Peter Alsop

Music for Children and Adults

What If?

Scaring Ourselves

- something to try when your fears take over!

 

WHAT IF?

I’m not scared, but sometimes, when it’s late at night

The wind blows and the trees start scratching

On my window, I get frightened

Because I sleep upstairs, and I know no one’s that tall!

I start thinking, what if, it’s not a tree at all!!  Uh-oh!

What if?  What if?

What if it’s a giant rat who lives across the street?

What if he’s just starving?!  What if he needs meat to eat?!

     And

What if he’s been sniffing me, and I smell like “Rat Chow!”

What if that’s him climbing up my gutter pipe right now!!!

     (Ahhh!)

 

Chorus:  What if?  What if?  That question fills my brain!

I scare myself so much that I get totally insane!

What if?  What if?  I hate to be afraid!

Half the stuff I’m scared of never happens anyway!

(But what about the other half?  Gulp!)

 

I’m not scared, but sometimes, I get a little freaky,

Like when there’s no one in the house, it really feels creepy

I hold my breathe and listen for anything that moves,

Then I start thinking, “What if something’s holding it’s

     breath too?!”

What if?  What if?

What if slimey hands are waiting underneath my bed!!?

What if it’s a headhunter, out to get ahead?

What if zombie deadmen want to drag me down their hole!?

What if there’s a lobster lurking in my toilet bowl?  (Uhnnn!)

 

Chorus:  What if?  What if?  That question fills my brain!

I scare myself so much that I get totally insane!

What if?  What if, . . I think of something else?

If I imagine funny things, then I won’t scare myself!

 

I’m not scared, but sometimes, our house begins to shake,

It’s like a kind of rumble thump, like it’s about to break,

It’s prob’ly just our dog upstairs, bouncing on the bed,

But then I hear him outside, barking in the shed!  (Uh-oh!)

What if?  What if?

What if it’s an EARTHQUAKE!! Oh no!  I’ve got to stop!

I’ve got to think of funny things!  No more scary thoughts!

What if it’s an elephant, falling down on skates?

What if cows get so shook up, they only give milkshakes?!

 

What if it’s a giant pickle on a pogo stick,

Racing with King Kong, who’s wearing shoes made out

     of bricks?!

It’s working, hey!  It’s working!  This is really, really great!

What if it’s a dragon jogging by to lose some weight?

 

Chorus:  What if?  What if?  Now I’m not so scared!

I can make up funny things, and my fears disappear!

What if?  What if, . . like me, you’re sensitive?

Do not scare yourself to death, 'cause that’s no way to live!!

 

What if, what it I can’t think of anything funny!?  I know!  I can sing this song!

If I could only remember the words!  Oooohhh, how does it go?  Ohhh!

 

Written by Peter Alsop, ©Copyright 1987, Moose School Music (BMI)

On Pluggin’ Away & Songs On Recovery and Addictionwww.peteralsop.com

 

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