The Playground Zone (EP)

by Alphabet Rockers

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released June 6, 2016

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Alphabet Rockers Oakland, California

Alphabet Rockers’ mission is to make learning come alive through the beats, rhymes, moves and community of hip hop.

Their newest release The Playground Zone raises timely issues about race, ethnicity, neuro-diversity and community, employing old-school and contemporary hip hop music with street cred in ways that instantly engage young listeners. Fully kid-tested and approved!
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Track Name: Players' Life
Players’ Life
© School Time Music LLC 2016
Written by Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Shepherd, Aaron Horowitz

Chorus:
HEY - i just want you to know i wanna
PLAY - don’t stop just go - gonna
STAY - in the playground zone-
live that life til the street lights come on

Verse 1:
All my players - together - whatever the whether
We play wall ball, kickball, baseball, tether -
We’re all instant friends and we’re down for each other
No kingdom on the playground we’re kings and queens forever
Like swinging with your sisters, and sliding with your brothers
We all are the jam and It’s all peanut butter
It’s what it is - It’s how we get down
It’s the player’s life out on the playground!

Chorus

Verse 2:
Here’s the rules: there’s only one kind
Be courteous, cool, no one gets left behind
Take turns everything’ll be fine,
and we can sort it out when it’s clean up time
‘Cause what’s yours is yours, and what’s mine is mine,
and we can laugh together in the monkey bar line
It’s what it is - It’s how we grind
In the players’ life- it’s always playtime!

Chorus

Verse 3:
Tag! You’re it! - We’re back and we’re racing
This time we’re all in outer space, chasing
Check the swings they’ll fly you to the moon -
HEY, bring back a kick ball, we’ll need one soon!
Who’s up? Me! It’s my turn to swing
I pushed you, can you push me
As high as you can? Underdog, please?
Watch us as we do our thing!

Chorus
credits
Track Name: That's Your Name, Wear it Out!
That’s Your Name Wear it Out
© School Time Music LLC 2016
Written by Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Shepherd

Hey what’s your name? Kaitlin
Hey what’s your name? Kaitlin
Hey what’s your name? Kaitlin
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.

Hey what’s my name? Kaitlin
Hey what’s my name? Kaitlin
Hey what’s my name? Kaitlin
Yeah that’s my name - wear it out.

Like this:
Kangaroo kitten kiss
Hey now - kick kick kick
Kangaroo kitten kiss
Hey now - k- k- kick

CHORUS:
Do the sandbox
Stack the blocks up
Do the spinning top
Put your rocks up
Do the meatball
& the Spaghetti
All my rock stars
Are you ready?

Hey what’s your name? Tommy
Hey what’s your name? Tommy
Hey what’s your name? Tommy
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.

Hey what’s my name? Tommy
Hey what’s my name? Tommy
Hey what’s my name? Tommy
Yeah that’s my name - wear it out.

Like this:
Tiger tag turtle top
Hey now - talk
Tiger tag turtle top
Hey now - t- t- talk

Chorus

[Your turn!]
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.

[Dance break]

Chorus x2

Breakdown:
Say your name wear it out - out
Say your name wear it out - out
Walk around the block
Walk around the block
Walk around the block
We OUT!
Track Name: Wiggle Jiggle (Featuring Bosko)
Wiggle Jiggle
© School Time Music 2016
Written by Bosco Kante

Wiggle
Jiggle
Bounce Pop
Lock it
Rock it
Don’t Stop!
Track Name: Oddball
Oddball
© School Time Music LLC 2016
Written by Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd

Introduction:
This song goes out to all the brains of the world
We all got them, they all work differently.
You feel like you don’t fit in? Well…

CHORUS:
I’m odd I’m weird I’m out of place
I’m a retro head from outer space
if you’re here and a weirdo just like me
Put an elbow up in the place to be

Verse 1:
You might not hear me, ‘cause I speak with my eyes
If you listen closely you might recognize
There’s a story being told so try to understand
If you can’t hear my eyes I can speak with my hands

Slide up to the sun, swim back down
Land in the kitchen, my food is pure sound
Carrots are kinda loud, peas are quite quiet
The beat it made when I bit down?------- I liked it.

Pre-chorus:
When I’m walking to school it’s just me
When I sing in my head it’s just me
I can do it, I can do it! Look it! Look it, I can do it!
Yea, you see all this right here? Well, that’s me.
When I’m dancing and swaying, it’s me
When I’m running from shade, it’s just me
The way that I laugh, or draw or do math
I’m-a I’m-a I’m-a I’m-a do me

Chorus

Verse 2:
When I’m feeling stuck or kind of out of luck
I put on my favorite shoes, which are really rubber ducks
Then I set out to take a long walk -- you know why?
Every step I take puts me closer to the sky!
And on top of all that? I land on the ground with a boom and a quack

I’m here - stuck - counting colors on our shoes
If I had it my way, I would paint them all blue
That’s the only color that makes me feel right
Otherwise I’m frustrated -- can’t see the light
Woah ----- it’s like this everyday!
All my odd family, let me hear you say -- Ho!

Prechorus

Bridge
Run on the sand
Jump off the rock
Swing through the tree
Jet through the clouds
Float through the atmosphere
Up to outer space
Bounce off a crater
Crash into Mars
Spin into stars
Slip through the milky way
On the rise now let’s take a ride and
You can drive my mind!
Now take us to the finish line….

Chorus (repeats)
Track Name: Gimme Some Skin
Gimme Some Skin
© School Time Music LLC 2016
Written by Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd with Music by Bosco Kante

Chorus
I need a hand - UP UP UP
Can I get a little help now? UP UP UP
Don’t let me down...
Can you be down, down, down?

I need help! UP UP UP
Can I get a little hand now? UP UP UP
Don’t let me down...
Can you be down, down, down?

VERSE
Once upon a time all lands were united
One world one life one sun was provided
One people - skin so beautiful
Tones like jewels - each one original
Flash to the future, story’s still the same
Reflections of the past - gifts that we claim
One legend that was passed around
“Everyone’s skin was a different shade of brown.”

my skin color is
your skin color is
my skin color is
your skin color is
my skin color is
your skin color is
my skin color is
your skin color is

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Skin color is a spectrum we know that fact
Highlight its beauty through high five contact
Human is human we have the same parts
Skin tones are different but not too far apart
Every high-5 is special because we are
The colors, together they raise the bar
Bringing us together, dropping that guard
Give me that rock - I’ll show you that star

CHORUS

Bridge (x2)
We stick together
Thick or thin
So gimme some
Gimme some skin

Breakdown (x2)
Let them know you’re alive
Put your hands up to the sky
Look somebody in the eyes
Rock that ultimate High 5

CHORUS
Track Name: Change the World
Change the World
© School Time Music LLC 2016
Written by Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Shepherd, Brad Dollar

Verse 1
Wishing for the day where we don’t have to hide -- who we
are, how we pray, how we love -- it’s all right
Everyone gets the chance to speak their mind
And people stand up - stand up for what’s right

How about you- would you make that change?
How about me - will i do the same?
Oh-oh-oh--

Verse 2
Wishing for a time when the world’s safe for all
And no matter who it is there’s help when we fall
No one feels alone - love is the call
And people feel safe without borders, or walls
How about you - would you make that change?
How about me - will I do the same?
Oh-oh-oh--

Chorus:
Wishing we could change the world
One by one we’ll change the world!
Yes, you know you - you change the world
So what will you do - you change the world

Bridge:
Wishing is hoping all our dreams come true
When things are broken I wish they were new
Wish I could fly, wish I could touch the sky
Wish you could hear me wish

Chorus

Outro
I wish we could change it, change it
What will you do? Yea, yea, yea yea
Let’s change it, change it, change it
One by one - we can change it! Yea, yea, yea yea
Change it, change it, change it
I believe I believe I believe we can change it
Change it, change it, change it
Together we change it!
Together we change it.
Track Name: Bonus Track: That's Your Name, Wear it Out! (Instrumental Classroom Mix)
That’s Your Name Wear it Out
© School Time Music LLC 2016
Written by Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Shepherd

Hey what’s your name? ______
Hey what’s your name? ______
Hey what’s your name? ______
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.

Hey what’s my name? ______
Hey what’s my name? ______
Hey what’s my name? ______
Yeah that’s my name - wear it out.

Freestyle Instrumental Break

CHORUS:
Do the sandbox
Stack the blocks up
Do the spinning top
Put your rocks up
Do the meatball
& the Spaghetti
All my rock stars
Are you ready?

Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.

Hey what’s my name? _______
Hey what’s my name? _______
Hey what’s my name? _______
Yeah that’s my name - wear it out.

Freestyle Instrumental Break

Chorus

[Your turn!]
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Hey what’s your name? _______
Yeah that’s your name - wear it out.

[Dance break]

Chorus x2

Breakdown:
Say your name wear it out - out
Say your name wear it out - out
Walk around the block
Walk around the block
Walk around the block
We OUT!