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Up in the Air, Junior Birdman
from MMF! Songbook



History
The Junior Birdmen of America was an organization founded around 1934 for boys interested in building model airplanes. It was promoted by the Hearst newspapers with the cooperation of the U.S. Bureau of Air Commerce.

Lyrics
Up in the air, Junior Birdman,
Flying so high off the ground,
Is it a bird, plane or Superman?
No! It's Junior Birdman upside down.

And when you hear the doorbell ring, (buzz, buzz)
When you see the badge of tin, (tin, tin)
Then you will know that Junior Birdman
Has turned his box tops in!

It takes five box tops.
Four box bottoms.
Three labels.
Two wrappers
And one thin dime.


Alternate Lyrics
Into the air, Junior Birdmen,
Into the air, pilots green,
Into the air, Junior Birdmen,
Climb into that old machine!

And when you hear that Franklin sputterin',
And you get your wings of tin,
We will know the Junior Birdmen,
Have sent their boxtops in!

and...

Up in the air Junior Birdman,
Up in the air upside down,
Up in the air Junior Birdman,
Keep your noses off the ground.

When you hear the grand announcement,
That your wings are made of tin,
Then you know that Junior Birdman,
Has turned his box tops in.

For it takes:
5 box tops,
4 bottle bottoms,
3 coupons,
2 wrappers,
And one thin dime!

B-i-r-d, B-i-r-d, B-i-r-d-m-a-n,
Birdman, Birdman, Birdman,
Buzzzzzzzz!


Actions
Up in the air...
Put arms up in the air

Junior Birdman...
Flap arms like a bird

Upside down...
Turn around

Bird...
Flap arms like a bird

Plane...
Put arms to sides

Superman...
Put hands on hips

Doorbell...
Ring bell

Badge of tin...
Hold badge that is pinned to shirt with both hands

Junior Birdman...
Flap arms like bird

Boxtops...
Move hand from left to right as if taking off boxtop

Five, Four, Three, Two, One...
Show number of fingers


Alternate Actions
Sing the song by placing finger goggles over your eyes. To form the goggles, touch the thumbs and index fingers of each hand together. Next turn the hand over so that the 3 remaining fingers are facing down, with your palms next to your forehead and the goggles around the eyes.



Free Printable Sheet Music

Up in the Air, Junior Birdman for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Up in the Air, Junior Birdman Sheet Music (Music, Lyrics and Guitar Chords)


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