Take It Easy

Caspar Babypants’ Take It Easy is so soothingly satisfying, I’ll play it at home even when my child isn’t around. I enjoy the instrumental imagery of the original, but for storytime I wanted something that could involve the audience more, so I’ve swapped the actions for movements that toddlers can perform.

And as usual, I’ve significantly simplified the chords. Head on over to Caspar Babypants’ site to read the full lyrics and chords or to this site to hear a sample of the song. Make sure that your library holds a copy of the source album, Night Night! to put in your patron’s hands after you’ve sung it together. Also playable (and closer to the original) in G/D/Em.


Take It Easy
       C

Gonna clap my hands in the forest
                     G7

Clap my hands in the wood
       C  

Gonna clap my hands in the forest
                 G7        C

So the deer can feel real good
C

Oh oh, some say it's easy
                    Am

So take it easy for me
       C

Gonna clap my hands in the forest
                 G7        C

So the deer can feel real good

Verses
Gonna shake my shaker in the mountains, shake my shaker on the ground... So the bears make a growly sound
Gonna splash my toes in the water, splash my toes in the sea... So the fishes can dance with me
Gonna sing my song in the city, sing my song in the town... So the babies can all get down

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Loud and Quiet

Have you listened to Caspar Babypants yet? The music is energetic, playful, and non-patronizing. There are awesome videos, and the guy even shares his lyrics and chords on his website. If your library doesn’t own his whole catalogue of children’s music albums already, I encourage you to remedy this oversight immediately.

This autumn I started playing Loud and Quiet with my toddlers and preschoolers. We all practice meowing loudly and quietly, and then I pull out my puppets and we loud/quiet whatever I have in my bag that day. It’s been a big hit both with and without the ukulele.


Loud and Quiet
         A

[MEOW!] Loud cat loud cat loud cat. Loud cat loud cat loud.
        D

[meow] Quiet cat quiet cat quiet cat. Quiet cat quiet cat now.
           A

[RIBBIT!] Loud frog loud frog loud frog. Loud frog loud frog loud.
          D

[ribbit] Quiet frog quiet frog quiet frog. Quiet frog quiet frog now.

Verses
Other animals...



P.S. Don’t know the song? When I’m braver I’ll try to record it. Meanwhile you can listen to a sample on cdbaby (track 10).