Coal Train Railroad

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Coal Train Railroad is a collection of original jazz songs created by professional musicians in Nashville for kids. Newly released, Coal Train is receiving glowing reviews from parents, musicians, educators, music therapists, critics, and most importantly, kids.Written from a child’s perspective and covering such important topics as bellybuttons, juice, sharing, and snuggling, the songs are inspiring kids all over the world to dance, play, and use their voices to riff along with the musicians.

Produced by bassist Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Collective Soul) and featuring the charming, playful voice of Katy Bowser, Coal Train Railroad appeals to grownups, too. Not to mention jazz lovers: Coal Train Railroad features saxophonist extraordinaire and Grammy winner Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band) and widely respected horn player Rod McGaha. You’ll keep listening even when the young ones aren’t around!

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released November 24, 2009

Produced by Chris Donohue

All songs written by Katy Bowser and
Chris Donohue (CTRR Music/SESAC) except

“Snuggling Suits Me Just Fine”, written by Katy Bowser, Chris Donohue, and Kenny Hutson (Coal Train Music/SESAC, Jiggyfoot Music/SESAC)

The Coal Train Players

Katy Bowser - vocals
Chris Donohue - double bass, guitar,
percussion, vocals
Scott Hallgren - piano
Tanner Jacobsen - drums
Ken Lewis - additional percussion
Jeff Coffin - saxophones, clarinet, vocals
Rod McGaha - trumpet
Steve Keller, Daniel Noga - additional sound design

Recorded and mixed by Stephen Leiweke at
Yackland Studios, East Nashville, TN.

Additional recording at Bamboo Grove, East Nashville, TN.

Mastering - iV Music Group, Nashville, TN.

Website and Album Design
by Brannon McAllister

Thanks to: Portland Studios, Jocelyn Stevenson, Dr. Mary Ann Dudko, Steve Keller, Brannon McAllister, Cory Godbey, Tanner Jacobsen, Scott Hallgren, Jeff Coffin, Brian Hull, Rod McGaha, Stephen and Laurie Leiweke, Daniel Noga and Bryan Levay at iV Music Group, Brian and Kate Donohue, Alice and Matthew Smith, Tito Ortiz, Dorothy Carter, Kenny Hutson, Laura, Maeve, and Áine Donohue, and all of our treasured supporters and advisers.

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Track Name: My Mouth and Me
My Mouth and Me

Written by: Katy Bowser/Chris Donohue

I like to go ha, ha, ha
I like to go hee, hee, hee
I like to go (cluck, cluck, cluck)
We have a lot of fun my mouth and me
I like to go brrr, rrrr, rrr,
I like to go khee, khee, khee (Kermit style)
I like to go mmmmmmmmmmmm
We have a lot of fun my mouth and me

Amazing what my mouth can make
My lips and tongue and teeth
A million sounds more to be found
We have a lot of fun my mouth and me

Blubba blubba, blubba
I like to go wooooeeeeeee!
I like to go bubba bubba bubba bubba
We have a lot of fun my mouth and me

Amazing what my mouth can make
My lips and tongue and teeth
A million sounds more to be found
We have a lot of fun my mouth and me
Track Name: Bellybutton Stays the Same
Bellybutton Stays the Same

Written by: Katy Bowser/Chris Donohue

Eyes and elbows, fingers and toes,
knees and feet – they all grow.
My fingers get longer, my legs do too,
my nose looks neat, my face looks new.

No matter what my body has in mind,
one thing is for sure, I find –

My bellybutton stays the same.
My bellybutton never changes, no,
my belly button stays the same.
Track Name: Snuggling Suits Me Just Fine
Snuggling Suits Me Just Fine

Written by: Katy Bowser/Chris Donohue

Snuggling suits me just fine
A cozy blanket and a friend of mine
Can I borrow your toes
Mine are nearly froze
Snuggling suits me just fine

Two can get warmer than one
When the moon is out,
it may as well be sunny
Flannel or fleece
Your blanket or mine
Snuggling suits me just fine

Cozy as bugs in a rug
Ask me what's so special,
I'll just shrug
Cuddled with my buddy
What could be more sublime? Snuggling suits me just fine

If two get together, they can get warm
Weather any thunder, blizzard, storm.
Just put your arm around me - We'll get shoulder to shoulder.
We'll stay warm as it gets colder.
Track Name: It's Hard to Listen
It's Hard to Listen

Written by: Katy Bowser/Chris Donohue

It's hard, it's hard to listen
It's hard, it's hard to obey
It's hard, it's hard to listen
When I really, really, really
Want to do it my way


You say to hold your hand
But I wanna be a big kid
You say don't pick up things that break
I wanna do what you did
It's hard, it's hard to listen
When I really, really, really
Want to do it my way

EXTENDED PIANO TANTRUM

You say it's time to go
But I say five more minutes
You say that was five minutes ago
You open the door, say it's time to get in
But it's hard, it's hard to listen
When I really, really, really
Want to do it my way

It's hard to understand you
When there's all these things in my head
It's hard to pay attention
I don't think I heard a single word that you said, yes it's-

It's hard, it's hard to listen
It's hard, it's hard to obey
It's hard, it's hard to listen
When I really, really, really, REALLY.....
Want to do it my way
Track Name: I Need A Nap
I need a nap, I’m feeling blue. I’m cranky like a crocodile, I’m terribly rude. I need a nap, I’m feeling red. I’m throwing tantrums and I need to go to bed. I need a nap, I’m feeling gray. It’s just so difficult sometimes to get through the day. I need a nap, I’m growing brown. We’ll all be happier if I can go lie down. So get my blankie, turn out the light. I’ll see you as I dream some lovely dreams. I’ll take a nap, and after that the world’s always a nicer place, it seems. I need a nap. So get my blankie and tuck me in, maybe you can take one, too, or have some tea. I’m not myself, at least not mostly. Take me to bed, please, and later come and get me ‘cause I need a nap. Forty winks and I’ll see you in a while I’m going to count sheep, gonna do it in style I need some shut-eye, and I don’t mean maybe
You’ll see things differently – I’ll be a different baby, baby!
Track Name: Just the Juice, Jack
Just the Juice, Jack

Written by: Chris Donohue/Katy Bowser

There's a little drink that I crave so,
It comes in every color of the rainbow.
Fruit or veggie, smooth or sludgy, Anytime's the right time...

Just gimme that juice, Jack,
I gotta gotta have it,
Apple grape or strawberry,
don't matter to me.
Tip up the cup and chug it down, Can't get enough of that magical stuff.
Juice, Jack. Can't overstate it -'fridgerate it!
Tip up the cup and chug it down
Can't get enough of that wonderful stuff.
I fell off the monkey bars and bonked my head,
Burst out crying and then I said
A hug is good, a kiss is better
But daddy don't you go forgettin'
I need that juice, Jack.

I gotta gotta have it,
Pear, peach, or raspberry, don't matter to me.
Tip up the cup and chug it down,
Can't get enough of that magical stuff.

Juice, Jack. Can't overstate it -'fridgerate it! Tip up the cup and chug it down
Can't get enough of that wonderful stuff.
Track Name: What's Mine Is Yours
What's Mine Is Yours Chris Donohue/Katy Bowser

What’s mine is yours – what’s yours is mine. When we share - oh, what a lovely time! It used to be I felt so blue, but suddenly, I’m telling you
What’s mine is yours, what’s yours is mine. You’re my friend, so help yourself. Take anything you want off of my bedroom shelf.
When we’re done, I’m glad to say, I’ll help you put it all away And we’ll go to your house and start again. Things seem to go so perfectly when we play together side by side. There’s so much more to keep us occupied When our imaginations combine. I’ll give you this, you give me that. Let’s trade, and we can always just switch them back! I’m glad I’m not the only one, ‘cause sharing is just too much fun - What’s mine is yours, what’s yours is mine.
Track Name: Coal Train
Coal Train

Written by: Chris Donohue/Katy Bowser

Duke and Dizzy played a Band Call,
Ella told a fella named Cannonball
On the Coal Train, workin' on the coal train.
Thirty-two bars connected the cars of that coal train.
Monk drove the funk for Bix to blow,
Bird got the word and told Satchmo
on the Coal Train, steamin' up the coal train.
Rollins through the night was our delight on the coal train.

Bud walked in with Lady Day, Mingus' Fingus walkin' Hawkins' way
On the coal train, cookin' on the coal train.
Bill Evans, my heavens, played like the rain on the coal train.

WOO WOOO.....
Dexter, Lester, and Fatha Hines, louder and faster than the wind
outside of the coal train, flyin' by the coal train.
Basie as tasty as a Jelly Roll on the coal train.

Cedar set the meter for Zoot and Toots,
Elvin yellin' "Man, who's playin' the roots on this coal train?"
Rump-rollin'on the coal train.
Miles to go at a swing tempo on the Coal Train