written by Brandon Jemeyson
    “My Sista, My Friend” written by Annie Ruth, music arranged by Maurice David Crutcher. Visit Ruth at annicruth.com
    Alice/Armadillo Story written by Nana Hickman. Sound design by Shay Levin
    “Space” written and performed by Kristen Nichols. Sound design by Shay Levin
    “That’s Your Red Wagon” written by Don Jones, Richard M. DePaul, Gene Raye/Universal MCA
    “Pillowman Theme” and “Middle of a Little Country Road” -music by Marty Lester/BMI
    “Eat My breakfast” music by Sara and the Super Pal Universe/BMI

    Super Pal Musicians:
    Brad Evilsizer – drums
    Jon Sanchez – electric guitars, vocals
    Eddy Hobizal – piano, keyboard
    Jeff Johnson – bass, saw, vocals
    Dan Torosian – alto, tenor and baritone saxaphone, and all the horn arrangements.
    Danny Levin – fiddlestix, piano, vocals, “PM” horns
    Olivia McPeek – fiddle on “Little Yella Dog”
    Jon Blondell – trombone, vocals on “Red Wagon”
    Lloyd Maines – papoose, pedal steel
    Kevin Smith – upright bass
    Terri Hendrix – backing vocals on “I Wish You Well”
    Mike Maddux – accordion
    Mark Rubin – tuba rose
    Ruthie Foster – vocals on “My Sista, My Friend”
    Marty Lester – all instruments on “PM” and “MLCR”
    JP Allen – harmony
    Micah White – juice harp
    Kentucky White – banjo, mandolin, bass, guitar on “Little Yella Dog”
    Kyle Crusham – background vocals
    Ruby Luby – background vocals
    ioLana and Clara – background vocals
    Faith Schoenfeld – background vocals
    Wally Williams – background vocals
    Sandy Abernathy – as Radiation Man
    Todd Wolfson – beans and spinach man
    Lily Hickman-Waldon – vocals on “Look at Me”
    Sara Hickman – guitars, keyboard, space sounds, and vocals

  • iolana
    iolana do you wanna put on-a your pajamas
    and go down to the store with me?
    iolana do you wanna put on-a your pajamas
    and see what there is to see?

    oh, we needa some more cantaloupe…to eat!
    we needa some more flowers…to smell!
    we needa some more soy milk…to drink!
    we needa some more cat food for the cats!

    iolana do you wanna saddle up the llama
    and ride outta west with me?
    iolana do you wanna saddle up the llama
    and see what there is to see…

    oh, we’ll see some sunsets… so pink!
    we’ll see-a some canyons… so deep!
    we’ll sleep in the big trees… so green!
    we’ll swim in some water, oh so cool!

    iolana do you wanna go over to botswana
    and make-a some new friends with me?
    iolana do you wanna go over to botswana
    and see what there is to see…

    oh, we’ll play with the children… so fun!
    we’ll ride on a camel… two humps, not one!
    we’ll try some new foods… yum yum!
    and we’ll send postcards to everyone!


    Cantaloupe
    Cantaloupe! Oh, I love cantaloupe
    Cantaloupe! Just give me cantaloupe

    Oh, I would put it on a rope and I would swing it round my head
    And I would eat it every day
    I’d eat it first thing out of bed
    Just give me cantaloupe
    ‘Cuz I love cantaloupe

    Oh, there are days I just can’t cope
    Then I remember not to mope
    Cuz I have lots of juicy hope
    When I eat cantaloupe
    Just give me cantaloupe

    I’d put it in an envelope
    So I could share it with the Pope
    Except that he would just say, “nope”
    He won’t eat cantaloupe!
    He won’t eat cantaloupe!

    Oh, I would put it on a shelf
    And save it all just for myself!
    But it’s more fun for you and me
    To share it with the family

    Oh, we love cantaloupe!
    Just give us cantaloupe
    Yes, we love cantaloupe!
    Oh, honeydew….


    Middle of a Little Country Road
    As I was walking down the middle of a little country road
    I found a baby snake in the middle of the road
    So I put him in my pocket with my little baby toad
    In my pocket with my little baby toad

    As I walking down the middle of a little country road
    I saw a little griddle stuck in the middle of the road
    So I stuffed it in my pocket with my little baby toad
    In my pocket with my snake and my toad

    As I was walking down the middle of a little country road
    I saw my old Uncle Jake in the middle of a lake
    And he hollered from his boat, “I’ve a hankerin’ for a cake”
    So I said, “I’m feeling awful, cuz all that I can offer is a waffle
    Or a toad or a snake!”

    Well, I grabbed his hand as he jumped on land,
    Barking a command, “That sounds great!”

    So we had a cup of tea,
    My uncle and me
    With the toad and the snake and the waffles that we ate
    Oh, we ate and we ate
    Until the snake’s belly ached…
    And he curled up under a stone and
    The toad phoned home, then he hopped away alone
    While my Uncle Jake sailed as the sun still shone

    I decided I would walk it
    Back home with empty pockets
    Just a riddle that had lost its load…
    You never know what you’ll find
    In an imaginative mind
    In the middle of a little country road
    In the middle of a little country road


    Eat My Breakfast
    When I wake up in the morning
    And I wanna feel my best
    First thing I do is
    EAT MY BREAKFAST

    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT GONNA EAT my breakfast
    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT GONNA EAT my breakfast

    When noon time rolls around
    And I need something to munch
    First thing I do is
    EAT MY LUNCH

    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT GONNA EAT my lunch
    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT bananas by the bunch!

    When nighttime comes
    I know that I’m a winner
    Cuz first thing I do is
    EAT MY DINNER

    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT GONNA EAT my suppah
    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT GONNA EAT my suppah suppah

    SOLO

    If during the day
    I get a hungah attack
    THEN I KNOW it’s time
    TO EAT MY SNACK

    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT GONNA EAT my snack
    GONNA EAT GONNA EAT so I won’t be whack!

    SOLO

    Gonna eat my breakfast
    Gonna eat my lunch
    Gonna eat my dinnahhhh
    Gonna eat my snack


    Look At Me
    put down the paper
    hang up the phone
    please see me as more than a dog
    you throw a bone

    let’s go for a walk
    yea, let’s go outside
    no I don’t want to hop in the car
    and go for a ride

    I need a genuine encounter
    of the first degree
    I need you to stop what you’re doing
    and look at me…look at me

    look at me look at me look at me look at me
    look at me look at me look at me look at me now!

    you’re awfully busy
    got things to do
    just give me a moment of time
    with you

    I’ve got all these ideas I want you to see
    there’s a person who’s growing up
    inside of me

    I need your full attention
    and I deserve it, too
    I’m somebody important
    I’m a part of you
    a part of you

    look at me look at me look at me look at me
    look at me look at me look at me look at me now!

    Please don’t be angry
    I’m just a kid
    I’m only doing the things
    that you once did


    Louise
    When I found my cat Louise
    She was totally covered in fleas
    So I gave her a bath, made her laugh
    And she came to live with me

    Louise, Louise…My crazy cat Louise
    Louise, Louise, I love my fat Louise

    I call her Fat Louise
    Cuz she eats everything but peas
    She likes pizza and feathers
    Cereal and sweaters
    And yesterday she swallowed my keys

    Louise, Louise…My crazy cat Louise
    Louise, Louise…I love my fat Louise

    Louise, Louise, Louise…She’s such a great cat to squeeze
    Louise

    My funny cat Louise…Just loves to drink chamomile tea
    She takes a few sips, then licks her lips…and says,
    “Can I have some more please?”

    Louise, Louise…My crazy cat Louise
    Louise, Louise…I love my fat Louise

    One day my cat Louise…she frightened herself with a sneeze ACHOO
    She jumped so high…up in the sky
    And floated away on a breeze

    Louise, Louise…my crazy cat Louise
    Louise, Louise…I love my fat Louise

    Louise, Louise…my crazy cat Louise
    Louise, Louise…my big old fat Louise


    Pledge
    I pledge allegiance to my family
    and to the love that created me

    I promise to honor and respect
    my liberties at hand

    And all that is wondrous in each of us.
    To listen, and to be listened to

    To help, and ask for help in return
    To right wrongs

    To be a friend
    And to recognize that each and every child is

    deserving of love, shelter, education, healthy food,
    freedom from terror and fear

    and an entire life
    of liberty and justice for all.


    Radiation Man
    he came in a flying saucer…
    he landed in the middle of the day in the middle of the
    little town
    oh, the silver side door opened
    with a whoosh ping-pang klunk kind of sound
    people were running around
    they were giant ants
    lost within their own reaction

    out came a shining silver man…
    silver feet, silver head, silver manicured hands
    as he opened his eyes… he smiled with surprise at the sight before him
    without meaning any harm…. he eagerly waved “hello!”
    but as he did he released a radioactive glow…

    CHORUS:

    radiation man…aah…radiation man…aah…radiation man…aah.
    he’s having a bad day day day day day day day
    having a bad day

    well, the swarthy head honcho of this town was the minister of caffeine
    the minister was shocked when his secretary burst into the office,
    screaming, “it’s a giant man… and he’s getting out of a frying pan!”
    they rushed outside to see… an insane scene from a picture show
    a silver saucer and a silver man… and flowers all around still smoking
    “oh, dear, what is this?!” he cried… “look at my geraniums, they’ve all been fried!!!”

    well, the minister ran back inside… he had to think for awhile while he had to hide
    he rang up his sister, irene…. a down to earth woman with the endowments of a homecoming queen
    irene raced frantically down… to the climatic square, where….
    dead as the beat of a clock… her eyes locked on a silver hunk of man….
    now, this is what the space man saw: a multi-colored, multi-stacked human package
    he whistled loud and he whistled low… irene turned as red as a christmas bow!
    irene’s heart fluttered in time… to her lovely lashes
    but the spaceman’s kiss turned irene’s blissful body
    into
    a
    pile
    of
    ashes….

    now if you travel in space
    for business or pleasure or to visit an alien race
    just remember this tale of woe
    for as i have mentioned
    you could be well-intentioned
    or…
    you could be the foe
    simply by saying, “hello!”
    yes, you could be the foe….

    aah….
    aah….
    aah….
    aah…..


    Belinsky
    some people choose a coffee, soda or any kind of hot tea
    but when i need a picker upper i pick a BELINSKY

    bbbbbbbbbb belinsky
    the the the the the the drink that keeps me healthy

    just take your fruit your favorite juice
    to make it really tasty
    yogurt, apples, berries, cherries
    nothing is too crazy

    eggs and soy… protein powder everything but YUCK! clam chowder
    then in my blender round it whirls
    while i’m waiting round i twirl
    (solo)
    then when it’s through, here’s what i do
    i pour it out…. i give a shout:
    “I GOTTA BELINSKY!”

    just take your items spin ‘em round
    pour em from the blender
    chug them down

    BELINSKY!!!


    It’s Fall
    It’s fall, it’s fall
    The leaves are falling down
    It’s fall, it’s fall
    They’re falling all around

    Yellow and red
    Orange and brown

    It’s fall, it’s fall
    The leaves are falling down
    It’s fall, it’s fall
    They’re falling all around

    Winter is coming
    And up in a tree
    I hear an old owl and she’s calling to me,
    “The seasons are changing
    And soon you will see…
    That every leaf will leave every tree!”

    It’s fall, it’s fall
    The leaves are falling down
    It’s fall, it’s fall
    They’re falling all around


    Red Wagon
    If you wanna go crazy, be the clown
    Be the laughing stock all over town
    That’s your red wagon
    That’s your red wagon
    So just keep draggin’ your red wagon along

    If you stick your nose someplace it don’t belong
    Doncha come to me if things go wrong
    That’s your red wagon
    That’s your red wagon
    So just keep draggin your red wagon along

    When you’re making your bed … don’t forget who’ll do the lyin’ there
    And when you butter your bread
    Don’t expect me to eat your share

    If you wanna play the horses…blow your dough
    Doncha come to me if they don’t show
    That’s your red wagon…that’s your red wagon
    So just keep draggin your red wagon along

    Now you’ve finally learned you’ll get burned if you play with fire
    So don’t come runnin to me… you can’t use me for your spare tire

    If you wanna sing me love songs…know your key
    Don’t you come singin’ the blues to me

    That’s your red wagon…oh, that’s your red wagon
    So just keep draggin your red wagon along

    That’s your red wagon…your red wagon…oh, your red wagon…yea, your red wagon
    So just keep draggin your red wagon along…


    Rainstick
    Many, many moons ago, our people’s nation was deprived of rain for days upon end.
    The grasses grew brown, the leaves fell from the trees and our creek beds dried up and left the fishes gasping.

    My forefathers and mothers became restless. Without water, they knew they, too, would fade back into the earth’s dust. But my people were also patient and wise and knew that Father Rain would send his tears when he was moved by a certain sound. They were determined to place their teepees and train their horses and generally carry on until Father Rain let down his waters.

    However, there was one little boy, Running Without Fear, who grew impatient.
    Every night he heard his baby sister, Tiny Feet, crying from thirst, and he decided he must do something to get Father Rain’s attention.

    Running Without Fear’s grandfather was a great medicine man, so one afternoon he snuck into his grandfather’s teepee and stole his grandfather’s medicine stick.
    The stick was heavy with power, and decorated with beads and feathers. Running Without Fear ran to the middle of the dry grasses surrounding his family’s circle of teepees, raised the stick above his head and shouted, “Father Rain—you have abandoned your peoples!!! Let down your waters!”
    Running Without Fear waited, staring hard at the sky, but nothing happened. Again, he raised his grandfather’s medicine stick and yelled, “Father Rain! I will not leave until you let down your waters!” This time the sky started to turn dark and the clouds began to angrily swirl. “Aha!” laughed Running Without Fear. “I have your attention, Father Rain!
    Now LET YOUR WATERS DOWN!” This time, Father Rain became annoyed, and he angrily threw a lightning bolt towards the little boy.
    “AAAAAAAH!” hollered Running Without Fear, and he held the medicine stick tightly in front of his face, but he held his ground. The lightning bolt hit the top of the stick and BZZZZZ-ZAP! it went right down the middle of the stick and into the ground.
    Running Without Fear opened his eyes, and with wonder he looked right down the middle of the stick.

    Now Running Without Fear had an idea. He was not one to give up easily.
    He started to run around the field, looking for seeds and nuts and rice and beans.
    He made a little pile of the dried things and began to look for large leaves.
    He took one leaf and tied it to the end of the stick and proceeded to fill the stick with the dried seeds and nuts. Then he took another leaf and covered the other end of the stick. Now his grandfathers medicine stick made sound when he shook it.
    “Aha!” said the little boy. “Now I will show you, Father Rain!” And Running Without Fear began to dance. And he shook that stick and danced and the air was filled with the sound of chooka-chooka-chooka-chooka….And to Running Without Fear’s amazement, this time when the sky grew dark, he felt the kiss of a raindrop on his cheek. Father Rain was happy with tears, for the sound of the chooka-chooka made him smile. Running Without Fear danced faster and harder, and the waters fell from the sky. Soon the creeks began to flow, and the earth began to turn green, and Running Without Fear danced in the mud, laughing and shaking his stick.

    The peoples of our nation came running out into the rain and they laughed and danced, too, and even the little boy’s grandfather cheered when he saw how Running Without Fear had saved his family.

    And this is why we call these magic sticks “rain sticks”. We decorate them with things that are precious to us, and we share them with Father Rain, and he keeps our sweet earth wet so things can grow.


    I Wish You Well
    A carousel to wish you well
    Spinning round and round
    Until you’ve ridden to your heart’s content
    And hopped back on the ground

    I wish you well… I wish you love
    I wish you all I can
    I wish you peace… I wish you hope
    Until we meet again

    Blessings to the birds I hear
    Flying up above
    Bringing song into our lives
    Nestling in our hearts with love

    I wish you well… I wish you love
    I wish you all I can
    I wish you peace… I wish you hope
    Until we meet again

    Oh, this old world can seem so big
    Everywhere you go
    But we can choose to become a friend
    With anyone we know

    I wish you well… I wish you love
    I wish you all I can
    I wish you peace… I wish you hope
    Until we meet again…
    Until we meet again
    Until we meet, my friends…





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