My Friend Christopher

by My Friend Christopher

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A roots soundtrack for every family's daily challenges like getting dressed, whistling practice, and trying to understand what the cat wants. My Friend Christopher will sing anything to get your attention, keep things tidy, and celebrate singing together.

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released December 10, 2019

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael J. Birthelmer at Pine St. Studio, Hamilton.
All songs written and performed by C. Eckart
Cover Photo by Andrew Eckart
Design by corbincreative.ca

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My Friend Christopher Hamilton, Ontario

Despite lots of wise advice, MFC is about to quit his day job and try to make it by making music for kids. Goodbye normal! Hello children!

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Track Name: Get dressed!
Get Dressed!
Get Dressed!
When you wake up in the morning get dressed!
Open up your sleepy eyes
Put your head in a shirt
Put some feet in your socks and get dressed!

Well you wake up every morning
So why do you look so surprised
When I give you the same old warning
You get a strange look in your eyes

What day is it?
Is it morning?
Who are you?
Where’s mommy?

Just listen up kid and get dressed!
Get dressed!
When you wake up in the morning get dressed!
Now I know you’d like to fake it and walk around naked
But the cat is acting weird so get dressed!


Dixie Break

Get Dressed!
Get Dressed!
When you wake up in the morning get dressed!
Open up your sleepy eyes
Put your head in a shirt
Put some feet in your socks
Put a leg in each hole
Take your pajamas off your head
Take your pants off again
You forgot your underwear
Do I have to spell it out
And tell you every step
Just listen to me kid and
Get dressed!

Please . . .
Track Name: Sophia Catalina
Sophia Catalina, Sophia Catalina
I’ll see ya when I see ya
Sophia Catalina
Please come home

You bite my ear in the morning
Then disappear without a warning
You push my hand with your face
I could never pet another in your place
Sophia Catalina stop breaking my heart and come home

Sophia Catalina, Sophia Catalina
I’ll see ya when I see ya
Sophia Catalina
Please come home

When I call you every night
Sophia Cat, it’s not right
I feed you fish open my house
You run away and you leave me a headless mouse
Sophia Catalina stop breaking my heart and come home

Sophia Catalina, Sophia Catalina
I’ll see ya when I see ya
Sophia Catalina
Please come home

Walk like a Cat
Talk like a Cat
Blink like a Cat
Wink like a Cat
Stretch like a cat
Sophia Catalina why you do me like that?

One of these days you’re gonna miss me
You’ll search around but you won’t sniff me
All my black clothes will still be black
And you’ll be crying at my door because you need me to come back!
Track Name: When you walk with a friend
When you walk with a friend
You take every step together
When the weather is fair
Or when it could be better
There’s a time and place
You know you’ll see their face
So you walk through the cold and rain
And when you get to the end
you want to go back again
Just to walk with a friend

When you walk with a friend
You know someone’s gonna be there waiting
On your way every day
They’ll call you if you’re hesitating
Every dog that sniffs, every tree you see
Is a sign along the way
That says this world is fine
This world is mine
Cause I’m walking with a friend today

When you walk with a friend
You’ll have someone there to see
When you find a lucky dime
Or lose your balance and scrape your knee
With a friend who cares
You’ve got somebody there
To split a chocolate bar or share bad news
You’ll know what to do
Cause there’s two of you
So you’ll never get the lonesome blues

When you walk with a friend
You take every step together
When the weather is fair
Or when it could be better
There’s a time and place
You know you’ll see their face
So you walk through the cold and rain
And when you get to the end
you want to go back again
Just to walk with a friend

When you walk with a friend
You know someone’s gonna be there waiting
On your way every day
They’ll call you if you’re hesitating
Every dog that sniffs, every tree you see
Is a sign along the way
That says this world is fine
This world is mine
Cause I’m walking with a friend today
No I'll never have the lonesome blues
When I'm walking with a friend like you
Track Name: It's disappointing to be eaten
It’s disappointing being eaten when you’re little
It’s disappointing being eaten when you’re big
You'd rather not have it done, cause it doesn't look like fun
You’ll lose your friends, you won't recover, it’s the end

It’s disappointing to be eaten when you’re swimming
It’s disappointing when you’re just standing there
Cause even if they do it kind or it’s a surprise from behind
Your poor mother won’t recover, your father'll lose his hair

It’s disappointing being eaten when you’re a hot dog
That used to be a muscle in a pig
You used to do a whole bunch, now you’re the lazy parent’s lunch
Being eaten is the worst thing that there is

Moralistic Interlude

It’s not so bad being eaten if you’re juicy
It’s not so bad being eaten if you’re plump
Because you grew on a tree and you’re filled with living seeds
That wanna take a ride on the poop slide - whee!!

And when their journey is through
They’re happy that they’ve been through you
Because you gave ‘em what it takes to be a fruit tree
Track Name: 'Cause you're a kid
You got your big toe sticking right outta your sock
You're chewing on your hair - you do it a lot
And every day when I call you for dinner time
The only answer that I get is a whine “Aww Dad!”

Cause you’re a kid
Is it something I did?
To make you show up one day
and never ever go away
Now you’re sleeping in my house and you’re refusing all my food
If you weren’t related to me it would be considered rude

You got a finger in your nose and a finger in your ear
Well I guess you’re only eight but it’s a wonder you can smell and hear
When I come home and you’re watching a video
You can’t even use your mouth and say “Hello”

Cause you’re a kid
Is it something your mother did?
To make you show up one day
and never ever go away
Now you’re sleeping in my house and you’re refusing all my food
If you weren’t related to me it would be considered rude

When I need to show you something you say “Just a minute!”
Then come back an hour later when I’m already finished
If I’m bored you tell me I should just find something to do
But if you can’t take care of children, what’s the point of you?

‘Cause you’re a dad
Well, I guess you’re not bad
But do you have to do that thing with your face while you sing?
And you’re always poking fun while we’re having none
I don’t know why you can’t just be a decent person like mom
Track Name: What a dad is for
You hold the can with both hands
You’re smiling - a lot
You lick the straw and your sticky fingers
‘Cause you can’t stand to miss a drop
You got a wrinkled nose where the bubbles go
And the colour of your mouth is off
I hear a slurp, and then a burp
Must be your first time drinking pop

You act like chocolate cake’s the reason
That you were born with hands
Why use a napkin for that ice cream?
When I’m standing here wearing pants
Just before you sneeze I see your chocolate teeth
And I wonder where we went wrong
I hear you blow, there’s chocolate snow
And the birthday cake is gone

Yodelling!

I made you soup, the way you like it
I took out all the little *bike horn* chunks
You’re sitting there, you just stare
You know what my dad would have done?
My eyes are wide, your mouth is tight
We’ve done this dance before
You fill your spoon, and then you drop it
I’m cleaning cold soup off the floor
‘Cause that’s what a dad is for
I always thought I could do more
But at least I got to yodel in one song
Yodelay-hee-hoo!
Track Name: Picture of a place
I’m walking in front you’re walking behind
Haven’t you heard of a thing called time
You're taking yours while mine is running out
You’re trying not to smile 'cause I’m trying not to shout
I’m cleaning spilled milk and I want to cry
You filled my whole crossword with the letter Y
You didn’t get dressed like I asked you to
Maybe today I’ll go to work in my pajamas too . . .

So help me I’m trying to see the beauty
Trying to be a little less moody
But I need you to help develop this negative
Into a picture of a place I’d love to live

Sucking on a cup with a lid on top
A row of middle-aged babies at a traffic stop
Sitting on a bench with a dog tied on
Looking down instead of looking where the little one’s gone
Work late, get up early, don’t forget to brush
See me walking hear me talking in a rush, rush, rush
I see you staring, see you caring about the drawings you do
When was the last time I cared about something like you do?

So help me I’m trying to see the beauty
Trying to be a little less moody
But I need you to help develop this negative
Into a picture of a place I’d love to live

So help me I’m trying to see the beauty
Trying to be a little less moody
But I need you to help develop this negative
The best picture of a place is
One where I can see all of our faces
That’s a picture of a place I’d love to live . . .
Track Name: Someone's singing
There’s a bird that won’t stop singing
(at the rising sun, at the falling rain)
I wish I knew what he was thinking
(If thinking’s even a thing in a little bird’s brain)
'Cause he’s certainly dedicated
(He always starts before dawn and keeps going too long)
Although the audience has dissipated
(Even the kids are dressed and life is moving on)
Could it be, he's just singing for fun?

Someone's singing, for fun
Someone’s singing cause they know it can be done
Whether people hear is not the reason we’re
Here opening our mouths
Let’s keep singing, just for us and not for the crowd

I know a boy who keeps on whistling
Even when nobody’s listening
But the train in his brain keeps moving along
So there’s nothing I can do but hop right on
I think maybe . . .
This kid is gonna be a professional whistler one day

Someone's whistling, for fun
Someone’s whistling cause he knows it can be done
Whether people hear is not the reason we’re
Pushing air in and out of our mouths
Let’s keep whistling, just for us and not for the crowd

I know a girl who loves to play
And it’s the same song every day
That’s why she’s getting better
So what can I do but let her play and play and play and play
I think maybe . . . her fun has just begun

She keeps playing, for fun
She keeps playing because she knows it can be done
She loves the way it sounds when it comes around
And goes on and on and on
So she keeps playing, cause she loves her favourite song

Let’s keep singing, for fun
Let’s keep singing, because we know it can be done
Whether people hear is not the reason we’re
Here opening our mouths
Let’s keep singing and whistling and playing,
just for us and not for the crowd
Let’s keep singing and whistling and playing our song
Just for us and not for the crowd

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