Country Pumpkins

The Country Pumpkins are a 5-piece band featuring Scott James on vocals, guitars and mandolins, Graham Scobie on vocals, guitar, mandolin and harmonica, Daniel Ostrosko on drums, Mary Couper on vocals, guitar and keyboards and Michelle Scobie on vocals, guitar and bass.

Mary, Michelle and Graham are also recorded songwriters with Mary releasing a solo gospel CD called Living Water, Graham and Michelle writing their 2009 CD Granite Town and Graham having 3 previous albums: By the Banks of the Billabong in 1999 plus Aussie Gospel Bloke and 100 Years Australia in 2004. Graham has an Australian Gospel Music Award and a Tamworth Songwriters Association Award for 100 Years Australia and Michelle was a finalist in the same awards in 2010 for Patrick the Possum.

The Country Pumpkins can provide bush music, bush dancing, country music, gospel music, originals and kid’s music such as the Pat the Possum Show. Samples of work can be found at www.facebook.com/countrypumpkinsband and bookings can be made by phoning Graham Scobie on 0409 225957 or emailing graham@scobie.com.au

Pat the Possum CD

pat the possum cd

Pat the Possum is a new kid’s CD recorded by the Country Pumpkins in November, 2017. The CD contains 9 songs that the band has been performing for the past 8 years as part of the Pat the Possum Show. It had its’ first appearance at the Eden Fishermen’s Club in 2009 followed by the Gympie Muster in the same year and Tamworth in January, 2010, right up to the Tilba Festival at Easter 2017. The title song was a finalist in the Children’s Section of the Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards in 2010 from the band’s previous CD, Granite Town.

All the songs were written by band member, Michelle Scobie, who is a fully qualified teacher. It is an educational tool around the themes of recycling and respect for our bush creatures. It includes Patrick the Possum, Lorikeet Sweet, Phil the Frillin’ Frill-Necked Lizard and Isabelle Bird. You’ll find all the words and chords at the bottom of the page.

Michelle plays bass and sings on the album and is joined by all the other band members. Husband Graham sings and plays guitar and harmonica, Daniel plays drums, Mary sings and makes various bird noises while Scott sings and plays mandolin and guitar.

The project was recorded by Richard Cooke in his Sanctuary Sound Studio at Tilba and he also plays guitars, dobro, banjo and glockenspiel on the album.

Pat the Possum CD can be purchased for $15 including postage from graham@scobie.com.au

Pat the Possum Show

Pat the Possum is an educational kid’s show written by Michelle Scobie and performed by the Country Pumpkins. It has gone as far as the Gypmie Muster in Queensland and the Tamworth Country Music Festival where the title song was a finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards in 2010. It has also been seen at venues all along the south coast of NSW from the Eden Fishermen’s Club to the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens, including the 2017 Tilba Festival.

possum show

Pat the Possum features 9 songs written by Michelle along the theme of recycling and they are sung by characters such as Patrick the Possum, Lorikeet Sweet, Phil the Frillin’ Frill-Necked Lizard and Isabelle Bird. Michelle has also made all the costumes for the show from recycled materials and the show allows audiences to participate using percussion instruments that are also made from recycled stuff.

A short video of the show can be found at www.facebook.com/countrypumpkinsband and booking enquiries can be made to michelle@scobie.com.au or by phoning 0416 259372.

Song Lrycis

All songs written by Michelle Scobie (C)

Click for All words and chords for the songs

PATRICK THE POSSUM

(intro = verse)

Chorus: I’m Patrick the possum, I live near the blossom
I’m old and I’m wise, and I do recognize
That creatures and plants, who can’t do a dance
Belong in their land, we must make a stand (repeat  He’s…)

Oysters and pearls, are part of the world
The mud and the silt, a home like a quilt
Take them right back, to the river bed black
Just leave them alone to live in their home Chorus (lead)

Our land needs all it’s plants and It’s leaves
We must all learn, that it is not our turn
To pick up or take things out of a lake
Just leave them alone to live in their home Chorus (lead)

I’m Patrick the possum, Patrick the possum, Patrick the possum,
Patrick the possum, Patrick the possum, Patrick the possum,
the possum, the possum, the possum, the possum!!!

Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

LORIKEET SWEET

(Intro first two lines whistled)
Ch1.Rainbow bird, that's me.  A Rainbow Lorikeet.
Rainbow bird, your friend.  Look around a bend
Rainbow bird the one, who spins around  and has fun
Rainbow bird I'm bright, full of colours of might

V1.A bright and shiny beak, it helps me now to eat
I use my brush tipped tongue, in the light of sun
I love to have a treat, nectar honey sweet
It comes down from the trees, who have flowers ‘n bees Ch1.  (lead play chorus)

V2.I’m blue and purple up top, with wings to flap or stop
A short and stubby tail, brightly coloured not pale
I live up, up high, in nests near the sky
When I’m on the ground, I love to splash around

Ch2.Rainbow bird, that's me.  A Rainbow Lorikeet.
Rainbow bird, your friend.  Look around a bend
Rainbow bird who listens, for music that glistens
I'm singing in time, I can hear a chime

Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

SPIKELING RECYCLING

I’m a lizard with me spikes, and when I go on hikes
I detect, I collect, what others they reject
These things they stick like glue, or chewy on your shoe
I keep them for a while, you know they make me smile

CHORUS: 
They’re my hanging and my dangling, spikeling and recycling,
Hanging, dangling, spikeling recycling stuff (REPEAT) (Lead)
I go through all the bins and take out all the tins
They clink and they clatter, like spoons upon a platter
I love to use again, things that they can’t mend

CHORUS x2 (Lead) CHORUSX2

Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

NIGHT TIME STORIES

Chorus: Night time stories, we listen to their glories
Night time stories, we listen to their glories

1.While we’re inside, where it’s warm and it’s dry
Creatures of the night do a dance in the moonlight

2. Shuffling along, their tails, they sing a song
As they brush past the plants making music for a dance
Ch (lead play chorus)

3. While snuggled in our beds, their music fills our heads
The animals of night, dance with all their might

4. Hooting howling calling, you’d think that they are talking.
These guys are having fun, in the night without the sun.

Chorus x3
(Then chorus sung unaccompanied)

Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

FRILLIN’ PHIL

1.Dry and dusty is the land I live in.
Dusty and dry it is in my land.
Dry and dusty is the land I live in.
Where the rivers are rocky and the hills are made of sand.
CH:My name is Phil and I'm a frilled neck lizard.
Phil with the frills and not on my hands
Phil with the frills around my neck, I'm a wizard
When I get bothered well it's 'ker bam'

2.Water is scarce in the land I live in.
Scarce is water it is in my land.
Water is scarce in the land I live in.
So when I get thirsty I eat a plant.

Chorus, (Lead) Chorus
Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

ISABELLE BIRD

1.I’m a bird, I’m a bird, a bird who sings
I’m a wearing, I’m a wearing, a wearing my bling
I’m a bird, I’m a bird, making song
I’m small, not tall, but short, not long 

2.I’m a bird, I’m a bird, a bird who flys
I’m sitting, I’m sitting in branches high
While I sit, while I sit, I sing my song
My song, my song goes very long

3.I’m a bird, I’m a bird, a-makin sound
My sound, my sound, oft very loud,
My song, my song goes off like a gong
I’ll never, never get it wrong (lead)

4.It’s bells, it’s bells, a bell bird call
Bells ring, bells ring and bounce off the wall
It’s bells, it’s bells, a bell bird call
Bells ring, bells ring and bounce off the wall
(Lead)
5.It’s bells, it’s bells, a bell bird call
Bells ring, bells ring and bounce off walls
It’s bells, it’s bells, a bell bird call
Bells ring, bells ring and bounce off walls
(last line x4 with fade out)

Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

STOMP KNOCK ROCK

PHIL:
Knock, knock, knock making noise on doors
Stomp, stomp, stomp feet they land on floors
Click, click, click, fingers sound is soft
Clap, clap, clap, hand now meet aloft 

SWEET:
Knock, knock, knock making noise with hands
Stomp, stomp, stomp feet on floors they land
Click, click, click, fingers soft like sand
Clap, clap, clap a loud sound I can stand

PHIL:
Knock, knock, knock at your door I go
Stomp, stomp, stomp not too fast but slow
Click, click, click, a pattern now you see
Clap, clap, clap, open up it's me 

SWEET:
Knock, knock, knock at my door you go
Stomp, stomp, stomp not too fast but slow
Click, click, click, who can it be?
Clap, clap, clap a pattern on my tree 

ALL THREE:
Knock, knock, knock at the door you go
Stomp, stomp, stomp not too fast but slow
Click, click, click, counting now to three
Clap, clap, clap, let’s open up and see

Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

BE A SAILING SHIP

Walk this way, walk this way, then you sway, then you sway
Hop and skip, hop and skip, be a sailing ship, be a sailing ship
stand up tall, stand up tall, bend down small, bend down small       
hop and skip, hop and skip, be a sailing ship, be a sailing ship
jump up and down, jump up and down,
make a face like a clown, a face like a clown
hop and skip, hop and skip, …..be a sailing ship.

(lead)
Wings go flap, wings go flap, peck some sap, peck some sap
Hop and skip, hop and skip, be a sailing ship, be a sailing ship
Soar in the sky, soar in the sky, shaking tails up high, shaking tails up high
hop and skip, hop and skip, be a sailing ship, be a sailing ship
Move your head around, move your head around,
Look up and down, look up and down,
hop and skip, hop and skip, …..be a sailing ship.
Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©

RAINBOW COLOURS

(intro G count of 4)

Chorus:Rainbow colours are bright and shiny.
Rainbow colours are full of fun.
Rainbow colours out at day time.
The rain has stopped, we find the sun.

V1. Recycle your rubbish it’s really easy.
Recycle your rubbish into the bin
Recycle your rubbish or use it over
As birds like singing again and again.   Chorus
 
V2.Plants and creatures belong in the outdoors.
Plants and creatures live in our land.
Plants and creatures have homes they live in
Possums in treetops and lizards in sand,   Chorus (LEAD)
 
(Key Change)
 V3.Home we go now following a wide path
Home we go now lets skip along
Home we go now from our great adventure
And as we travel we sing this song     Chorus
 
Chorus:Rainbow colours are bright and shiny.
Rainbow colours are full of fun.
Rainbow colours out at day time.
The rain has stopped, we find the sun.
 
(REPEAT CHORUS –
LAST LINE MUSIC ONLY OUTRO)
 
Words and Music Michelle Scobie ©