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Otis Dooda: Strange But True

by David Heatley

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What's better than a book about subway zombies and psycho weiner blasters? A soundtrack that goes along with it! Illustrator and musician David Heatley has written and recorded an entire album of original songs to go along with Otis Dooda: Strange But True by Ellen Potter! If you like buying things directly from the artists who make them, purchase it here on bandcamp. Thanks!

These songs are inspired by and based on Otis Dooda: Strange But True by Ellen Potter, illustrated by David Heatley. Used with permission. ©2013 David Heatley. All rights reserved.

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released 04 June 2013

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This is the story of Otis and the Dooda family (including their rat named Smoochie) moving to New York City, and the incredibly strange, but true, things that happened to them. Read the book Otis Dooda: Strange But True by Ellen Potter and David Heatley, published by MacMillan. ... more

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Track Name: Otis Dooda Theme
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!

He's just a skinny kid but he's got help
His friends are Cat and Perry and Boris... uh, well...

Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

He moved from Hog's Head to N.Y.C.
Now there's a kid in a potted plant living in his lobby

Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

He's just a Lego nerd but that's not all
He sounds just like a robot when he's stomping down the hall...
Here he comes!
Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!

Uh, sorry lady, I didn't mean to bother you. I'm just looking for Peaches the horse... I mean the French... French Gerbil Hound, actually. Have you seen Mr. Hooper? I think he's got some new things for us to try out for the Big Green Party Machine...

Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

And now he's entering the Cave of Doom
He better put those air fresheners back in place soon
Watch out! Peaches is gonna blow!

Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis! (Who we talkin bout?)
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis! (Who we talkin bout?)
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!

Do me a favor, if you want to know any more about the story, just buy the book, OK? Or we'll give you the stink eye!

Otis!
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Track Name: My Brother Gunther
If you thought Clydesdale horses were hairy, you should see the feet on my brother Gunther
If you thought corn niblets were tiny, you should see the teeth on my brother Gunther

My brother Gunther...
See him picking his pimples and
Talking like a simpleton
To his girlfriend by phone

My brother Gunther...
See him laugh at unfunny stuff
While slurping his Honey Nut Os

Why won't he leave me alone?

If you think terrifying your younger brother is funny, then you would love my brother Gunther
If you have no problem with someone walking around with a rat on their hat, you'd go hand in glove with my brother Gunther

My brother Gunther...
Is there no end to his cruelty?
How many ways can he fool me...
til I sob and I moan?

My brother Gunther...
He's got our parents wrapped around his finger
Even though he's the king of gross!

I wish he'd leave me alone!
Track Name: Potted Plant Guy
Potted Plant Guy (x4)

Here's a word to the wise
Look into my eyes
And I'll tell you the deal with Potted Plant Guy
If you're walkin through the lobby of the Tidwell Towers
Best believe yo that kid's got powers
See him peekin through the leaves at you
And then he points to a bucket
You know what to do
Start diggin in your pocket or your wallet or your purse
Got no candy? Then BAM, you're cursed!
And I don't mean a bad word you're not supposed to say
I'm talkin bout some voodoo that could ruin your day
Or your week or your month or your season or your year
You might get hurt or you might just disappear!

Potted Plant Guy
His curses all come true
Potted Plant Guy
Not the way you expect them to
Put some candy in his bucket
Believe me, you don't want to press your luck, kid!
(Press your luck, never press your luck...)

Look man, I'm tryin to help you out because you're new to this
But if you don't believe me, ask Julius
Or how about Boris? Yeah, he knows the dilly...
You think gettin two black eyes is silly?
Nah, you should ask Otis. He just moved in.
His first day Potted Plant Guy terrified him.
Otis wouldn't give up one of his Lego toys
So Potted Plant Guy said in a creepy voice
"Before the next full moon, you will break all your bones!"
Otis screamed and moaned.
I can't tell you the rest, but it all came true...
All because of you know who!
It's Potted Plant Guy... PPG for short
Puttin hexes and whammies on kids for sport
It's important that you listen to what I'm sayin...
This kid is not playin!!!

Potted Plant Guy
His curses all come true
Potted Plant Guy
Not the way you expect them to
Put some candy in his pail
If you don't want your life to be an epic fail!
(Epic fail, epic epic fail, epic fail, epic epic fail...)

Potted Plant Guy
Track Name: Peaches the French Gerbil Hound
Peaches the French Gerbil Hound (x4)

Can you keep a secret?
Il n'est pas un chien, il est un cheval...

I think you probably noticed
Il a un problème de péter terribles!

Peaches the French Gerbil Hound (x4)

Sera quelqu'un s'il vous plaît obtenir ce poney péter sortir d'ici avant que je vomis tout sur ​​moi-même?

(Will someone get this farting pony out of here before I throw up all over myself?)

PFFFFFFFFTPLLLPPLPPFFFFFPPFTTT!
Track Name: The Tidwell Tidbits
Hi, I'm Miss Yabby
If you have any question about those strange people living in the Tidwell Towers...

You can read about it in The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tid—Well! Whaddya know!

Mrs. Wexler lost 137 pounds in seven weeks
Can you believe she made it?
If you see her, pat her rump and say "Good work, sweet cheeks!"
I think she'll really appreciate it...

You can read about it in The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tid—Well! Whaddya know!

The Doodas had a barbecue on the 35th floor
They used their son Otis as the marshmallow
If you see them tell them "Butter my buns!" for sure
(That's hillbilly for "hello.")

You can read about it in The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tid—Well! Whaddya know!
Well! Whaddya know!
Well! Whaddya know!

Found! A rat in a Frito bag...
Will someone please go to Julius to claim him?
If you've got a horrible hound that makes your neighbors gag,
bring him to Kiki...
She's got this special method where she squirts a little bit of Cheez Whiz on their nose.
(Yeah, that'll tame him!)

You can read about it in The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tidwell Tidbits
The Tid—Well! Whaddya know!
Well! Whaddya know!
Well! Whaddya know!
Track Name: Subway Zombies
The Subway Zombies live in tunnels underneath the city
They feast on rats and bugs and little children who are skinny
If you see fires burning in the dark between the stations
Just turn your head or else you will soon join the zombie nation

Look away!
Look away!
Look away!

Some zombies dress up and pretend that they are normal people
They don't like brains I think they'd rather feast upon your ankle
If you stare at them while they're sitting in the seat beside you
They will come get you and there will be nowhere to hide you

Look away!
Look away!
Look away!

The Subway Zombies
They were once living
How did they turn into the walking dead?
Did they have jobs?
Did they have children?
Can they hear you talking?
Wil they come get you while you're sleeping in your bed?!?!?

The Subway Zombies live in tunnels underneath the city
They feast on rats and bugs and little children who are skinny
If you see fires burning in the dark between the stations
Just turn your head or else you will soon join the zombie nation

Look away!
Look away!
Look away!

You will soon join the zombie nation...
Track Name: Up In Cat's Room
I'm putting on my mask and I'm heading upstairs
Now I'm climbing her rope ladder
I got this feeling like whatever we do's gonna be fun, yknow?
Like it just doesn't matter

We'll chat a while, then we'll plan our attack
If I had a say I wouldn't ever go back to my own room
Oh... 'cause it's all going down
Up in Cat's room
Up in Cat's room

She's got this drumset with a kitty-cat face on it
A real bow and arrow on her wall
Rock posters of bands I'd never even heard of
And more shoes than they got at that store at the mall

We'll chat a while, then we'll plan our attack
If I had a say I wouldn't ever go back to my own room
'Cause it's all going down
Up in Cat's room
Up in Cat's room

And I say...
Up in Cat's room
I want to stay all day up in Cat's room

We'll chat a while, then we'll plan our attack
If I had a say I wouldn't ever go back to my own room
Oh... 'cause it's all going down
Up in Cat's room
Up in Cat's room

I want to stay a while
Up in Cat's room
Don't make me go home just yet...
I want to stay up in Cat's room

Please let me stay...
Track Name: Poodles of Mass Destruction
Awww yeah... let's go!

That kid in the potted plant went too far this time
And now we're gonna mosh 'im
He messed with the wrong Tidwell posse this time
And now we're gonna Kibosh 'im!

What's gonna get the job done?
Poodles of mass destruction!

What's gonna get the job done?
Poodles of mass destruction!

Cat and Perry and Boris are dressed up in ninja costumes
Now the duck flies at midnight
I'm dressed up like an alien cuz I don't have a ninja costume
I hope that's alright

What's gonna get the job done?
Poodles of mass destruction!

What's gonna get the job done?
Poodles of mass destruction!

What's gonna get the job done?
Poodles of mass destruction!

What's gonna get the job done?
Poodles of mass destruction!
Track Name: The Cave of Doom!
The Cave of Doom...
The Cave of Doom...
No one ever makes it out alive
from The Cave of Doom!

A giant spider with a T-Rex head and mucus-dripping fangs
No one ever makes it out alive...
Get your sword, be ready, down from the spider web she hangs
from The Cave of Doom...

The spider's getting closer, you can feel her hairy legs
No one ever makes it out alive...
You shiver as you see the hatching of her thousand eggs
from The Cave of Doom...

Soon the baby spiders crawl upon you
You want to run but there's no room
This could be your tomb...
The Cave of Doom!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

The Cave of Doom...
The Cave of Doom...
No one ever makes it out alive
from The Cave of Doom!
Track Name: Doodle Dude
Who is he?
Doodle Dude
I mean the due who sells the
Doodle Dude

Is he busy?
Doodle Dude
I mean, who would really buy themselves a
Doodle Dude

Well, I would!
And when I get older, that's just what I'll do (I'm tellin you)
I would!
My mom won't be able to stop me
I'll lay all my change in his palm and I'll cop me
A strange piece of sculptural food

Doodle Dude
That's right
Doodle Dude

How does he make it?
Doodle Dude
He's got those little hats and legs and the glasses
Doodle Dude

Wait... are they naked?!?
Doodle Dude
There's nothing cover up their
Doodle Dude
Oh... maybe that's why no one buys them...



Well, I would!
I just can't decide, I might have to buy three...
I would!
I'll put them right on my table
Next to all my Legos
They'll stay there unscathed
Til I'm one hundred eighty, you'll see
(Think I won't?)

Doodle Dude
These things speak to me!
Doodle Dude
I mean, like, how awesome are they?
Doodle Dude
C'mon, you gotta get me one...
Doodle Dude
Please, please, mom... please, please!
Doodle Dude
Track Name: Kiki's Horrible Hounds Academy
If you've got a horrible hound
And you just don't know where to go with her
Before you head to the pound
Why not try someone you know with her?

Just ride your elevator to the top floor
Stop... and ask for

Kiki! Kiki!
Send 'em over to the Academy
to Kiki! Kiki!
Guarantee you she'll be glad to see you walk through her door!

If you've got a terrible pooch
And you just don't know what to do to him
Before you spend all your looch
On daycare spas and expensive tutorin

Just ride your elevator to the top floor
Stop... and ask for

Kiki! Kiki!
Send 'em over to the Academy
to Kiki! Kiki!
Guarantee you she'll be glad to see you walk through her door!

Bark! Growl! Rawf! Woof! Grr! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Just ride your elevator to the top floor
Stop... and ask for

Kiki! Kiki!
Send 'em over to the Academy
to Kiki! Kiki!
Guarantee you she'll be glad to see you walk through her door!
Track Name: Perry is a Ninja
Last week this kid named Otis Dooda moved to 35B
Now he's a member of the gang with Cat and Boris and me
When he first saw the Tidwell Towers, he looked up and said "Whoa!"
Now he's looking at me funny and I think that he knows

Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
(Hai-ya!)

Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
(Hai-ya!)

I can dodge a Psycho Weiner Blaster's ammunition
That Fluffinator that my dad bought shot me out like a gun
I can somersault no problem in the middle of the air
Just like that Lego figure Otis has, I was born with red hair
(You know what that means...)

Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
(Hai-ya!)

Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
Perry is a ninja
(Hai-ya!)

There's a meeting in Cat's room at hour thirteen hundred
We got a plan to put The Kibosh on that potted plant kid
When we're finished any bad guys better stay out of our way
Mess with us and you'll regret it, best believe when we say...

We're all ninja ninjas
We're all ninja ninjas
We're all ninja ninjas
(Hai-ya!)

We're all ninja ninjas
We're all ninja ninjas
We're all ninja ninjas
(Hai-ya!)

We're all ninja ninjas
(Hai-ya!)
Track Name: Attack of the Grim Fugles
Yeah, it's grim. It's grim out here. Cover your heads.

Attention! Circling above your heads at this very moment are Grim Fugles! They're getting ready to drop their poo bombs on you! Evacuate the premises immediately! Repeat, evacuate the premises!

Yeah, tell 'em. Evacuate...

Grim Fugles
Bring your bugles, cuz this means war
Thought they was cute before
That chute slided open in their backside
You know what's inside of those thin white balloons?
Eww! Hide!

Problem is they're following us wherever we're going
It's like it's snowing
Covered in splotches, we're glowing
Attacks are showing no sign of slowing or fading
Yo, what country were these things made in?!?

Zeebnitz! Loogit dreeber foogle. Ver shnoopit pershplenklepuh. Alsic nausty tuppin. Vladilo binsky. Exfunee gape! Veernu baskedo. Leezle mootzle. Delka: Wini, widi, wici. Exfunee gape!

Grim Fugles
Poopin on me and my crew
Voice telling me, "You know what to Doodle do"
Reminds me of a time back a year or two
Crazy chicken on a skateboard chasing me
Don't laugh it's true!

Now I remember how I stopped Uncle Clucky
Quick! Grab the remote control, we might get lucky!
Smash it to the ground and stomp on it 'til it's a million pieces.
Whew! It worked...
Now we just have to clean up all the bird feces.

Yeah, I don't know about you, but I could use a hot shower right about now. I'll tell you one thing... my mom is NOT gonna be psyched to see me like this. This is the last time I ever do one of Mr. Hooper's tricks. He can keep it.

Grim, Grim, Grim Fugles

Shout out to Hog's Head
Peace to all my people in the Tidwell Towers
No love to Potted Plant Guy
And we out like that
Track Name: Kiss Smoochie Goodbye
It wasn't just my fault
That horrible hound chased him
He did a somersault
The Frito bag encased him

And he flew into the clear blue sky
I didn't get a chance to tell Smoochie goodbye
Goodbye

My brother's eyes were red
He was underneath the covers and crying in his bed
You'd think he lost a lover
The way he threw his head back and said with a sigh

"I didn't get a chance to kiss Smoochie goodbye...
Goodbye...

"That rat was one in a million...
Where will we ever find one to replace him?"
My dad says, "In most sewer systems..."
My mom gave him the stink eye for that.

We've dug a little hole
In Central Park to bury the box that Gunther stole
From my mom to use as Smoochie's very comfy home
Oh, I wish he didn't have to die!

We never got a chance to tell Smoochie goodbye
We didn't get a chance to kiss Smoochie goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye...
Track Name: Big Green Party Machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big... it's green...
It's a party, party, party, party machine

We like to rock... so let's roll
Back of the bus us kids are in control
Gettin' loose... you know the scene
Don't hold it back, Jack, c'mon c'mon let me hear you scream!

It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big... it's green...
It's a party, party, party, party machine

We're dressed like clowns... it's kinda weird
Get on the Pottymobile, just don't try to steer
We got tricks to make you shout
Boris can flip his eyelids inside out
Not only that, but he can lick his elbow
Can you lick your elbow?
C'mon, try it... I'll give you a minute...

See? It's not as easy as it looks!
Alright, let's get back on the bus...

It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big... it's green...
It's a party, party, party, party machine

Who likes to party? We like to party!
Who likes to party? We like to party!
Who likes to party? We like to party!
Who likes to party? We like to party!
Now clap!

It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big... it's green...
It's a party, party, party, party machine

It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big, it's green, it's a party machine
It's big... it's green...
It's a party, party, party, party machine
Track Name: Otis Dooda Theme (Reprise)
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!

Now he's a city kid, he's here to stay
Ah, who really cares about leaving Hog's Head anyway?

Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

He survived a curse from PPG
Now he's having nightmares about a Subway Zombie!

Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otis!
Doo-doo-doo-d-doo-Dooda
Otiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

He's sort of average and sort of great
Now here's a list of things that he really loves to hate:
Soy weiners, yoga, sharing a tent with Gunther, having his nose suctioned out (He used to hate blowing his nose when he was sick until his mom stuck that suction thing up his nostrils a few times, now he has no problem blowing his nose, thank you very much!)

Otiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

And now our story here is almost done
We spent a lot of time on this stuff, I hope that it was fun
Especially Ellen Potter, you know she came up with the whole idea for Otis!
Hey, I gotta give a quick shout out to Adam, Ian, Alice and Rich, Clay, Louisa, Maya, Sam and Rebecca

Do me a favor, if you like the first book, get the second one too. Otis is gonna have a lot more adventures... if he lives to tell about it, that is...

Otis!

(We love you Otis!)