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This album is a compilation of songs I've written over the years, one back in the '70s! Most are more current inspirations, including one about global warming. More orchestrated than the songs on my first album, these songs are upbeat and joyful, with the exception of Winter Through My Window, which is evocative and a bit melancholy. That, however, is contrasted by the Ray Stevens-like, Hey, Stumpy, Watch This, which was inspired by the real-life activities of some of my brothers and me. I hope you enjoy these songs, I've certainly enjoyed putting them together.

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released April 11, 2017

lyrics, vocals, guitars and keyboard instruments on all songs,
except New Pavement by Lanny Lambdin
all keyboard instruments on New Pavement by Mark Lambdin

Thanks to my brothers, son and wife for critical feedback and support.
And to Betty, thanks for proofing my work!

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William Morris (aka Lanny) Lambdin Amherst, Virginia

I grew up in a house that was always filled with music, from opera and hymns to musicals and the symphonies of the classical composers. As a consequence, my head has always been full of tunes and my song-writing has flowed from that wealth of music as well as the rock and blues I have gravitated to as an adult. My inner child stays close by, so my creations are mostly for kids - of all ages. ... more

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Track Name: Sing A Song
Sing A Song

When the music comes upon you
And the rhythm moves your feet
When the melody surrounds you
And your soul stirs to the beat

Sing a song, Sing along, Sing a song all day long

We all live upon this planet
Scattered across the land
And though we speak in different languages
Music we all understand

Sing a song, Sing along, Sing a song all day long

We sing when we are happy
We sing because we're glad
We sing to chase away the blues
We sing when we are sad

Sing a song, Sing along, Sing a song all day long

If you want to live a full life
You've got to do it day by day
Treat your neighbor as yourself
Love, dance, sing and play

Sing a song, Sing along, Just sing a song all day long
Track Name: Body Language
Body Language

Tap, tap, tap your foot now, no doubt my crime's been booked
Wag, wag, wag your finger, and I know my goose is cooked
Give me your hairy eyeball, to run would be absurd
'Cause your body language says so much, you don't need to say a word

Chorus

Words, words, words, so necessary
And words, words, words can educate
But words, words, words don't always carry
What your body language can communicate

Roll, roll, roll your eyes at me, I know I've been dismissed
Smile, smile, smile that smile of yours, and I feel I've just been kissed
Fold your arms and stare me down, it's clear you are perturbed
'Cause your body language says so much, you don't need to say a word

Chorus

Shake, shake, shake your head now, tell me yes or no
Wink, wink, wink and nod nod, lets me know I'm in the know
Everything you're telling me, I haven't really heard
'Cause your body language says so much, you don't need to say a word

Chorus
Track Name: New Pavement
New Pavement

Would you just look at this road
It's a crying shame
Ruts that'll make your tires explode
Holes no shocks can tame

Even the repair jobs
Are rough as they can be
Asphalt piled in great big blobs
This torture test's not for me

I want some new pavement
Black as a vein of coal
I'm talking new pavement
Worth its weight in gold
New, new gold

Unmarked, low shoulder, slippery when wet
Smooth sailing, unfailing speed is what you get
With new pavement

My hand is out the window
Cutting through the breeze
Tires are humming down below
I'm doing just what I please

Cruising down the blacktop
Smoothness is everything
I never ever want to stop
Just so I have one thing

New pavement
Black as a vein of coal
I'm talking new pavement
Worth its weight in gold
New, new gold

Unmarked, low shoulders, slippery when wet
Smooth sailing, unfailing speed is what you get
With new pavement
Track Name: I Heard The News Today
I Heard The News Today

I heard the news today, the polar caps will melt away
And all the coastlines flood, that's what they say
Most scientists agree, it will be a catastrophe
All caused by people just like you and me

Pollution, solution, it seems that we don't have one
What in the world have we done?
Populations, congratulations, the sky may never be so blue
And what on earth must we do?

I heard the news today, some people walked the streets to say
They hope this nonsense soon will go away
Some learned folk spoke too, their data says it's C02
And other green house gases in the brew

Fossil fuels burn in every factory and car
Pollutants trap heat from the light of our star
If no one wants to quit their gas guzzling car
We'll soon be like a bunch of bugs in a jar

I heard the news today, it's never been this warm in May
In fact it's getting warmer day by day
Our leaders met today and this is what they had to say
"We've got to change our ways without delay, blah, blah, blah"

Atmospherics, hysterics, the heating up has just begun
What in the world have we done?
Global warming, violent storming, where will we be when it's all through?
And what on earth must we do?
Yes, what on earth must we do?
Track Name: My Mama Told Me
My Mama Told Me

Hey Mister Devil
I'm on the level
We got to strike a truce
'Cause if we don't
I know my mama's
Gonna fire up my caboose

Hey Mister Satan
There's no debating
Get behind me and please don't push
'Cause if you do I know my mom
Will do a number on my tush

Chorus

My mama told me best behave yourself
If you know what's good for you
Well I do and I should and I would if I could
But it seems impossible to do
(I just can't seem to behave myself)

Hey little brother
Just like my other
Why don't you keep your hands to yourself
'Cause if you don't
I'm warning you
It could be dangerous to your health

Hey little brothers
You know our Mother's
Gonna give us a piece of her mind
'Cause if you don't keep your hands off my stuff
She'll take a piece of my behind

Chorus

Hey Mama, Mama
Let's stop the trauma
We've got to cut a deal
'Cause if we don't
I know my little butt is never ever gonna heal

Hey Mama Mama
Let's end the drama
Let me make it perfectly clear
I'll skip a meal
Or go to my room
If you will keep your hand off my rear

Chorus
Track Name: Winter Through My Window
Winter Through My Window

Winter through my window
Snow upon the ground
Snowflake upon snowflake
Without a sound

Breathing on my window
Fog upon the pane
Hoping that the snow won't
Change to rain

Clouds stole all the shadows from the trees
The winds have harshly stripped them of their leaves
And now the snow has brought these scarecrows to their knees
But Spring requires of them these yearly fees

Leaning on my window
Warm against the cold
A chill has come upon me
And I'm feeling old

Darkness fills my window
Three days, still it snows
Sleep begins to take me
As my eyelids close
Track Name: I Believe In Listening
I Believe In Listening

Sitting right here
Quiet as a mouse
Quiter than dust
In the corner of my house

Sitting real still
Closing my eyes
I can't be seen
'Cause I have disappeared

Chorus

Seeing is believing
I have heard it said
I believe in listening
There's more than eyes can see

I can't see the clock
Its hands still must turn
Who knows how long
I can sit this still

It's quiet in here
I think I could
Hear a pin drop
Evan a tear drop

Chorus

Listening for sounds
I hear my heart
Pumping my blood
From my head down to my toes

I'm happy inside
I think I feel
A smile on my face
I can even feel you smiling too

Chorus
Track Name: Hey, Stumpy, Watch This
Hey, Stumpy, Watch This

Hey Stumpy, I got a plan
Let's build an airplane
Launch off a ramp and learn how to land
Won't it be grand

I got the brains, and you've got the smarts
All that we need is a bunch of old parts
No, I'm not insane
Hey, let's launch the plan--Watch this!

Chorus

Stumpy Thicket went with Bo Britches
To Urgent Care he got 17 (29, 49, 59, 102) stitches
What a nightmare
Man, I'm never going back there

I'm going to turn over a new leaf
Always careful as a jewel thief
From now on

Hey Stumpy, been thinking again
Let's build a dragster with wheels that spin
And smoke and squeal
Man, I'm talking unreal

We'll take that lawn mower rusting away
Juice up the engine, jacked all the way
You'll see, my man
It's a foolproof plan--Watch this!

Hey Stumpy, listen to this
I've got a plan and this time it can't miss
Let's make a chute
You know, a big parachute

A bit of clothesline and a bed sheet
I'll jump off the shed and land on my feet
Ah, for heaven's sake
It's a piece of cake--Watch this!

Chorus
Track Name: Put Me On Your Shoulders
Put Me On Your Shoulders

I'm so small but you are oh so tall (you are so small)
Let me hold your fingers so I won't fall (so you won't fall)
If you put me down I'll fret and cry (don't fret and cry)
And you'll wipe the tears out of my eyes

Chorus

Pick me up
And put me on your shoulders
Carry me
All the way home
(repeat)

Bounce me up and down, I'll hold on tight (I'll hold you tight)
Run around the yard pretending flight (pretending flight)
If I bump my chin you'll comfort me (I'll comfort you)
Tickle me and make me laugh with glee

Chorus

When I'm on your shoulders I feel bold (you are so bold)
But the air up here is kind of cold (it's not so cold)
Take me in the house, watch for my head (I'll watch your head)
I'll be tired but not ready for bed

Chorus
Track Name: How Many Times Have You Done This?
How Many Times Have You Done This?

How many times have you done this?
How many times today?
How many times have you done this?
About a hundred times I'd say

How many times have you gone a'looking
when you got there you hadn't a clue
'Till you went back where you came from
you didn't know what you came here to do
Hey hey hey hey...day after day

Well lately been trying to pull myself together
Pay no mind to what some people say
Learned I can't do a lot about stormy weather
Trying to make the most of every day

How many times have you been there?
How many times I say
How many times have you been there
About a hundred times a day

How many times have you gone a'looking
when you got there you hadn't a clue
'Till you went back where you came from
you didn't know what you came here to do
Hey hey hey hey...day after day

Well now, some folk seem to know right where they're going
Others wander lost it would appear
But those who know exactly where they came from
Are the ones who seem to know just why they're here

How many times have you done this?
How many times today?
How many times have you done this?
About a hundred times I'd say

How many times have you gone a'looking
when you got there you hadn't a clue
'Till you went back where you came from
you didn't know what you came here to do
Hey hey hey hey...day after day