Brett Campbell

Brett Campbell

 Cambroon, Queensland, AUS
SoloPopChildren's Music

Brett Campbell writes and sings songs about the everyday lives of children. He is often asked where he gets his song ideas and he invariably replies "by listening". This is reflected in his music which is inspired by children and their quirky ideas and active imaginations.

Biography



Brett Campbell is an Australian children's musician. Playing more than
200 shows a year, Brett has released 4 albums. He has performed at many of
Australia's best festivals and has toured nationally with Hi-5, Peter Combe and
Justine Clarke. He has twice visited the US to play shows and performed several
concerts in London in 2013.

Brett draws on his extensive songbook to perform a show full
of singing, games and learning dances. Brett's multiple instrumental
capabilities are a feature of his set. Children have the opportunity to get
involved in the show and see an experienced musician playing great fun, quirky
songs.

His new 2016 album release is "TRUCKS DUCKS AND SCARY MONSTERS".


Brett has performed at the following:


Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis USA
(twice)


Daycare Centre tour UK 2013


FUN4KIDS


Rhymes Festival National Tour (with Justine Clarke, Peter
Combes and Hi-5)


National Folk Festival (3 times)


Auckland Folk Festival (twice)


Queenscliff Music Festival (3 times)


Apollo Bay Music Festival


Fairbridge Music Festival


Cygnet Folk Festival (twice)


Royal Melbourne Show


Snowy Mountains of Music ( now the Peak Festival)


Granny Smith Festival (twice)


Ipswich Festival


Bundaberg Multi Cultural Festival (5 times)


Caloundra Music Festival


Out Of The Box Sydney


+many more


+ approx 200 daycare and school shows a year



CONTACT: 

ph: +61 7 5446 9970

e: brettcampbell@bluemaxx.com.au








Lyrics

SCARY MONSTER

Written By: Brett Campbell

Don't pull out the plug
there's a Scary Monster down the drain
and I'm really scared because I know he's there
the noise he makes when he drinks from the drain
he drinks my bath water from the drain

Don't turn out the light
there's a Scary Monster on the roof
and I can hear him stomp
jumping with a thump
Mum says there's a possum on the roof
a Scary Monster possum on my roof

Scary Monster growling down the drain
but I am not scared I am not scared
Scary Monster running across my roof
but I am not scared I am not scared

Don't go outside
there's a Scary Monster in the yard
and there's more than one
so I hide behind my Mum
as she shoos the cats fighting in the yard
Scary monster cats in my yard

And now I'm really brave
there's no Scary Monsters anywhere
just water down the drain
noisy possums are a pain
Mum says there's no monsters anywhere
but leave my light on just in case he's there!

PURPLE COW

Written By: Brett Campbell

If you get plain milk from a plain white cow
and you get chocolate from a dark brown cow
caramel milk comes from a light brown cow
I have got some questions for you now

Does strawberry milk come from a sunburnt cow
and what kind of milk comes from a black cow
'cos liquorice flavoured milk sounds yuk to me
and there's one more problem you will see

When I was out driving I saw a purple cow
she was standing in a paddock
she was eating multi coloured grass
and she smiled and winked at me
we had a conversation as we sipped at green tea

When the milk truck comes the milk is all the same
and cows need milking even when it rains
but what kind of milk comes from a purple cow
why purple berry
you should taste it now

now plain white cows and dark brown cows and caramel cows and plain black cows
all the milk they give is just the same
and no ones seen a pink cow
does strawberry milk come from a cow
so I will keep my purple cow
'cos purple berry milk is what she makes

WAKE UP

Written By: Brett Campbell

WAKE UP PLOD
IT'S THE MORNING TIME
WAKE UP PLOD
YOU'VE GOT TO GET UP
AND IF YOU DON'T GET UP NOW
I WILL TAKE MY COLD HANDS
AND PUT THEM ON YOUR WARM FEET
AND YOU'LL SCREAM AND I'LL PEEL YOU OFF THE CEILING
OH YES I WILL

BRUSH YOUR TEETH DYL
IT'S THE MORNING TIME
BRUSH YOUR TEETH DYL
OR YOUR TEETH WILL FALL OUT
AND IF YOU DON'T BRUSH YOUR TEETH NOW
YOU WILL HAVE REALLY STINKY BREATH
AND YOUR FRIENDS WON'T TALK TO YOU
SO YOU'D BETTER GO AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH NOW

IT'S A LONG WEEK UNTIL SATURDAY COMES

WAKE UP DAD
IT'S SATURDAY
WAKE UP DAD
YOU'VE GOT TO GET UP
AND YOU HAVE TO DRIVE US
TO SOCCER, NETBALL AND CRICKET
YES WE KNOW YOU'VE HAD A LONG WEEK
BUT YOU'VE GOT TO GET UP AND DRIVE US
YES YOU DO
YOU'VE GOT TO GET UP AND DRIVE US
YES YOU DO

ARTHUR THE CHRISTMAS CAT

Written By: BRETT CAMPBELL

CHORUS:
ARTHUR THE CHRISTMAS CAT
CHRISTMAS CAT WAS HE
TRICOLOUR LONG TAIL WHISKERS
MEANS CHRISTMAS TIME TO ME
 
ON EVERY CHRISTMAS MORNING PRESSIES UNDER TREE
ARTHUR CAT WOULD SIT ON THEM AND WAIT FOR US TO SEE
AND DOWNSTAIRS WE'D COME RUNNING TO SEE WHAT SANTA BROUGHT
AND ARTHUR CAT WOULD WATCH US DEEP IN CATTY THOUGHT
 
AND OFF WOULD COME THE WRAPPING THROWN ALL 'ROUND THE ROOM
AND PRESSIES WISHED AND HOPED FOR COULDN'T COME TOO SOON
AND AS THE MESS GREW BIGGER CAME ARTHUR'S TIME TO ACT
DIVING INTO THE PAPER WAS ARTHUR THE CHRISTMAS CAT
 
ATTACKING PHANTOM SANTAS PAPER STREWN ABOUT
TUNNELING LEAPING HIDING WHILE WE WOULD LAUGH AND SHOUT
AND AFTERWARDS ARTHUR WOULD SLEEP UNDER THE MESS
THE ENTERTAINMENT OVER ARTHUR WAS THE BEST
 
BUT TIME MOVED ON AND ARTHUR GOT OLDER EVERY YEAR
AND ONE DAY POOR OLD ARTHUR DIDN'T SHARE OUR CHRISTMAS CHEER
SO RAISE A GLASS TO ARTHUR ARTHUR THE CHRISTMAS CAT
'COS NOW OUR CHRISTMAS WRAPPING SITS NEAT ON THE LOUNGE ROOM MAT

HONK THE CHICKEN

Written By: Brett Campbell

DOWN THE FARMYARD WHERE I LIKE TO GO
AND ALL THE ANIMALS DON’T SEEM TO KNOW
WHAT SORT OF NOISES THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO MAKE
IT’S ALL CONFUSING I HAVE TO SAY
WELL THE COWS GO NEIGH THE HORSES MOO
THE PIGS ARE CLUCKING I SWEAR IT’S TRUE
BUT THERE IS ONE ANIMAL I LIKE TO SEE
IT’S HONK THE CHICKEN AND HE LIKES ME

CH:
THEY CALL HIM HONK! HE’S HONK THE CHICKEN
YEAH HONK! HE’S HONK THE CHICKEN

WHEN HE WAS AN EGG HIS MOTHER LOST HIM
SO A KINDLY GOOSE MUM SHE DID ADOPT HIM
NOW INSTEAD OF CLUCK NOW IT’S GOOSE HE’S THINKING
WHEN HE MAKES A NOISE HE SOUNDS LIKE A GOSLING
CH:

ALL THE ANIMALS THOUGHT “WHAT A GOOD IDEA!”
SO THEY ALL CHANGED VOICES SO IT DOES APPEAR
NOW THE SHEEP ARE OINKING THE DOG MEOWING
THE FARMER SMILES AND HIS WIFE IS LAUGHING

What if Santa lost his laugh

Written By: BRETT CAMPBELL

WHAT IF SANTA LOST HIS LAUGH
WHAT IF THE REINDEER DIDN’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO
WHAT IF THE SLEIGH BELLS DIDN’T RING
AND THERE WERE NO TOYS FOR ALL THE GIRLS AND BOYS

WHAT IF SANTA’S BLACK BOOTS
AND SANTA’S RED SUIT GOT LOST ON CHRISTMAS EVE
WOULD EVERYONE SAY “OH WHAT A GREAT SHAME! WE’LL HAVE TO
CANCEL CHRISTMAS DAY!”

WOULD CHRISTMAS DAY STILL HAPPEN?
IT WOULD AT MY HOUSE

‘COS THERE’S BEEN CHRISTMAS DAYS
WHEN THERE HASN’T BEEN MUCH PAY AND FEW PRESSIES TO GIVE AWAY
BUT SOMEHOW I REMEMBER
THAT THESE WERE THE CHRISTMAS DAYS WHEN EVERYBODY STAYED

OH ‘COS PRESSIES COME AND GO
BUT THE MEMORIES STAY OF ALL THE CHRISTMAS DAYS
AND IF SANTA COULDN’T COME THAT DIDN’T SPOIL OUR FUN
ON ANY CHRISTMAS DAY

DID CHRISTMAS DAY STILL HAPPEN?
IT DID AT MY HOUSE

Chloe's Fright

Written By: Jodi Hamlyn-Harris and Brett Campbell

Chloe was scared of the dark and the night
And the strange things you see when you turn off the light.
The monsters, the creatures, the shadows that creep
kept Chloe awake when she wanted to sleep.

One night her Mummy, (who didn’t get frights)
Explained that the night-time was really alright
And the monsters and creatures would all disappear
If she went straight to sleep, and let good dreams appear!

So Chloe lay down for the first time that night
And promised herself she would not get a fright.

She climbed under the covers and put down her head
And then she saw something on the end of the bed!
It looked like a monster with sharp, shiny teeth
And a horrible nose, with hair underneath.

“Mummy!” she cried “come and turn on the light!
There’s a monster in here, I was right! I was right!”
So Mummy rushed in, in a flash she was there
“You big silly duffer, it’s your own teddy-bear!”

So Chloe lay down for the second time that night
And promised herself she would not get a fright.

She was just getting sleepy, her eyes nearly closed
When a crocodile jumped up and snapped at her nose!
He was slippery and slimy and really quite tall
And his tail made him nearly as long as the wall!

“Mummy!”, she cried “come and turn on the light!
There’s a crocodile here and he’s going to bite!”
So Mummy rushed in, (she knew what it would be)
“It’s a big funny shadow from the Jacaranda tree!”

So Chloe lay down for the third time that night
And promised herself she would NOT get a fright.

She lay down on her pillow, all covered with sheep
And she tried and she tried, but could not go to sleep.
She kept hearing noises and seeing bad things
Like flying platypuses with horns on their wings!

But this time she thought “I will NOT get a fright”
And she got out of bed and she turned on the light.
She laughed when she saw what had made her afraid -
A big stripey moth on her yellow lampshade!

So Chloe lay down for the last time that night
And never again did she call out in fright.

Can You?

Written By: Brett Campbell

CAN YOU DANCE LIKE AN ELEPHANT
CAN YOU DANCE LIKE A MONKEY
CAN YOU DANCE LIKE AN EMU

EVERYBODY DANCE LIKE AN ELEPHANT
EVERYBODY DANCE LIKE A MONKEY
EVERYBODY DANCE LIKE AN EMU

WE’RE ALL DANCING LIKE AN ELEPHANT
WE’RE ALL DANCING LIKE A MONKEY
WE’RE ALL DANCING LIKE AN EMU

CAN YOU SING LIKE A SINGER
CAN YOU PLAY THE ROCKIN’ GUITAR
CAN YOU PLAY ON THE KEYBOARD

EVERYBODY SING LIKE A SINGER
EVERYBODY PLAY THE ROCKIN’ GUITAR
EVERYBODY PLAY THE KEYBOARD

WE’RE ALL SINGING LIKE A SINGER
WE’RE ALL PLAYING THE ROCKIN’ GUITAR
WE’RE ALL PLAYING ON THE KEYBOARD

CAN YOU SING LIKE AN ELEPHANT
CAN A MONKEY PLAY THE GUITAR
I’D LIKE TO SEE AN EMU PLAY THE KEYBOARD

EVERYBODY SING, EVERYBODY DANCE
EVERYBODY PLAY

What's in my Lunchbox

Written By: Jodi Hamlyn-Harris and Brett Campbell

I’ve eaten all my apple
and I’ve drunk up all my drink.
I’ve had some yummy biscuits
(they were chocolate chip, I think)
 
But now I’m still so hungry
I want something else to eat.
What’s mum put in my lunchbox –
is it yucky or a treat?
 
Is it ham
or gooseberry jam
or caterpillars stuffed with spam?
 
Is it whale
or roasted quail
or eggplant topped with pickled snail?
 
Is it firm
or is it runny?
Is it dandruff mixed with honey?
 
It is cheese
or mushy peas
or meatloaf filled with angry bees?
 
The suspense builds to a fever pitch
I look inside and then,
I realise to my horror that it’s...
 
 
...vegemite again.

Dirty Dog Ditty

Written By: Jodi Hamlyn-Harris and Brett Campbell

How deep a ditch did the dirty dog dig?
Did he dig 'til the deep ditch was dug?
And while the dog dug did he do a doggy dance
to a dog ditty like a doodlebug?

Discography

LP "THE TOMATO ALBUM" 2017

LP "TRUCKS DUCKS AND SCARY MONSTERS" 2016

EP "SANTA SONGS" 2016

LP "BC" 2006
LP "PURPLE COW" 2008
LP " A HAPPY FUN CHRISTMAS" 2009
LP " ACOUSTIC" 2010
LP "PRESS PLAY TO HEAR BRETT" 2010
EP "CHRISTMAS 2010" 2010
EP "CHRISTMAS 2011" 2011
LP "LET'S SKIDADDLE" 2012

Set List

Brett plays a set of all original songs for children of between 30 and 45 minutes in length.