Mr Sleep and The Flying Green Toad

Mr Sleep and The Flying Green Toad

BandWorldChildren's Music

A Children's World Music album with flowing and melodious harmonies, uplifting arrangements, inspiring texts for children of all ages and for parents of all children.

Biography

Mr Sleep and The Flying Green Toad is a musical adventure into the heart of dreamland. Woven with wonderful world music, Mr Sleep and the Flying Green Toad is an eclectic collection of instruments & songstories, a musical journey, where the wisdom and insight of each song holds a special gift from dreamland’s secret garden.
produced by three fathers residing in the Byron Shire of NSW Australia. Avishai Barnatan & Amir Paiss, (from the internationally acclaimed Hebrew-Arab world music band Sheva: www.sheva.net ), and inspirational speaker and author Yossi Ghinsberg (www.ghinsberg.com) the Mr Sleep CD comes with a beautifully illustrated booklet full of whimsy and magic.
The music was recorded by Avishai and Amir at the Globalev production studios established outside Byron Bay last year, collaborating, co-producing & co-arranging with producer and composer Maneesh De-Moore (MDMSound). Mr Sleep includes influences from the Carribean to the Middle East, and the tales are told with the support of many local musicians on the CD including Greg Sheehan, Steve Berry, Cleis Pierce, Deya Dova, Yuval Ashkar and many others, as well as international artists including Amsterdam based vocalist Sudha, George Yussef Samaan from the Galilee mountains & Gil Ron Shama from Sheva.
the grand live 8 piece ensemble will include Amir Paiss, Avishai Barnatan, Darpan, Kamal Engels, Oles, Jamie Patugalan, Oles on guitars and wonderful 11 yr old singer Kayla Moon.
Mr Sleep is a friendly guide and companion for children at bedtime. The music is a tool to help kids to let go of their worries before nodding off to sleep. Mr Sleep shares musical stories about his journeys around the world and the characters he meets along the way. As he leads children into this magical world of dreamland‘s secret garden, Mr Sleep’s words offer guidance to help answer any challenges kids may experience in their daily lives. With its “One Family” theme, the story also gives children a positive message about world peace, tolerance and unity through diversity.

Lyrics

We Are Family

Written By: Yossi Ghinsberg


There’s a boy in Africa and he sits by the window
A tear runs down his cheek you see his mother is a widow
And he misses his Father so much but he’s forever gone
He has no brother or sister he feels all alone

A little Chinese girl in bed from side to side he rolls
She tries with all her might but the tears cannot control
In her dreams each night she is playing with a little sister
But when she wakes up there is no one there but her

Now all the children of the world please listen
Look outside the window, see the stars that glisten
From every child’s tear a shining star is born
To wink and blink and glow from dust to dawn

Now all the children of the world wake up and roar
The world is yours it is time to open wide the door
Let it be heard in Africa and China too it’s not that far
We the children know for we can read the twinkling star

If your not born to the same parents…. We are sisters and brothers!
If you don’t share the same blood….We are Family!
Even if you don’t live under the same roof…We are brothers and sisters!
And if your skin colour is different…We are Family!
Even if we have different religions…We are sisters and brothers!
Even if you speak strange languages…We are family!
If you dress in funny clothes…We love you just the same!
Even if you are the Eskimos in the Poles…We love you just the same!
All the children of Africa….Are my brothers and sisters!
All the children of America.We are family!
All the children in Russia…Are brothers and sisters!
And all the children of Iraq…We are family!
The Arabs and the Jews…brothers and sisters!
India and Pakistan…same Family!

Children of the world wake up and roar
The world is yours now open wide the door.
The Aborigines of Australia...Brothers and sisters!
Children of Iran….We are family!
All the refuges all the homeless….Brothers and sisters!
And all the plants and all the animals..We are family!

We are Family…brothers and sisters
We are Family… We are Family
We are family..brothers and sisters
We are Family… We are Family

We are family..brothers and sisters
Our Ancestors ..Our descendants
Brothers and sisters for generations to come
Because we share this lifetime..because we share this world
We are Family…brothers and sisters
We are Family… We are Family

Terrible 2's (No such thing as a bad kid)

Written By: Yossi Ghinsberg

Terrible 2’s (No such thing as a bad Kid)
When I was more or less your age
I was as restless as a lion in a cage
I was such a menace I was a pest
I even disturbed the birds in their nest
My father used to cry out loud in despair
You’re causing me trouble beyond repair
At raising havoc you are the best
When will I ever get a minute rest?
By night after he gave me a shower
He put me in bed he was as tall as a tower
And looking down at me he would gently smile
His eyes seemed as wet and deep as the river Nile

Son, you are driving me nuts, this is true
Sometimes I don’t know with you what to do
I guess that’s what they call the terrible two’s
And like everything else this will pass too
Come now let me give you a big cuddle
One day your son will give you as much trouble
And when he does remember your father’s creed
There may be bad behaviour, but no such thing as a bad kid

The play-dough is smeared all over the floor
You broke the window when you slammed the door
The bathroom you have flooded Oh boy Oh boy
Your hardcore
And when you fall asleep I’ll stay by your bed
My eyes will fill with tears but not because I’m sad
I love you so much my heart with joy is brimmed
So please forgive me if today at you I screamed

Son, you are driving me nuts, this is true
Sometimes I don’t know with you what to do
I guess that’s what they call the terrible two’s
And like everything else this will pass too
Come now let me give you a big cuddle
One day your son will give you as much trouble
For today after all you did
I remembered my father’s creed
There may be bad behaviour, but no such thing as a bad kid
There may be bad behaviour, but no such thing as a bad kid

Go Figure

Written By: Yossi Ghinsberg

Go Figure
Lyrics by: Yossi Ghinsberg Music By: Amir Paiss and Avishai Barnatan

It is nighttime now and it seems the worlds in bed
But in Japan its morning and people wake up glad
And when to sweet sleep you will finally yield
The farmers in Armenia are working in the field

Our world must be round and the sun so hot
We turn around and among the stars we float
Really doesn’t matter if your name is Change or Bernie
Sit on the flying carpet and enjoy the magic journey

When beautiful dreams you will be absorbed
In Burkina Faso a woman carries water in a gourd. Oh Lord
The fishermen in Guinea sail their outrigger
In Zambia a little girl to play outside is eager. Go Figure

The world is lush and vast the oceans are so blue
The sun and moon they shine in turns for me and you
Australia Ghana China Nepal Belize or Greece
We are the same people let’s learn to live in Peace

Soon the moon will sail away across the sky
The sun returns to us it’s night now in Dubai
And by the time you take off your pyjamas
In Bolivia a shepherd is gathering his llamas

The world must be round and the sun is bright
We turn around and round my day for you is night
Doesn’t really matter if Paris or Madras
Not just for me or just for you it must be there for us

We do the dame things just in different times
One cooks with ginger another cooks with thyme
Cairo Timbuktu Caracas Nadi or Nice
We’re more the same than different
Let’s learn to live in Peace

Discography

Mr Sleep and The Flying Green Toad
Celestial wedding (sheva)
Day & Night (sheva)
Gan (sheva)
Sheva Live in Australia
Merkavah (Amir Paiss & Gabriel Meyer)
Ark of Dreams (Avishai Barnatan)

Set List

1. Invitation
2. Go Figure
3. True Stories
4. Terrible 2’s
5. Brothers & Sisters
6. Sometimes
7. Dreamland’s Secret Garden
8. Papa Fernandez
9. Manzar Jamil (Desert Moon)
10. Gaia (Song of the soul)
11. Cayam
12. Mr.Sleep