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Sing Along Now!


It's in the dirt. It's in the dirt
Eroded rock is in the dirt
Dirt has many minerals
Mixed with water and organic matter makes the Earth

A soil with a purpose, with peat upon the surface
A plant will get its minerals
A clay is not so porous. Desert sand is coarse
A chalky soil is a silt. Hooray for that decay

Potassium, magnesium
Calcium and nitrogen
Generating food in dirt

One billion organisms per square meter of dirt

Bacteria and fungi, those earth worms are fun guys
As living things they'll decompose
To humous, topsoil, subsoil on bedrock
Living matter to compost
It turns, turns into dirt. Fresh dirt

It's a lot of good rot. Hip hooray for decay!
It's a lot of good rot. Hip hooray for decay!


 Song Credits:

Music and Lyrics by Dennis Westphall
Produced and Arranged by Danny Deardorff
© 1993

 Album Credits:

Founding directors and executive producers of Tickle Tune Typhoon:
Lorraine Bayes and Dennis Westphall
Produced by Dennis Westphall and Nick Moore
Arranged and orchestrated by Nick Moore
For the Microsoft® "Explorapedia" Children's lnteractive Encyclopedia
Songs produced and arranged by Danny Deardorff

Recording and Mixing Engineers: Jim Bachman at JB Productions and Larz Nefzger at Triad Studios
Cover Art and Design: Kathryn Rathke
Package Layout: Sally Porter & Doug Haverty

The Tickle Tune Typhoon Performers:
Dennis Westphall - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Lorraine Bayes - Lead Vocals, Autoharp
Angie Bolton - Lead Vocals, Percussion
Richard Warner - Saxophone, Flutes
Eric Chappelle - Violin, Mandolin

Contributing Musicians:
Nick Moore - Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizers
Danny Deardorff - Lead Vocals, Mandolin
Murl Allen Sanders - Accordion
Michael Eads - Electric Guitar
Chris Middaugh - Pedal Steel Guitar
Terry Lauber - Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Paul Elliott - Horns
Dewey Marler - Horns
Ed Hartman- Maribas, Percussion
Chuck Deardorff - Upright Bass
Nancy Rumbel - Oboe, English Horn, Ocarinas
Brian Pertl - Didgeridoo
Mark Ivester - Drums and Hand Percussion

String Section:
Marlene Weaver, Dan Williams
Eileen Swanson, Christine Olason

Contributing Vocalists:
Jennifer Lind, Kelly Hardland
Libby Torrance

The Children's Chorus on "Weights and Measures":
Lauren Govier, Alison Kimble, Krisanna Reift, Dana Sedgwick, Alyssa Wiblitzhouser
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