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Colin Pearce | Billabong Songs With Uncle Colin and Koala Ted

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Billabong Songs With Uncle Colin and Koala Ted

by Colin Pearce

Sing-along songs and funny interruptions with Uncle Colin and the Annoying Koala Ted. Two year year olds go insane over it. Sales reps steal it from their kids to sing along on long road trips. Character-building themes, fantastic fun and memories.
Genre: Kids/Family: Sing-Along/Interactive
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1. It's Good to See You Mate
3:01 album only
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2. No Worries Mate
2:00 album only
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3. The Pig Song
2:05 album only
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4. Why Can't You Be Content?
2:31 album only
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5. Kookaburra Sits On the Old Gum Tree
1:51 album only
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6. Suzie Had a Baby
2:04 album only
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7. Thankyou, Thankyou!
1:52 album only
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8. What's Your Best Gift?
1:32 album only
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9. If You're Too Freckly...
2:25 album only
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10. If You Tell a Lie
1:56 album only
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11. I Was Only Foolin
3:54 album only
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12. Down By the Sea
1:55 album only
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13. Honestly, Honesty Is the Best Policy
1:04 album only
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14. The Fighting Cod
4:59 album only
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15. My Bicycle's My Mother's
2:15 album only
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16. Don't Bite the Postman
1:23 album only
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17. Come and Be Mates
2:19 album only
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18. The Drover's Dream
2:37 album only
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19. No Worries Mate (Reprise)
2:13 album only
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20. Goodbye Song
2:04 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Character building fun songs for kids for singing along or listening and laughing. Uncle Colin sings in the sunset by the Billabong in Outbackj Australia and tries to talk about character but he keeps getting interrupted by Koala Ted – the amazing talking koala.

Re-released in digital format in 2015, Billabong Songs is a nutty collection of traditional and home-made songs Ted and I sing to weave in values that former generations cut their teeth on. We talk about values like these: Honesty, courage, mateship, never giving up, having a gratitude attitude, contentment, dreaming big dreams, and of course relentless and exasperating lashings of Suzy Had a Baby with all the stupid verses Ted can think of.

A few home truths about your kids’ values. I've got nothing against the Wiggles, but kids songs about jumping up and down and touching their toes and blowing their nose are fine. They have their place. However a diet of cartoons, Barbies, brmm brmmm cars, ditties and pretty songs does the same thing for little souls and spirits as a diet of jelly beans.

You’d be put in gaol if you only fed your kids jelly beans wouldn’t you? Are we getting the point here?

The kids in your life need all the value system input they can get. That’s why I created Billabong Songs. Fun, fantasy and values make a good diet.

“So…What is the suitable audience or age range for Billabong Songs?”

Dads and other lonley people who drive in the car a lot on their own
Grandpas or Grandmas
Teachers
Bossy people who need cheering up
Sad people who’ve forgotten how to sing

Oh yeah… and

Little kids – little to middle size – kind of 2 to 9
Little kids driving along in cars on holidays
Little kids going to bed
Little kids getting up in the morning
Little kids playing a bit

Look what happy mums, dads and kids say about the fun songs and character building words in Billabong Songs:

“Colin, your audio cassette tape of ‘Billabong Tales’ has been an overwhelming success. I cannot get into our car without Eve or Jarvis saying ‘P-l-e-a-s-e put on Uncle Colin’. Without a doubt, we have two favorite songs, ‘No worries mate’ and ‘Susie had a baby’.” Daniel Johnson, Brighton, Victoria (now of Colorado) .

Steve Mould, Ohio Health Care Assn, USA says,”My children thoroughly enjoyed Billabong Songs. My wife, who is manager at two children’s day care centres, listened to the tape. Her first comment was that she would like to have copies of the tape and video for the kids at the centres.”

And here’s something really, really funny. My children would not believe any of these stories but then they had children of their own. My grand children used to made a huge fuss – just like everyone else – if they were put in their car seats without Billabong Songs turned on. They don’t actually know Uncle Colin is their Grandpa!

Look at what Symon Scott, General Manager of Avondale Golf Club said:
I was fortunate enough to get Billabong Songs after I attend your presentation at the Golf Club General Manager’s conference in Adelaide late last year. I thought what a great Christmas “stocking filler” for my 4year old daughter, Elizabeth. It now resides permanently in the car and my daughter loves it. However ……. my wife and I think we are soon going to have to undergo therapy to try and remove the words and accompanying tune of “Suzie had a baby” from our minds! It has reached the stage that it just spontaneously blurts out of our mouths at home to the extent that Elizabeth screams out “stop singing that, you’re driving me crazy”. It has become the curse of “the waking up in the middle of the night to suddenly realize that the song is playing on your mind’s CD player with the repeat button stuck”. Other than for the potentially irreparable mental damage that it has caused, I would like to pass on our appreciation for the fun and educational songs and the sound moral values they possess (except of course Suzie had a baby!).

Order now and fight back for your kids.

Acknowledgements and Song Notes:
This album is the fruit of many people's wonderful talents and generosity.

First there's my long-term clever friend, audio engineer and music producer, Andrew Bayfield. What a genius. Every sound effect, whistle and toot that makes the sound so interesting is the result of his imagination and craft. He even substituted a steam train puffing sound that he'd recorded as a boy for a steam punt in the song 'Down by the Sea'. He dropped a bicycle off a roof to get the sounds for 'My Bicycle's my Mother's'. He didn't like the ending to the song 'The Fighting Cod' where I had written that the fish was caught and eaten. He refused to record it until I went to a coffee shop and wrote a new ending where the valiant old fish got a happy ending. Andrew is the best kept secret in the music and recording business.

Hand in hand with Andrew's genius there's Lily Grey. Visually impaired, but mind and hearing enhanced she made every song into a perfect arrangement with her immense keyboard skills. There was no limit to her patience and creativity.

Tim Power on saxaphone and Don Crook on the snare drum, made 'If you Tell a Lie' sound magic in my mind.

And then there's the singers. All the kids are grown up mums and dads with kids of their own at the time of republishing in 2015. The Pillar family; Rachel, Rebecca, Joel and my kids Sarah, Samuel and Simon all joined in with vim and vigour. You can tell how excited they were to be in the studio. And their dad, Trevor, another long time friend helped me out with some harmonies. In fact as I was composing the music I ran all the tunes past Him and his wife Margy to make sure they were up to standard.

And then there's a special mention. Music Sales Pty Ltd were very helpful to me at the time of re-publishing, in clarifying the mechanical copyright issues for 'Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree' and more importantly for finally tracking down the tune that had inspired, 'Thank You, Thank You'. I wrote that song in 1989. In the middle of the night about 15 years later, I woke up humming another song and realised it had been buried in my memory for 20 years and had similarities to my song. You see, I used to sing songs in a television show and one of them which I had only sung once, had emerged from my subconscious when I wrote 'Thank You! Thank You!'. The trouble was, I couldn't find the song nor its originators. I didn't even know what it was called. Only in 2015 at the time of this digital release was Music Sales Pty Ltd able to identify the song I had not remembered properly at the time of writing 'Thank You! Thank You!'. My words and theme are totally different and when the sheet music is laid side by side, the two are different enough not to be identical (in the intervening years I had not maintained the original notes in my memory) but here is the chance to acknowledge the two originators of the song that gave rise to mine which is, 'The Super Supper March' a superb song. Both of the originators have long died but they have left a huge legacy: Eugene Podanny and Theodor Seuss Geisel.

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