Turtlurtlurtle - Single

by Kelli Welli

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This song was inspired by the nicknames of an amazing little girl in my life. Her grandparents call her "Turtlurtlurtler" and one of her first teacher's called her Loo. Every amazing little girl deserves a song in her honor—and her dad plays guitar on it!


Turtlurtlurtle is a turtle, not a bird
Or an orangutan, an elephant
Or even a giraffe
She can hold her breath
Under water, like an otter
But she isn’t an otter either

And her best friend, Lou
Is a turtle too---
How do you do, Lou?

Turtlurtlurtle has a sister, Myrtlyrtle
She’s a turtle, not a parrotfish
Flamingo or a bat
If you get confused
When you see her on the evening news
She isn’t a TV journalist

She has a crush on Lou
If he only knew---
(Oh!) How do you do, Lou?

Now turtles don’t often
Get mistaken
For the other animals in the zoo---
Except for tortoises
They live on land
We're talking about turtles
They live in water, and on land too

Turtlurtlurtle is a little bit unusual
She likes to wear a costume
Every day of her life
She’s super social
Soaking in the pools of other animals
She doesn’t seem scared at all---

And her best friend, Lou
Wears a costume, too---
But only sometimes

So, if you happen to
Be at the zoo
And you see a strange looking animal—-
It might be a turtle
In disguise
Otherwise, it might be a homo sapien

Urtlurtlurtlurtl and Loooo
Urtlurtlurtl--urtl and Loooo

Turtlurtlurtle’s still a turtle. Quite a turtle!
And Myrtlyrtle finally married Lou
Everybody’s happy
This is sounding kind of sappy
But we hope to see you at the zoo

Bring your best friend, too
If he’s a turtle, you—-
Are lucky


released July 29, 2016
Written by Kelli Caldwell
Tim Uecker on electric guitars, mandolin, bass. Paul DeHaan on acoustic guitar. Gabe Johnston, percussion. Kelli Caldwell, cowbell.


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Kelli Welli Portland, Oregon

Writing songs for kids and the people who love them. Often inspired by the kids and animals in her life, Kelli's wide- ranging songwriting is smart, fun, hilarious, sometimes reflective and deeply sweet. Always genuine. Songs and lullabies weave wonderful tales, celebrate love, sunshine, nature, different languages, and honor the details in raising these amazing little people in our lives. ... more

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