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Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2
The Mosaic Project

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The Songs

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01. M. O. S. A. I. C. Is the Place to Be

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CHORUS: x2

M
O
S
A
I
C
Everyone knows
That it’s the place to be

VERSE: x2
Mosaic
Let me hear you say it
Mosaic
Mosaic

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project

Produced and performed by Chano Tizon

Additional vocals by Marco (Momo) Mendel Holt, Mayla Bilella, and Rosa Parks 3rd Graders

Mixed and mastered by Jabari Tawiah

02. B . B. Wolf

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This song was written to accompany the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the “Big Bad” Wolf’s point of view.

Lyrics

PRE-CHORUS
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

V1:
You don’t know me
You only know the rumors
my -reputation proceeds me,
So, as soon as you meet me
You jump to conclusion
Why?

‘Cause I’m a “bad man?”
I did what I had to do
can I – get a little empathy?
Put ya ten toes inside my shoes
And move like I – mean,
take walk with me,
try to see me
or who I am
not just the faults in me

You might identify,
Might even evolve with me
Love – you ever try to just talk to me?
Look,
I don’t bite
But let’s just keep it polite
The fact of the matter,
The bigger the badder
But sometimes just hype

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

BRIDGE:
I’ve been labeled something I’m not
I’ve been prejudged and it hurts me a lot

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Yea hella mad but more than that
Feel like I never got a chance
And that’s just sad

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed, & produced by Chano Tizon

Verse written & performed by Do D.A.T.

Mixed and mastered by Jabari Tawiah

03. Peace Blockers

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The three Peace Blockers are:
1. Blame
2. Guilt
3. Defensiveness

Lyrics

V1:
There are three feelings
That block us from peace.
Preventing empathy,
Stopping us from connecting.

You might feel guilty
“I’m such a bad person,”
“I’m always hurting everyone else.”

CHORUS:
These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help.

V2:
You might be defensive
“I didn’t do wrong here.”
Ignoring their thoughts
And their perspective.

You can blame someone
“Well it’s all your fault,”
“You did this to me.”
Giving away all your power.

CHORUS:
These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

BRIDGE:
This can happen to anyone
Check n with yourself
Take a deep breath
“Am I feeling guilty, blaming, or defensive?”

CHORUS:
These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed and produced by Gyasi Ross (@gyasirossmusic)

Mixed and mastered by Nahuel Bronzini

04. Listening Song

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The three Keys to Peace are:
1. Listening
2. Empathy (See Volume 1)
3. Assertiveness

Lyrics

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
And your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it
Listen up!
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

BRIDGE:
I could use your help
I don’t think can do this by myself

V1:
I got something important to tell you
Gather around
I’d rather not shout it

Come in closer
And show me you hear me
Snap if you feel me
Clap if you with me

I know distractions can happen
Find your way back in
Ask your self

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
And your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up?
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
and your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up!
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

BRIDGE:
I could use your help
I don’t think can do this by myself

V2:
Yo, can I get a word from the wise?
To combat the rhythm
The myth
The lies

It’s like,
Talking to a crowd
Who can really hear you?

Surrounded by people
Do they really care?

How will I know?
Unless you’re willing to show

Open your heart and mind
And let your words flow

I will listen to you
And you will listen to me

Just by listening
We will spread peace

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
and your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
and your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
And your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up?
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music & lyrics by Chano Tizon & Al Staples

Performed by Al Staples

Verse written and performed by Khemnes Fisher

Produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah.

05. Assertiveness Song

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The three Keys to Peace are:
1. Listening
2. Empathy (see Volume 1)
3. Assertiveness

Lyrics

V1:
When you’re passive
You shrink back
And use a weak voice.

When you’re aggressive
You spread poison
And try to force a choice.

Assertive is the answer
It’s strong without being mean.
Stop the poison,
Spread peace.
Come on, let’s sing!

PRE-CHORUS:
It’s your body language,
What you say
And how you say it. (3X)

‘Cause your SUPERPOWER
Is assertiveness!

CHORUS:
Calm, cool, collected, confident and clear.
You gotta be calm, cool, collected confident
And clear.

V2:
It’s okay to say, “No,”
To a hurt person or a friend

And allies who can empathize
Are sure to lend a hand.

Do what you gotta do
As many times as it takes.

Respect.
Connect.
Protect your space!

PRE-CHORUS:
It’s your body language,
What you say
And how you say it. (3X)

‘Cause your SUPERPOWER
Is Assertiveness!

CHORUS:
Calm, cool, collected, confident and clear.
You gotta be calm, cool, collected confident
And clear.

Calm, cool, collected, confident and clear.
You gotta be calm, cool, collected confident
And clear.

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music and lyrics by the Mosaic Team

Performed & produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

06. Fighting Is Not the Solution – the Remix

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See Volume 1 for the original by Brett Dennen & Lara Mendel.

Lyrics

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

V1:
Stop,
Cool off,
And take a deep breath.

When you get angry,
Don’t lose your head.

Tell each other
The way you feel.

Step back
And chill.

Don’t scream,
Don’t shout.

Use your words
To work it out.

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

V2:
Listen to each other.
Find out what you both need.

Stand in each other’s shoes.
Practice a little empathy.

Make a plan you both like
And go for it.

No problem ever gets solved
By fighting over it.

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

BRIDGE: (2x)
I’m going to use my I-Statements
I’m going to use it
I’m going to use it

V3:
I feel…
I feel so sad

When I…
When I’m singing all alone

Because I need…
Because I need community

And could you…
And could you sing with me?

BRIDGE:
I’m going to use my I-Statements
I’m going to use it
I’m going to use it

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

Oh, stand up!
Stand up for my brother
Oh, stand up!
Stand up for my sister
Oh, stand up!
Stand up for each other
Oh stand up!
Oh stand up!

Oh stand up!
Stand up to fight wars no more
Oh stand up!
Stand up whether rich or poor
Oh stand up!
Stand up for each other
Oh stand up!
Oh stand up!

Find a solution
Try conflict resolution (x4)

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Remixed, performed, & produced by William Harper

Mixed & mastered by Nahuel Bronzini

07. The Lost Sock Blues

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We have never ended swim time at Mosaic’s Outdoor Project without lost socks by the pool.

Lyrics

CHORUS:
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
Got feet I’ve got shoes (the lost sock blues!)
They ain’t nothing without you (the lost sock blues!)
Can this be true
I wish I knew

V1:
Got a story to tell
Didn’t go very well

Downtime at the pool
I was actin a fool

Were changin’ your clothes
Looked down at your toes
Oh where’d my sock go?

CHORUS:
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
Got feet I’ve got shoes (the lost sock blues!)
They ain’t nothing without you (the lost sock blues!)
Can this be true
I wish I knew

V2:
My sock’s all alone
They ain’t got no home

I was in such a rush
Now you miss em’ so much

Left em’ lying around
All over the ground
Now they’re in Lost & Found

Sing it with me!

CHORUS:
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
Got feet I’ve got shoes (the lost sock blues!)
They ain’t nothing without you (the lost sock blues!)
I’m so blue
What will I do?

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project

08. Wash Your Hands

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Lyrics

VERSE:
Wash your hands
And get them clean
Protect yourself from Covid 19

PRE-CHORUS:
Wet hands,
Soap, scrub,
rinse then dry

20 seconds
That might save your life

CHORUS:
Wash your hands
I can’t believe that’s somethin’ I gotta ask
But here I am

Wash your hands
Please

Front and back and in between
Finger tips and now you’re clean

PRE-CHORUS:
Wet hands,
Soap, scrub,
rinse then dry

20 seconds
That might save your life

CHORUS:
Wash your hands
I can’t believe that’s somethin’ I gotta ask
But here I am

CHORUS:
Wash your hands
I can’t believe that’s somethin’ I gotta ask
But here I am
Wash your hands
Please
Wash your hands

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics and produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

09. Pick It Up (Homesickness Song)

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Music, lyrics, performed, & produced by Chano Tizon.

Lyrics

V1:
I know that new places get scary,
I know
You know yourself better then anyone else.

And even when your lonely
You’re not alone
And there is no place in the world that feels like home

And you’re never alone
Somebody feels exactly like you do
Break out of this mood
With some Awesome-Attitude

PRE-CHORUS:
‘Cause you’re here now
‘Need you to sessile around
Mix it up somehow
So you don’t miss out

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

Sing and shout
Shake it all around
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

V2:
Let’s make this new place feel like home
And the seasons will change just like you will

Against all the odds you would have grown
Because whoever you become isn’t set in stone

And you’re never alone
Somebody feels exactly like you do

Break out of this mood
With some Awesome-Attitude

PRE-CHORUS:
‘Cause you’re here now
Need you to sessile around
Mix it up some how
So you don’t miss out

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

Sing and shout
Shake it all around
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

V2:
Let’s make this place feel like home
And the seasons will change
Just like you will

Against all the odds,
You will have grown

Because whoever you become
Isn’t set-in-stone

PRE-CHORUS
‘Cause you’re here now
Need you to sessile around
Mix it up some how
So you don’t miss out

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

BRIDGE:
Everybody gets homesick just a little bit (x3)

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

BRIDGE:
Everybody gets homesick just a little bit (x3)

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed & produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

10. Peace High Five

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Sessle: To mix it up and change seats frequently.

At Mosaic, sessle means to mix it up and make new friends with people from different schools and different backgrounds.

The Peace High Five handshake helps us to make to friends. Learn how to do the Peace High Five.

Lyrics

CHORUS:
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

CHORUS:
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

CHORUS:
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

VERSE:
Mix it up
Sessle up

Say what’s up
to someone else

Next to someone
You don’t know

We call this
The Stretch Zone

What’s your fears?
What’s your goals?
Values?
You know how it goes

Sing along “Mamamo”
Tell me when to go

Every night
We got a show
(Echo)

Touching heart
Across the globe
(Echo)
Spreading peace up in my neighborhood
Follow what I do

CHORUS
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

CHORUS
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

Alright probably one more?

CHORUS
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Written & produced by Will Harper.

Performed by Chano Tizon & Jakeya Sanders

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

11. Make It Fair

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Lyrics

CHORUS:
If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

VERSE:
If an unfair rule hurts you,
It hurts me too
Let’s stand up and
Make a change,
There’s so much we can do

It ain’t you against me
Working together sets us free

No challenge too big
We dream of new possibilities

CHORUS:
If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

VERSE:
If an unfair rule hurts you,
It hurts me too
Let’s stand up and
Make a change,
There’s so much we can do

It ain’t you against me
Working together sets us free

No challenge too big
We dream of new possibilities

CHORUS:
If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music by Theresa Perez

Lyrics by Annabelle Baylin

Performed by Chano Tizon & Mayla Bilella

Produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & Mastered by Nahuel Bronzini

12. Mosaic In Action

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This song was written to accompany the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the “Big Bad” Wolf’s point of view.

Lyrics

PRE-CHORUS
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

V1:
You don’t know me
You only know the rumors
my -reputation proceeds me,
So, as soon as you meet me
You jump to conclusion
Why?

‘Cause I’m a “bad man?”
I did what I had to do
can I – get a little empathy?
Put ya ten toes inside my shoes
And move like I – mean,
take walk with me,
try to see me
or who I am
not just the faults in me

You might identify,
Might even evolve with me
Love – you ever try to just talk to me?
Look,
I don’t bite
But let’s just keep it polite
The fact of the matter,
The bigger the badder
But sometimes just hype

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

BRIDGE:
I’ve been labeled something I’m not
I’ve been prejudged and it hurts me a lot

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Yea hella mad but more than that
Feel like I never got a chance
And that’s just sad

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed, & produced by Chano Tizon

Verse written & performed by Do D.A.T.

Mixed and mastered by Jabari Tawiah

13. Thank You for Peacing It Together!

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Lyrics

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

V1:
Thank you for
All you’ve done so far
Helped us set the bar
And it’s raised real high up

With you,
We can touch the sky love
We can change some minds
With you by our side

We can touch the world
Which you’re down to, right?

And it’s really up to us
To make it way more clear

Because the kids are the future
And the future is here

So, here we go,
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
For making it possible

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

V2:
Thought I told you that we won’t stop/
We want to thank you one more time

Thought I told you that we won’t stop/
We want to thank you one more time

Thought I told you that we won’t stop/
We’re going to thank you one more time

Here we go,
Arigato gozaimashita (Japanese)
We won’t stop

Merci (French)
Gracias (Spanish)
We won’t stop

Efcharistó (Greek)
Salamat po (Tagalog)
We won’t stop

We’re going to thank you some more/
We wont stop

Here we go,
Shukran (Arabic)
Grazie (Italian)
We won’t stop

Danke (German)
Asante (Swahili)
We wont stop

Xièxiè (Mandarin)
E dupe (Yoruba)

We’re going to thank you some more/
We won’t stop

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project

14. M. O. S. A. I. C. Is the Place to Be (Reprise)

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Lyrics

CHORUS (x2)
M
O
S
A
I
C
Everyone knows
That it’s the place to be

VERSE: (x2)
Mosaic
Let me hear you say it
Mosaic mosaic

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Produced and performed by Chano Tizon

Additional vocals by Marco (Momo) Mendel Holt, Mayla Bilella, and Rosa Parks 3rd Graders

Album Description & Credits

Nearly 20 years in the making, we are excited to announce our new album! Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2 features songs written and sung around the campfire by Mosaic’s Residential Rock Stars throughout our history.

Credits

March 5, 2022
14 Songs, 38 Minutes
©2022 The Mosaic Project
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Every Mosaic facilitator, youth leader, teacher, and student who has sung around our campfire has contributed to the music on this album! We are infinitely grateful to all of you!

Chano Tizon was essential to creating this album, writing music and lyrics as well as producing and performing many of the songs.

We are deeply grateful to all the artists who created songs for this album:

  • Al Staples (Listening Song)
  • Do D.A.T. (B.B. Wolf verse)
  • Freya Forstall (Mosaic in Action)
  • Gyasi Ross (Peace Blockers) @gyasirossmusic
  • Jakeya Sanders (Peace High Five)
  • Khemnes Fisher (Listening Song verse)
  • Theresa Perez & Annabelle Baylin (Make It Fair)
  • William Harper (Fighting Is Not the Solution & Peace High Five)

Thank you to all the children who sang on the album including:

  • Mayla Moreira Bilella
  • Marco (Momo) Mendel Holt
  • Quest Tizon
  • Julian and Addie Martinez
  • Rosa Parks 3rd Graders
  • Ryan Davis’ 4th-Grade Class
  • Charlotte Trotter (child-at-heart)

Thank you to Bill Croughan (bass), Sandra Martin (harp), and Toby Turner (drums)

Thank you to our mixers/masters, Jabari Tawiah and Nahuel Bronzini.

Thank you to Aidan Schechter who helped to record and produce Assertiveness, Song Pick It Up (Homesickness Song), and Lost Sock Blues.

Thank you to the many Mosaic Magic Makers who helped craft so many songs around the campfire over the years including:

  • Christopher (CJJ) Lindstrom
  • Sandra Martin
  • Andrew Ignacio
  • Christabel Nunoo
  • Emily Abad
  • Myles Posey
  • Shanae Savage
  • Kara Murray-Badal
  • Adhamh Roland
  • Amani Carey-Simms
  • Mazin Jamal
  • Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson
  • and of course, No Way Yes Way Maybe So Jose Durante.

Finally, thank you to the original Mosaic Resident Rock Star, Brett Dennen, for the constant inspiration.

Peace, love, and gratitude,
Lara Mendel & Chano Tizon
The Mosaic Project

Album Description & Credits

Nearly 20 years in the making, we are excited to announce our new album! Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2 features songs written and sung around the campfire by Mosaic’s Residential Rock Stars throughout our history.

Credits

March 5, 2022
14 Songs, 38 Minutes
©2022 The Mosaic Project
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Every Mosaic facilitator, youth leader, teacher, and student who has sung around our campfire has contributed to the music on this album! We are infinitely grateful to all of you!

Chano Tizon was essential to creating this album, writing music and lyrics as well as producing and performing many of the songs.

We are deeply grateful to all the artists who created songs for this album:

  • Al Staples (Listening Song)
  • Do D.A.T. (B.B. Wolf verse)
  • Freya Forstall (Mosaic in Action)
  • Gyasi Ross (Peace Blockers) @gyasirossmusic
  • Jakeya Sanders (Peace High Five)
  • Khemnes Fisher (Listening Song verse)
  • Theresa Perez & Annabelle Baylin (Make It Fair)
  • William Harper (Fighting Is Not the Solution & Peace High Five)

Thank you to all the children who sang on the album including:

  • Mayla Moreira Bilella
  • Marco (Momo) Mendel Holt
  • Quest Tizon
  • Julian and Addie Martinez
  • Rosa Parks 3rd Graders
  • Ryan Davis’ 4th-Grade Class
  • Charlotte Trotter (child-at-heart)

Thank you to Bill Croughan (bass), Sandra Martin (harp), and Toby Turner (drums)

Thank you to our mixers/masters, Jabari Tawiah and Nahuel Bronzini.

Thank you to Aidan Schechter who helped to record and produce Assertiveness, Song Pick It Up (Homesickness Song), and Lost Sock Blues.

Thank you to the many Mosaic Magic Makers who helped craft so many songs around the campfire over the years including:

  • Christopher (CJJ) Lindstrom
  • Sandra Martin
  • Andrew Ignacio
  • Christabel Nunoo
  • Emily Abad
  • Myles Posey
  • Shanae Savage
  • Kara Murray-Badal
  • Adhamh Roland
  • Amani Carey-Simms
  • Mazin Jamal
  • Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson
  • and of course, No Way Yes Way Maybe So Jose Durante.

Finally, thank you to the original Mosaic Resident Rock Star, Brett Dennen, for the constant inspiration.

Peace, love, and gratitude,
Lara Mendel & Chano Tizon
The Mosaic Project

The Songs

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01. M. O. S. A. I. C. Is the Place to Be

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CHORUS: x2

M
O
S
A
I
C
Everyone knows
That it’s the place to be

VERSE: x2
Mosaic
Let me hear you say it
Mosaic
Mosaic

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project

Produced and performed by Chano Tizon

Additional vocals by Marco (Momo) Mendel Holt, Mayla Bilella, and Rosa Parks 3rd Graders

Mixed and mastered by Jabari Tawiah

02. B . B. Wolf

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This song was written to accompany the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the “Big Bad” Wolf’s point of view.

Lyrics

PRE-CHORUS
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

V1:
You don’t know me
You only know the rumors
my -reputation proceeds me,
So, as soon as you meet me
You jump to conclusion
Why?

‘Cause I’m a “bad man?”
I did what I had to do
can I – get a little empathy?
Put ya ten toes inside my shoes
And move like I – mean,
take walk with me,
try to see me
or who I am
not just the faults in me

You might identify,
Might even evolve with me
Love – you ever try to just talk to me?
Look,
I don’t bite
But let’s just keep it polite
The fact of the matter,
The bigger the badder
But sometimes just hype

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

BRIDGE:
I’ve been labeled something I’m not
I’ve been prejudged and it hurts me a lot

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Yea hella mad but more than that
Feel like I never got a chance
And that’s just sad

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed, & produced by Chano Tizon

Verse written & performed by Do D.A.T.

Mixed and mastered by Jabari Tawiah

03. Peace Blockers

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The three Peace Blockers are:
1. Blame
2. Guilt
3. Defensiveness

Lyrics

V1:
There are three feelings
That block us from peace.
Preventing empathy,
Stopping us from connecting.

You might feel guilty
“I’m such a bad person,”
“I’m always hurting everyone else.”

CHORUS:
These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help.

V2:
You might be defensive
“I didn’t do wrong here.”
Ignoring their thoughts
And their perspective.

You can blame someone
“Well it’s all your fault,”
“You did this to me.”
Giving away all your power.

CHORUS:
These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

BRIDGE:
This can happen to anyone
Check n with yourself
Take a deep breath
“Am I feeling guilty, blaming, or defensive?”

CHORUS:
These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

These are peace blockers
Stopping us from being ourselves
These are peace blockers
They hurt and they never help

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed and produced by Gyasi Ross (@gyasirossmusic)

Mixed and mastered by Nahuel Bronzini

04. Listening Song

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The three Keys to Peace are:
1. Listening
2. Empathy (See Volume 1)
3. Assertiveness

Lyrics

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
And your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it
Listen up!
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

BRIDGE:
I could use your help
I don’t think can do this by myself

V1:
I got something important to tell you
Gather around
I’d rather not shout it

Come in closer
And show me you hear me
Snap if you feel me
Clap if you with me

I know distractions can happen
Find your way back in
Ask your self

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
And your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up?
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
and your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up!
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

BRIDGE:
I could use your help
I don’t think can do this by myself

V2:
Yo, can I get a word from the wise?
To combat the rhythm
The myth
The lies

It’s like,
Talking to a crowd
Who can really hear you?

Surrounded by people
Do they really care?

How will I know?
Unless you’re willing to show

Open your heart and mind
And let your words flow

I will listen to you
And you will listen to me

Just by listening
We will spread peace

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
and your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
and your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

CHORUS:
Are you listening?
With your eyes
And your ears

Make sure you’re listening
With you heart
And your feelings

I know your listening
When you can repeat it

Listen up?
‘Cause peace ain’t easy

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music & lyrics by Chano Tizon & Al Staples

Performed by Al Staples

Verse written and performed by Khemnes Fisher

Produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah.

05. Assertiveness Song

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The three Keys to Peace are:
1. Listening
2. Empathy (see Volume 1)
3. Assertiveness

Lyrics

V1:
When you’re passive
You shrink back
And use a weak voice.

When you’re aggressive
You spread poison
And try to force a choice.

Assertive is the answer
It’s strong without being mean.
Stop the poison,
Spread peace.
Come on, let’s sing!

PRE-CHORUS:
It’s your body language,
What you say
And how you say it. (3X)

‘Cause your SUPERPOWER
Is assertiveness!

CHORUS:
Calm, cool, collected, confident and clear.
You gotta be calm, cool, collected confident
And clear.

V2:
It’s okay to say, “No,”
To a hurt person or a friend

And allies who can empathize
Are sure to lend a hand.

Do what you gotta do
As many times as it takes.

Respect.
Connect.
Protect your space!

PRE-CHORUS:
It’s your body language,
What you say
And how you say it. (3X)

‘Cause your SUPERPOWER
Is Assertiveness!

CHORUS:
Calm, cool, collected, confident and clear.
You gotta be calm, cool, collected confident
And clear.

Calm, cool, collected, confident and clear.
You gotta be calm, cool, collected confident
And clear.

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music and lyrics by the Mosaic Team

Performed & produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

06. Fighting Is Not the Solution – the Remix

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See Volume 1 for the original by Brett Dennen & Lara Mendel.

Lyrics

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

V1:
Stop,
Cool off,
And take a deep breath.

When you get angry,
Don’t lose your head.

Tell each other
The way you feel.

Step back
And chill.

Don’t scream,
Don’t shout.

Use your words
To work it out.

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

V2:
Listen to each other.
Find out what you both need.

Stand in each other’s shoes.
Practice a little empathy.

Make a plan you both like
And go for it.

No problem ever gets solved
By fighting over it.

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

BRIDGE: (2x)
I’m going to use my I-Statements
I’m going to use it
I’m going to use it

V3:
I feel…
I feel so sad

When I…
When I’m singing all alone

Because I need…
Because I need community

And could you…
And could you sing with me?

BRIDGE:
I’m going to use my I-Statements
I’m going to use it
I’m going to use it

CHORUS: (x4)
Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.

Oh, stand up!
Stand up for my brother
Oh, stand up!
Stand up for my sister
Oh, stand up!
Stand up for each other
Oh stand up!
Oh stand up!

Oh stand up!
Stand up to fight wars no more
Oh stand up!
Stand up whether rich or poor
Oh stand up!
Stand up for each other
Oh stand up!
Oh stand up!

Find a solution
Try conflict resolution (x4)

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Remixed, performed, & produced by William Harper

Mixed & mastered by Nahuel Bronzini

07. The Lost Sock Blues

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We have never ended swim time at Mosaic’s Outdoor Project without lost socks by the pool.

Lyrics

CHORUS:
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
Got feet I’ve got shoes (the lost sock blues!)
They ain’t nothing without you (the lost sock blues!)
Can this be true
I wish I knew

V1:
Got a story to tell
Didn’t go very well

Downtime at the pool
I was actin a fool

Were changin’ your clothes
Looked down at your toes
Oh where’d my sock go?

CHORUS:
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
Got feet I’ve got shoes (the lost sock blues!)
They ain’t nothing without you (the lost sock blues!)
Can this be true
I wish I knew

V2:
My sock’s all alone
They ain’t got no home

I was in such a rush
Now you miss em’ so much

Left em’ lying around
All over the ground
Now they’re in Lost & Found

Sing it with me!

CHORUS:
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
The lost sock blues (the lost sock blues!)
Got feet I’ve got shoes (the lost sock blues!)
They ain’t nothing without you (the lost sock blues!)
I’m so blue
What will I do?

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project

08. Wash Your Hands

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Lyrics

VERSE:
Wash your hands
And get them clean
Protect yourself from Covid 19

PRE-CHORUS:
Wet hands,
Soap, scrub,
rinse then dry

20 seconds
That might save your life

CHORUS:
Wash your hands
I can’t believe that’s somethin’ I gotta ask
But here I am

Wash your hands
Please

Front and back and in between
Finger tips and now you’re clean

PRE-CHORUS:
Wet hands,
Soap, scrub,
rinse then dry

20 seconds
That might save your life

CHORUS:
Wash your hands
I can’t believe that’s somethin’ I gotta ask
But here I am

CHORUS:
Wash your hands
I can’t believe that’s somethin’ I gotta ask
But here I am
Wash your hands
Please
Wash your hands

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics and produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

09. Pick It Up (Homesickness Song)

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Music, lyrics, performed, & produced by Chano Tizon.

Lyrics

V1:
I know that new places get scary,
I know
You know yourself better then anyone else.

And even when your lonely
You’re not alone
And there is no place in the world that feels like home

And you’re never alone
Somebody feels exactly like you do
Break out of this mood
With some Awesome-Attitude

PRE-CHORUS:
‘Cause you’re here now
‘Need you to sessile around
Mix it up somehow
So you don’t miss out

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

Sing and shout
Shake it all around
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

V2:
Let’s make this new place feel like home
And the seasons will change just like you will

Against all the odds you would have grown
Because whoever you become isn’t set in stone

And you’re never alone
Somebody feels exactly like you do

Break out of this mood
With some Awesome-Attitude

PRE-CHORUS:
‘Cause you’re here now
Need you to sessile around
Mix it up some how
So you don’t miss out

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

Sing and shout
Shake it all around
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

V2:
Let’s make this place feel like home
And the seasons will change
Just like you will

Against all the odds,
You will have grown

Because whoever you become
Isn’t set-in-stone

PRE-CHORUS
‘Cause you’re here now
Need you to sessile around
Mix it up some how
So you don’t miss out

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

BRIDGE:
Everybody gets homesick just a little bit (x3)

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

BRIDGE:
Everybody gets homesick just a little bit (x3)

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

CHORUS:
Sing and shout
Shake it all about
When you’re feeling down
Pick it up, up, up

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed & produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

10. Peace High Five

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Sessle: To mix it up and change seats frequently.

At Mosaic, sessle means to mix it up and make new friends with people from different schools and different backgrounds.

The Peace High Five handshake helps us to make to friends. Learn how to do the Peace High Five.

Lyrics

CHORUS:
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

CHORUS:
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

CHORUS:
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

VERSE:
Mix it up
Sessle up

Say what’s up
to someone else

Next to someone
You don’t know

We call this
The Stretch Zone

What’s your fears?
What’s your goals?
Values?
You know how it goes

Sing along “Mamamo”
Tell me when to go

Every night
We got a show
(Echo)

Touching heart
Across the globe
(Echo)
Spreading peace up in my neighborhood
Follow what I do

CHORUS
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

CHORUS
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

Alright probably one more?

CHORUS
High five
Flip it
Drip it

Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace
Jelly fish it out
Peace

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Written & produced by Will Harper.

Performed by Chano Tizon & Jakeya Sanders

Mixed & mastered by Jabari Tawiah

11. Make It Fair

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Lyrics

CHORUS:
If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

VERSE:
If an unfair rule hurts you,
It hurts me too
Let’s stand up and
Make a change,
There’s so much we can do

It ain’t you against me
Working together sets us free

No challenge too big
We dream of new possibilities

CHORUS:
If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

VERSE:
If an unfair rule hurts you,
It hurts me too
Let’s stand up and
Make a change,
There’s so much we can do

It ain’t you against me
Working together sets us free

No challenge too big
We dream of new possibilities

CHORUS:
If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

If something needs repair
We can unite to make it fair

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music by Theresa Perez

Lyrics by Annabelle Baylin

Performed by Chano Tizon & Mayla Bilella

Produced by Chano Tizon

Mixed & Mastered by Nahuel Bronzini

12. Mosaic In Action

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This song was written to accompany the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the “Big Bad” Wolf’s point of view.

Lyrics

PRE-CHORUS
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

V1:
You don’t know me
You only know the rumors
my -reputation proceeds me,
So, as soon as you meet me
You jump to conclusion
Why?

‘Cause I’m a “bad man?”
I did what I had to do
can I – get a little empathy?
Put ya ten toes inside my shoes
And move like I – mean,
take walk with me,
try to see me
or who I am
not just the faults in me

You might identify,
Might even evolve with me
Love – you ever try to just talk to me?
Look,
I don’t bite
But let’s just keep it polite
The fact of the matter,
The bigger the badder
But sometimes just hype

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

BRIDGE:
I’ve been labeled something I’m not
I’ve been prejudged and it hurts me a lot

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Now you don’t see me like I am just lost
I just need time to work out all these thoughts

Yea hella mad but more than that
Feel like I never got a chance
And that’s just sad

PRE-CHORUS:
I’m “the Big Bad Wolf” they say,
“Why did you scare that girl away?”

You don’t even know me
So why you trying to tell me?
I tried and I tried
Misunderstandings really get to me

Take another deep breath
Calm the storm within your chest
When they go low you know the rest

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

CHORUS:
It’s times like this,
I ain’t acting like I know I should
You got me labeled, “Big Bad Wolf”
And now you got me howling at the moon.

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Music, lyrics, performed, & produced by Chano Tizon

Verse written & performed by Do D.A.T.

Mixed and mastered by Jabari Tawiah

13. Thank You for Peacing It Together!

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Lyrics

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

V1:
Thank you for
All you’ve done so far
Helped us set the bar
And it’s raised real high up

With you,
We can touch the sky love
We can change some minds
With you by our side

We can touch the world
Which you’re down to, right?

And it’s really up to us
To make it way more clear

Because the kids are the future
And the future is here

So, here we go,
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
For making it possible

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

V2:
Thought I told you that we won’t stop/
We want to thank you one more time

Thought I told you that we won’t stop/
We want to thank you one more time

Thought I told you that we won’t stop/
We’re going to thank you one more time

Here we go,
Arigato gozaimashita (Japanese)
We won’t stop

Merci (French)
Gracias (Spanish)
We won’t stop

Efcharistó (Greek)
Salamat po (Tagalog)
We won’t stop

We’re going to thank you some more/
We wont stop

Here we go,
Shukran (Arabic)
Grazie (Italian)
We won’t stop

Danke (German)
Asante (Swahili)
We wont stop

Xièxiè (Mandarin)
E dupe (Yoruba)

We’re going to thank you some more/
We won’t stop

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

CHORUS:
Thank you for
Your endless support
With what we’ve done so far
You really are a super hero!

Every dime you give
Matches a smiling kid
Thank you for joining us
In piecing it together

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project

14. M. O. S. A. I. C. Is the Place to Be (Reprise)

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Lyrics

CHORUS (x2)
M
O
S
A
I
C
Everyone knows
That it’s the place to be

VERSE: (x2)
Mosaic
Let me hear you say it
Mosaic mosaic

Credits

from Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2, ©2022 The Mosaic Project
Produced and performed by Chano Tizon

Additional vocals by Marco (Momo) Mendel Holt, Mayla Bilella, and Rosa Parks 3rd Graders

Children's Songs for Peace and a Better World, Vol. 1 cover

Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 1
The Mosaic Project

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The Songs

Song lyrics and credits are below. To listen, choose a platform above.

01. The Mosaic Project Theme Song

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Lyrics

M is for MUTUAL RESPECT
Don’t put me down and don’t hurt me.

O is for OPEN MINDEDNESS
See me for who I am and don’t judge me.

S is for SELF RESPECT and
A is for ATTITUDE
You gotta love yourself and stay positive.

I is for INDIVIDUALITY and
C is for COMMUNITY
When we come together in the places we live.

MO MO MO MO MO saic (x8)

And if we live by these lessons
And spread them across land and sea
We can create a better future
And live together in peace.

Credits

©2001 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

02. Empathy Song

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Lyrics

I don’t know what it’s like to be you.
I don’t know what you have to go through.
But I can try to see the world through your eyes.
Put myself in your shoes
And empathize.
Emphasize?
No no no no empathize
Not emphasize
But empathize.
Entropy?
No no no no  empathy
Not entropy
But empathy.

Every story has more than one side.
It’s not about what’s wrong or right.
Who’s to judge what’s good or bad?
What makes me laugh might make you mad.
Let’s try to make a deal.
We’ll listen to each other and see how the other feels.
With empathy we can understand.
We can solve our problems and make amends.

CHORUS

Everybody’s gotta different point of view.
How would I feel if I were you?
Some people think this, some people think that.
I’m telling you empathy is where it’s at.
We can solve our problems by talking and listening.
Instead of judging we can look at things differently.
Write to Congress and get them to see
Instead of fighting, we can try to use empathy.
Not entropy, but empathy.

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

03. If I Were an ET

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Lyrics

The world would look a lot different to me 
IF I WERE AN ET! 
The world would look like a smaller place 
If I WERE FROM OUTER SPACE! 
From the smallest flea 
To the largest tree 
THEY’D ALL JUST BE EARTHLINGS TO ME! 
We all share the earth. 
We’re all intertwined 
Through all of history 
Through the web of time. 

Coming from a galaxy far far away
Cause there’s just something I got to say.
I’ve been watching planet earth for a long long time.
I’d like to share my little rhyme.
Everything is connected and intertwined
Through all of history
Since the beginning of time.
I’ve seen tiny seeds
Grow up to be trees
And fall back into the earth eventually.
That’s not the end of the energetic flow.
They break down into the ground
For new life to grow.
I’ve watched Gandhi flow down the nonviolent stream
And heard Martin Luther King say “I have a dream.”

The acts of the past have shaped you and me.
Our acts in the present shape the future we’ll see.

CHORUS

If I were an ET what would I see?
I’d see a world that should be living in harmony.
A child, a chipmunk, a chimpanzee
Moss, a mushroom, or salty seaweed
One world, one love, one family
Without hate, or oppression, or war, or greed.
But things aren’t that way unfortunately
So we should all work together to live in peace.
Whether you’re Polish, Portuguese, Sioux, or Shawnee
In a house, a hut, or a teepee
No matter what language you speak or what you believe
We all share the responsibility.
The acts of the past have shaped you and me
Our acts in the present shape the future we’ll see.

CHORUS

Shake your extraterrestrial!  Shake your extraterrestrial!

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

04. It’s All Right to Cry

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Lyrics

It’s all right to cry.
Crying gets the sad out of you.
It’s all right to cry.
It might make you feel better.

Raindrops from your eyes
Washing all the mad out of you.
Raindrops from your eyes.
It might make you feel better.

It’s all right to feel things
Though the feelings can be strange.
Feelings are such real things
And they change and change
And change.

Sad and grumpy
Down in the dumpy
Snuggly huggly
Mean and ugly
Sloppy slappy
Hoppy happy
Change and change and change

It’s all right to know
Feelings come and feelings go.
And it’s all right to cry.
It might make you feel better.

Chorus

Credits

©1972 Free to Be Foundation, Inc.
Music and Lyrics By Carol Hall

05. Don’t Laugh at Me

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Lyrics

I’m the little boy with glasses
The one they call a geek.
A little girl who never smiles
Cause I’ve got braces on my teeth.
And I know how it feels
To cry myself to sleep.

I’m that little kid on every playground
Who’s always chosen last.
A single teenage mother
Trying to overcome my past.
You don’t have to be my friend
But is that too much to ask?

Don’t laugh at me. 
Don’t call me names. 
Don’t get your pleasure from my pain. 
Deep inside we’re all the same. 
We all need hope and care and love. 
Don’t laugh at me.   (CHORUS) 

I’m the beggar on the corner.
You’ve passed me on the street,
And I wouldn’t be out here begging
If I had enough to eat.
And don’t think I don’t notice
That our eyes never meet.

CHORUS

I’m rich. 
I’m poor. 
I’m big. 
I’m small. 
I’m deaf. 
I’m blind. 
Does it really matter, after all? 

Credits

©1998 Sony Music/Built on Rock Music
Music and Lyrics by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin

06. Fighting Is Not the Solution

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Lyrics

Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.  4x

Stop, cool off, and take a deep breath.
When you get angry don’t lose your head.
Tell each other the way you feel.
Don’t scream, don’t shout.
Use your words not your fists
To work it out.

CHORUS

Listen to each other.
Find out what you both need.
Stand in each other’s shoes.
Practice a little empathy.
Make a plan that you both like
And go for it.
No problem ever gets solved
By fighting over it.

CHORUS

I’m going to use I statements  4X

I feel…

When I…

Because I need…

And could you…

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

07. Dance and Be Free

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Lyrics

We can live in equality
Embracing our diversity.
Break down the walls
So we can dance and be free.
Let’s start with you and me.

I wear glasses cause my eyes are weak.
Kids make fun of me, call me names like geek.
That’s stereotyping
Labeling me
Telling me what I can or cannot be.
Building boxes that confine you and me.
Let’s break out and be free.

CHORUS

I am a little girl. I’m not very tall.
You tell me I’m not good enough to play basketball.
That’s prejudice
Judging me without knowing me
Telling me what I can or cannot be.
Building boxes that confine you and me.
Let’s break out and be free.

CHORUS

You say you don’t like me.
You tell me that I don’t fit in.
You won’t let me eat lunch with you
Cause of the color of my skin.
That’s discrimination, an action based on prejudice and stereotyping
Telling me what I can or cannot be.
Building boxes that confine you and me.
Let’s break out and be free.

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

08. Amani (Serian’s Song)

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Lyrics

In Swahili: 

Tuimbe pamoja
Kubadilisha dunia.
Sisi watoto pamoja
Ni uso, mwili, kichwa wa dunia.

Sauti moja, sauti moja
Kwa amani na usalama  2x  (CHORUS)

Upindi wa mvua
Ni utulivu na raha.
Sisi watoto pamoja
Ni rangi inchi zote za dunia.

CHORUS

In English: 

Let’s sing together
To change the world.
We, the children together
Are the face, the body and head of the world.

One voice, one voice
In peace, in safety  (CHORUS)

A rainbow
Is serenity and joy.
We, the children, together
Are all the colors, all the countries of the world.

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music and Lyrics by Serian Leti Strauss

09. Paz

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Lyrics

In Spanish: 

Somos los niños.
Somos el futuro.
Queremos paz.
Tendremos paz.
Trabajamos por la paz.
Tendremos paz.
Queremos paz.
Tendremos paz.

Tenemos mentes.
Pensamos paz.
Tenemos corazones.
Sentimos paz.
Tenemos almas.
Somos paz.
Paz vendrá, paz vendrá.

In English: 

We are the children.
We are the future.
We want peace.
We will have peace.
We work for peace.
We will have peace.
We want peace.
We will have peace.

We have minds.
We think peace.
We have hearts.
We feel peace.
We have souls.
We are peace.
Peace will come, peace will come.

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

10. Salaam

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Lyrics

In Hebrew and Arabic: 

Od yavoh shalom aleinu   (3X)
Ve al koolam.

Salaam.
Aleinu ve al kol ha’olam.
Salaam. Salaam.   (2X)

In English: 

Peace will come to us and to everyone.

Peace to us and to the whole world.
Peace. Peace.

Credits

©1997 Sheva/Globalev
Music and Lyrics by Sheva

11. We are the Mosaic (The Closing Song)

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Lyrics

We are all the many tiles, so different and unique
Bound together in strength and unity.
We all make the Mosaic
Of our community
And help the world to live in harmony.

We must all do our share
To carry on what we learned here.
We can teach our sisters and brothers
To appreciate ourselves and others.

Celebrate diversity.
Feel free to be who you want to be.
You can depend on me.
Let’s work to build community.

CHORUS

Teamwork and cooperation
Empathy and communication
Prejudice we won’t tolerate.
We shall not discriminate.

Celebrate diversity.
Feel free to be who you want to be.
You can depend on me.
Let’s work to build community.

CHORUS

Credits

©2001 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

Album Description & Credits

Description

Our first album, The Mosaic Project Presents: Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, highlights our original musical curriculum and includes our well-loved songs about empathy, diversity, conflict resolution, and peace. It won a Children’s Music Web 2004 Award and a Parents’ Choice 2004 Approved Award and has been played on the popular Bay Area radio stations, KFOG and KPFA. It features our very own original Resident Rock Star, Brett Dennen.

Credits

11 Songs
31 Minutes
©2003 The Mosaic Project
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Produced by The Mosaic Project

Guitar, Lead Vocals, Congas, and Musical Arrangements: Brett Dennen Additional Vocals/Guitar: Serian Leti Strauss Back Up Vocals: Gogi Hodder, Rachael Huang, Juliana King, Jillian Kwan, Diane Leroy, Lara Mendel, Nina Mollard, Elcy Reclosado, Tilly Reclosado

Recorded and mixed by Brad McGowan at Little Red Wagon Studios, Fremont, CA

Mastered by Tardon Feathered at Mr. Toad’s, San Francisco, CA Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers, Fremont, CA

Logo/Cover Illustration: Lori Fischer

Photos: Ray Buetens and Laurie Grossman

Graphic Design: Slub Design

This album is dedicated to all The Mosaic Project’s students and future students.

For more information about Brett Dennen, visit his website.

For the accompanying curriculum and songbook with sheet music, see Peacing it Together!®: The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities.

Album Description & Credits

Description

Our first album, The Mosaic Project Presents: Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, highlights our original musical curriculum and includes our well-loved songs about empathy, diversity, conflict resolution, and peace. It won a Children’s Music Web 2004 Award and a Parents’ Choice 2004 Approved Award and has been played on the popular Bay Area radio stations, KFOG and KPFA. It features our very own original Resident Rock Star, Brett Dennen.

Credits

11 Songs
31 Minutes
©2003 The Mosaic Project
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Produced by The Mosaic Project

Guitar, Lead Vocals, Congas, and Musical Arrangements: Brett Dennen Additional Vocals/Guitar: Serian Leti Strauss Back Up Vocals: Gogi Hodder, Rachael Huang, Juliana King, Jillian Kwan, Diane Leroy, Lara Mendel, Nina Mollard, Elcy Reclosado, Tilly Reclosado

Recorded and mixed by Brad McGowan at Little Red Wagon Studios, Fremont, CA

Mastered by Tardon Feathered at Mr. Toad’s, San Francisco, CA Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers, Fremont, CA

Logo/Cover Illustration: Lori Fischer

Photos: Ray Buetens and Laurie Grossman

Graphic Design: Slub Design

This album is dedicated to all The Mosaic Project’s students and future students.

For more information about Brett Dennen, visit his website.

For the accompanying curriculum and songbook with sheet music, see Peacing it Together!®: The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities.

The Songs

Song lyrics and credits are below. To listen, choose a platform above.

01. The Mosaic Project Theme Song

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Lyrics

M is for MUTUAL RESPECT
Don’t put me down and don’t hurt me.

O is for OPEN MINDEDNESS
See me for who I am and don’t judge me.

S is for SELF RESPECT and
A is for ATTITUDE
You gotta love yourself and stay positive.

I is for INDIVIDUALITY and
C is for COMMUNITY
When we come together in the places we live.

MO MO MO MO MO saic (x8)

And if we live by these lessons
And spread them across land and sea
We can create a better future
And live together in peace.

Credits

©2001 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

02. Empathy Song

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Lyrics

I don’t know what it’s like to be you.
I don’t know what you have to go through.
But I can try to see the world through your eyes.
Put myself in your shoes
And empathize.
Emphasize?
No no no no empathize
Not emphasize
But empathize.
Entropy?
No no no no  empathy
Not entropy
But empathy.

Every story has more than one side.
It’s not about what’s wrong or right.
Who’s to judge what’s good or bad?
What makes me laugh might make you mad.
Let’s try to make a deal.
We’ll listen to each other and see how the other feels.
With empathy we can understand.
We can solve our problems and make amends.

CHORUS

Everybody’s gotta different point of view.
How would I feel if I were you?
Some people think this, some people think that.
I’m telling you empathy is where it’s at.
We can solve our problems by talking and listening.
Instead of judging we can look at things differently.
Write to Congress and get them to see
Instead of fighting, we can try to use empathy.
Not entropy, but empathy.

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

03. If I Were an ET

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Lyrics

The world would look a lot different to me 
IF I WERE AN ET! 
The world would look like a smaller place 
If I WERE FROM OUTER SPACE! 
From the smallest flea 
To the largest tree 
THEY’D ALL JUST BE EARTHLINGS TO ME! 
We all share the earth. 
We’re all intertwined 
Through all of history 
Through the web of time. 

Coming from a galaxy far far away
Cause there’s just something I got to say.
I’ve been watching planet earth for a long long time.
I’d like to share my little rhyme.
Everything is connected and intertwined
Through all of history
Since the beginning of time.
I’ve seen tiny seeds
Grow up to be trees
And fall back into the earth eventually.
That’s not the end of the energetic flow.
They break down into the ground
For new life to grow.
I’ve watched Gandhi flow down the nonviolent stream
And heard Martin Luther King say “I have a dream.”

The acts of the past have shaped you and me.
Our acts in the present shape the future we’ll see.

CHORUS

If I were an ET what would I see?
I’d see a world that should be living in harmony.
A child, a chipmunk, a chimpanzee
Moss, a mushroom, or salty seaweed
One world, one love, one family
Without hate, or oppression, or war, or greed.
But things aren’t that way unfortunately
So we should all work together to live in peace.
Whether you’re Polish, Portuguese, Sioux, or Shawnee
In a house, a hut, or a teepee
No matter what language you speak or what you believe
We all share the responsibility.
The acts of the past have shaped you and me
Our acts in the present shape the future we’ll see.

CHORUS

Shake your extraterrestrial!  Shake your extraterrestrial!

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

04. It’s All Right to Cry

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Lyrics

It’s all right to cry.
Crying gets the sad out of you.
It’s all right to cry.
It might make you feel better.

Raindrops from your eyes
Washing all the mad out of you.
Raindrops from your eyes.
It might make you feel better.

It’s all right to feel things
Though the feelings can be strange.
Feelings are such real things
And they change and change
And change.

Sad and grumpy
Down in the dumpy
Snuggly huggly
Mean and ugly
Sloppy slappy
Hoppy happy
Change and change and change

It’s all right to know
Feelings come and feelings go.
And it’s all right to cry.
It might make you feel better.

Chorus

Credits

©1972 Free to Be Foundation, Inc.
Music and Lyrics By Carol Hall

05. Don’t Laugh at Me

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Lyrics

I’m the little boy with glasses
The one they call a geek.
A little girl who never smiles
Cause I’ve got braces on my teeth.
And I know how it feels
To cry myself to sleep.

I’m that little kid on every playground
Who’s always chosen last.
A single teenage mother
Trying to overcome my past.
You don’t have to be my friend
But is that too much to ask?

Don’t laugh at me. 
Don’t call me names. 
Don’t get your pleasure from my pain. 
Deep inside we’re all the same. 
We all need hope and care and love. 
Don’t laugh at me.   (CHORUS) 

I’m the beggar on the corner.
You’ve passed me on the street,
And I wouldn’t be out here begging
If I had enough to eat.
And don’t think I don’t notice
That our eyes never meet.

CHORUS

I’m rich. 
I’m poor. 
I’m big. 
I’m small. 
I’m deaf. 
I’m blind. 
Does it really matter, after all? 

Credits

©1998 Sony Music/Built on Rock Music
Music and Lyrics by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin

06. Fighting Is Not the Solution

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Lyrics

Fighting is not the solution.
Try conflict resolution.  4x

Stop, cool off, and take a deep breath.
When you get angry don’t lose your head.
Tell each other the way you feel.
Don’t scream, don’t shout.
Use your words not your fists
To work it out.

CHORUS

Listen to each other.
Find out what you both need.
Stand in each other’s shoes.
Practice a little empathy.
Make a plan that you both like
And go for it.
No problem ever gets solved
By fighting over it.

CHORUS

I’m going to use I statements  4X

I feel…

When I…

Because I need…

And could you…

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

07. Dance and Be Free

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Lyrics

We can live in equality
Embracing our diversity.
Break down the walls
So we can dance and be free.
Let’s start with you and me.

I wear glasses cause my eyes are weak.
Kids make fun of me, call me names like geek.
That’s stereotyping
Labeling me
Telling me what I can or cannot be.
Building boxes that confine you and me.
Let’s break out and be free.

CHORUS

I am a little girl. I’m not very tall.
You tell me I’m not good enough to play basketball.
That’s prejudice
Judging me without knowing me
Telling me what I can or cannot be.
Building boxes that confine you and me.
Let’s break out and be free.

CHORUS

You say you don’t like me.
You tell me that I don’t fit in.
You won’t let me eat lunch with you
Cause of the color of my skin.
That’s discrimination, an action based on prejudice and stereotyping
Telling me what I can or cannot be.
Building boxes that confine you and me.
Let’s break out and be free.

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

08. Amani (Serian’s Song)

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Lyrics

In Swahili: 

Tuimbe pamoja
Kubadilisha dunia.
Sisi watoto pamoja
Ni uso, mwili, kichwa wa dunia.

Sauti moja, sauti moja
Kwa amani na usalama  2x  (CHORUS)

Upindi wa mvua
Ni utulivu na raha.
Sisi watoto pamoja
Ni rangi inchi zote za dunia.

CHORUS

In English: 

Let’s sing together
To change the world.
We, the children together
Are the face, the body and head of the world.

One voice, one voice
In peace, in safety  (CHORUS)

A rainbow
Is serenity and joy.
We, the children, together
Are all the colors, all the countries of the world.

CHORUS

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music and Lyrics by Serian Leti Strauss

09. Paz

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Lyrics

In Spanish: 

Somos los niños.
Somos el futuro.
Queremos paz.
Tendremos paz.
Trabajamos por la paz.
Tendremos paz.
Queremos paz.
Tendremos paz.

Tenemos mentes.
Pensamos paz.
Tenemos corazones.
Sentimos paz.
Tenemos almas.
Somos paz.
Paz vendrá, paz vendrá.

In English: 

We are the children.
We are the future.
We want peace.
We will have peace.
We work for peace.
We will have peace.
We want peace.
We will have peace.

We have minds.
We think peace.
We have hearts.
We feel peace.
We have souls.
We are peace.
Peace will come, peace will come.

Credits

©2003 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel

10. Salaam

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Lyrics

In Hebrew and Arabic: 

Od yavoh shalom aleinu   (3X)
Ve al koolam.

Salaam.
Aleinu ve al kol ha’olam.
Salaam. Salaam.   (2X)

In English: 

Peace will come to us and to everyone.

Peace to us and to the whole world.
Peace. Peace.

Credits

©1997 Sheva/Globalev
Music and Lyrics by Sheva

11. We are the Mosaic (The Closing Song)

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Lyrics

We are all the many tiles, so different and unique
Bound together in strength and unity.
We all make the Mosaic
Of our community
And help the world to live in harmony.

We must all do our share
To carry on what we learned here.
We can teach our sisters and brothers
To appreciate ourselves and others.

Celebrate diversity.
Feel free to be who you want to be.
You can depend on me.
Let’s work to build community.

CHORUS

Teamwork and cooperation
Empathy and communication
Prejudice we won’t tolerate.
We shall not discriminate.

Celebrate diversity.
Feel free to be who you want to be.
You can depend on me.
Let’s work to build community.

CHORUS

Credits

©2001 The Mosaic Project
Music by Brett Dennen, Lyrics by Brett Dennen and Lara Mendel