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Country Friends (program script)


Hello, I’m Tom, your imaginary friend and guide on this Adventure in Relaxation.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and spend some time in the countryside? Well, you’re welcome to join me, if you’d like, on a trip to the north coast, where there are beautiful rolling hills as far as your eyes can see, covered by farms and forests. In the city, everybody’s always running around like there’s not enough time. But up there, time seems to move a little slower and people aren’t in such a big hurry. Well, I’m ready to enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life, what about you? Let’s get in our car and go!

Buckle up your safety belt! And here are some pillows you can use to make yourself really comfy. I love taking off on a trip to somewhere that’s bound to be fun. If you want to, you can get the map out and keep track of where we’re going. Well, we’re on our way now, on an imaginary journey that’s going to seem very real, especially if you close your eyes so you can enter the magic theater inside your mind.

Can you remember a time when you were riding in a car, calm and relaxed and your eyelids started feeling kind of heavy and you just couldn’t resist letting them close? And then you laid your head back on the seat, listening to the sounds, rolling down the highway, just floating along, feeling relaxed and drifting even further into your imagination.

And thinking to yourself:
 

The world outside slipping gently by

Allowing me to go inside

Where pictures shine behind my eyes

And stories seem to come alive.

 

I’m coming in to have some fun

To gallop like the horses run

I’ll make a dash and break a sweat

Run through a stream, get cool and wet.

 

So many things I like to do

Among the best, diving in pools

Hot summer days, swimming like seals

I love the way the water feels.

 

Getting dizzy, on swings and slides

Rolling on skates and bikes that glide,

Roller coasters, rolling up and down

Making me laugh, while making me frown.

 

The circus comes but once a year

With painted clowns and dogs so dear,

And I can hardly wait to see

The girl on the flying trapeze.

 

I like how race cars seem to sail

And trains fly by on metal rails,

How airplanes soar above the clouds

And cars cruise by with the music up loud.

 

Now I return to my own car

To travel on to places far,

And now it feels like I have dreamed

Of all these things, so real they seemed.

 

According to the map, soon we should see a trail up here that will lead us through a forest to a river and eventually down to the ocean. I think that may be the path up there. Let’s park the car and check it out.

 

What a magical feeling here. And this pathway sure looks inviting. Let’s go . . . and I’ll bet if we just keep walking, sooner or later, we’ll find the river.

 

This forest seems to be home to lots of birds and squirrels, and I think I hear a frog. Did you hear it? Listen to the wind. It’s really starting to blow now.

 

Look, up ahead, the pathway opens into that meadow, where there’s a farmhouse. Maybe we can find someone who can tell us if we’re going the right way.

 

What an interesting place. Look at that old barn in back with all the animals out here in this yard... and, hey, I think I see someone over there at the house on that big covered porch. Let’s go talk to them.

Hi, we’re trying to find the river and the pathway that leads down to the ocean. We were hoping you might tell us which way to go.

 

You’re already headed in the right direction. But before you head along, perhaps you’d like to come up on the porch and enjoy a little country hospitality. It’s a great view of our lovely valley from up here. Would you care for a glass of lemonade? In these parts we treat strangers like friends and friends like family. And if you’d like to hear some country music, just make yourselves comfortable in any of these chairs.

 

We’d love to. We have time for a few songs.

 

We have a band called Harmony Grits and we’ve been rehearsing inside for a party we’re playing at tonight. Come on out everyone and introduce yourselves to some new friends.

 

            I’m Mike, the mandolin player . . .

            And I’m Fannie, the fiddler . . .

            And I’m Bugs, the bass player . . .

            I’m Daniel, the Dobro player . . .

            I’m Gus, and I play guitar . . .

 

Glad to meet ya. Let’s hear some country music!

 

The fun thing about country music is you get to do anything you wish.

 

            You can clap your hands, you can tap your feet,

            you can imagine that you are singing right along,

            you can be any of the instruments,

            you can hear them all together as a song.

 
EIO

Oh, ei, ei, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio,

Eio, eio, eio, eio, ei, ei, eio, ei, eio.

Oh, ei, ei, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio,

Eio, eio, eio, eio, ei, ei, eio, ei, eio.

Oh, ei, ei, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio,

Eio, eio, eio, eio, ei, ei, eio.

Ei, eio.

Oh, ei, ei, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio, eio,

Eio, eio, eio, eio, ei, ei, eio.

Ei, eio.

Oh, ei, ei, eio, ei, eio.

Thank you, you’re really good. Do you have any songs you wrote yourselves?

 

Yes, we have quite a few of our own tunes.

 

We’d love to hear a couple.

 

Farmer Brown

 

Well sometimes the lightning storms come up

And all the rain comes down.

Well, lightning hit our neighbor’s barn

And burned it to the ground.

 

He got all his livestock out,

But he lost all his feed,

Lucky he just plowed the field

And planted all his seeds.

 

And we’re going to raise a barn for Farmer Brown.

We’re using every pair of hands around.

Everybody’s pitching in for the best barn that’s ever been

Built by everybody in our town.

 

Well, the Johnson boys are coming out,

And so are the Mc Crees.

Sawmill has been helping out

By sawing up some trees.

 

Preacher came to say a prayer

To see that all goes well,

And Silas gets to help us out

And leave his jail cell.

 

And the picnic that the ladies will prepare

It’s going to be enough to feed a bear.

 

And we’re going to raise a barn for Farmer Brown.

We’re using every pair of hands around.

Everybody’s pitching in for the best barn that’s ever been

Built by everybody in our town.

 

Well, we’re not very fancy,

Just folks living on the land,

And when there’s an emergency,

We all do what we can.

We’ve got to help each other out,

It’s the way it’s meant to be,

I’m always there for Farmer Brown,

He’s always there for me.

 

Sometimes the only way you can get by

Is just pitch in together and try.

 

And we’re going to raise a barn for Farmer Brown.

We’re using every pair of hands around.

Everybody’s pitching in for the best barn that’s ever been

Built by everybody in our town.

 

We’re going to raise a barn for Farmer Brown.

 

[Farmer Brown, ©1987 Mike McKinley (BMI)]

 

That was great fun . . . thank you.

 

You’re very welcome. Are you about ready to be on your way now?

 

Yeah, we’re ready to head along.

 

Well, just stay on this path that goes down by the barn over there.

 
Oh, yeah.
 

You can grab a couple of those fishin’ poles leaned against it if you like. Then head on over between those two big oak trees and you’ll be walkin’ beside the stream before you know it. You’ll find some spots that are so peaceful you’ll want to sit for a spell.

 

We just might do that.

 

We’ll sing you one more song to send you on your way.

 

Thank you so much. You’ve made us feel like friends.

 

Just Biding Time

 

Down by the river, just biding my time,

Fishing, down by the water near the shore.

Been a long time thinking, now I’ve come back home

To rest right here beside the shore.

Down by the river, just biding my time,

Fishing, down by the water near the shore.

 

I heard you singing, lady in the night

Singing a river lullaby

Singing to the ocean

Wandering with the stream

Singing to a time that’s gone by.

 

Down by the river, just biding my time,

Fishing, down by the water near the shore.

 

Make no mistake, because we’ve met here times before

Down by the water near the shore.

Down by the river, just biding my time,

Fishing, down by the water near the shore.

 

Down by the river, just biding my time,

Fishing, down by the water near the shore.

 

[Just Biding Time, ©1987 Jeff Baldwin (BMI)]

 

Those country folks sure are nice. I think we have some new friends that we can visit with anytime we wish.

 

This is such a pretty scene, fields of flowers swaying in the breeze. The oak trees waving their limbs like they’re greeting us as we walk back into the forest. Birds chiming in, calling us down to the river, which we can now hear up ahead . . .

 

This is a great spot to sit for a while and experience the peacefulness of Mother Nature all around us. Here’s some soft grass where we can get comfortable and maybe do a little fishing.

 

The sky high above is so blue and so clear

And nature is whispering, if I wish to hear.

Air drifts through the trees, caressing the leaves,

And tickles my face as it dips and it weaves.

 

Now filling my lungs as I breathe in the air,

Then releasing my breath, releasing all cares.

My heart is opening and love will be seen,

A magical garden where all is serene.

 

My mind is at peace, my thoughts drifting away,

I’m light as a feather and happy today.

My breathing is now so relaxed and at ease,

It’s almost as though I am one with the breeze.

Let’s walk on down the pathway and see what surprises might await us. Up ahead, over there, I see a shallow pond. Let’s go and take a look.

 

When the wind blows across the water it creates little ripples, but when the wind calms down, the ripples disappear and the pond becomes like a great big mirror.

 

So let’s stand beside it and see what we see,

Reflections appearing of both you and me.

As pictures dance by us the water will show

There’s more to a mirror than I might now know.

 

I see that my nature is being revealed

And the hurts of the past are all being healed.

I’m more than I dreamed; I can see that it’s true,

From visions within me, I’m learning anew.

 

An image is forming in which I perceive,

A friend who is with me, in this I believe.

To guide my steps when the path is unknown

Whatever may happen, my way will be shown.

 

Moving on now, further down the path, and enjoying every step along the way.

 

Can you hear the sound now of waves from up ahead? You can start to see the beach peeking through the trees. Such a beautiful scene.

 

Let’s walk across the sparkling white sand, warm under our feet. Seagulls floating overhead, like little kites, held aloft by the afternoon breeze. Feeling happier and more relaxed with each gentle wave. On down now, to where the waves roll up onto the beach.

 

What a perfect place to play for a while. Maybe you could find some sea shells or drift wood, or perhaps you’d like to make a sand castle, or just sit and relax. You’re free to do anything you’d like. We’ll meet back here in just a minute.

 

Now, let’s walk along the beach for a moment before you return to where you were before we started this adventure. I’ve really enjoyed being your imaginary friend, and I’m looking forward to doing this again with you sometime soon.

 

Walking on, feeling energized by the fresh ocean breeze, stretching your arms and legs as you open your eyes, and taking some of these wonderful feelings with you as you return.

 

Goodbye for now, my dear friend. Until we meet again.

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