Chibi Kodama - Tiny, Magical People

by Chibi Kodama

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about

We, John and Yvonne Cullimore are the proud parents of four (soon to be five) little girls. We're a tribe of artists. We love stories, music, movies, paintings and crafts of all sorts.

I, John, have played for a couple decades in various genre. I've been in hardcore metal bands, I've done the grunge thing, and supported worship and folk bands as well.

Being lovers of music, there was a dilemma we would often face.

We parents have all experienced that long car ride with our little ones. The ride with the never ending, pandering kids songs playing on repeat. They bore their way into your mind and drive you insane.

In some desperate effort for some variety one day I made a playlist of some of my favorite 90's rock to sing along with. I wanted it to be fun,clean and playful. A great chunk of this consisted of songs by Weezer.

One afternoon my girls and I were headed down the road singing along to "Surfwax USA" at the top of our lungs.I grinned listening from the front seat.

Then I thought, "Oh man! This would be an excellent format for kids music!"

Thus, Chibi Kodama was born.

I wanted to make fun, loud, big music for young ones and families to enjoy. I wanted lyrics that could be playful, yet also encourage discussion, empathy and understanding.

I also wanted to enjoy cranking it up as much as the kids did. All in all, I was making music that I would want to listen to with my kids.

With our first release, "Tiny, Magical People" we explored a whole lot of sounds and themes. It was all an experiment and we were finding our way. Some of the songs have definitely stuck with us more than others and are going the distance.

When setting out to write and craft our newest collection entitled, "We're not going crazy... (We're just growing up)" we went in knowing far more as to what we wanted.

Our first album is a fun, sing along romp through the emotions of being young and not always knowing how to function and get by. The songs range from wild punk rock anthems with gang vocals, playful acoustic jaunts and even a few synth pop power songs of love and understanding.

Our hope and vision is that these songs can be tools in the hands of families as well as bringing great joy and hours of loud, rocking fun.

May we families hold right to one another as the crazy emotional roller coasters come at full force and realize that it's not that we're going crazy... We're just growing up.

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credits

released January 28, 2014

All songs by John Cullimore
additional vocals by Yvonne, Aletheia, Adarayn and Chasah Cullimore, with a special guest Audrey Rose Steiner on "Me Time"

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Track Name: Shorter Than Everyone
Sometimes it’s hard being shorter than everyone
Sometimes it’s hard being dragged around by everyone
Don’t lick this, don’t eat that, don’t chase the dog around like that
Sometimes it’s hard being shorter than everyone

But I have my ways
At the dawn of each new day
When the sun is barely peeking
My time has come

Wake up dad, you sleepy head
wake up mom, get out of your bed
It’s time (It’s time) To get up and play
It’s time (It’s time) to face a brand new day!

Sometimes it’s hard being bossed around by everyone
You get snatched up and dragged around by everyone
Come here now, don’t touch that, spit that out of your mouth
Sometimes it's hard being bossed around by everyone

But early in the morning
When my dad is snoring
When my mom is sound asleep
Into their bed I begin to creep
Track Name: Me Time
Sometimes my sister she gets on my nerves
follows me round and she wants my dessert
Sometimes my sister, she makes me so mad
But I feel like a whiner if I tell my dad

Why oh why won't they leave me alone
Just for one minute can I have a place of my own
I'm thinking that some "me time" would be good for my health
Just five little minutes to myself

Sometimes my brother he drives me berzerk
But I get in trouble if I call him a jerk
My mother she swears that he's really a great guy
But it's so hard to see it when he makes me cry

Why oh why won't they leave me alone
Just for one minute can I have a place of my own
I'm thinking that some "me time" would be good for my health
Just five little minutes to myself

Five little minutes...
Track Name: It's Time To Make Some Noise
Some days it’s not enough to play with all my stuff
Some days I need something more when toys become a bore
I got an itch inside my arms
And my body won’t stay still
I got an urge to open up my mouth and get real loud… and get real loud

It’s time to make some noise
Time turn off the TV and put away the toys
I’m gonna use my mouth to sing and shout
And make some noise

Some days it’s hard to smile when my mind is running wild
Some days I just can’t hold inside the feelings that I hide
I’ve got a song that’s in my brain
And it is driving me insane
I got an urge to open up my mouth and get real loud… and get real loud

It’s time to make some noise
Time turn off the TV and put away the toys
I’m gonna use my mouth to sing and shout
And make some noise

It’s time to make some noise
I don’t have to be afraid of the mistakes that I have made
I will open up my voice in front of all the girls and boys
And make some noise
Track Name: Mama, I'm a Warrior
Every day I wake with the drive to go outside and ride my bike
To see what the wind may bring my way today
Every day I wake with the drive to run outside and ride my bike
No runny nose can keep me down
no way

These roads, they belong to me
I was born with wheels beneath my feet
the sun beating down on my skinny arms
but my SPF will keep me from harm
When you see the blood on my elbows and knees
know that it’s not as bad as it seems
mama I’m a warrior
And warriors bleed in their dreams


When I wake I can’t shake away the urge to run out and seize the day
To see what troubles are hiding round the bend
When I wake I can’t shake it away
I’ve got to run out and get dirty all day
It’s who I am, mom
The shower will have to wait
Track Name: Just Because...
Friend I love it when you come over
Friend, I love it when we go outside and play
But just because you invited me over doesn't mean that I will do whatever you say

You may not think that I'm very cool
and maybe you'll call me nasty names
But don't go thinking that I'm a little fool
Just cuz I'm your friend it doesn't mean that I'm your slave

Just because you do it doesn't mean I have to do it
Just because you say it doesn't mean that I believe
And Any time you say I shouldn't tell my mom and dad
You best go run because you're bein' bad (Yes you are!!!)

Friend I love it when we go off on adventures
Friend, I love it when we build a secret fort
But it's not right to leave our other friends out
And you don't need to get all out of sorts

You may not think that I'm very cool
and maybe you'll call me nasty names
But don't go thinking that I'm a little fool
Just cuz I'm your friend it doesn't mean that I'm your slave

Just because you do it doesn't mean I have to do it
Just because you say it doesn't mean that I believe
And Any time you say I shouldn't tell my mom and dad
You best go run because you're bein' bad (Yes you are!!!)
Track Name: The Roach Waved "Hello"
Monday morning, dad is leaving, Gives mom a kiss and he heads off to work
If he had only known, what he was leaving, Maybe he would have stayed and fought for us

As mom was working, in the kitchen, She started screaming at the top of her lungs
I ran to see, what this could be, But nothing can make you ready for this

The roach was standing there in the kitchen
Like a creature from another dimension
To my surprise the roach opened his eyes
Lifted his four little arms to the skies

It waved hello to mama and me
What a sight for the world to see
I never thought I would see the day
That a roach would stand and wave

Mama fainted, and I was on my own, Like a warrior, in battle all alone
I had no sword, so what did I do? I gathered up my courage and my shoe!

Ready for battle I raise my hand high, And for a moment we were staring eye to eye
I breathed in deep, readying to try, But I could see in his expression that he didn’t want to die

It waved hello to mama and me
What a sight for the world to see
I never thought I would see the day
That a roach would stand and wave

I tried so hard to protect you mama
I fought to gather all the courage I could find
But the fear it took such of my poor heart
After all I’m only 9
I chased him round the kitchen
I chased him down the hall
I grabbed every shoe that I could find
Oh mama I gave it my all
But he was just too fast for me
And as the fight went on I began to see
That mr roach was only longing to be free!

He waved goodbye as it scurried on outside
He had a million children to fight for and keep alive
He and I had gained so much within our brutal fight
He turned to me and waved goodbye
Goodbye!!!!
Track Name: Different Like Me
I am different, And that’s okay
I want pickles on my pizza and I like it that way
I am strange, Strange as can be
The deeper that you look at me me the more of it you’ll see

You are different, and that’s okay
You like polka-dotted elephants and that’s okay
You are strange, strange as can be
The deeper that I look at you the more of it I see

If everyone looked like me there’d be nothing interesting left to see
If everybody looked like you there’d be nothing interesting left to do

I am different, and that’s alright
If it were up to me I’d eat spaghetti every night
I am fun, fun as can be
The harder that you look at me the more of it you’ll see

I am me
I’m the only me that I can be
You are you
Don’t try to be like me ‘cause I need you to be like you
We are only free if we can celebrate the difference between you and me
We are WE because you’re different like me

I can look at you and enjoy who you are
Track Name: Smile
My whole world lights up when I see you come around
I just can’t wait for each new day I get to spend with you
Wake up with me up and we will greet the sun together
Celebrate the life God’s given us forever

When you hold my hand
Look me in the eyes
Kiss my cheek and my spirit comes alive

Hey… you make me smile
With everything you say and do
Hey… you make me smile
There is no one in this world like you

As you’re growing older harder times will come
There’s no escaping all the struggles we’ll be facing
We can get through anything if you stay here by my side
Don’t ever believe that you will need to run and hide

So hang on to my hand
Look me in the eys
Listen to me tell you that you’re mine

Hey… you make me smile
With everything you say and do
Hey… you make me smile
There is no one in this world like you
Hey… you’re the brightest star in my sky
You can never change the way that you light up my life
Hey… sit down with me a while
Tell me all your dreams and let me make them real with you
Track Name: Mama's Bossy Friend
My mama’s got this bossy bossy friend
Their time together just never seems to end
Night or day he never seems to go away
Taking pictures and recording all the cute things that I say

When we’re talking he always interrupts
When out to dinner he always interrupts
When reading stories he always interrupts
I really hope his battery dies

Daddy’s got his own bossy friend too
When his friend is by his side then he will hardly look at you
But now and then she will hide and go away
And then we all have to help him hunt for his bossy friend all day

When we’re walking she always interrupts
When we’re driving she always interrupts
In the movies she always interrupts
I really hope his battery dies

whether we’re sitting in front of the TV
In Church or in the store it’s always quite sight to see
It’s hard to get mom and dad to turn and look at me
When their phone is in their hand

When his phone is in his hand, It’s always making such unreasonable demands
When her phone is in her face, it’s like she goes to outer space

I'm looking at this shiny little thing
It rings and flashes, beeps and sings
In my hands, maybe now I'll understand
If I'll push ALL of the buttons and do everything I can

I know you're talking but I really want my turn
. we're out to dinner but I really want my turn
Read me stories later, just give me my turn
Please Don't let the battey die

Now you can watch whatever you want on TV
In church or in the store I'll be quiet as can be
I doubt I'll even notice if you turn and look at me
When your phone is in my hand

Turn off the phone and play with me
It’s time to turn off the phone and read to me
It’s time to turn off the phone and snuggle while I’m home
Blink an eye and I might be grown
Track Name: Hard Times are Good Times
I know you’re tired, I know you’re angry
I see the look that’s in your eyes
You’re wondering if you should even try
But don’t give up, Get on your feet
This is where it counts
The times that hurt are the times we grow the most

I know it’s hard, to keep your head high
When you’re on your face in the dirt
It’s hard to crack a smile when life just seems to hurt
But don’t give in, it’s not the end
These are the moments you can win
Reach out and grab the hands you love the most

It’s easy to believe that your world is ending
When things get tough and your mind is bending
But muscles won’t grow if you’re sitting on the couch
Wasting all your time with a pout and a slouch

Lift your head high, Open up your eyes
See that you’re stronger than you have ever dreamed
God made you to fly, Not roll over and die
Struggle is a friend that teaches everything

Lift your head high, Open your eyes
See that you are so much more than all you have ever dreamed
God made you to fly, take your wings to the sky
Let struggle give you the courage to lift your voice and sing
Track Name: The Night Is The Time
As bed time draws near there comes a growing fear
Of things that might be hiding in the dark under my bed
When the room gets quiet
The world can feel so silent
Are these feeling real or only in my head

So what can you do when the creepies come to you?
Should I hide under my covers or go screaming to my mother?
When the thunder goes boom
is it really my doom!

Don’t give your fear an ear
Don’t give your fear a voice
Stomp it out!
Shout it out!
Jump up and rejoice!
Because the night is time
To remember all the things we’re thankful for...
And we don’t have to be afraid anymore (no! no!)

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