The RUFF Writers Song Collection Vol. 1

by Songs written & recorded by Linda K. Williams except as noted.

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The RUFF Writers project is a resource for families, teachers, librarians, or personal care home activity directors to help build relationships among older adults and children to encourage literacy and respect. Sharing positive personal stories–as well as ones shared through books– can feed our hearts. To be ready to learn, a child needs food and shelter. After that, it is a connection to a caring person–and one person can make a difference to guide a child–as a leash guides a dog–by coming alongside a child during times when lessons are “caught instead of taught.”
Readin’ + Writin’ + Reflectin‘ = RUFF– Respect Using Fact & Fiction.
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released January 13, 2014

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Track Name: Face to Face, Side by Side: Overall Theme Song
1. FACE TO FACE, SIDE BY SIDE

CHORUS
First face to face, now side by side,
In peace we can abide,
For together we'll stand,
and we'll work hand in hand
and we'll bring about the birth of a new day.

First face to face, now side by side,
Yes, in peace we must abide,
So together we'll stand,
and we'll work hand in hand
and we'll bring about the birth of a new day.

(1)
And that new day will have a foundation
of human rights, the whole world around;
for true peace will only come when there's dignity and justice
for each member of our human family.

CHORUS

(2)
We've been on opposite sides for a while now,
But we're finally waking up to the truth
That our differences, many though they still may be,
are far fewer than the common goals we share.

CHORUS

(3)
Instead of fighting over what makes us different,
We must fight together for our world;
Land and air, and the seas, all the animals and trees---
they need our protection and care.

CHORUS (with optional added ending, if desired:)
Yes, we'll bring about the birth
we'll bring about the birth
we'll bring about the birth of a new day!


Copyright 1989 by Linda K. Williams

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com

BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Say It! Do It! (to go w. TRW BFF: Diary of a Worm)
2. SAY IT! DO IT!
(A ROUND)


1 If there's something you can say
2 that would brighten someone's day,
3 then say it! (XX) Go on and say it!

4 If there's something you can do
5 that would help another through,
6 then do it! (XX) Go on and do it!



Please note: X = clap

On tape, song is sung through once (unison), then as a 3-part round, and once again through in unison.


Words and Music Copyright 1989 by Linda Kay Williams


Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
Listen to and download at: BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: No One's Perfect (to go w. TRW BFF: Bad Dog Marley)
3. NO ONE’S PERFECT


1
Some people choose to make perfection their goal.
Well, I say, "Let's always keep our expectations high!"
But we also need to keep our anxieties low,
'Cause when we're stressed-out, we don't do our best---
and that's no lie!

CHORUS
So let's be gentle with ourselves...."I'll be gentle with myself!"
'Cause no one's perfect.............."Unh-uh, no one's perfect!"
And we're loved as we are............"Yes, I'm loved as I am!"
So let's "have a go" again!.........."Yes, I'll 'have a go' again!"

And let's be patient with ourselves.."I'll be patient with myself!"
'Cause no one's perfect.............."Unh-uh, no one's perfect!"
And we're loved as we are............"Yes, I'm loved as I am!"
So let's "have a go" again!.........."Yes, I'll 'have a go' again!"

2
So while we're going to expect all the best from ourselves,
It's important that we're also realistic and kind!
Let's keep our sights set high---we'll get better with each try;
and let's remember to forgive ourselves and keep this in mind...

CHORUS
Oh, let's be gentle with ourselves..."I'll be gentle with myself!"
'Cause no one's perfect.............."Unh-uh, no one's perfect!"
And we're loved as we are............"Yes, I'm loved as I am!"
So let's "have a go" again!.........."Yes, I'll 'have a go' again!"

And let's be patient with ourselves.."I'll be patient with myself!"
'Cause no one's perfect.............."Unh-uh, no one's perfect!"
And we're loved as we are............"Yes, I'm loved as I am!"
So let's "have a go" again!.........."Yes, I'll 'have a go' again!"




Words and Music © 1993 by Linda K. Williams, for our wonderful daughter Cherilyn


Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Self-Talk (to go w. TRW BFF: Ish)
4. SELF-TALK

CHORUS
Self-talk, self-talk---when I talk to myself, I'll be positive and kind.
Self-talk, self-talk---when I talk to myself, I'll be positive and kind.

1
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I can do it!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I can do it!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I can do it!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I can do it!" CHORUS

2
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll do better next time!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll do better next time!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll do better next time!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll do better next time!" CHORUS

3
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I've learned a lot!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I've learned a lot!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I've learned a lot!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I've learned a lot!" CHORUS

4
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll learn more!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll learn more!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll learn more!"
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I'll learn more!" CHORUS, AND REPEAT VERSE 1

OTHER POSSIBLE "ZIPPER" VERSES (CAN ELICIT MORE FROM SINGERS):
When I talk to myself, I'll say, "I belong!"
“I can name my feelings!”
“I can own my feelings!”
“I’ll deal with my feelings!”
"I like myself!"
"I am special!"
"I am unique!"
"I am loved!"
"I believe in me!"
"I'm drug-free!"


Tune is traditional: "Pick a Bale of Cotton"; Lyrics copyright 1989 by Linda Kay Williams

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
Listen to and download the song: BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: A Friend in Need (to go w. TRW BFF: The Gingerbread Baby)
5. A FRIEND IN NEED 



1 A friend in need is a friend indeed,

2 When you need a friend, I'll be right there;

3 When I need a friend, I know you'll care.

4 Our troubles and joys we will share.


Tune: Frere Jacques
(sing as a round after straight through; on recording, sung as a 3-part round)
Words: © 1993 by Linda K. Williams

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
Listen to and download: BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: M. Andrew (Andy) Murray - One Person at a Time (to go w. TRW BFF: Beatrice's Goat)
6. "One Person at a Time" (3:10)

Well, the world's so big and I'm so small,
it hardly seems I matter at all.
Sometimes I think I'd like to do something
to help out with all the problems of the world,
but whenever I sit down and think it through,
I always wonder, "What can one person do?"

1.
"Well, what can one person do?" is a very good question
if you don't do anything at all.
You can spend your time saving every little dime
or just curled up by the wall.
But if you think back some over all that's been done
and you wonder who did it and where it came from,
Figure it out, without a doubt,
One person at a time did it all.

One person at a time, it sure works fine,
Roll up your sleeves, sign on the dotted line.
Whatever gets done, is done by one,
One person at a time does it all, yeah!
One person at a time does it all.

2.
"Well, what can one person do?" is a very good question
if you don't do anything at all.
You can stay in bed, and pull the covers overhead,
and wait for the sky to fall.
But if each one would just do what they could,
working one at a time we could do a lot of good.
Figure it out, without a doubt,
One person at a time does it all.

One person at a time, it sure works fine,
Just pick up your load and get in line.
Whatever gets done is done by one,
One person at a time does it all, yeah!
One person at a time does it all.

3.
"Well, what can one person do?" is a very good question
if you don't do anything at all.
You can soak in a tub or join a social club,
or just go shopping at the mall.
But if each one would work side by side,
with another one the work gets multiplied.
Figure it out, without a doubt,
One person at a time does it all.

One person at a time, it sure works fine,
No use to wait around for a better time.
Whatever gets done, is done by one.
One person at a time does it all, yeah!
One person at a time does it all.

(repeat last line and fade)


Words and music by Andy Murray; copyright 1978 by Heifer Project International
Also available for download in Positive Choices for Youth Mini-Album at SongsForTeaching.com
Listen to the song: BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Cooperative Learning Song (to go w. TRW BFF: Beatrice's Goat)
7. COOPERATIVE LEARNING SONG


(1)
We'll learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn,
We'll learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn,
I'll learn from you and you'll learn from me.
It's fun and we'll learn more easily
When we learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn.

(2)
We'll take turns and include everyone, and listen as each one speaks.
We'll take turns and include everyone, and listen as each one speaks.
And we'll check as we work to make sure, too,
we're all tuned in to what our group will do,
Yes, we'll take turns and include everyone, and listen as each one speaks.

(3)
We'll praise and encourage each other as we work on the task at hand.
We'll praise and encourage each other as we work on the task at hand.
We'll each have a job; we'll finish on time.
With everyone's help, our group will do fine,
We'll praise and encourage each other as we work on the task at hand.

(REFRAIN)
Yes, we'll learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn.
We'll learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn.
We'll learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn.
We'll learn to cooperate and cooperate to learn.


Words and music copyright 1990 by Linda K. Williams

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
Listen and download the song: BetterWorld-Resources.com


This song is also in the
COOPERATIVE LEARNING Mini-Album
downloadable at
SongsForTeaching.com
Track Name: Ripples and Starfish (to go w. TRW BFF: Beatrice's Goat)
 RIPPLES AND STARFISH 

REFRAIN:
Like ripples and starfish, ripples and starfish,
I know that
one by one, our words and deeds
can build a better world!

1
When one of Gandhi's followers felt his efforts made no difference at all
Gandhi said to him, "Your words and actions matter, whether large or small."
"You need to choose them with great care.
They're like pebbles that you cast into a pond.
The ripples will take care of themselves, I've found."

REFRAIN

2
The man on the beach was working earnestly
to throw the stranded starfish back into the sea
When someone laughed at him and said,
"You'll never save them all, don't you see?"
This bothered him not; he continued on, and threw another one to safety.
His answer was, "Well, I made a difference to that one, certainly."

REFRAIN

3
So instead of cursing the darkness,
I'll light a candle to brighten the way.
When others see my flickering flame,
surely many will add a shining ray.
So though the task may seem without end,
we'll start to make a difference today;
We know not where our ripples will end,
but we'll send them on their way.

FINAL, MODIFIED REFRAIN
Like ripples and starfish, ripples and starfish,
I know that
one by one, if we lend a hand---
one by one, if we take a stand---
yes, one by one, our words and deeds
can build a better world ... build a better world!


© 1996 by Linda Kay Williams
Downloadable recordings and a 180 p. Caring and Capable Kids
companion book are available from SongsForTeaching.com
Track Name: I'm Dealing with my Feelings (to go w. TRW BFF: Knuffle Bunny)
9. I’M DEALING WITH MY FEELINGS
(Emotional Intelligence)

CHORUS; PART A:
I’m dealing with my feelings. Whatever they may be,
I will respect and own them; they’re a special part of me.
I’m honest with myself about how I feel---and why;
‘cause dealing with my feelings is important for a healthy life!

BRIDGE: But sometimes I don’t understand just what it is I feel...

CHORUS, PART B:
So, I’ll look inside myself and see if I can puzzle it out;
often, special people can help me talk it out.
Sometimes I’ll draw or paint or write about what I feel---
and it helps when I can call my feelings by name;
that helps me deal...with...them......

FEELINGS VERSES:
Maybe it’s ANGER--- “I’m so ANGRY, I could just explode!”
or DISAPPOINTMENT--- “I’m DISAPPOINTED that didn’t work out.”

maybe SADNESS--- “I’m so SAD---I’m gonna cry!”
or EMBARRASSMENT--- “I’m so EMBARRASSED, I want to hide!”

maybe FEAR--- “I’m so AFRAID; I’m really SCARED!”
Or FRUSTRATION--- “I’m so FRUSTRATED--- nothing’s going right!”

maybe CONFUSION--- “I’m so CONFUSED---I don’t know what to think or do!”
or JEALOUSY--- “I’m really JEALOUS---I wish that were me!”

CHORUS, VARIATION OF PART B:
Yes, I looked inside myself and I was able to puzzle it out;
also, special people really helped me talk it out.
I drew a picture and wrote a bit about what I was feeling---
and it helped for me to call my feelings by name;
that helped me deal...with...them......

CHORUS; PART A:
Yes, I’m dealing with my feelings. Whatever they may be,
I will respect and own them; they’re a special part of me.
I’m honest with myself about how I feel---and why;
‘cause dealing with my feelings is important for a healthy life!
Yes, dealing with my feelings is important for a healthy life!


Words and Music © 1995 by Linda K. Williams Please note: more feelings could be added in additional verses

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: It's OK to Feel (to go w. TRW BFF: Knuffle Bunny)
10. IT'S OK TO FEEL

(1) It's OK... (Yes, it's all right.)
to feel angry, (Y'know, I get so mad!)
And it's OK... (Don'tcha know, it's all right!)
to feel sad. (You can cry---it may help.)
And it's OK... (And really normal, too...)
to feel scared, or jealous, or blue,
But it's not OK
to hurt someone
because of how you feel!
No, it's not OK... (No, it's never OK!)
to hurt someone... (Use your self-control!)
because of how you feel!

(2) When I used to feel... (like we all often do)
uncomfortable feelings, (like anger or fear)
I tried to pretend... ('Cause those feelings scared me!)
that everything was just fine; (but it wasn't---not at all)
But then I found... (with my tummy tied in knots)
I took it out on family and friends!
So now I take that anger
and turn it into energy
to do someone some good!
Now I take that anger
and turn it into energy
to do someone some good!

(3) Some people may say, (Yes, some may say...)
"Oh, don't be angry." ("Don't get so mad.!"
And some may say, (They may also say...)
"Oh, you mustn't be sad." ("Keep those tears inside!")
I've heard others say, (And others may say...)
"You shouldn't be scared or jealous
---what's wrong with you?"
But my feelings are mine,
I've got a right to feel 'em,
And I can't just wish them away.
Yes, my feelings are mine,
I've got a right to feel 'em,
And I can't just wish them away.

(REPEAT VERSE 1, BEGINNING WITH "Yes...")

Dedicated to Alta Bantz, who respected and validated my feelings. Thanks!
Words and music copyright 1990 by Linda K. Williams
LKW_BetterWorld@yahoo.com Listen to the song: BetterWorld-Resources.com

Also included in the CONFLICT MANAGEMENT Mini-Album
downloadable at SongsForTeaching.com
Track Name: You'll Really Like Me (to go w. TRW BFF: Crowboy)
YOU'LL REALLY LIKE ME

(A "mixer" song)

(PERFORMANCE SUGGESTION: Sing to a partner, then switch partners as many times as desired.)


(1)
I'm sure that
when you get to know me,
you will really, really like me.
Yes, when you get to know me
I just know you're gonna like me.

(2)
I'm sure that
when I get to know you,
I will really, really like you.
Yes, when I get to know you,
I just know I'm gonna like you.



(On tape, entire song is sung 3 times; 1 verse is then sung once more.)



Words and music copyright 1990 by Linda K. Williams
Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
Listen to and download: BetterWorld-Resources.com


Many thanks to Barbara Reider for the inspiration for this song!
Her book, A Hooray Kind of Kid is available from Sierra House Publishing,
2716 King Richard Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95630

Also included in the downloadable SELF-ESTEEM Mini-Album
SongsForTeaching.com
Track Name: Little by Little (to go w. TRW BFF: Miss Rumphius)
12. LITTLE BY LITTLE 
POCO A POQUITO

CHORUS
Little by little, step by step each day;
The longest journey begins with one step,
and I am on my way,
Yes, I am on my way!

(1)
Whether learning another language,
how to do math or read or write---
I know I can do it when I put my mind to it,
though it won't happen overnight. Oh, yes, and...

CHORUS

(2)
So I won't give up or get discouraged
saying, "I've got so far to go!"
I'll celebrate my progress, say "Look how far I've come!"
and I'll get there in time, I know! Oh, yes, and...

CHORUS
Little by little, step by step each day;
The longest journey begins with one step,
and I am on my way,
Yes, I am on my way!

CORO
Poco a poquito, paso a pasito cada día;
El viaje más largo empieza con un paso,
y ya voy en camino,
Sí, ¡ya voy en camino!


Dedicated to Jairo Morales, a former student
Words and Music © 1991 by Linda K. Williams

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
Listen to and download the song: BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (to go w. TRW BFF: Tar Beach)
13. NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP 


Now I lay me down to sleep;
I pray Thee, Lord, Thy child to keep.
Thy love guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning light.
Amen


Words by an unknown author; music © 1997 by Linda K. Williams

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com


SPANISH: NOT RECORDED:

Ahora me acuesto a dormir;
Te ruego, Señor, que me guardes esta noche.
Tu amor me cuide durante la noche,
Y me despierte con la luz de la mañana / del amanecer.
Track Name: Friendly Night (to go w. TRW BFF: Tar Beach)
14. FRIENDLY NIGHT 

REFRAIN: Friendly night has come again, beck'ning you to slumber.
Close your weary eyes and rest while I sing to you.

1 Recall the pleasant things you did today;
embrace them in your memory.
Ended now are work and play,
so let sleep come to you.

REFRAIN: Friendly night has come again, beck'ning you to slumber.
Close your weary eyes and rest while I sing to you.

2 Pictures that you make in your mind
can help you drift away to sleep now;
picture yourself sleeping through the night
cradled in the arms of loved ones.

REFRAIN: Friendly night has come again, beck'ning you to slumber.
Close your weary eyes and rest while I sing to you.

3 Gentle darkness blankets all,
the stars are gleaming brightly.
It's time to slow your breathing down;
Snuggle in with a peaceful sigh.

REFRAIN: Friendly night has come again, beck'ning you to slumber.
Close your weary eyes and rest while I sing to you.

4 I'm glad you are my own dear child;
you bring joy to my life each day.
I treasure this time while you are young;
How quickly it slips away.

REFRAIN: Friendly night has come again, beck'ning you to slumber.
Close your weary eyes and rest while I sing to you.

REFRAIN TUNE: Go to sleep, my precious one. Go to sleep, my darling.
Slumber on till morning comes; go to sleep, my love.

(REFRAIN TUNE, WITH LA-LA-LA...)

Words and music © 1994 by Linda K. Williams
Dedicated to our own precious one, Cherilyn Marie


Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com