Songs for Tiny Giants

by Sebastian Cruz

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Dear listener,

I hope you enjoy this collection of songs. They are a celebration of a sweet and magical time when my son turned six years old, and when I had the great privilege to work closely with the East Harlem community and be inspired by them. There are songs in English and in Spanish about the seasons, about animals, about saying hello and saying goodbye. There are songs that invite us to let loose and dance, to fly high and not let the "butterfly catcher" get to us. There are songs that invite us to clean up after ourselves, and others that prepare us for a night of sweet dreams. And there are songs about counting and songs about celebrating who we are, and who our "tiny giants" are.

I want to give special thanks to Inginia García, Heather Mitchell and Traci Lester for giving me the opportunity to reach a part of the East Harlem community through the music classes offered at Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services. To the wonderful mothers and children, and the dedicated teachers. To Angela Gómez for implementing these songs with joy and dedication in the music classes, and for her beautiful singing on many of the songs. To Juan Pablo Calvo and Sam Hoyt for being wonderful musical guests. To Alejandro Flórez for lending a new pair of ears and completely useful advice during the mixing process. To Monica Sanchez for her incomparable support and encouragement throughout this process, and finally to my son Manuel Arcadio, with a special dedication, for his uplifting presence throughout this entire album. To all of you, I'll see you soon, I hope. We'll make some noise!

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released June 15, 2016

All music and lyrics by Sebastián Cruz.
All instrument playing and singing by
Sebastián Cruz except:
Angela Gómez, voice on "The Butterfly Catcher," "Desierto de Sonora," "The Night's Song," and "Collar de Estrellas."
Sam Hoyt, voice and trumpet on "Swift Fox." Manuel Arcadio Cruz, voice on all songs except "Butterfly Catcher, "The Night's Song," and "Five Birds."
Juan Pablo Calvo, drums and timbal on "Baila."

CD design by Sebastián Cruz.
All drawings by Manuel Arcadio Cruz

Recorded and mixed by Sebastián Cruz at
El Caldero Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY

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Sebastian Cruz New York, New York

Colombian guitarist and composer. His projects often include elements from his Colombian roots interacting with elements of urban New York City life. He leads Coba (songwriting project) and The Cheap Landscape Trio (instrumental). He also writes for theatre and film. His compositions have awarded him a Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and an ASCAP award. ... more

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Track Name: Hello
Say, say, say hello
We like to sing and we let it flow
We like to move fast and slow
We are all together, what a joy
Say, say, say hello
Say, say, say hello
Hello music, hello world, hello children, hello all!

Hello butterfly, hello Hershey, 
Hola Angela y hola Martín 
Hello Spring, hello Summer, 
Hola Inginia, hello Traci 

Say, say, say hello
We like to sing and we let it flow
We like to move fast and slow
We are all together, what a joy
Say, say, say hello
Say, say, say hello
Hello music, hello world, hello children, hello all!

Hello clean house, hello swift fox 
Hello tiny giant, Hello Sam Hoyt 
Hola conejo, hola cactus
Hola desierto y hola guitarras 

Say, say, say hello
We like to sing and we let it flow
We like to move fast and slow
We are all together, what a joy
Say, say, say hello
Say, say, say hello
Hello music, hello world, hello children, hello all!

Hello LSA, hello mamis
Hola bailadores, hola timbalero Juan
Hola niña de Sonora, hola luna
Hola Mónica y hola Manuel

Say, say, say hello
Say, say, say hello
Say, say, say, say hello
Say, say, say hello
Track Name: The Butterfly Catcher
When the butterfly catcher is searching high and low
It's better to stay on your tippy tippy toes
Sometimes you need to stay so still
But then sometimes you really need to...

Fly, fly butterfly, fly, fly so high
Fly, fly butterfly, fly, fly so high
He'll never catch you even with a giant net
Keep flying you will get away 

Shake your wings, shake, shake, shake your wings
Shake your wings, shake, shake, shake your wings
Track Name: Collar de Estrellas
La luna vino a preguntar 
Si estás dormido
Para poderte iluminar
Y soñar contigo 

En su collar de bellas estrellas 
Te va a dejar jugar

La Luna te viene a buscar
Si estás dormido
Track Name: Tiny Giant
Giant head with giant ears, tiny giant
Giant eyes with giant tears, tiny giant
Giant laugh with giant teeth, tiny giant 

Stomp, stomp, stomp little giant
Stomp, stomp, stomp little giant
Stomp, stomp, stomp little giant
The world shakes under your feet!

Giant brain with giant dreams, tiny giant
Giant legs with giant reach, tiny giant
Giant friends doing giant things, tiny giant

Jump, jump, jump little giant 
Jump, jump, jump little giant
Jump, jump, jump little giant
The clouds are under your chin!

Tiny giant X8

Shout "hey!", shout "hey!", tiny giant
Shout "hey!", shout "hey!", tiny giant
Shout "hey!", shout "hey!", tiny giant
Across the seven seas!

Jump, jump, jump little giant 
Jump, jump, jump little giant
Jump, jump, jump little giant
The clouds are under your chin!
Track Name: The Seasons are Changing
We're moving in circles around the sun
365 days of fun
We're sliding and twisting and turning
And people keep changing their clothing 
The seasons are changing around the sun

Spring is full of bees 
And flowers in the trees
Turnips are in season
Picnics are the reason
Spring is fun for me
Spring is fun for me 

We're moving in circles around the sun
365 days of fun
We're sliding and twisting and turning
And people keep changing their clothing 
The seasons are changing around the sun

Summer is so hot
Ice cream cones are not
Peaches are in season 
Water parks the reason 
Summer is so fun
Summer is so fun

We're moving in circles around the sun
365 days of fun
We're sliding and twisting and turning
And people keep changing their clothing 
The seasons are changing around the sun

Fall is when the leaves
Fall from all the trees 
Carrots are in season 
Halloween the reason 
Fall is great for me
Fall is great for me

We're moving in circles around the sun
365 days of fun
We're sliding and twisting and turning
And people keep changing their clothing 
The seasons are changing around the sun

Winter is so cold
Mittens are a must
Pumpkins are in season 
Holidays the reason 
Winter is so fun
Winter is so fun

We're moving in circles around the sun
365 days of fun
We're sliding and twisting and turning
And people keep changing their clothing 
The seasons are changing around the sun
Track Name: Desierto de Sonora
En el desierto caliente de Sonora 
Vive una niñita con una señora 
Tienen un conejo que no para de correr
Y tienen dos cactus que no paran de crecer!
Track Name: The Night's Song
When the sun goes to sleep 
And the night starts to sing
This lovely tune for you to close your eyes 
And fall asleep 

I'll be right by your side
In a low gentle light
Sweet dreams my baby
Let the night keep singing 
Soft for you

Good night, good night X2
Track Name: Martin
Tengo 5 flores en mi jardín
Y un vecino muy travieso que se llama Martín
Martín pensó que linda flor para mamá 
Y arranca una y corriendo se va

Tengo 4 flores en mi jardín
Y un vecino muy travieso que se llama Martín
Martín pensó que linda flor para mamá 
Y arranca una y corriendo se va

Tengo 3 flores en mi jardín
Y un vecino muy travieso que se llama Martín
Martín pensó que linda flor para mamá 
Y arranca una y corriendo se va

Tengo 2 flores en mi jardín
Y un vecino muy travieso que se llama Martín
Martín pensó que linda flor para mamá 
Y arranca una y corriendo se va

Tengo 1 flor en mi jardín
Y un vecino muy travieso que se llama Martín
Martín pensó que linda flor para mamá 
Y la arranca toda y corriendo se va

Ya no tengo flores en mi jardín 
No ya no tengo flores en mi jardín
Ya no tengo flores en mi jardín
Ya no tengo flores en mi jardín
Track Name: Swift Fox
So, what brings you to my neck of the woods?
It's getting time for me to howl at the moon
Come back tomorrow I might sing you a song

About the time that seven hunters 
Tried to hunt me but they couldn't 
even touch me cause I'm swift

Yeah I'm a swift fox and I've got to run 
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu 
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

I'm a cool little orange fox
Come down to visit I'm a gracious host
We'll share a rabbit a la mode
Or a squirrel in a bun 

Down in New Mexico, Montana
Colorado, Oklahoma, Manitoba and I'm swift
 
Yeah I'm a swift fox and I've got to run 
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu 
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Welcome to my den
I'm the youngest of ten
And these are all my friends

It's getting dark, here comes the night
The starts are bright, the moon so high
It's time for us to do our thing

Yeah we are swift foxes and we gotta run
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu 
Auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Track Name: Vamos a Limpiar
Ya acabamos de usar estas cosas vamos a guardarlas, vamos a limpiar 
Vamos a recogerlas, doblarlas, guardarlas, ponerlas donde hayan de estar

Vamos a guardar
Vamos a limpiar
Vamos a dejar bien bonito este lugar 

Vamos a guardar
Vamos a limpiar
Vamos a dejar bien bonito este lugar
Track Name: Five birds
Five birds standing in front of me
Each with a song to trade for a treat
The first bird sang: "sha, la, la"
I gave her a leaf and then she added: "Ta-da!"

Four birds standing in front of me
Each with a song to trade for a treat
The next bird sang: "do be do be do be do"
I gave him a worm he said: "That'll do"

Three birds standing in front of me
Each with a song to trade for a treat
The next bird sang: "tweet, tweet, tweet"
I gave her a grape she said: "you're so sweet"

And two birds standing in front of me
Each with a song to trade for a treat
The next bird sang: "do-ba, do-ba"
I gave him a bug and then she said: "bye bye"

And one bird standing in front of me
He had a song to trade for a treat
The last bird sang: "I feel alright"
I gave her a seed and then she said: "good night"

Bye bye
Track Name: Baila
Tengo ritmo, tengo swing
Bailo del principio hasta el fin

Tengo ritmo, tengo swing
Bailo del principio hasta el fin

Manos arriba 
Brazos así

Baila Baila Baila X4
Track Name: Goodbye
We're going out
It's time to go 
I'll see you soon I hope 
We'll make some noise

We're going out
It's time to go 
I'll see you soon I hope 
We'll make some noise

Goodbye 
Goodbye 
Goodbye