Writing With Kids

A Jolly Little Tune…

Here’s a misanthropic anthem (‘Mis-anthem-ropic’?) called I Hate The World from some of my pupils at Fernwood Junior School. You can find it (and all my other songs written with crazy young critters) on the Pupils Songs page or there’s a direct link here.

Quotes Songwriting

Tom Waits On … Kids, Religion And How To Play The Piano

Your kids are not your fans, they’re your kids. The trick is to have a career and have a family. It’s like having two dogs that hate each other and you have to take them for a walk every night.

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (p.361)

I always thought religion should be more visceral and that you should get beat up a little by it, you know?

Interviews And Encounters (p.432)

Jim Jarmusch once told me “Fast, cheap, and good . . . pick two. If it’s fast and cheap, it won’t be good. If it’s cheap and good, it won’t be fast. If it’s fast and good, it won’t be cheap.” Fast, cheap, and good . . . pick (two) words to live by.

Interviews And Encounters (p.446)

The recipe for making an album? You write two songs, you put ’em in a room and they have kids. Songs travel along the same line that jokes and stories do. They get written down, forgotten, and resurrected. You tear the wings off them for a while and they grow new ones. Songs are kind of like your memory of something, your homeland, or what you had for dinner last night; something for your kids. We all do it naturally, and kids do it better than any of us. So in a sense, it’s kind of like children’s work.

Interviews And Encounters (p.252)

Never have your wallet with you onstage. It’s bad luck. You shouldn’t play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.

More Tom Waits wisdom here

(you can find a lot of the interviews online at


Everyday FAWMer

One of the reasons I love FAWM so much is hearing regular but talented people making great music that relates to their lives. Katie Dwyer wrote this lovely song as part of FAWM last year and it was cool to come across this video of her singing the song to her son Henry. Great voice and a great audience!

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Eleven Sweets

Eleven Sweets [2011] Children’s Humorous
But the fizzy cherry, was stuck to a fizzy cherry
A true tall tale from sunday school, sung by my daughter
Downloads     mp3     Chords (pdf)     Lyrics (pdf)

In the pink group in Arrows, in Church, in the Earth
Ifyou’re listening when they tell you all about God
And you wiggle or wriggle or talk to someone
You’re probably going to get your balloon popped
Then you might only get three sweets
Or you might only get no sweets

But I didn’t wriggle or wiggle or talk
So I got a white bag like they have in the shops
And a pink or green token to put in the silver pig
Cos the pig is the place where you go and put your tokens in
And then you can have ten sweets,
And then you can have ten sweets.

I got some cola bottles and put them in my white bag
And one lollipop, cos one is all that you can have
And more cola bottles, some fizzy cherries made nine
And I put my hand into the plastic box for one more time
Soon I would have ten sweets,
Soon I would have ten sweets.

But the fizzy cherry, was stuck to the fizzy cherry
Which was stuck to the fizzy cherry that I picked up
So I asked the leader, “what shall I do?”
She said, “you’ll just have to have eleven sweets today”

And that’s how I had eleven sweets
Eleven sweets instead of ten
And that’s how I had eleven sweets
Eleven sweets instead of ten

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Fat Flish

Here’s my first real post FAWM song and my first attempt at iMovieing.
I often misread books at storytime for comic effect. “Reading it funny” is a big hit my two youngest kids Harpo & Zeppo. Fat Flish was an improvised song based on some book or other composed while sitting on the sofa with my two youngest fans . I later wrote up a couple more verses and here it is.

As I’m ‘between recording gear’ again there’s no demo yet but you can have the chord sheet if you want.

Fat Flish CHORD sheet pdf

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Oink If You Love Jesus

You want some truly horrific Kid’s worship? you got it! Listen to disgraced Pastor’s wife Tammy Faye Bakker impersonating a crocodile and a pig with it’s ears cut off – for the Lord.

Thank you Popdose!

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Behind The Song Songwriting

Behind The Song: The Greatest Commandment

Songs For Small People

This song was written to tie in with the teaching curriculum for ‘Arrows’, the 4-10 yr olds kids ministry at my Church. In writing specifically for kids I was determined to avoid the standard ‘3 chord jolly folk music’ model. Eventually I settled on a jazzy/latin style using the blues scale in the melody.

I tried to make the melody simple and memorable by using the same melodic fragment on with everything that you’ve got/I wanna love you Lord and the instrumental intro.


The general vibe was inspired by an old song by Charlie Peacock, Nobody’s Gonna Bring Me Down from the album West Coast Diaries Vol #2 which is also where I learned this unusual chord shape –

Eb maj7 (low to high) – X6578X

A couple of other unusual ones were the legendary Hendrix chord

D7#9 – X5456X

And this jazz favourite

Am7b5 – X0554X


I wanted to get across the Hebrew understanding of the concept “heart, mind, soul and strength.” They are not four individual components of a person (to be dealt with in different ways) but one unity. The command is a command to “Love the Lord with everything that you’ve got”.

Download the song for free!

mp3 backing track     
Chord Sheet     
Recorded Version Chord Sheet

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How To Have An Explosive Children’s Ministry

 “This is an M-80, which is 1/8 of a stick of dynamite.  Once some friends threw one into a room I was in and when it blew up it was so loud I couldn’t hear afterward for a few seconds.  It felt like it sucked out all the air in the room and I couldn’t breathe.” Now I had the rapt, if not somewhat nervous, attention of every single child in the class… 

This is the funniest post I’ve read for a while.

Learn how to do children’s ministry the Mark Altrogge way in his post And The Children Were Running And Screaming.

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The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment – mp3s, sheet music, pens, novelty hats…
What if Carlos Santana was your Sunday School teacher?

After posting the mp3 for my classic kids song “The Greatest Commandment” sometime in the late Jurassic period I’ve finally gotten around to posting most of the rest of the stuff I promised.

So feast your ears on the mp3 OR the mp3 backing track -perfect for Sunday school/youth churches with no musicians OR people that can’t stand my vocals. (if you can’t stand any of my playing or songwriting I’m hoping to post an mp3 of complete silence as soon as I clear it with John Cage’s lawyers).

Feast your eyeballs on downloadable Lyrics, easy play Chord Sheet and the slightly harder, but bodaciously jazzy, Recorded Version Chord Sheet.

It’s all free.

I will get around to doing a ‘behind the song’ post – expect that some time between The Beatles reforming and Jamaica winning Curling gold at the winter Olympics. And the ‘greatest cow-mandment’ 1/4-pounder will be in a fast food outlet near you just after that…

And if you love it, even slightly, leave me a comment – please!

Have you written any other killer songs Matt? 
Why, thank you for asking – yes I have. Would you like to hear them?
Boy would I ever!
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New Kid’s Song: The Greatest Commandment

I said I’d do it, and by Ringo’s beard I’ve done it!

Here’s the mp3 of my kid’s praise song The Greatest Commandment all nice and shiny and ready for your ears. Try not to scratch it!

The Chord sheet and Behind the song post will follow soon.

If you think you ever might use such a song in your kid’s ministry let me know and I might even post an mp3 backing track. (If no one wants it I’ll probably still do it, it’ll just take a lot longer!)

Download it The Greatest Commandment here 
Read the lyrics here

(Photo credit – I am not the photographer, or the dude in the photo. Or the kid. If YOU are anyone of these people and don’t want me to use the photo let me know and I’ll happy return all your pixels in mint condition)

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