Theme Songs

Appropriate Use of the Theme Song

"Sail Away With Books!" By Lucas Miller

The theme song, "Sail Away With Books!" by Lucas Miller, the "Singing Zoologist!" may be used by Texas librarians to promote the 2007 Texas Reading Club, the library, and reading. Librarians may play or perform the song on public library premises in the state of Texas, and in Texas schools and child care centers for the purpose of promoting the Texas Reading Club, and at any free outreach programs. Texas librarians who play the audiorecording or perform the song must provide credit to Lucas Miller to all audiences.

The song may be used only for non-profit purposes. Libraries may not reproduce the sound file for distribution or sale. To use the song for broadcast purposes with PSA's, commercials, etc., permission must be obtained from the Performing Vendor. Please contact Lucas Miller at lucas@lucasmiller.net or 1-800-755-4415 to request permission.

The song may be uploaded onto individual library websites, provided that the following statement is included.

"Words and Music by Lucas Miller, © 2006. For more information on Lucas Miller, the "Singing Zoologist!" and his library/school programs, contact lucas@lucasmiller.net or 1-800-755-4415."

Sail Away With Books!


(Words and Music by Lucas Miller, © 2006.)

Listen to the song

I strolled one day to the library,


By the docks when a captain waved to me.


With a silver hook where his hand should be,


He called in a gravelly voice to me.


“Be ye lookin’ for adventure on a treasure-seeking trip?


Then come with me, laddie, sail away on me ship!


Come along, come along with me.”

Chorus:


Sail away! (sail away!)


Me boys and me girls.


Sail away! (sail away!)


It’s a great big world.


Sail away! (sail away!)


You’ll see it all with me.


Sail away with me,


On my ship on the sea.

“Aye!” says I, “Anchors aweigh!


And take me to a galaxy far, far away!


And journey to a land where dragons roar,


And take a fast boat to China on the way back home.


We could step back in time, see a caveman or two.


If you’ll show me all that, I’ll sail away with,


I’ll go along, go along with you.”

Chorus:


Sail away! (sail away!)


Me boys and me girls


Sail away! (sail away!)


It’s a great big world.


Sail away! (sail away!)


I’ll sail away with you,


Sail away with you,


On your ship on the blue.

“Aargh!” said he, “you must be a loopy lad! 


There’s no way to sail away and see all that!” (yeah)


“Aye!” says I, “Indeed there be,


There’s a whole fleet of books at the library. (oh. . . )


If it’s treasures you’ll be seeking, that’s the place you should look.


Come with me, captain, sail away with books,


Sail away, sail away with books!” 

Chorus:


Sail away! (sail away!)


Me boys and me girls.


Sail away! (sail away!)


It’s a great big world!


Sail away! (sail away!)


You’ll see it all if you look


In the pages of a book.


Sail away with books!


Sail away!


Sail away with books.

Sail Away With Books!

(By Sally Meyers. Sing to the melody of “Alouette.” If you need help remembering the tune, visit www.kididdles.com/mouseum/a014.html for a sound file.  This is an easy song for younger children to learn because of the repetition. Older children can fill in countries, cities, or states of their choosing by substituting any three-syllable word in addition to the words suggested.)

Book a voyage, sail across the ocean,


Book a voyage, read along with me!

Read a book of Austria!   (Africa)   (Mexico)   (Italy)  (Singapore)   (Istanbul)


Words and pictures take us there!

Children here, children there,


Reading books, EVERYWHERE!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Book a plane trip, fly across the U.S.A.!


Book a train ride, read along with me!


Read a book of Ohio   (Oregon, Iowa)


Words and pictures take us there!

Children here, children there,


Reading books, EVERYWHERE!

0hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

 



Texas Reading Club 2007 Programming Manual / Sail Away with Books!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011