Kathy Byers

Kathy Byers

 Chatham, New Jersey, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis have been selected as Official Performance Alley Showcase Artists at the 24th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference to be held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA from February 22-26, 2012.

As an integral part of the Folk Alliance Conference, the official showcase enables presenters, promoters, agents, record companies, and media publicists to see and hear artists who are career musicians. The emphasis is on emerging artists, those well known in their region

Biography

Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis have been selected as Official Performance Alley Showcase Artists at the 24th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference to be held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA from February 22-26, 2012.

Singer-Songwriters Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis guitarist/improvisational puppeteer - perform highly interactive ecology concerts featuring sister-like harmony and engaging wild animal stage puppets. Meet Raccoon, Mr. Crab, Polar Bear, Bumblebee, Snake, Frog, and Sticks-the-Turtle at nature centers, schools, libraries and folk festivals!

One Earth So Green and Round, produced by master guitarist and composer John Guth, delivers instrumental mix ranging from piano, guitar and percussion to banjo and clarinet. The CD includes a lyric booklet.

John Guth accompanies the duo in festivals and concerts where appropriate.

Kathy and Lydia met through at an Oscar Brand Seminar in Huntington, Long Island, NY. They realized their voices totally matched, became very good friends, and went on to co-write their all-original One Earth So Green and Round – Songs of Nature.

Inspired by the reptile company: Snakes-N-Scales and Turtle Tales, the CD is overflow-ing with wonderfully creative songs that teach children and remind adults about our precious environment and its diverse inhabi-tants such as: “In Alaska”, “I Am Snake”, “We Study Frogs”, “Think About the Ocean”, “Why Do Turtles Cross the Road?” and “Chameleon”. Really terrific. Cleverly crafted, and the singing stands out above all!

The work has become an inspiring “tool” to help Girl Scouts obtain a nature badge, music badge or environmental badge.

Lyrics

Oh, Mr. Crab

Written By: Kathy Byers

OH, MR. CRAB
by Kathy Byers
St. Pius X School
Kindergarten
Montville, NJ

Oh, Mr. Crab
You are so cool
Hiding in the sand where the rocks make a pool

I see you on vacation when we go to the beach
But when I try to catch you, you are quickly out of reach

Chorus
Oh, Mr. Crab
Down by the sea
I wish you lived in the water by me
Oh Mr. Crab
Down by the sea
I wish you lived in the water by me

Crawling, crawling sideways in the water by the shore
Something like my hermit crab in his cage upon the floor

Chorus

My dad, one time he caught you
Your claws so sharp and shelly
Your eyes and legs got hypnotized…
As he rubbed you on your belly

Chorus

Oh Mr. Crab
You are so cool
Hiding in the sand where the rocks make a pool
Hiding in the sand where the rocks make a pool

We Study Frogs

Written By: Lydia Adams Davis

WE STUDY FROGS
by Lydia Adams Davis

A tadpole shipment came in
From eggs and jelly their lives begin
They hatch and swim away
Lookin’ like a head with a tail that sways

We study frogs
Just because
We want to learn
A lot about ‘em
We wanna know
How they grow
In different ways each day

Week one their hind legs appear
Week five their tail grows small, their forelegs are here
Week ten their back legs are grow
Week fifteen they’re on the bank breathing air on their own

We study frogs
Just because
We want to learn
A lot about ‘em
We wanna know
How they grow
In different ways each day (3Xs)

I Am Snake

Written By: Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers

I AM SNAKE
Music by Lydia Adams Davis
Lyrics by Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis

I am snake who lives in a home
Through rugs and carpets I happily roam
The people who keep me…all have feet
Attached to their legs…why not me?

Chorus
I want legs, yes I do
So I can be just like you!
I want legs, yes I do
So I can be just like you!

So I’ll search this house…from top to bottom
Then put them on once I’ve got ‘em
I’ll search this house…from bottom to top
Until I find them…I will not stop
Chorus
Here I’ll look in the cuff of your jeans
Then in the cat box, yuck…Not clean!
Into the bathroom to have a look-see
Big drains and plumbing are not for me!

Ureka! A sneaker with laces untied
Maybe some spare legs got left… deep inside
My tongue has detected a smell so strong
If someone hid legs here…they won’t last long
Chorus
I’ll check out the tech room now…I love this
But to sit at the desk…I’d have to have hips!
There’s a call from the tropics…Is anyone there?
I’ll look in the mailbox for a ticket somewhere

All this exploring has told me a lot
You know I get around fine…believe it or not
Besides, without legs I can curl in your lap
After all this searchin’…I’m taking a nap!
Chorus
Who needs legs? I am snake…
Who needs legs? Not me
Hmm…I am snake…Hmm…
I am snake…That’s me!

Be A Bumble Bee

Written By: Lydia Adams Davis

BE A BUMBLE BEE
by Lydia Adams Davis

Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee

I fly from flower to flower
Looking for nectar drink
I fly from flower to flower
Stand still and I’ll never sting

Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee

I fly from flower to flower
Looking for nectar drink
I fly from flower to flower
Stand still and I’ll never sting

(Instrumental verse)

Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee
Be a bumble, be a bumble, be a bumble bee

Chameleon

Written By: Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis

Chameleon
Music by Lydia Adams Davis
Lyrics by Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis

I come from Madagascar
Living high among the trees
M my tail clings to the branches
I have pincers on my feet

When I search…for my mate
My colors change from deep within
I turn bright…hues of light
‘Cause I am Chameleon

When the mate I meet’s not for me
I turn deep brown shades not grey
Colors dark show how I’m feeling
I won’t welcome you my way

When I search…for my mate
My colors change from deep within
Colors tan…pale and gray
‘Cause I am Chameleon

Instrumental

I am shy and do stress easy
I prefer to live alone
My mood is peaceful calm and breezy
Safely high in my tree home

When I fear / for my space
My colors change from deep within
Blue and green…deep and teal
‘Cause I am Chameleon

My swivel eyes can scope two places
One keeps guard one spies my prey
Step by step I beam the branches
Then I shoot my tongue its way

In a snap…I can zap
A caterpillar in a distant tree
Sticky gum… on tip of tongue
Reels an unsuspecting snack to me

I come from Madagascar
Blushing softly in the trees
Changing colors with each feeling
There’s no other one like me

I’m unique…I can speak
Through the wonders of my skin
Blending in…the world I’m in
‘Cause I am Chameleon

My Favorite Dragon

Written By: Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams DAvis

My Favorite Dragon
By Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers
My favorite dragon to have as a pet
Is a lizard that bearded I’ve saved up to get
The girl at the pet shop suggested I learn
How to shop for his needs with the dollars I earn

The first time I saw one down at the zoo
Looking so friendly and very calm too
This lizard spit up and stuck out his tongue
I knew not to touch him, I knew not to run

So we bought a large tank with room to turn ‘round
Blocked off three sides, and set it on the ground
We named him “Tri” for his three-sided head
And served him up crickets so he’d be well fed

Woah…Is he showing his beard as a threat?
I’ll leave him alone now, he might be upset
He’s got logs and rocks to climb on and hide
That’s why we scattered so many inside

The rays he takes in help him digest
As an easy-care pet, he sure is the best
And because he is small, I hold him a lot
His eyes shine at me, he’s the best friend I’ve got!

My favorite dragon to keep as a pet
Is “Tri” my own lizard I saved up to get

Why Do Turtles Cross the Road?

Written By: Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis

WHY DO TURTLES CROSS THE ROAD?
by Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers

“ Why do turtles cross the road?”
Asked my Dad as our car slowed
“They live over there in pond or bog
Swimming, sunning, basking on logs”
So why encounter a speeding car
To take a risk to go that far?

“Stop”, I cried, “I learned in a book
Guide her along the direction she took!
Mother is seeking a place that’s best
To lay her eggs in an underground nest
Place them safely beneath the ground
Well-tamped down where they won’t be found”

A season will pass the egg tooth cracks
The shell gives way when it’s time to hatch
Coin-sized turtles claw up to the sun
Their newborn journey has begun
The scent of pond will guide their feet
Making their way to cross the street

Winter comes their heart slows down
Burrowed safely underground
In five short years their lives’ mature
Count the rings on their shell to be sure
Mating in playful water ballet
The cycle of life begins this way

That’s why turtles cross the road?
Instinct tells them where to go
No road can block the path they take
Nature’s plan makes no mistake
Let’s post a sign so all will know:
“Turtle Crossing, Please Drive Slow”
“Turtle Crossing, Please Drive Slow”

Shy Raccoon

Written By: Lydia Adams Davis

SHY RACOON
by Lydia Adams Davis

There once was a shy raccoon
Who loved to eat macaroons?
He also liked to eat fish
Or any other kind of dish

One night last winter time
He met some friends of mine
While sneakin’ ‘round the neighborhood

At one o’clock in the mornin’
When everyone else was snorin’
We looked down the alley way
And then exclaimed: “Hey!

There’s a raccoon in the garbage
And he is very large!”
Causing chaos and bedlam

Instrumental
At one o’clock in the mornin’
When everyone else was snorin’
We looked down the alley way
And then exclaimed: “Hey!

There’s a raccoon in the garbage
And he is very large!”
Causin’ chaos and bedlam
Keepin’ us up ‘til four AM

In Alaska

Written By: Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers

In Alaska
Music by Lydia Adams Davis
Lyrics by Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers

In Alaska, husky dogs pull sleds
O’er snow and ice where we are led
The dogs are strong and furry too
They help…and…hurry you…

In Alaska, it’s sometimes 40 below
Our life-long friends are the only way to go
Because the drifts are deep
And the sun sleeps half of the year

But in Alaska and points up to the north
Global warmin…throws our sleds off course
Our loyal huskies get stranded or struck down
If the ice melts and commence to flood the ground
Where a drought leaves no traction there
To haul along your hurry-up chair
And the route seems to go nowhere but to turn the climate around (2X)

In Alaska, husky dogs pull sleds…
In Alaska, husky dogs pull sleds…
In Alaska, husky dogs pull sleds…

Anaconda

Written By: Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis

ANACONDA
By Kathy Byers and Lydia Adams Davis

I’m an anaconda snake with a yellow brown base
My strength comes from deep within
My nerves are quick and the prey I pick
I can capture with no warnin’

Lots of traders are travelling to find where I live
For the high-fashioned shapes on my skin
The rainforest rivers no longer provide
Safe hiding for me and my kin

Agouti and Paka I prey upon fast
In the jungles of Brazil
While waterside plants provide me the chance
To hide, wrap and swallow my fill

I’m an anaconda snake with a yellow brown base
My strength comes from deep within
My nerves are quick and the prey I pick
I can capture with no warnin’

Two hours from birth I must fend for myself
In a tropical rainforest home
Long muscles of me coil and squeeze on my feed
I’m a reptile you should leave alone

As a boa constrictor I prey upon fast
In Argentina and Paraguay
Capybara and fish, any bird that I wish
I’m the largest snake known today

Instrumental

I’m an anaconda snake with a yellow brown base
My strength comes from deep within
My nerves are quick and the prey I pick
I can capture with no warnin’

Discography

One Earth So Green and Round
- Songs of Nature

Do You Wish You Could Fly?
- Songs for the Kid in All of Us

'Round the Campfire
- Songs for the Scout in All of Us

Set List

Sets are 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on venue.