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Lyr Req: Branching Out (John Gorka)

18 Apr 01 - 10:08 AM (#443375)
Subject: When I grow up I'm gonna be a tree
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I think Dave Mallett wrote the words. Anyone got 'em?

When I grow up I'm gonna be a tree
Gonna spend my days with the birds and the bees
And the squirrels, they can count on me,
When I grow up to be a tree.

Refrain is something like:
I'm gonna reach, I'm gonna reach,I'm gonna reach, Reach for the sky.


18 Apr 01 - 10:17 AM (#443380)
Subject: Lyr Add: BRANCHING OUT (John Gorka)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

DUH!!! It's John Gorka, and the words are here, thank you Google:

BRANCHING OUT
Words and Music by John Gorka (Blues Palace Music/ASCAP)

When I grow up I wanna be a tree
Gonna make my home with the birds and the bees
And the squirrels, they can count on me
When I grow up to be a tree

I'll let my joints get stiff, put my feet in the ground
Take my winters off and settle down
Keep my clothes 'til they turn brown
When I grow up I'm gonna settle down

And I'm gonna reach, I'm gonna reach
I'm gonna reach, reach for the sky
I'm gonna reach, I'm gonna reach
I'm gonna reach 'til I know why

When the Spring comes by I'm gonna get real green
If the dogs come by I'm gonna get real mean
On windy days I'll bend and lean
When I grow up I'm gonna get real green

If I should fall in storm or slumber
Please don't turn me into lumber
I'd rather be a Louisville Slugger
Swingin' for the seats

I'm gonna reach, I'm gonna reach
I'm gonna reach, reach for the sky
I'm gonna reach, I'm gonna reach
I'm gonna reach 'til I know why


18 Apr 01 - 10:17 AM (#443381)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When I grow up I'm gonna be a tree
From: Erica Smith

John Gorka wrote that song -- it's on his first album, "I Know." If I can remember all the words during my work day, I'll post them later! Erica

interesting tidbit: both Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky sing backup on the original version of that song.


18 Apr 01 - 10:18 AM (#443382)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When I grow up I'm gonna be a tree
From: MMario

Isn't google great?


18 Apr 01 - 11:52 AM (#443447)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When I grow up I'm gonna be a tree
From: SINSULL

Now make like a tree and leave!
Not really. Just been waiting for years to use that line.


18 Apr 01 - 05:13 PM (#443733)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When I grow up I'm gonna be a tree
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I taught the song to some of my 8-10 yr old kids today. It remains to be seen how it works as a sing-along song.