2nd Grade

2nd Graders continue building on music literacy concepts, music vocabulary, singing melodies and call and response songs, composing rhythms, and performance protocol. Students also start learning the beginnings of harmony. Students will also work together as an ensemble to create music through instruments such as boomwhackers and recorders.

Here are the vocal pieces that 2nd Graders are working on:

Rockstar by A Great Big World

There’s a girl in the backyard bangin’ on her drum
Sittin’ in a junk pile laughing at the sun
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”

There’s a boy in the backseat singin’ to the song
Playin’ on the radio, knowing he’s the one
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”

Singin’, “ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar!”

There’s a girl in the tree top looking at the stars
Waiting for a touchdown comin’ in from Mars
Thinkin’, “Is there anybody out there?”

There’s a boy thinking of her playin’ his guitar
Searching for the answer buried in his heart
Thinkin’, “Ah, ha ha, is there anybody out there?”

Singin’, “Ah, ha ha, is there anybody out there?”

If there’s a meaning can you show me a sign?
The more I look it just gets harder to find
The world is spinnin’ and I wanna know why

And we’re all getting older wishin’ we were young
Hangin’ on the memory of what we would become
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar.”

Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar!”

If there’s a meaning can you show me a sign?
The more I look it just gets harder to find
The world is spinnin’ and I wanna know why

And maybe we will never figure it out
I got a feelin’ that’s what life’s all about
I’m learning anything is possible now

Take a ticket and get off the line [8x]
Singing, “Ah ha ha I just wanna be a rockstar.” [4x]

Flashlight by Jessie J

When tomorrow comes
I’ll be on my own
Feeling frightened of
The things that I don’t know
When tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comesAnd though the road is long
I look up to the sky
And in the dark I found, lost hope that I won’t fly
And I sing along, I sing along, and I sing alongI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
‘Cause you’re my flashlight (flashlight)
You’re my flashlight (flashlight), you’re my flashlightOohI see the shadows long beneath the mountain top
I’m not afraid when the rain won’t stop
‘Cause you light the way
You light the way,
You light the wayI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
(Light, light, light, you’re my flashlight)
Light, light, you’re my flashlight
Light, light, light, light, light, oh
(Light light light you’re my flashlight)
You’re my flash, ohI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
(You’re my flashlight)
You’re getting me, getting me through the night
‘Cause you’re my flashlight
‘Cause you’re my flashlight
You’re my flashlightOoh ooh
Ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh oh ohYou’re my flashlight
Light, light
You’re my flashlight
Light light ye-yeah(Light light light
You’re my flashlight
Light light)You’re my flashlightNeon Lights (to the song by Demi Lovato)

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Verse
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now,
right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s glow in the dark and spark the lights, the lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Hook
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh

Verse
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now, right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s glow in the dark and spark the lights, the lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Hook
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh

Verse*
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now, right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces

Outro
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now

2014-2015

Kusimama

Translation
Mimi: I
Kusimama: Stand Tall
Na upendo: With love
Na tamaini: With hope
Watoto Ni Karibu Dunia: Children are closer to the earth

[Form: ABACD]

Intro
Kusimama

A Section
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na upendo
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na tamaini
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na upendo
(stomp) Watoto (stomp) karibu (stomp) dunia
(stomp) Watoto (stomp) karibu (stomp) dunia

B Section
(stomp) Watoto (stomp) nikari (stomp) bu-dunia
Mimi kusi
Mama mimi
Kusi mama
ma-MA!
(stomp) Watoto (stomp) nikari (stomp) bu-dunia
Mimi kusimama (stomp)
Mimi kusimama (stomp)
Yah yah yah yah yah yah HEY!

A Section
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na upendo
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na tamaini
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na upendo
(stomp) Watoto (stomp) karibu (stomp) dunia
(stomp) Watoto (stomp) karibu (stomp) dunia

C Section
Here I stand (stomp stomp stomp)
On the earth hey oh!
Standing tall (stomp stomp stomp)
On the earth hey oh!
(stomp stomp CLAP CLAP) (stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp stomp CLAP CLAP) (stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp stomp stomp)

(stomp stomp CLAP CLAP) (stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp stomp CLAP CLAP) (stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp stomp stomp)

D Section
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na upendo
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na tamaini
Mimi kusimama (stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap)
Na upendo
Mimi kusi, mimi kusi,
Mimi kusi (stomp stomp CLAP CLAP stomp stomp CLAP CLAP)
(stomp) ma-MA!

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One Step At A Time (to the tune “One Step At A Time” by Jordin Sparks)

Intro
Da, da, da
Dum, da, da,
Da, da, da,
Da, dum, da, da

Da, da, da
Dum, da da
Da, da, da
Da, dum, da, da

1st Verse
Hurry up and wait
So close, but so far away
Everything that you’ve always dreamed of
Close enough for you to taste
But you just can’t touch

Bridge
You wanna show the world but no one knows your name yet
Wonder when and where and how you’re gonna make it
You know you can if you get the chance
In your face as the door keeps slamming
Now you’re feeling more and more frustrated
                                                                   frustrated
And you’re getting all kind of impatient
                                                     impatient
Waiting
         Waiting

1st Chorus
We live and we learn to take
One step at a time
There’s no need to rush
It’s like learning to fly
Way up to the sky way up to the sky
It’s gonna happen when it’s
Supposed to happen and we
Find the reasons why
One step at a time 

Intro Reprise
Da, da, da
Dum, da, da,
Da, da, da,
Da, dum, da, da

Da, da, da
Dum, da da
Da, da, da
Da, dum, da, da

2nd Verse
You believe and you doubt
You’re confused, you got it all figured out
Everything that you always wished for
Could be yours, should be yours, would be yours
If they only knew 

Bridge
You wanna show the world but no one knows your name yet
Wonder when and where and how you’re gonna make it
You know you can if you get the chance
In your face as the door keeps slamming
Now you’re feeling more and more frustrated
                                                                   frustrated
And you’re getting all kind of impatient
                                                     impatient
Waiting
         Waiting

2nd Chorus
We live and we learn to take
One step at a time
There’s no need to rush
It’s like learning to fly
Way up to the sky way up to the sky
It’s gonna happen when it’s
Supposed to happen and we
Find the reasons why
One step at a time 

Hook
When you can’t wait any longer
You can’t wait
But there’s no end in sight
When you need to find the strength
It’s your faith that makes you stronger
The only way, only way we get there
Is one step at a time

Intro Reprise
Da, da, da
Dum, da, da,
Da, da, da,
Da, dum, da, da

Da, da, da
Dum, da da
Da, da, da
Da, dum, da, da

3rd Chorus
One step at a time
There’s no need to rush
It’s like learning to fly
Way up to the sky way up to the sky
It’s gonna happen when it’s
Supposed to happen and we
Find the reasons why
One step at a…

4th Chorus
One step at a time
There’s no need to rush
It’s like learning to fly
Way up to the sky way up to the sky
It’s gonna happen when it’s
Supposed to happen and we
Find the reasons why
One step at a time  

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Lift Every Voice

Lift every voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

2nd Graders are working on their DRIVE songs – learn the lyrics here!

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Rather Be (by Clean Bandit)

1st Verse
We’re a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea
But as long as you are with me, there’s no place I’d rather be
I would wait forever, exalted in the scene
As long as I am with you, my heart continues to beat

Pre-Chorus
With every step we take, Kyoto to The Bay
Strolling so casually
We’re different and the same, get you another name
Switch up the batteries

Chorus
If you gave me a chance I would take it
It’s a shot in the dark but I’ll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can’t shake me
When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I’d rather be [3x]

2nd Verse
We staked out on a mission to find our inner peace
Make it everlasting so nothing’s incomplete
It’s easy being with you, sacred simplicity
As long as we’re together, there’s no place I’d rather be

Pre-Chorus

Chorus


“Freedom” (Lyrics rewritten by Ms. Alice)

1st Verse
Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new
I’ma walk, I’ma march on the regular
Painting white flags blue
Please forgive me, I’ve been running
Running blind in truth
I’ma rain, I’ma rain on this bitter love
Tell the sweet I’m new
Bridge
I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
2nd Verse
I’ma wade, I’ma wave through the waters
Tell the tide, “Don’t move”
I’ma riot, I’ma riot through your borders
Call me bulletproof
Please forgive me, I’ve been runnin’
Runnin’ blind in truth
I’ma wade, I’ma wave through your shallow love
Tell the deep I’m new
Bridge
I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
Rap
Everyday, I meditate for practice
Channel 9 news tell me I’m movin’ backwards
Eight blocks left, death is around the corner
Seven misleadin’ statements ’bout my persona
Six headlights wavin’ in my direction
Five-O askin’ me what’s in my possession
Yeah, I keep runnin’, jump in the aqueducts
Fire hydrants and hazardous
Smoke alarms on the back of us
But mama, don’t cry for me, ride for me
Try for me, live for me
Breathe for me, sing for me
Honestly guidin’ me
I could be more than I gotta be
Stole from me, lied to me, nation hypocrisy
Code on me, drive on me
Wicked, my spirit inspired me
Like yeah, open correctional gates in higher desert
Yeah, open our mind as we cast away oppression
Yeah, open the streets and watch our beliefs
And when they carve my name inside the concrete
I hope it forever reads

Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves


“Powerful” (from Empire)

1st Verse
People been talking about it
We won’t just stand here in silence
Can’t stop the fire from rising rising, Ooh, ooh

2nd Verse
People don’t you be afraid
So many innocents slain
This is an era for change, Change

1st Bridge
And Malcolm’s probably turning in his grave
Every shade was beautifully made

Chorus
And powerful, There’s so much strength in you and me
Powerful, A breath away from victory
I matter, you matter, we matter all
I matter, you matter, we matter all
Powerful, Powerful

3rd Verse
I see a colorful future
Where skin don’t define any human
And stars are the only thing shooting
Shooting, Ooh, ooh

4th Verse
Mothers who bury their child
How can we sit there and hide
Change comes when all take a stand now
Stand up, Stand up

2nd Bridge
Martin’s speech still echoes in my brain
Every shade was beautifully made

Chorus
And powerful, There’s so much strength in you and me
Powerful, A breath away from victory
I matter, you matter, we matter all
I matter, you matter, we matter all
Powerful, Powerful

Interlude
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Chorus
And powerful, There’s so much strength in you and me
Powerful, A breath away from victory
I matter, you matter, we matter all
I matter, you matter, we matter all
Powerful, Powerful


The Greatest

1st Verse
Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
Well, oh, I got stamina
And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
But I, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, I need another lover, be mine
Cause I, I, I got stamina

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

2nd Verse
Well, uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
But, oh, I got stamina
And oh yeah, running to the waves below
But I, I got stamina
And oh yeah, I’m running and I’ve just enough
And uh-oh, I got stamina

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Hook
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina

Rap
Hey, I am the truth
Hey, I am the wisdom of the fallen
I’m the youth
Hey, I am the greatest
Hey, this is the proof
Hey, I work hard, play hard, pay dues, hey
I transform with pressure
I’m hands-on with effort
I fell twice before my bounce back was special
Letdowns will get you,
And the critics will test you
But the strong will survive,
Another scar may bless you, ah

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Outro
The greatest, the greatest alive (8x)


Thick Skin (by Leona Lewis)

1st Verse
You can say anything you wanna say
Hate me, but I’m gonna love you anyway
If you didn’t have a wall to hide behind
Bet you fell to pieces when your eyes met mine
Chorus
You can throw your daggers, you can sink ’em in
It don’t matter, I got thick skin
You can knock me down, but I’ll get up again
Cause I’m stronger than your bruises, I got thick skin
Cause I’m stronger than your bruises, I got thick skin
2nd Verse
Every time you find another stone to throw
I will pick it up and start to build a wall
Keep up your attack
Because with every blow
You are only adding to my castle
Chorus
You can throw your daggers, you can sink ’em in
It don’t matter, I got thick skin
You can knock me down, but I’ll get up again
Cause I’m stronger than your bruises, I got thick skin
Chorus
You can throw your daggers, you can sink ’em in
It don’t matter, I got thick skin
You can knock me down, but I’ll get up again
Stronger than your bruises, I got thick skin
Stronger than your bruises, I got thick skin
Stronger than your bruises, I got thick skin

Don’t Let Me Down
1st Verse
Crashing, hit a wall
Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle
Stranded, reaching out
I call your name but you’re not around
I say your name but you’re not around
Bridge
I need you, I need you, I need you right now
Yeah, I need you right now
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
I think I’m losing my mind now
It’s in my head, my friend I hope
That you’ll be here, when I need you the most
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
D-Don’t let me down
Chorus
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, down, down
Don’t let me down, don’t let me down, down, down
2nd Verse
Running out of time
I really thought you were on my side
But now there’s nobody by my side
Bridge
I need you, I need you, I need you right now
Yeah, I need you right now
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
I think I’m losing my mind now
It’s in my head, my friend I hope
That you’ll be here, when I need you the most
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
D-Don’t let me down
Chorus (2x)
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, down, down
Don’t let me down, down, down
Don’t let me down, down, down
Don’t let me down, don’t let me down, down, down
Hook
Oh, I think I’m losing my mind now, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, I think I’m losing my mind now, yeah, yeah
Bridge
I need you, I need you, I need you right now
Yeah, I need you right now
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
I think I’m losing my mind now
It’s in my head, my friend I hope
That you’ll be here, when I need you the most
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
Outro
Yeah, don’t let me down
Yeah, don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, oh no
Said don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down (down, down, down)
Don’t let me down, down, down

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Masterpiece – Originally by Jessie J, Rewritten by Alice Tsui   

1st Verse
So much pressure, why so loud?
If you don’t like my sound, you can turn it down
I got a road
And I walk it alone
Uphill battle, I look good when I climb
I’m ferocious precocious
I get braggadocios, I’m not gonna stop
I like the view from the top

Bridge
You talk that
Blah blah that la la, that rah rah bit
And I’m so done, I’m so over it
Sometimes I mess up, I let up, I hit and miss
But I’m okay, I’m cool with it

Chorus
I still fall on my face sometimes and I
Can’t color inside the lines ’cause
I’m perfectly incomplete
I’m still working on my masterpiece and I
I wanna hang with the greatest gotta
Way to go, but it’s worth the wait, no
You haven’t seen the best of me
I’m still working on my masterpiece and I
(Oh oh, oh ah)
(Oh oh, oh ah)

2nd Verse
Those who mind, don’t matter
Those who matter, don’t mind
If you don’t catch what I’m throwing then I leave you behind
Don’t need a flash
And I am leaving like that

Bridge
You talk that
Blah blah that la la, that rah rah bit
And I’m so done, I’m so over it
Sometimes I mess up, I let up, I hit and miss
But I’m okay, I’m cool with it

Chorus
I still fall on my face sometimes and I
Can’t color inside the lines ’cause
I’m perfectly incomplete
I’m still working on my masterpiece and I
I wanna hang with the greatest gotta
Way to go, but it’s worth the wait, no
You haven’t seen the best of me
I’m still working on my masterpiece and I
(Oh oh, oh ah)
(Oh oh, oh ah)

Chorus Reprise
I still fall on my face sometimes and I
Can’t color inside the lines ’cause
I’m perfectly incomplete
I’m still working on my masterpiece
Masterpiece, masterpiece

Chorus
I still fall on my face sometimes and I
Can’t color inside the lines ’cause
I’m perfectly incomplete
I’m still working on my masterpiece and I
I wanna hang with the greatest gotta
Way to go, but it’s worth the wait, no
You haven’t seen the best of me
I’m still working on my masterpiece and I
(Oh oh, oh ah)
(Oh oh, oh ah)

Outro
Still, workin’ on, Still workin’ on
Still workin’ on my masterpiece


Voices – As written by The Shanghai Restoration Project

1st Verse
There are songs we sing in silence
There are words we choose to hide
In our faces no emotion
With our fists clenched by our side
We let it burn
Under our skin

2nd Verse
And we stand calm and collected
We’re so cool and in control
Don’t take comfort in this quiet
Because something might explode
Just take the chance
Don’t miss your turn

Chorus
Play your song so loud, your song so loud, your song so loud
Hear your voice out loud, your voice out loud, just sing out loud

3rd Verse
In our eyes we seek an answer
That our minds already know
That the truth lies not in secret
But the stories that are told
Lift off the seal
That covers your lips

Chorus
Play your song so loud, your song so loud, your song so loud
Hear your voice out loud, your voice out loud, just sing out loud

Bridge
Let it reach across the sky
Hear it ring, watch it soar
Up above where nothing dies
It’s your choice
You have a choice

Chorus
Play your song so loud, your song so loud, your song so loud
Hear your voice out loud, your voice out loud, just sing out loud

Chorus
Play your song so loud, your song so loud, your song so loud
Hear your voice out loud, your voice out loud, just sing out loud


This Day’s for Us

We’re here to shine
So let’s get ready for a brand new day.
Our hearts and minds
Focused and ready, we’re on our way.
We’re all here together
Hear our voices together
We’ll shine bright together
A new day together
For you and me, and all of us.
This day’s for you and me, and all of us.
This day’s for us.

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