Song of the Day: Andrew Peterson and Randall Goodgame

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“Dreams” — this is my favorite song off of the Slugs, Bugs, & Lullabies album. Why? Simple. It’s got pirates, mad killer bees, and Zorbians. Yo ho ho. Any questions?

 

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


5 Comments

  1. Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    Dreams

    Well I’ve never marooned on a tropical isle
    Or flown an invisible jet
    And I haven’t floated a boat down the Nile
    Or figured out time travel–yet

    And I’ve never swung from a jungle trapeze
    Or found any dragons to slay
    And I haven’t been eaten by mad killer bees
    Or leastways, I haven’t today

    And I’m just a kid with a head full of dreams
    And a dream full of things to get done
    But all of my life it’s been spinach and greens
    And I’m ready to have me some fun

    ‘Cause I’ve never captained my own pirate ship
    That was laden with Spanish doubloons
    So many things I’ve yet to check off my list
    But hey, it ain’t even noon

    Well I’ve never flown on a rocketship bike
    Or battled a venomous frog
    And I’ve never ridden a horse through the sky
    Or learned to converse with a dog

    And I’ve never once rescued a maid from distress
    Or crept through a cavern of jewels
    Or happened upon a tyrannosaur rex
    In the trees at the back of the school

    And I’m just a kid with a head full of dreams
    And a dream full of things to get done
    But all of my life it’s the same old routine
    And I’m ready to have me some fun

    Oh, I’ve never spelunked in the caves of the moon
    Or stun-rayed a Zorbian fiend
    And I don’t have a tunnel dug under my room
    But who knows what tomorrow will bring?

  2. Dan K

    I do like this version much better than the food version from Appendix M.

    Also it’s great to hear the word spelunked in a song.

  3. Chris Hubbs

    My favorite part of this song (aside, of course, from hearing my two-year-old daughter cry ‘yo ho ho!’ in all the right places) is the conviction with which Andrew sings it.

    When I hear the lyric “or figured out time travel — yet”, I can just see the little boy of 7 or 8 with chin up and jutted jaw, determined that he will soon, in fact, figure out time travel.

    Great stuff.

  4. Ron Block

    @ronblock

    I’ll never forget the moment when, a few days after getting this cd, I came upstairs and my 7 yr old daughter was sitting there next to the cd player singing along for all she was worth: “And GOD MADE MEEEE, LIKE HEEEE MADE THE SEEEEEEEA…” My kids (and my self) have loved Slugs, Bugs, and Lullabies. It really captures the spirit of childhood. One of my favorite songs from The Far Country does the same thing; it’s the grown-up version of Dreams – A Little Boy Heart Alive.

  5. Jud

    I heart this album. It doesn’t hurt that I have a “Livvy Mae” of my own who gets all atwitter with excitement when she hears her name in a song.

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