Shel Silverstein
A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

Well, my daddy left home when I was three,and he didn't leave much to Ma and me,just this old guitar and a bottle of booze.Now I don't blame him because he run and hid,but the ...

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Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk endsand before the street begins,and there the grass grows soft and white,and there the sun burns crimson bright,and there the moon-bird rests ...

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Bear In There by Shel Silverstein

Bear In There by Shel Silverstein

There's a polar bear In our Frigidaire- He likes it 'cause it's cold in there. With his seat in the meat And his face in the fish And his big hairy paws In the buttery dish, He's ...

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Enter This Deserted House by Shel Silverstein

Enter This Deserted House by Shel Silverstein

But please walk softly as you do.Frogs dwell here and crickets too.Ain't no ceiling, only blue.Jays dwell here and sunbeams too.Floors are flowers - take a fewFerns grow here and ...

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Smart by Shel Silverstein

Smart by Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill'Cause I'm his smartest son,And I swapped it for two shiny quarters'Cause two is more then one!And then I took the quartersAnd traded them to LouFor ...

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25 Minutes To Go by Shel Silverstein

25 Minutes To Go by Shel Silverstein

They're buildin' the gallows outside my cell. I got 25 minutes to go. And in 25 minutes I'll be in Hell. I got 24 minutes to go. Well, they give me some beans for my last meal. 23 ...

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Peanut-Butter Sandwich by Shel Silverstein

Peanut-Butter Sandwich by Shel Silverstein

I'll sing you a poem of a silly young kingWho played with the world at the end of a string,But he only loved one single thing—And that was just a peanut-butter sandwich.His ...

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All The Time In The World by Shel Silverstein

All The Time In The World by Shel Silverstein

Lay down Let's explore this tenderness between us There ain't no one around at all to see us And baby would you mind If maybe you and I Took a little time to find each other? Baby ...

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Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein

Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein

Oh, I'm being eatenBy a boa constrictor,A boa constrictor,A boa constrictor,I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,And I don't like it--one bit.Well, what do you know?It's nibblin' ...

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Batty by Shel Silverstein

Batty by Shel Silverstein

The baby bat Screamed out in fright, 'Turn on the dark, I'm afraid of the light.'

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Judy by Shel Silverstein

Judy by Shel Silverstein

The waitress with the orange hair keeps motionin' me to hurry up and leaveI gulp my coffee - burn my mouth - grab up my coat and slippin' outI smear a streak of mustard down my ...

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Beans Taste Fine by Shel Silverstein

Beans Taste Fine by Shel Silverstein

Now a friend of mine, way back in ChicagoYou know, he finally made his pile.Well he got himself a mansion on Butler and SheffAn' he was livin' in the latest style;But I run into ...

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Once there was a tree....and she loved a little boy.And everyday the boy would comeand he would gather her leavesand make them into crownsand play king of the forest.He would ...

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Cloudy Sky by Shel Silverstein

Cloudy Sky by Shel Silverstein

The Moon she is a pretty girl who lives up in the starsAnd that old cloud he's a great old man who loves her from afarHe loves her from afarWhen Lady Moon smiles down on him ol' ...

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Snowball by Shel Silverstein

Snowball by Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snowballAs perfect as could be.I thought I'd keep it as a petAnd let it sleep with me.I made it some pajamasAnd a pillow for its head.Then last night it ran ...

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Listen To The Mustn’Ts by Shel Silverstein

Listen To The Mustn’Ts by Shel Silverstein

Listen to Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts.Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.Anything can happen, ...

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Ations by Shel Silverstein

Ations by Shel Silverstein

If we meet and I say, 'Hi,'That's a salutation. If you ask me how I feel,That's a consideration.If we stop and talk a while,That's a conversation.If we understand each other, ...

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Dreadful by Shel Silverstein

Dreadful by Shel Silverstein

Someone ate the baby.It's rather sad to say.Someone ate the babySo she won't be out to play.We'll never hear her whiney cryOr have to feel if she is dry.We'll never hear her ...

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A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

There's a light on in the attic. Thought the house is dark and shuttered, I can see a flickerin' flutter, And I know what it's about. There's a light on in the attic. I can see it ...

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For Sale by Shel Silverstein

For Sale by Shel Silverstein

One sister for sale!One sister for sale!One crying and spying young sister for sale!I’m really not kidding,So who’ll start the bidding?Do I hear the dollar?A nickel?A penny?Oh, ...

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How Many, How Much by Shel Silverstein

How Many, How Much by Shel Silverstein

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ...

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The Little Boy And The Old Man by Shel Silverstein

The Little Boy And The Old Man by Shel Silverstein

Said the little boy, 'Sometimes I drop my spoon.'Said the old man, 'I do that too.'The little boy whispered, 'I wet my pants.''I do that too,' laughed the little old man.Said the ...

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Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!His underwear is hanging on the lamp.His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.His ...

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Sick by Shel Silverstein

Sick by Shel Silverstein

Sick 'I cannot go to school today,'Said little Peggy Ann McKay.'I have the measles and the mumps,A gash, a rash and purple bumps.My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,I'm going blind ...

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If The World Was Crazy by Shel Silverstein

If The World Was Crazy by Shel Silverstein

If the world was crazy, you know what I'd eat?A big slice of soup and a whole quart of meat,A lemonade sandwich, and then I might trySome roasted ice cream or a bicycle pie,A nice ...

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The Unicorn by Shel Silverstein

The Unicorn by Shel Silverstein

A long time ago, when the earth was greenand there was more kinds of animals than you've ever seen,and they run around free while the world was bein' born,and the lovliest of all ...

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Aphrodisiac by Shel Silverstein

Aphrodisiac by Shel Silverstein

Now, listen to me, folks... Hear what I say. You got to eat oysters everyday They'll put your love life back on track They're nature's own aphrodisiac. Ohh, ohhh... yes it's true ...

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Colors by Shel Silverstein

Colors by Shel Silverstein

My skin is kind of sort of brownish Pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are greyish blueish green, But I'm told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, But ...

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Sarah Cynthia Slyvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out by Shel Silverstein

Sarah Cynthia Slyvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out by Shel Silverstein

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia StoutWould not take the garbage out!She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,Candy the yams and spice the hams, And though her daddy would scream and ...

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Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda by Shel Silverstein

Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda by Shel Silverstein

All the Woulda-Coulda-ShouldasLayin' in the sun,Talkin' 'bout the thingsThey woulda coulda shoulda done...But those Woulda-Coulda-ShouldasAll ran away and hidFrom one little Did. ...

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A Couple More Years by Shel Silverstein

A Couple More Years by Shel Silverstein

I've got a couple more years on you, baby...that's all. I've had more chances to fly and more places to fall. And it ain't that I'm wiser... It's only that I've spent more time ...

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The Land Of Happy by Shel Silverstein

The Land Of Happy by Shel Silverstein

Have you been to the land of happy, Where everyone's happy all day, Where they joke and they sing Of the happiest things, And everything's jolly and gay? There's no one unhappy in ...

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I Can’t Touch The Sun by Shel Silverstein

I Can’t Touch The Sun by Shel Silverstein

No I can't touch the clouds for you I've never reached the sun for youI've never done the things that you need done for youI've stretched as high as I can reach I guess I'm not ...

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Daylight Dreamer by Shel Silverstein

Daylight Dreamer by Shel Silverstein

Here's the half-finished painting of a girl that I started last DecemberHere's the first three pages of my novel bout I don't really rememberHere's my Martin guitar that I never ...

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When She Cries by Shel Silverstein

When She Cries by Shel Silverstein

No one knows my lady when she's lonelyNo one sees the fantasies and fears my lady hidesThere are those who've shared her love and laughterBut no one hears my lady when she ...

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Daddy What If? by Shel Silverstein

Daddy What If? by Shel Silverstein

(Daddy what if the sun stop shinin' what would happen then?)If the sun stopped shinin' you'd be so surprisedYou'd stare at the heavens with wide open eyesAnd the wind would carry ...

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Merry by Shel Silverstein

Merry by Shel Silverstein

No one's hangin' stockin's up,No one's bakin' pie,No one's lookin' up to seeA new star in the sky.No one's talkin' brotherhood,No one's givin' gifts,And no one loves a Christmas ...

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I Know You Little, I Love You Lots by Shel Silverstein

I Know You Little, I Love You Lots by Shel Silverstein

I know you little, I love you lots,my love for you could fill ten pots,fifteen buckets, sixteen cans,three teacups, and four dishpans.

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One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein

One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein

If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.A crumb of cake would be a feastAnd last you seven days at ...

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No Difference by Shel Silverstein

No Difference by Shel Silverstein

Small as a peanut, Big as a giant, We're all the same size When we turn off the light Rich as a sultan, Poor as a mite, We're all worth the same When we turn off the light. Red, ...

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Who Does She Think She Is…. by Shel Silverstein

Who Does She Think She Is…. by Shel Silverstein

I asked the Zebra:Are you black with white stripes?Or white with black stripes?And the zebra asked me:Are you good with bad habits?Or are you bad with good habits?Are you noisy ...

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Jimmy Jet And His Tv Set by Shel Silverstein

Jimmy Jet And His Tv Set by Shel Silverstein

I'll tell you the story of Jimmy Jet--And you know what I tell you is true.He loved to watch his TV setAlmost as much as you.He watched all day, he watched all nightTill he grew ...

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The Voice by Shel Silverstein

The Voice by Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of youthat whispers all day long,'I feel that this is right for me,I know that this is wrong.'No teacher, preacher, parent, friendor wise man can ...

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Better Not Ask Me by Shel Silverstein

Better Not Ask Me by Shel Silverstein

(Hey the truth might hurt so I'm tellin' you now that you better not ask me)Hey you better not ask me where I been all nightWhy my eyes are shinin' and my spirit is flyin'You ...

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Anteater by Shel Silverstein

Anteater by Shel Silverstein

'A genuine anteater,' The pet man told my dad. Turned out, it was an aunt eater, And now my uncle's mad!

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Hector The Collector by Shel Silverstein

Hector The Collector by Shel Silverstein

Hector the CollectorCollected bits of string,Collected dolls with broken headsAnd rusty bells that would not ring. Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,Twists of wires, worn-out ...

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Captain Hook by Shel Silverstein

Captain Hook by Shel Silverstein

Captain Hook must remember Not to scratch his toes. Captain Hook must watch out And never pick his nose. Captain Hook must be gentle When he shakes your hand. Captain Hook must be ...

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Picture Puzzle Piece by Shel Silverstein

Picture Puzzle Piece by Shel Silverstein

One picture puzzle pieceLyin' on the sidewalk,One picture puzzle pieceSoakin' in the rain.It might be a button of blueOn the coat of the womanWho lived in a shoe.It might be a ...

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All About You by Shel Silverstein

All About You by Shel Silverstein

In the Grandville greyhound station in the lightly drizzlin' rainSittin' on my suitcase goin' quietly insane all about you babe all about youAll about you and then no feelin' ...

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Changing Of The Seasons by Shel Silverstein

Changing Of The Seasons by Shel Silverstein

Oh the changing of the seasons it's a pretty thing to seeAnd though I find this balmy weather pleasin'There's the wind come from tomorrow and I hear it callin' meAnd I'm bound for ...

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