Lowry Olafson Songwriting Workshop Results

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These are samples of the resulting songs and lyrics from Lowry's School Workshops
"From the Page to the Stage in One Day"
click on the following songs for their lyrics / audio
 

ALL THE WORLD IN ROSE POINT
© 2013 Rose Point School, Vancouver, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   All the World in Rose Point

Chorus:
All the world in Rose Point,
Kids from many lands,
Everybody learns together
Hand in hand in hand.

Our school adventure has just begun
We love to learn, it’s lots of fun.
And when we work together
The sun comes out,
And everybody shines,
Everybody shines!

Chorus

In the ancient forest
On Musqueam land,
In the Pacific Spirit
Is where our school stands.
When we help each other, faces bright,
Everybody smiles,
Everybody smiles!

Chorus


BE NICE, BE KIND
© 2014 Serpentine Heights Elementary School, Surrey BC and Lowry Olafson 

  -- listen to  Be Nice, Be Kind 

Chorus:
Be nice, be kind
To one another, and you'll find
The path that leads to a better world
For every boy and every girl, every time.

A caring smile can spread
Like sunshine on a summer day
So open up your heart
This is what we have to say…

Chorus

Respect and trust can grow
When everybody works as one
Just think what we could do
And when we help, it's so much fun!

Chorus

We hope you understand
Now that you've heard our song
Let's all spread our message
So everyone can sing along!

Chorus



BRAND NEW DAY 
© 2014 Sacred Heart School, Delta, BC and Lowry Olafson 

  -- listen to  Brand New Day 

Chorus
Life’s so short; savour every moment.
Live your dreams; the hours tick away.
Fill your life with a spirit of adventure.
Each sunrise brings a brand new day.

The world is like a canvas that each of us can paint.
Add your favourite colours, see what you create.
Each day becomes a masterpiece waiting to unfold,
When you let your imagination flow.

Chorus

Life is like a playground, climbing up and sliding down.
Sometimes you get bruises that make you want to frown.
But cuts and scrapes will teach you that even when you fall,
You can start again and stand up tall.

Chorus




COME AND PLAY WITH ME
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Come and Play with Me

Chorus:
Come and play with me,
You’ll have fun, you’ll see
Won’t you come and play with me.

We can ride down the slide, play hide and seek,
You can trust me, ‘cause I won’t peek.
We can_ swing on the monkey bars,
_ Kick the soccer ball, you and me.

Chorus

We can lay on the grass, find shapes in the clouds,
Run like the wind, and laugh out loud,
_ Climb up the fire pole,
_ Dig a hiding hole, you and me.

Chorus

We just met, you’re new to our school,
We could be friends, wouldn’t that be cool?
_ Everybody fits,
_We’re all part of this, you and me.

Chorus

Written with Ms. Irvine’s grade 4 class.



COUGARS ROAR 
© 2013 Mountview Elementary School, Williams Lake, BC and Lowry Olafson 

  -- listen to   Cougars Roar
                                      -- download the chords 

Chorus:
Cougars roar, Cougars try,
Standing tall, reaching high.
Cougars hope, Cougars dream,
All together, we’ll succeed.

We believe we can do it, do it, do it.
Believe in every boy and girl.
We know we’ll get through it, through it, through it,
Together we can change the world.

Chorus

We’re kind and we’re caring, caring, caring,
In all that we do and say.
Our hearts are for sharing, sharing, sharing,
Look at us, we’re on our way!

Chorus


EVERY BROKEN WING CAN HEAL
© 2013 Anahim Lake / Tatla Lake Schools, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Every Broken Wing
 

Chorus:
Every broken wing needs faith and spirit
Every open heart needs love and care
Everything we dream
Everything we feel
Every broken wing can heal.

There was an eagle with a broken wing
Stranded on the shore
So I tied his wing with a piece of string
And I took him home, made a bed of grass
We fed him scraps,
Took care of him.

Chorus

And everyday, his wing grew stronger,
Everyday, the hurt began to heal,
Til the day arrived, he was ready to fly,
Take to the sky
And we set him free!

Chorus


GIVE IT A GO
© 2014 MacCorkindale Elementary, Vancouver, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Give It a Go 
                                      -- download the chords 

Chorus:
Give it a go, give it a try
Come on and give it a chance, give it your best
You don't have to be shy.
Give it a go,
If you believe you can fly
You may not have a lot
But give it all that you've got
Reach for the sky.

It won't always be easy
Sometimes you won't understand
You might trip, you might fall,
Feel a little bit small,
And you might need a hand but…

Chorus

If you've got the spirit
And heart full of dreams
Feel the passion inside
The courage to try,
You know you'll succeed, so…

Chorus


 HEALTHY KIDS
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Healthy Kids

Chorus:
Healthy kids are really great
Growing big and strong,
We’re healthy kids, let’s celebrate,
Listen to our song.

We like to run,
We like to play,
We like to jump,
And shout hooray! Hooray!

Chorus

Eat lots of fruit,
Drink lots of milk,
Get lots of sleep,
It’s what we need! Hooray!

Chorus

Make lots of friends,
And wear a smile,
It feels so nice,
Give it a try! Hooray!

Chorus

Written with Ms. Hancock’s grade 1 class.


I NEVER MET A FRIEND LIKE YOU
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   I Never Met a Friend Like You

Chorus:
I never met a friend like you.
You like to do the things I do.
You’ve always got my back,
You help me stay on track,
Everybody knows it’s true,
I never met a friend like you.

First you said “Hello, can you tell me your name?
What’s your favourite colour? I like blue.”
Once I got to know you, I was so glad you came,
‘Cause we are so much the same.

Chorus

You know it makes me happy, ‘cause now I’m not alone,
You always make me laugh and cheer me up.
We help each other out, there’s nothing we can’t do
We stick together like superglue!

Chorus

I never met a friend, _ never met a friend,
I never met a friend like you.
I never met a friend, _ never met a friend,
I never met a friend like you.



Written with Ms. Smith's grade 3 class

IGNITE YOUR LIGHT
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Ignite Your Light

Chorus:
Ignite your light,
Like a flash in the sky
Like a bolt of lightning,
We’re gonna fly!

We help each other grow,
We’ve got the courage to try.
At Uplands School we know,
And we keep reaching high___

Chorus

Each of us can shine,
All of us belong.
We show the red and black,
Together we are strong___

Chorus

We celebrate our school,
Wherever we may roam,
Forever in our hearts,
Uplands is our home___

Chorus

Written with Ms. Kantz’s grade 5 class.


KIDS IN A COUNTRY SCHOOL
© 2014 Mapes Elementary School, Vanderhoof, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Kids In a Country School 
                                                

We’re kids in the country at Mapes Elementary School
Playing together, working as one, that's cool!
We're loud and proud where the Silverbacks rule
Kids in a country school.

We love to learn and laugh each day
We’re country stars in our own way
We try to be kind
With every word that we say

Chorus

When somebody falls, we help them up
When somebody's sad, we fill their bucket
When times get tough
We never give up.

Chorus


MAKE IT SHINE
© 2014 Eagle Ridge Elementary, Coquitlam, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Make It Shine 

Chorus:
Make it strong, don’t stop trying,
You’re never alone
When you cross the finish line,
Let’s treat each other fair and kind,
Make it shine, make it shine.

At the start of the race, tense and scared,
Think win-win for everybody there,
And if you fall on your face,
There’s no disgrace, when everybody cares.

Chorus

When we’re learning at school, learning at life,
Keep your dreams and goals in sight
And when it gets tough,
Don’t give up,
And you’ll be alright!

Chorus


NARAMATA SUNSHINE
© 2014 Naramata Elementary School, Naramata, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Naramata Sunshine 

Chorus:
I love Naramata sunshine
Living under skies of blue,
I love Naramata sunshine
There’s always lots to do.

I can swim in the lake, paddle a kayak,
Walk around town, and watch the peacocks
Hike up to the tunnel to see the view
And you can too…

Chorus

I can go to the beach, climb a peach tree
Ride my bike, it feels so free,
Save my money for a trip to the candy store,
And so much more…

Chorus

Written with Kindergarten/grade 1 kids



NESIKA KNIGHTS
© 2013 Nesika Elementary, Williams Lake, BC and Lowry Olafson
  -- listen to   Nesika Knights 
                                      -- download the chords 
Chorus: Nesika Knights,
Red black and white,
We’ve got the heart,
We’ve got the courage.
Nesika Knights,
We’ll do what’s right,
It feels alright,
Nesika Knights!

Chorus

We respect one another,
We’re kind to each other,
We all work together as one.
We’re on a quest
To do our best,
And it’s fun. Yeah it’s fun!

Chorus

Every day’s a new adventure
With friends that we treasure.
There’s pride in our school,
And it rules.
Nous parlons Anglais,
Aussi Francais,
And it’s cool. It’s so cool!

Chorus


NINETEEN WAYS TO SHOW RESPECT
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Nineteen Ways to Show Respect

Chorus:
There’s 19 ways to show respect,
Show respect, show respect.
There’s 19 ways to show respect,
And we’re gonna tell you how.

You can listen when someone’s speaking, look them in the eye,
Keep your body still, it’s as easy as pie.
You can wait your turn, when you stand in line
And you can be kind, you can be kind.

Chorus

Say “excuse me,” “please” and “thank you,” and never interrupt
When you’re in the classroom, put your hand up!
Give a smile, you can hold the door,
And you can do more, you can do more!

Chorus

You can follow the rules, so everyone is safe,
Say hello and goodbye, respect each other’s space,
You can be yourself, and do your best,
To make us proud, make all of us proud!

Chorus

Written with Ms. Buzikievich's / Ms. Gartrell's grade 2 class.


 ROADRUNNER KIDS
© 2013 Chilcotin Road Elementary School, Williams Lake, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Roadrunner Kids
                                      -- download the chords

Chorus:
We’re Roadrunner kids, we run so fast,
Learn so much, it’s such a blast.
We’re Roadrunner kids, we love to go____
To Chilcotin Road.

It’s fun to share,
It’s fun to play,
We love to learn
And laugh all day.

Chorus

Everybody tries,
‘Cause we’re a team
We work together
You and me!

Chorus

We tell the truth
We play fair
Respect each other
‘Cause we all care.

Chorus




 ROCK LIKE A REDSTONE
© 2013 Tsi Deldel School, Redstone, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Rock Like A Redstone 
                                      -- download the chords 
Chorus:
We’re gonna rock like a Redstone
C’mon and rock like a Redstone.
At Tsi Deldel, every day,
We learn and grow and work and play,
We’re gonna rock like a Redstone,
We’re gonna rock!

High in the Chilcotin country,
Our school is on the Redstone land.
We speak our native language
Proud and tall we stand.

Chorus

We care about each other,
We love to have some fun.
Strong and kind and brave,
Together, we are one.

Chorus

The spirits of the eagle
Raven, wolf and bear,
Guide us on our journey
They’re with us everywhere.

Chorus


 ROUND AND ROUND
© 2014 Naramata Elementary School, Naramata, BC, and Lowry Olafson
  -- listen to   Round and Round  
 

Chorus:
Round and round, twirl and weave,
Skip around the Maypole,
Join the dance, hold hands with me,
Round and round we go.

 

Coloured ribbons_ blow in the breeze
Today we crown_ the May Day Queen
All the boys and girls_ dressed up so fine,
In a fancy line.

Chorus

Let's all gather_ as bagpipes play
In Manitou Park_ it's a beautiful day
To girls spread petals_ for the royal queen
Just like a dream, a Naramata dream.

Chorus


SOCKEYES ROCK!
© 2014 Central Elementary School, Chilliwack, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Sockeyes Rock! 

Chorus:
Sockeyes rock and we don’t give up!
Everybody’s welcome and we know what’s up!
We do our best Wo_oh!
We do our part Oh yeah!
Sockeyes rock
And we follow our heart.

At Central Elementary,
We’re a great big family
The song we sing together is the song for you and me.
Wherever we go, we never forget
To treat others with respect
We’re building our community
Who knows what we’ll do next!

Chorus

We learn something awesome
Each and every day
When we all participate
Working feels like play.
Whatever we do, we’ll never forget
It’s such a great place to be
All the Sockeyes rock
At Central Elementary

Chorus


TAKING TIME
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Taking Time

Chorus:
Taking time,
When we start our day,
To close our eyes
In a peaceful way.
Taking time,
To stop and breathe,
Go deep inside
And feel the peace.

In your quiet place,
As you hear the chime,
You begin to notice
The feelings that you hold inside.
You can focus,
Set your intentions
For a thoughtful and happy day,
To learn in a mindful way.

Chorus

In our busy day,
We can try our best.
That takes courage,
Perseverance, kindness and respect.
Everybody feels it.
You can feel it too.
Bring our hearts together
For a caring school.

Chorus

Written with Ms. Street’s grade 3 class.


TEAMWORK
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Teamwork

Chorus:
Teamwork is when we work together,
Teamwork is when we share the load.
Every time we help each other,
It feels much better, teamwork!

You can help me,
I can help you.
That’ll make things easier,
We’ve got a lot to do.

Chorus

You can pass the ball,
I’ll jump up high,
Catch it way up in mid air,
Give it my best try.

Chorus

It’s like a tug of war,
When you hold on tight,
You only win if everyone
Pulls with all their might!

Chorus

Written with Ms. Beckingham’s grade 2 class.


 THE CHILCOTIN NATION
© 2013 Alexis Creek School, Alexis Creek, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   The Chilcotin Nation 
                                      -- download the chords 
Chorus:
The Chilcotin Nation,
Where the mountains touch the sky
And the song of our people lives
In the land of endless time.

Wild horses roam
And salmon spawn
Lynx tracks in the snow
An eagle in a tree at dawn.

Chorus

Turquoise river flows
Stone woman heals
Hoodoos standing guard
As the sun sets on the open fields.

Chorus

Where the children play
Til the day is done,
Elders share the legends,
To the beating of the hand-made drums.

Chorus


WE'VE GOT IT ALL
© 2014 Naramata Elementary School, Vancouver, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen  to We've Got It All

Chorus:
We've got it all, it's been 100 years
Echoes in the halls, let's give a cheer!
We've got it all, though we may be small,
We’re standing tall, we've got it all.

We’re the Naramata Rattlers,
We have fun in the sun.
Our school is in the village,
We welcome everyone.
We each have a buddy
So we can learn and grow,
We've got spirit and we want you to know…

Chorus

We've even got a garden, we all lend a hand
And when it’s time for the talent show,
We know it’s gonna be grand.
We host Spaghetti dinner, pick the May Day Queen,
All of us are winners, we work as a team.

Chorus


YES I CAN
© 2013 Uplands Elementary, Penticton, BC and Lowry Olafson

  -- listen to   Yes I Can

Chorus:
Can I do it?
Yes I can, yes I can, yes I can.
Can I do it?
Yes I can, yes I can.

I like it when we sing a song,
I like it when we play.
I find that being positive,
Makes me shout hooray!

Chorus

It feels so good to be a friend,
Feels so good to smile,
It’s fun when we all get along,
It’s great to be a child.

Chorus

Written with Ms. Iwashita’s grade 1 class.


 


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