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This is another track written and performed with students from Pod 2 (grades 3-5) at Yuille Park PS.

It's about the Archibald Prize! The Ballarat Art Gallery were inviting schools to perform music to gallery guests during the showing of the prize entries, so we thought it made sense to write a song about the awards!

It's got a bit of a latin flavour and my own kids helped us out a little bit with the lyric arrangement.

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To Win the Archibald Prize

I can picture the portrait I’m going to paint
I will make it important and perfect and great
And the judges will love the art work I’ll create
If I can find a subject before it’s too late

I could paint a painter but I would have to pay her
I could paint a tailor but it would be a failure
I could paint a plumber, but that would be a bummer
I could paint an astronaut, no,
that’s the worst idea I’ve ever thought

Chorus
My artwork’s so wonderful you will not believe your eyes
I’m practically guaranteed to win the Archibald Prize
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la (briipa!)
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la (brrrrriipa!)


I could paint a thief, but he’s got awful teeth
I could paint a nurse, but hers look even worse
I could paint my teachers but they have foul features
I could paint a fire-man, no,
that would really make me tired man

{Chorus, lead-break, Chorus}

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la (briipa!)
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la (brrrrriipa!)
My artwork’s so wonderful you will not believe your eyes
I’m practically guaranteed to win the Archibald Prize!

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from The Songroom at Yuille Park Community College, track released January 12, 2017
Words by Red Group, Pod 2, Yuille Park PS (with a little bit of help from Jasper and Rosie Leonard). Music by Earl Leonard and the above Yuille Park students.

The Song Room lent me their live recorder (Zoom).

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Earl Leonard - Music for Kids! Ballarat, Australia

Earl Leonard plays a mix of traditional, popular and original music that kids join in with. Improvising new words & actions, no two shows are ever the same. Yet the music is still familiar enough to help kids feel at ease. It's active creativity for the entire audience; it's music for kids. ... more

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