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Track Name: stop to say hello
put your hand out and look in her eyes and let her know that its all right
don’t let her see that you’re shy, the love that you hide in your trembling hand makes her quiver
inside the little goats mind, inside the little goats mind of black and white
friend or foe? are you mellow are you yellow? have you got good vibes?
‘cause you know she’s gonna know it when you open up to show it as you stop to say hello

so…put your hand out and look in her eyes and let her know that its all right
let her see that your fine to just be friends, yeah you know we’re just friends we’ve got nothing to hide
away from the world, we just hide away from the world just me and the girl
there’s a tremble inside when I look into her eyes and I see in to her mind
and I know she understood what I tried to say in an animal way

billy goats gruff has had just about enough of you trying to be tough with her roughing her up
you have to undress before she lets you caress the hair under her chin
the bearded lady’s got beauty inside, she doesnt need any make-up to hide
you don’t have to brush your hair, no she doesn’t have to brush your hair

so…put your hand out and look in her eyes and let her know that its all right
let her see that you’re you, yeah just be you, you can only be you
you’ve got beauty inside, you’ve got beauty inside, we’ve all got beauty inside
in some you wouldn’t know it, for one reason or another some would hide it from the goat
but what they don’t know is that they open up to show it when they stop to say hello
what you don’t know is that you open up to show it when you stop to say hello.
Track Name: the show
we're off to see the circus
to watch the dancing bears
riding on their bicycles
the people sit and stare
they're laughing at their dancing
and they're dancing 'cause they're hungry
but they won't be eating they'll be beaten
by their master with a chair

so we're off to see the circus
with the boxing kangaroos
bouncing wearing shorts on
to cover up their bruises
if he loses he'll be shot
and it is that that makes him fight
it's not as if he chooses
to come and do this every night

but the people always pay
there's money to be made
and it is that what makes the master
treat the animals this way
he fills it every night
the big top shinning bright
all the animals are fighting
for their lives

once we've seen the circus
we'll go running round the zoo
where the animals aren't dancing
they just sit and look at you
if some of them are sleeping
we'll just tap to wake them up
it's not as if we're asking them to do very much

but we want to see a show
a skydive, a tight rope,
a sword fight or catching apples
we'd come all the time
be at the front of the line
if the animals were fighting
for their lives

we're off to see a bullfight to fight a bloody bull
listen to the band play we'll stay to watch him fall
he'll die right here in front of us
we'll take the red flag home

riding on the elephants
with chains around their feet
paintings on their faces
pink skin underneath
a tiger tied to a table
you don't need cages he's got no teeth
a metal rod to beat him
to photograph the beast

a crowd gathers round
to watch the junkie clown
it's a monkey with a hat on
collecting coins
the crowd goes home
the animals go nowhere
tomorrow there will be another show

don't go
Track Name: oh this tree
if you saw what i see
a home a life a way to be
oh this tree

a squirrel just waved at me
his home, my home
doors are free
come sit on the root of this tree

a pen in one hand
the other hand free
to pick, to light, to flick from the sight
of magic in your eyes

if something dies the ground will rise
everything's meant to be

the birds and the bugs and the trees and me
are looking for mammals that are hard to see

but if you sit and close your mouth
they make a noise of their whereabouts

if you saw what i see
a home a life a way to be
oh this tree
Track Name: happy as happy
if i cut myself by accident
while playing with a knife
i know that i will have to be
more careful in life
so don't moan
and if i spill the milk i don't mind '
cause the cats will lick it up
they're better than a mop
because they know they're not allowed it
but whatever makes them happy
makes me happy more
and if everybody's happy
then there's no need for war
so don't groan
'cause if you try and take my energy
i will try and take yours
i give up on this battle
i can't fight anymore
so i'll go
tree hugging, disappearing
because i'm vibrating so high
my view is pixelating
because of the blanket i ride
and now that everything is connected
i've found the meaning of life

and it's just to be happy
i'm a happy chappy
and i'm swimming around
in my goldfish bowl
and i forget what i'm saying
but i'll find it again
when the animals sing
to all of me and my friends
and the energy beams into me
from a tree where we're stood underneath
i can see what i mean
so i sing doo bee doo bow

i can't seem to stay happy
i'm being pulled down
so i don't disappear
i need to stay grounded
so that i can stay here
and see what i'm seeing
in a state of pure being
and sort out the mess
that's part of the test
in which i make the rules
and the questions i ask
make me seem like a fool
but only to people
that don't question at all
so it won't pull me down for long

and i'll be happy as happy
i'm a happy chappy
and i'm swimming around
in my goldfish bowl
and i forget what i'm saying
but i'll find it again
when the animals sing
to all of me and my friends
and the energy beams into me
from a tree where we're stood underneath
i can see what i mean
so i sing doo bee doo bow