Back in the Zoo (EP)

by Jon Stammers

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Debut EP. Five animal-themed songs by Jon Stammers in various styles. Final track is in Welsh.

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released May 11, 2017

All songs written by Jon Stammers. Produced by Ian Walker. Vocals, whistling and clucking by Jon Stammers. All instruments by Ian Walker except: Magnus Forrester-Barker (guitar on track 1; ukulele on track 4); Matt Dawson (guitar on track 5).

Artwork by Mabon and Charmaine.

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Jon Stammers Wales, UK

Singer/songwriter in Bethesda, North Wales.

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Track Name: Penguin
A penguin slides down an icy slope
The penguin glides through the icy sea
But you and me
We don't get by so easily

Sometimes we don't talk a lot
Sometimes we don't talk at all
But when I call
You answer me, so we won't fall

When it gets cold
And the cold wind blows around
There's no shelter to be found from the icy storm/
I can keep you warm

Sometimes this world, it can seem so cold
And you regret the life you chose
But the penguin knows
What to do when the cold wind blows

When it gets cold
And the cold wind blows around
There's no shelter to be found from the icy storm
I can keep you warm

Let me keep you warm
Track Name: Panda Bear
So what is wrong with you now, panda bear?
You act like you can't even see her there
Why don't you go to her, and make her your panda bear?
(yeah yeah yeah)
There's not so many of you left any more
But you're sat there thinking and you don't seem sure
What are you waiting for?
You need to make lots more panda bears

It's not easy when you find the one you want
Trying to get close to her
You're afraid that she might not want you
But wouldn't it be worse never knowing for sure?

So what is wrong with me now? Why can't I
Walk up to her and look her in the eye?
Why must I be so shy?
Why can't I tell her I like her
(I leave it far too late and still can't ever tell it straight)
We play these games and we don't play fair
It's dog eat dog, and people just don't care
So what hope is there for a gentle panda bear?

It's not easy when you find the one you want
Trying to get close to her
Yes, you might just make a fool of yourself
But it might be much worse never knowing for sure

So what is wrong with you now, panda bear?
You act like you can't even see her there
Why don't you go to her, and make her your panda bear?
Track Name: Elephant in the Room
There's an elephant in the room, but I don't wanna talk about it
A general atmosphere of doom, and both of us could do without it
An atmosphere of fear and dread, because this great big thing's just hanging over our head
It's gonna get on top of us soon, but I don't wanna talk about it

I've got this monkey on my back. I can't seem to get rid of it
I thought it might cut me some slack, but oh no, not a bit of it
I thought it might just go away, if I kept on ignoring it and didn't play its games
But it's still there. I can't seem to get rid of it.

I know it's time to take this bull by the horns
I know we need to talk it through
I don't know, maybe the cat's just got my tongue
I'm such a chicken when it comes to you

We've got this tiger by the tail. No way we can let go of it
Or it'll get us without fail. Then everyone will know of it
It's running wild. What can we do?
It's time to get all these animals back in the zoo
There's an elephant in the room, but I don't want to talk about it.
Track Name: Big Fat Hairy Monster
The other day I saw a big fat hairy monster
With a big fat scary head
And now I'm scared
That that mean old monster wants to see me dead
The other day I saw a big fat scary monster
With big fat hairy legs
And now I'm scared
That that mean old monster wants to see me dead

Stay inside all day
No, I don't want to go out
I'm not going out today
There's people out there who've got guns and knives
We need to guard our lives
I saw the papers yesterday
Something about some psycho killer dragging little kids away

The other day I saw a big fat scary monster
With a big fat hairy head
And now I'm scared
That that mean old monster wants to see me dead

Keep looking around
And keep those ears pricked for the least suspicious sound
There's people out there who might beat me, rob me, defraud me or eat me
I watched the news the other day
Looks like the whole world's full of terrorists trying to blow us all away

A lot of things I could do
But I might mess up or just not be able to
There's people out there who'd do better than me
Plus way too much bureaucracy
I heard a bunch of people say about how the government's trying to take all of our hard-earned rights away
Track Name: Llygod Mawr yn Dod
Ma ‘na lygod yn y tŷ
Paid gadael y rhai mawr i mewn
Ma ‘na lygod yn y tŷ
Ond paid â gadael y rhai mawr i mewn
Llygoden bach yn cysgu yn y tŷ
Llygoden bach yn deffro ac i ffwrdd â hi
I ffwrdd â chdi
I ffwrdd â ni!
Ac nawr ma’r llygod mawr yn dod!

Weles i lygod yn y tŷ – allan o gornel fy lygad i
Weles i lygod yn y tŷ – allan o gornel fy lygad i
Llygoden bach yn nythu yng nghornel y tŷ
Llygod bach ym mhobman felly ffwrdd â ni
I ffwrdd â ni
Ond ble’r awn ni?
Ma’r llygod wedi dod!

Gei di ddod adre efo fi? Dwi’m isio mynd yna ben fy hun
Gei di ddod adre efo fi? Dwi’m isio mynd yna ben fy hun
Sbia mewn trwy’r ffenest. Be weli di?
Llygoden mawr yn sbio ‘nôl arnom ni!
Yn dychryn fi
I ffwrdd â ni!
Ma’r llygod mawr yn dod!

Ma ‘na lygod yn ein tŷ – yn bwyta popeth sy gynnon ni
Ma ‘na lygod yn ein tŷ – yn malu popeth sy gynnon ni
Llygod mawr yn rhuthro trwy ein tŷ
Ma’r llygod yn difetha ein bywyd ni
Ond be nawn ni
O be nawn ni?
Ma’r llygod wedi dod!