The Parrot

Word Up Orange Unit 2

This song includes fourth grade vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter on state tests. It teaches the following words: attractive, captivity, carefree, coax, desire, frantic, plead, release, tragic and vast. The parrot in this song lived a happy life of freedom until a mean man decided to capture her! Does she escape? Listen to find out!


Listen, listen:
I’m not embarrassed; this is the story of a parrot,
Who was red and green, the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen.
She didn’t have a name; no wild animal does,
She’s in the jungle; see the trees, she’s flying above.
Yeah, her life is carefree, not a worry at all,
’Cause no animals hunt parrots; the birdie was tall.
She would fly to Iguazu by the waterfalls,
Listen to the humans; yeah, she liked how they talked.
Sitting in her tree, she’d repeat what she heard,
Until one day, this evil trapper named Bert heard her words.
He’s thinking, "I’m going to trap this bird,
This beautiful, charming, attractive bird."
He tried to coax the bird: "Hey, birdie, come here,"
He tried to make the bird do what he wanted, you hear?
Bert was the evilest liar, pulled out a piece of papaya,
The parrot wanted the fruit; it was what she desired.
She didn’t see the net until it was too late!
Bert said, "I’m going to take you to the United States,
I’m going to sell you to a lawyer named Mitch.
Little parrot, ha ha, you’re going to make me rich!"

We’re going to make it, if we all just try,
We’re going to make it; baby, we can fly.
We’re going to fly, man!
We’re going to fly, man!

Bert had the parrot in a cage on a boat on the river,
He whistleed a tune while he cooked his dinner.
The parrot, she wasn’t feeling too great,
Held in captivity; no, she couldn’t escape.
She tried to talk to Bert with the words she learned,
She said, "Let me out," but Bert’s back was turned.
And even if he heard, I mean the dude was mean.
Now she begged and pleaded to be free,
"Waak, please release me!" But Bert wouldn’t set her free,
She was shaking, thinking, "This is trouble for me."
Now she was getting frantic, desperate, upset, going to throw a tantrum any moment,
Trapped in a cage on a boat that’s floating, needed someone just to hug or hold hands,
Hold beaks, hold feet, feel the breeze as she flies away.
She was more sad than Little Bo Peep, okay? (Sad than Little Bo Peep, okay?)
But wait! This story’s not tragic; the ending’s not sad,
Because the parrot starting chewing on the lock, man.
And her beak was so strong just from cracking some nuts,
And the lock was kind of old; it had started to rust.
Just when she was almost done hoping,
She cracked open the lock, and pushed the door open.
Bert turned around, saw what was going down,
He grabbed his net, "Hey, birdie, I’m going to get you now!"
But the parrot took off, and she squawked, "Bye, bye!"
She was free now in the big, vast blue sky.

We’re going to make it, if we all just try,
We’re going to make it; baby, we can fly.
We’re going to fly, man!
We’re going to fly, man!

This is the story of a parrot who lived in the jungle. She lived a simple life, flying around, going wherever she wanted. But what would happen if a mean guy decided he wanted to trap her one day? Would it be the end of her freedom?

You'll learn these words: attractive, captivity, carefree, coax, desire, frantic, plead, release, tragic, vast.

carefree (adj)
Without troubles or worries.
I used to think a butterfly's life was carefree
until I realized that butterflies have to worry about finding food like any other animal.
attractive (adj)
Pleasing to the eye, mind, or senses; having the power to draw attention.
Kyle's dad painted the house in an attractive blue.
coax (verb)
To get someone to do something in a gentle way; to persuade.
Mrs. Jamison tried to coax the pony out with treats.
desire (verb)
To wish for; to want very much.
As soon as I saw the guitar in the window I desired it.
(noun) Something that you want very much; a longing.
John has a strong desire to be a doctor someday.
captivity (noun)
The state of being held or imprisoned against one's wishes.
Sitting in jail, the prisoner had lots of time to think about his captivity .
plead (verb)
To ask for something that is felt to be very important; to beg.
The robot pleaded for me to build him a robot-friend.
release (verb)
To let go; to free.
Screaming is not a good way to release your frustration.
(noun) A freeing or letting go.
After his release from prison, Jerry opened a taco stand.
frantic (adj)
Very excited or upset; marked by fast, wild, or nervous actions.
As soon as we leave the house, our dog Marbles gets frantic .
tragic (adj)
Causing great sadness.
I just got to the tragic ending of the play and found out both Romeo and Juliet end up dead.
vast (adj)
Very big in area or size.
The ocean is so vast that you could swim around it your whole life and never be in the same place twice.
What color was the parrot?
Red and green
The parrot's life was . . .
Who was the most evil liar?
What type of fruit did Bert use to coax the parrot?
What is another word for "to beg"?

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