Gravity Vacation

by Marsha Goodman-Wood

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Download includes album artwork as well as the Gravity Vacation Coloring Book!

Take a vacation from gravity to sing & dance to songs about science and to listen to positive social messages that will help you get your groove on! Fun for parents and kids alike!

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released February 11, 2012

All songs written by Marsha Goodman-Wood, who also sang lead & most harmonies, and played guitar.
Produced, mixed and mastered by TJ Lipple, who added drums, bass and lots of other fun sounds.
Photography & artwork by Miriam Cutelis.
Recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA on September 28, 2011.

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Marsha Goodman-Wood Washington, D.C.

Marsha Goodman-Wood mixes science lessons & positive social messages into songs that are just plain fun. Her quirky, smart compositions take on topics from astronomy to nonconformity to biology. She takes inspiration for her lyrics from the creative kids she's raising & teaching, bringing a parent's eye for connecting with audiences, & a music teacher's sensibility for what works to move kids. ... more

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Track Name: Why Can't You Dance On Jupiter?
Why can’t you dance on Jupiter?
‘Cause it’s a planet that’s mostly made of gas.
Oh, why can’t you dance on Jupiter?
Well, there’s no place to put your feet – no dirt, no grass.

But I wonder if you could dance on Jupiter’s moons?
There are quite a few of them to choose from.
Scientists have found at least sixty-three moons.
There must be one where you could get your groove on.
Oh, there must be one that you could bust a move on.

The four largest moons of Jupiter:
Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede
Were first discovered long ago by Galileo
Who found a telescope was all that he would need.

But did he wonder if you could dance on Jupiter’s moons?
There are quite a few of them to choose from.
Astronomers have found at least sixty-three moons.
There must be one where you could get your groove on.
Oh, there must be one that you could bust a move on.

One of the best known features of Jupiter.
Is a storm called the Great Red Spot.
It’s large enough to fit two or three Earths inside.
And it never goes away – no it does not.

But still I wonder if you could dance on Jupiter's moons?
There are quite a few of them to choose from.
Scientists have found at least sixty-three moons.
There must be one where you could get your groove on.
Oh, there must be one that you could bust a move on.

Our Solar System’s largest planet is Jupiter.
It’s the fifth planet from the sun.
But if you can’t dance on Jupiter,
We’ll cut a rug right here on Earth, ‘cause it’s more fun!
Oh yeah, we’ll dance right here on Earth and have some fun!
Track Name: Sheep Don't Wear Shoes
Sheep don’t wear shoes
They tell me sheep don’t wear shoes
And though I’m usually good
And though I try to obey
Maybe it’s time to refuse

I’m a sheep with the blues
Because I wanna wear shoes
They say it’s never been done
They ask me how will you run?
But now I’m sharing this news

My friends try and tell me
What they think is cool
But if I blindly listen
It's me who's the fool
I'll rely on my fine wooly head
I must follow my heart – I’ll no longer be led.

Sheep don’t wear shoes.
They’re saying sheep don’t wear shoes.
And though I think they mean well
And though I’ve heard the advice
Maybe it’s time to refuse.

Why should I go without shoes?
‘Cause they say sheep don’t wear shoes.
I think I’ll wear what I want
I think I’ll find my own way
What have I got to lose?

My friends try and tell me
What they think is cool
But if I blindly listen
It's me who's the fool
I'll rely on my fine wooly head
I must follow my heart – I’ll no longer be led.

Sheep don’t wear shoes
They still say sheep don’t wear shoes
But you see, now I don’t care
I say I’ll wear what I’ll wear
I’m gonna form my own views.

Sheep don’t wear shoes
They're saying sheep don’t wear shoes
And though I think they mean well
And though I’ve heard the advice
I’m gonna form my own views
I need to form my own views
I’ll always form my own views
I’ve got to form my own views!
Track Name: Ninja School
I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
So I can learn to be quiet and stealthy
I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school –
I’ve heard all that exercise is healthy

And I can learn about self discipline
Martial arts help that I hear
And I will learn to detect danger
Helping my friends if it draws near

And I’ll only use my skills
When there are bad guys to defeat
When I wear my sleek black uniform
I’ll be light and nimble on my feet

I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
So I can learn to be stealthy and quiet
I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
And I’ll eat a vegetarian diet

And when I complete my training
I’ll still be gentle and kind
Yet to match my sharp reflexes
I’ll also sport a keener mind

Because it’s all about the balance
That’s a lesson for all to know
Keep everything in balance
That’ll help you often as you grow

I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
So I can learn to be quiet and stealthy
I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
Even if it won’t make me wealthy

‘Cause when you know you’re helping out
The good deed is its own reward
We can help in many ways
Sometimes Ninjas do it with a sword

And when I complete my training
They’ll marvel at my skill
But I’ll only help the good guys
Because I’ve got the heart and I’ve got the will

I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
Yeah, I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
I think I’m gonna go to Ninja school
Track Name: The Penguin Song
I have learned a lot about penguins
I know they don’t live in France
They live near the South Pole
Near the Antarctic Circle
And I can do the penguin dance!

You use your flippers as a guide
As you rock from side to side
You stretch out your wings, and puff up your chest with pride
And then you tap, tap, tap your little webbed toes
And that’s all there is to it, that’s just how it goes

Oh, I’ve learned a lot about penguins
I know that they don’t prance
They swim in the water and they eat fresh fish
And they waddle when they do their penguin dance

You use your flippers as a guide
As you rock from side to side
You stretch out your wings, and puff up your chest with pride
And then you tap, tap, tap your little webbed toes
And that’s all there is to it, that’s just how it goes

I have learned a lot about penguins
I know they’re much bigger than ants
The Emperor is tall, and the Little Blue is small
But they all can do the penguin dance.

You use your flippers as a guide
As you rock from side to side
You stretch out your wings, and puff up your chest with pride
And then you tap, tap, tap your little webbed toes
And that’s all there is to it, that’s just how it goes

You use your flippers as a guide
As you rock from side to side
You stretch out your wings, and puff up your chest with pride
And then you tap, tap, tap your little webbed toes
And that’s all there is to it, that’s just how it goes!
Track Name: Spinach and Carrots
Spinach and carrots, and cranberry juice
Spinach and carrots, and cranberry juice
Spinach and carrots, and cranberry juice
Well, they sure do taste delicious
And they’re also good for you.

Broccoli and berries, and apple juice
Broccoli and berries, and apple juice
Broccoli and berries, and apple juice
Well, they’re healthy and they’re tasty, so you know they’re good food.

Well, you can cook ‘em up, or eat ‘em cold and have them for snack
You can cut ‘em up or sip ‘em down – put 'em in your lunch sack
You need vitamins and minerals to grow big and strong
If you eat your fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong!

Spinach and carrots, and cranberry juice
Spinach and carrots, and cranberry juice
Spinach and carrots, and cranberry juice
Well, they sure do taste delicious
And they’re also good for you.

Broccoli and berries, and apple juice
Broccoli and berries, and apple juice
Broccoli and berries, and apple juice
They’re healthy and they’re tasty, so you know they’re good food

Well, you can cook ‘em up, or eat ‘em cold and have them for snack
You can cut ‘em up or sip ‘em down – put 'em in your lunch sack
You need vitamins and minerals to grow big and strong
If you eat your fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong!
If you eat your fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong!
Track Name: Wear A Helmet
Wear a helmet – when you ride your bike
It’s not a question of what you like
It doesn’t matter how it affects your hair
It’s for protection because your brain’s in there!

Your brain’s important – you need it to think
It makes your feet go, it tells your eyes to blink
It’s involved in everything you do
Your brain is special, it’s what makes you YOU!

Wear a helmet on your scooter too
It’s not an option, it’s just what you do
It doesn’t matter if you’re not going far
You need to be safe no matter where you are

Your brain’s important – you need it to think
It makes your arm throw, it tells you when to wink
It’s involved in everything you do
Your brain is special, it’s what makes you YOU!

Wear a helmet – this goes for grownups, too
If they’re without one, what’s a kid to do?
You can remind them in a friendly way
To stay protected, so they’ll be OK

‘Cause even grownups can sometimes forget
That they should always wear a bike helmet
A nice reminder that’s politely said
Might just convince them to protect their head!

Wear a helmet – when you ride your bike
It’s not a question of what you like
It doesn’t matter how it affects your hair
It’s for protection because your brain’s in there!
It’s for protection because your brain’s in there!
It’s for protection because your brain’s in there!
Track Name: Nobody Likes Viruses and Germs
Gazillions of bacteria are living on this earth
You can find them everywhere from Washington to Perth
They're so tiny you can only see them with a special tool
And to stop those germs right in their tracks there is a simple rule:

It's good to play outside in the dirt and the sand
But before you eat or rub your eyes, make sure to clean your hands
Oh, it's fun to check out bugs and worms,
but Nobody Likes Viruses and Germs!

I bet you've learned to point your sneeze at your elbow
And I bet you always buckle up when riding in your car
So remember to wash your hands as often as you need
It'll send away those germs with great speed!

It's not usually the dirt you see that'll make you ill
But the tiny micro-organisms hiding in there will
Some bacteria are good, and help us out in many ways
Just wash away the harmful ones to limit your sick days

It's good to play outside in the dirt and the sand
But before you eat or rub your eyes, make sure to clean your hands
Oh, it's fun to check out bugs and worms,
but Nobody Likes Viruses and Germs!

I bet you've learned to point your sneeze at your elbow
And I bet you always buckle up when riding in your car
So remember to wash your hands as often as you need
It'll send away those germs with great speed!

It's good to play outside in the dirt and the sand
But before you eat or rub your eyes, make sure to clean your hands
Oh, it's fun to check out bugs and worms,
but Nobody Likes Viruses and Germs!
Track Name: Lies and Fish
Well, the sign says “lentil soup is now available”
But it’s been there for at least 11 months
And I wonder if maybe it’s time to change that stagnant sign,
Even if the change can’t happen all at once.

And the neon S-U-P-P at the pet store
Has burned out on their iridescent sign
And although right now the neon isn’t flowing anymore
Business seems to be doing just fine.

But these days I guess the business is changing,
Will they sell you any pet supply you wish?
No, apparently there’s no room left for truth in the aquarium,
‘Cause this store is only peddling lies & fish.

Perhaps the pet store's ethics need retooling
Unless you want some half-truths swimming in your tanks
But if you believe those fibs just have no place with your marine life,
You’re better off just telling them, “no thanks”.

But what has all this got to do with lentils?
Now the curiosity has gotten me.
I guess it’s just that I expect to find more truth in advertising
Whether it’s in stew or it’s under the sea.

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Track Name: Gravity Vacation
There’s no vacation from gravity,
It acts on every object that you see.
It’s the force of nature, that keeps us on the ground,
It’s the reason that the earth keeps on spinning round & round.
And gravity is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.

Gravity’s a force that never tires,
It has no need for batteries or wires.
The force keeps pulling twenty-four hours a day.
It never takes a coffee break, so things don’t float away.
And gravity is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.

Inertia is the tendency to move,
When your body is already in the groove.
And when your body is happily at rest,
Newton’s Law of Motion says to stay there is the best.
And inertia is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.

I’ve been fighting inertia for too long,
Whichever way I go, it seems all wrong.
When I want to stop, something makes me have to go.
Or I’d start up right away, but inertia makes me slow.
And inertia is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.

Newton discovered the laws of gravity,
One day while sitting underneath an apple tree.
An apple fell and hit him squarely on the head,
But instead of getting mad, he hypothesized instead.
Now gravity is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.
And inertia is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.

Gravity is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.
And inertia is not just a good idea,
It’s the law, la-la-la-la.
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