Songs From Schools - Listen to Our Story​/​Écoutez Notre Histoire

by Rik Leaf

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Songs From Schools is a songwriting series Rik Leaf hosts in communities across Canada. These 10 songs come from time Rik spent with students from Kátł'odeeche First Nation in NWT, Oneida Nation of the Thames in Ontario, Francophone students at École Central in Fort St John, B.C. and English schools in Winnipeg, MB, Fort St John and Victoria, B.C.

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released November 7, 2016

Rik Leaf - Leader (guitar & vocals)

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Rik Leaf has toured Canada writing, recording and performing songs with students for over 10 years. Rik uses his background in music, TV & Film to produce multi media projects that highlight the creative process. Rik is the Creative Director for, Tribe of One, a national collective of indigenous artists. ... more

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Track Name: Écoutez Notre Histoire
HEY! Écoutez Notre Histoire 4x

Walk through the door every morning
Feel the love and sense of belonging
Every day in so many ways you are there for me
I have got something to say

You light the fire inside me
You should know that you inspire me
You make me better than I ever thought I’d be
Vous, Vous, Vous, Vous Whoo!

HEY! Écoutez Notre Histoire 2x

Walk down the hall every morning
Feel the love and sense of belonging
Every day in so many ways you are there for me
I have got something to say

C'est Notre Histoire Écoutez Notre Histoire (Lead)
C'est Notre Histoire Écoutez Notre Histoire (Echo)
C'est Notre Histoire Écoutez Notre Histoire (Lead)
C'est Notre Histoire Écoutez Notre Histoire (Echo)

Nous sommes les eleves qui adorent notre ecole (Lead)
C'est Notre Histoire Écoutez Notre Histoire (Echo)
Nous faisons parties d'une grande famille (Lead)
C'est Notre Histoire Écoutez Notre Histoire (Echo)
Track Name: ONYAT'A:KA
Here in Oneida (Lead)
Here in Oneida (Echo)
Look and you’ll find us (Lead)
Look and you’ll find us (Echo)
Turtle, Wolf & Bear
Stand together here (2x)

You’ve got to be KIND
All of the TIME
Good hearts and good MINDS
Cause this is our LIFE
We stand together
Together we’re better

ONYAT’A:KA (Lead)
ONYAT’A:KA (Echo)
U:KWE HUWE

HEY OH

ONYAT’A:KA (Lead)
ONYAT’A:KA (Echo) 2x
I:NEH KA’I:KA (Lead)
I:NEH KA’I:KA (Echo)

ONYAT’A:KA (Standing Stone)
U:KWE HUWE (People)
I:NEH KA’I:KA (this is me)
Track Name: Buddy Bench
What it means to be cool (Lead)
What it means to be cool (Echo)
Just be yourself (Lead)
Just be yourself (Echo)
What it means to be cool (Lead)
What it means to be cool (Echo)
Just be yourself (Lead)
Just be yourself (Echo)

So don’t skip out on school (Lead)
Cause that’s not cool (Response)
Don’t be a brag (Lead)
Cause that’s a drag (Response)

On the buddy bench you’re an inch away
You can find a friend and make their day
On the buddy bench you’re an inch away
You can find a friend and make their day

This song (lead)
This song, this song, this song (echo)
Is for everyone who feels alone (all together) 3x
Is for you…(last time)
Track Name: Sets'ani
Oh oh oh…sets’ani 2x

Be a buddy not a bully
A joke that hurts isn’t funny
Words can build us up big and tall
Or tear us down make us feel small

BFF
Be there for a friend
BFF
Use a Friendly voice
BFF
Find a solution make a choice
Track Name: Best Day Ever
We like to play games with our sisters and brothers
We like to write songs and hunt with each other
We like break dancing, singing and sledding
But most of all, best of all
We like to fill everyone’s bucket

So every day we can say
This is the best day ever
So every day we can say
This is the best day ever

We like to play, dance and say that every day we’re all OK

We like to play and dance and say that every day we’re all OK
But more than that it is a fact that you’re my friend I’ve got your back
Cause I need you and you need me we are a great big family
And every day it just might be the best one yet

So every day we can say
This is the best day ever
Track Name: Fill My Bucket
A little girl went to school fell and hurt her knee
A little boy ran up to her and said, would you like ice cream
She said, yes please that would make my day…but could we get a band-aid on the way

You fill my bucket when you help me, hug me
Say nice things and make me smile all day

A little boy went to school fell and hurt his knee
A little girl ran up to him and said, would you like ice cream
He said, yes please that would make my day…but could we get a band-aid on the way
Track Name: Change le Monde
When someone’s sad we say something happy
When they’re made we cheer them up
If you’ve fallen you will hear us calling
You’re not alone no you’re never on your own

Change your words you can change the world…every day
Change le Monde!

When someone’s sad we say something happy (Repeat)
When they’re made we cheer them up (Repeat)
If you’ve fallen you will hear us calling (Repeat)
You’re not alone no you’re never on your own (Repeat)

Change your words you can change the world…every day
Change le Monde!
You’re not alone no you’re never on your own 4x
Track Name: The Awesome Song
Cause I’m awesome
And you’re awesome
Yeah we’re awesome when we’re together 2x

We’re smart good at art
Big brains and big hearts
We bake doughnuts and cupcakes
We fly like a peregrine falcon on ice-skates
Every day we bring our A Game
We’re cool as ice cream
That’s what they say

Cause I’m awesome
You and I are awesome together (echo)
And you’re awesome
You and I are awesome together (echo)
Yeah we’re awesome when we’re together 2x
You and I are awesome…. together
Track Name: Shekoli
Better Hold On
to Friendship
Better Hold On
to Respect
Better Hold On
don’t let go
Better Hold On
to Honesty
Better Hold On
the Best Policy
Better Hold On
don’t let go

There’s a new girl in our classroom
We say, shekoli hope you feel welcome
She’s all alone now on the playground
We walk up and say, do you want to play now

If we see someone sad and lonely
We walk up and say…shekoli
You are not alone on the playground
Your friends are all around
Track Name: Christmas Town
In Christmas town you’ll hear the sounds of children in the streets
Reindeer bells and cheering elves as Santa brings us treats
We decorate Christmas trees with lights and candy canes
Through the snow the wind will blow and fill our angel wings

Ooh ooh, ooh ooh 2x

In Christmas town we gather round so we can share a feast
Cakes and pies fill our eyes we love to eat roast beast
Build a snowman in the nighttime under stars that glow
We drink hot coco as the cold grows and the snow falls down

Ooh ooh, ooh ooh (repeat 4x)