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This collection of songs comes from the award winning series of children's videos: Ruffus The Dog. Our wise cracking canine friend lives in an old bookstore and loves to share classic fairy tales. Of course, Ruffus likes to tell the stories his way.

You can find out more about Ruffus The Dog at his official web site: www.ruffusthedog.net

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released May 24, 2010

All songs written & arranged by J. P. Houston.

Featuring Rob Mills as "Ruffus The Dog".

All instruments performed by J. P. Houston except: Violin - Igor Romanyk; Clarinet - Charles Hsuen and Tuba - Christine Caccavella.

Vocals: Rob Mills, Bob Stutt, Karen Valleau, Fred Stinson, Nina Keogh, Frank Meschkuleit, Gord Robertson and J. P. Houston.

Recorded at Quatro Sound, Toronto, Canada.

Mixer/Engineer: George Flores.
Recording Engineer: Rosanne Howell.

Photography: Cylla von Tiedemann.

Special Thanks to Kathilee Porter.

Executive Producer: Robert Mills.

Published by Hunky Dorey Entertainment.

The television series "Ruffus The Dog" was produced in association with YTV Canada and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry: Telefilm Canada - Equity Investment Program, CTF - License Fee Program; Shaw Television Broadcast Fund; Shaw Children's Programming Initiative; the Independent Production Fund; Motion International; Rogers Telefund; the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit; Government of Ontario - the Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit; ACCESS - The Education Station; and individual private investors.

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Track Name: Opening Theme
Staring out into the blue
On a dreamboat setting sail,
Spinnin' a Grimm Brothers' yarn
To catch a fairy by the tale.

Barkin' a fable
Out in a song,
Ruffus The Dog, get along.

As long as I'm able,
As long as they write,
Ruffus The Dog will recite.

Get along little Ruffus.
Get along little Ruffus.
This pooch has got get-go
On this here puppy show!

Uh-huh-huh - yeah!
Track Name: Something Or Other
If times get ruff out on the road,
I don't think I'll run back home.
Mom's not sad 'cause she knows well,
I'll be back with a story to tell -

So I'll ponder 'til I blunder.
Then I'll wander 'til I wonder.
Something or other,
One thing or another,
'Til something or other comes along.

Me and my cow, now do I stutter?
You can't have one without the udder.

I'll ponder 'til I wonder,
Something or other,
One thing or another,
'Til something or other comes along.

Mooo-vin' along,
my expectations just hit the roof.
I'll betcha I could fetch a
Shiny penny or two.

Mooooo?

Oh nothing - Heh heh.

I'll ponder if I blunder,
Then I'll wander 'til I wonder,
Something or other,
One thing or another,
'Til something or other comes along.

C'mon, cow - let's go.
Track Name: Seven Seas
When the anchor lifts and a ship casts off
And leaves the shore behind it,
There's nothing on Earth that can compare,
But if there is, we'll find it.

Sails heave on
Toward the sun.

A daring heart and a break neck pace
And adventure's what we seek.
Raise your sword and swear that you'll
Try to honour, serve and please.

And sail the seven seas
All four corners crossed.

Late at night
A gaze ten stars out
Sits a lonely girl I left
But I cannot stop to sulk

'Cause a daring heart and a breakneck pace
And adventure's what I choose.
I'll raise my sword and swear that I'll
Soar above the depths from which I rose.

Sail the seven seas
All four corners round.
Straight out to the edge
'Til the Earth is round.
(in a couple of hundred years)
Take it away, Columbus!
Track Name: Tonight
Bwahahahahaha!!!!
Dressing up to the canines tonight,
Hear me bark, baby, I'm all bite.
Tonight, tonight, tonight.

Got a hankerin' to break some laws.
Be the baddest devil on faux paws.
Tonight.

Gonna paint this town yellow, Hah!
Dine on fine trash and feline.
No need to fret, old fellow.
This town is mine -
Tonight.

Be a good lad,
Keep it nice,
Keep it mellow - for tonight.
Don't cause a scene here, Ruffus,
Keep it polite -
Tonight, tonight,
Tonight, tonight,
Tonight, tonight.

Fussin' and fightin'
And barkin' and bitin'
Chewin' it up -
Tonight!
Track Name: Trouble
Sun drops tricklin' through the trees,
Pansies tend to make me sneeze,
When I stoop to sniff hello;
Mama always warned me
In plainest prose:
"Careful where you stick your nose!"

But I still
Smell the flowers.
Cuz it's far to nice out
To quail and cower.

June bugs
Scurry 'cross my feet.
Ma says:
"You are what you eat."
'Guess that gives me four more legs.
Yuck.

Papa says of strangers
"Harbour no trust.
Caution and precaution
Are always a must."
Papa's always preachin'
But I pay no mind.
Trouble can't be hard to find.
Track Name: Please Stay
I've been tryin'
You keep playin' games.

Boo - Hoo.

Now I'm cryin'
Hang my head in shame.

Shame - Shame.

I oughta keep tryin'
'Til something goes my way,
And if you come back here I'll say:
"Please stay."

I've been waitin'
At my garden gate.

Wait - Wait.

Awwww -

I oughta keep tryin'
'Til somethin' goes my way,
And if you come back here I'll say:
"I'm gonna keep tryin'
'Til something goes my way"
And you come back here please say:

You'll stay.

La la - La la la la - We'll stay.
Track Name: Ode To The Road
Wherever you've gone,
That's where you've been,
Trudging the same old trails.

Wherever you go,
That's where you'll be.
Big city smoke.
Ol' country folk.
Between 'em we'll ride the rails.

Highways - Highways,
And back streets - Back streets.
Life in your backpack.
Upstream - Upstream,
Or downtown - Downtown.
Tune by Bacharach,
Words by Kerouac,
This is my ode to the road.

Wherever we go
That's where we'll be.
It's just understood,
We're together for good.

Where you go -
I'm one step behind ya.
Let's hit the road -
We'll see what we find there.

Highways - Highways.
And back streets - Backstreets.
Words by Kerouac,
Tune by Bacharach,
This my ode to the road.

Yeah!
Track Name: Merry Many
Man - these times are tough,
But tougher times,
No time for grieving.
You - ain't got enough
Get what you need
By means of thieving.
Hah!

It ain't taxing when ya sneak on the sly.
The rich get poorer and the poor get by.
I'm Robin and stealin' is as grand as it gets.
Well you don't miss a pair if you've got seven sets.

If your loot pile is higher than a cathedral steeple,
You oughta give an inch to us Merry People!

I start laughing when they look through their purse,
"Where'd my gold go?"
Oh, Lord, how they curse.

I'm awestruck, astounded how much dough they can spread.
Let's scrape a little butter off the top of their bread.

Well your belly is bursting
But you'd still pinch a penny.
You oughta pinch an inch for us Merry Many.

A tiny contribution
For a redistribution,
With the other hand I'm robbin' you blind.
Ha ha, suckers.
Track Name: Promises Promises
I'm - thinking it through
(I'm - unsure)
And I just may
(I don't know if you will)
I just may do
(But I hope that you do)
Keep a promise true.

I - have thought it through
(I'm - unsure)
I think that you should
(I don't know if I should)
Of this I am sure
(To avoid the demure)
Keep a promise pure.

Promises, promises, promises
Stitched up and seeming so
Set in stone
(But you set it in stone)
I'm not saying I will
(If you vow that you will)
Or bestowing I do
(I will promise to)
Keep a promise true.
Track Name: Pants
Ladies and gentlemen,
A narrative with a massive impact,
A story nine stories tall,
With a heart the size of a truck.

Never thought me brave at all
But courage filled me up.
When he rang the bell
I all choked up
But I had to heed the call.
With a needle's silver sheen,
And a length of gabardine.
A perfect seam
And threads between
Pockets - and a dream.

Pants is pants
No matter what the stance is,
Chances are
You'll see with second glances
Now - he ain't so soft of shoe
But his dance is.

"Don't let me down big fella."
"I won't. Here we go!
Shuffle-hop-skip-step. Ha ha!"

"Want to help me out with the second verse?"
"Okay."

Pants is - pants
No matter what the stance is
Chances are you'll with second glances
Now - he ain't so soft
But his - pants - is.
Track Name: Ol' Blue Soul
Ol' Blue Soul,
Eons turning around,
One so grand
Keeps us following horizons
Over, under, up, across, around.

Ol' Blue Soul,
How I long to know - how far you go -
I'm sailing your blues
To marvel your sights,
Bangkok to Rome,
Highest heights,
Sky to sky,
Home to home,
Ol' Blue Soul.

Ol' Blue Soul,
Eons turning around,
One so grand
Keeps us following horizons
Over, under, up, across, around.

Ol' Blue Soul,
Ol' Blue Soul,
Ol' - Blue - Soul!

It's a hop, skip jump
And around the world
Yeah!
Track Name: Woe Is Me
Woe is me.
How low is me.
I curl myself up with a bone and cry,
Oh Lord, how I try.
Alone is me.
Somebody please,
Send someone to me.

I've got wit and whiskers to tickle ya.
Sit, I can come, I can stay,
All day.
I can juggle, tell a good gasser too,
Fetching, bemusing, verbose,
I'm those.

I walk it like I talk it.
I got a cookie in my pocket. Ha ha!
I give beauty consultations.
I even do impersonations:

"That's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard."

Somebody please,
I can't hardly wait,
Somebody send me
A playmate.
Track Name: Blow Hard
Well I am supremely best
At bellow blasting out my turbines.
When I let it roar
It shakes the shore
And levels towns for miles.

Fiddle diddle dee.
Big ol' bagpipe me.

It's a disaster when I've yodeled
Because everything gets totaled,
'Round me.

I'm famous from Blowfast to Windbagdad
There's a problem this poses,
I've got halitosis;
But my heart will blow on,
My heart will blow on,
My heart will blow on.

When I huff and puff I stop the show,
I'm the very best there could be.
Well they kicked me out of opera school
Because of my high C -

"Mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-cough

Fiddle diddle dee,
Ol' fan-tastic me.
As the planet rumbles
Watch as everything just crumbles

For me,
For meeee,
For meeeeeeeeeeeee! - cough -

Sorry about that.
Track Name: Dreamer's Song
If you see things as implausible,
Improbable,
They're so.
But if you dream it, they are possible,
Probable.

Though fear spreads them despairingly,
Hope brings them inherently.

Don't leave it long,
This dreamer's song,
Unsung.

Where lovers love,
No greed or sin,
No hungry mouth,
And nice guys win -

It can't be long
'Til this dreamer's song
Is sung.
Track Name: Emperor's New Clothes
These here duds make me talk of the town
And I wear them with ease.
Silk so soft I'm on top of the world
And I'm feelin' the breeze,
I'm feelin' the breeze,
I'm feelin' the breeze!

They're lining up in droves
To see the Emperor's new clothes.
There's a line around the block
To see the Emperor's new frock.

Ah! Look at me!

With these new threads I'm the bees knees
And I'm feelin' the breeze,
Yeah, I'm still feelin' the breeze.

They're lining up in droves
To see the Emperor's new clothes,
There's a sea of turning heads
To see the Emperor's new threads.

And they're lining up in droves
To see the Emperor's new clothes,
There's a sea of turning heads
To see the Emperor's new threads -
The Emperor's new threads!

Ooh-ah! Ooh-ah! Cha-cha-cha!
Track Name: Mini Minuet
It's the definitive, diminutive,
Replete with a petite reprise,
At pocket size, refined so small,
This fox trot's one foot tall.

Much like a molecule, it's miniscule,
In Lilliput, we really put,
A bounding foot, to pirouette
Our mini minuet

They're oh so -
Teeny, teeny, weenie, teansy, teansy, weansy,
Mini, eantsy, weantsy, bitty, bitsy,
Little bitty, little bitsy, itsy-witsy,
Dainty wee - pee-wee.

You know those -
Tiny, little, baby, small fry,
Dinky, measly, banty, yea-big,
Yea-high, two-bit, pint-sized,
Half-pint, penny-ante, piddly, knee-high,
Bite-sized critters,
Really cut - a rug.

It's the definitive, diminutive,
Replete with a petite reprise,
At pocket size, we pirouette
Our mini minuet.
Track Name: Send It To Paradise
I've had my fill of big city smog,
Top-hatted fat cats livin' high on the hog.
I've run the rat race,
It just isn't my pace.
Look at me world, it's the last time you'll see my face.

I get my kicks in the sticks.
I got no qualms with the palms.
Boonies are better so write me a letter.
Address, if you do so, to Ruffus Crusoe,
P.O. Box Nowhere, Care of I don't care,
Stamp it twice and send it to paradise!

Mainstream and downtown, I'm up to here;
Fur-coated rich chicks chirpin' crow in your ear.
I've run my last mile,
It just isn't my style.
Look at me world you won't see me for a while.

I get my kicks in the sticks.
I got no qualms with the palms.
Boonies are better so write me a letter.
Address, if you do so, to Ruffus Crusoe,
P. O. Box Nowhere, Care of I don't care,
Stamp it twice and send it to paradise!

Ha ha! Paradise, baby - yeah!
Track Name: I Pine
When a crescent moon
Steals his slice of the sky,
He gets his
So I croon: where is mine.

When a sun eclipsed
Hides her shine from a day,
Her darkness takes a hold of me
And makes a bitter cold of me.
I pray the divine might make someone mine
I pine.

At rainbows end is gold
Or so I've been told,
There are clouds but no rain
So as in this refrain
I pine

O, woe is me.
Track Name: The Three Musketeers
To be our fourth repeat our oath
After us now as we quote:

Brethren we will brazenly
Uphold our code of bravery!

Blatherin' we will raisin eat
Hold up our cod of luncheon meat.

Tous pour un.
Un pour tous!
Toupee huh?
Cordon blue?

What's the matter for you?
Es-tu fou?

Aw, c'mon fellas - I'm doin' my best!

One more try, if said with zeal
You'll earn our approval seal.

Gosh! I didn't know this would be so tough!

Take it away, D'Arty - third time's a charm.

Brethren we will brazenly
Uphold our code of bravery

Un pour tous.
Tous pour un.
One for all.
All for one!

One more time then this song is done!

Brethren we will brazenly
Uphold our code of bravery.

Un pour tous.
Tous pour un.
One for all.
All for one!

Tous pour un!
Un pour tous!
All for one!
Track Name: Just Desserts
For chores and such I've little time
To toil and fuss of grit and grime,
I'm quite content to sit and relax
While others break their backs.

For labour at a tiny price
I've found a source that will suffice,
Those kiddies are cheap as they get
Like Marie Antoinette -

"Just let them eat cake."
Enough so they'd burst,
When they finish the work
They'll get their just desserts.

Gretel, do ya think that she'll settle?
I've been working all day without pay
Will I slave to the grave
On the roads that I'll pave
Oh won't somebody save me!

Hansel, do ya think that she'll cancel?
I'm all out of hustle so call in the muscle,
The deal was a meal but I think she's renegging
Oh somebody help me I'm down on my knees here begging.

Groveling, griping, sniveling squirts,
You'll get your just desserts.

"Just let them eat cake."
Enough so they'd burst,
When they finish the work
They'll get their just desserts.
They'll get their just desserts.
Track Name: Over Seas
Sun drippin' down
Makin' you rosy pink.
Hoola around
Cover your nose with zinc.
Lay back and lounge
Sippin' a girly drink.
Sailin' with ease over seas.

Havin' fun boys?

Towel please garçon
And maybe a parasol.
All swim trunks on
Join me for volleyball.
Sail if you please over seas,
Hey hey!
Sailin' with ease over seas.

Is the poop deck really made of - wood?
Doggy doo!
Why don't we go Waikiki Hawaii?
Mmm-bee-bee-dee.
Sail if you please over seas.
Sailin' with ease over seas.

Forecast is clear.
You swab I'll steer.
The gas pedal's floored - whoah!
Welcome aboard.
Sail if you please over seas.
Sailin' with ease over seas.
Life is a breeze over seas!
Track Name: Ballad Of King Midas
Everything's turning out gold,
Not quite the way I foretold.
So it seems that all along
I had it wrong.

I thought you're worth what you own
But it's my heart that's become precious stone.
Woe by me a fortune stoled,
The whole is sum that I can't hold,
My fortune's told.

Speak to me,
Say this is not for none.
Don't say I can't undo what I've done.
Hear me out,
I wish I could take it back.
This gold has turned me blue
And I'm fading to black.
Please please please come back.
Please make light of gold,
Before everything starts to unfold.
Track Name: The Pied Piper
Listen now, you're setting sail, out over a sea of silk.
A star white sky like mother's milk
Is flowing out this wistful whistling melody.
Each note I wrote recalls a distant memory.
For longing eyes I tune these long lost lullabies.

Right this way to endless laughter,
Father's love for ever after,
Mamma's touch is right here in my pipe.
Once there at our destination
You'll find trust and adulation,
All the love filled livin' that you'd like.
Flowing out this wistful whistling melody.
Each note I wrote recalls a distant memory.
For longing eyes I tune these long lost lullabies.

Right this way kids.
Follow me.
Watch out for that rock.
Wave bye bye now.
Track Name: A Misfit's Chance To Change
Here's to those in troubled times
Whom through their woes are without
The rock to strike the flint
That makes the spark of life
Have no doubt
That tomorrow as another day
Brings a misfit's chance to change.

If they all misconstrued you
And they all shunned and shooed you,
If nobody knew you,
You'd be down here like I'm down,
You'd be down.

When all you've got
Is a staked out spot
'Neath a bridge in the cold of night,
If your only home was the damp dirt ground,
You'd be down here like I'm down,
You'd be down.

So if you wake in the night from worry
And your heart is aching for those estranged,
If you howl to the moon that your heart is in ruin
Remember morning may be back and bring
A misfit's chance to change.
Track Name: Claustrophobia
I'd seen Atlantis by the time I was four.
I whooped Moby Dick before Ahab left shore.
I sunk a hole in one on the ocean floor.
Call me H.M.S. - been there - done that - be-Pinafore.
But I'm finally getting ticked,
This one may have me licked.

Claustrophobia is setting in
And we're down so deep I don't even know where we've been.
Well it's dirty and it's dank.
Yes, this place is getting rank.
How much grace can you allow?
Well there's not as much to spare
When you're 20,000 leagues from any fresh air.

I warned Titanic though they did not heed.
I crossed the channel at a record speed.
I cleaned the muck from the Valdez spill
But I may have finally lost my will.

Claustrophobia is setting in.
This eight-armed thug is squeezing the life from this tin.
We.l it's dirty and it's dank.
Yes, this place is getting rank.
How much grace can you allow?
Well there's not as much to spare
When you're 20,000 leagues from any fresh air.
Track Name: A Day Be Done
Let lids lay light as a cloud,
You've some dreaming to do.
The moon's smiled on you,
Sleep, child, you've a day to undo.
Some starlight will unwind
That thunder in your mind,
So lay and let a day be done.

Soleil, il viendra tot au jour.

Boundless star-soaked skies
Sing unchained lullabies
Calling tired eyes to sleep.
If you'll sleep, you'll dream,
How you'll dream.

Some starlight will unwind
That thunder in your mind,
So lay and let a day be done.