One's on the Way
"One's on the Way" is a song made famous by country music singer Loretta Lynn. Released in 1971, the song was the title track to her 1971 album and became one of her best-known hits, it was written by Shel Silverstein. Country music writer Tom Roland described "One's on the Way" as a "humorous piece on motherhood," wherein a stay-at-home mother in Topeka, Kansas contemplates her hectic lifestyle and compares her conditions to the glamor-based lives of Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor; the song makes reference to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at the White House and sex symbol actress Raquel Welch again in contrast to the housewife vocalist's conventional life. The song was the latest in a series of what genre historian Bill Malone said was "feisty" songs from Lynn. In effect, "One's on the Way" and themed songs, such as "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'" and "The Pill", helped Lynn become "the spokeswoman for every woman who had gotten married too early, pregnant too and felt trapped by the tedium and drudgery of her life."Each of the song's verses has Lynn speaking in awe about the outside world.
For instance, in the first verse, she draws comparisons between such things as Taylor flying to France to have her hair done and the joy and gaity of the social scene in Washington and her own dull life: Here in Topeka, the rain is a-fallin', the faucet is a-drippin', the kids are a-bawlin'At one point, she angers her husband after a misunderstanding. The end of the song includes Lynn sighing, "Gee, I hope it ain't twins again!" On the other hand, the lyrics—considering there is no apparent jealousy in the way in which they are sung in the Loretta Lynn version—can be taken as a sardonic observation on the shallow, pointless existence of the glitterati by one, living a more common life. At some points in the lyrics the singer mentions the birth control pill and women's liberation movement, seeming to lament that such changes will soon affect the rest of the country, but may never have a real influence on her life. Loretta appeared as a guest star in episode 8 of season 3 of The Muppet Show in 1978 and sang this song.
In years when Lynn would perform the song in concert, she would substitute references to the now deceased Jacqueline Kennedy with Nancy Reagan, but presently uses Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States. Despite the March 2011 death of Elizabeth Taylor, Loretta does still include "Liz" in the song; when released in November 1971, Decca Records issued the single to record stores and radio stations under the title "Here in Topeka". Once the mistake was discovered, new singles were issued with the correct title. However, for years, Lynn received requests at concerts to perform "Here in Topeka." Pregnant Again Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book
Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book is a satirical alphabet book by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1961, it is sometimes described as "subversive"; the cover on some editions of the book read "A primer for adults only" while other editions read "A primer for tender young minds" instead. Much of the humor derives from a cynical drive to give the reader harmful advice. A portion of the book appeared in a different form in Playboy magazine. Silverstein urges the reader to keep termites as pets, play hopscotch with real Scotch whisky and give their father a haircut while he sleeps, he tells the reader that "Mommy loves the baby more than she loves you", he uses the letter "E", first, to discourage the reader from wanting to eat eggs, to encourage the reader to throw eggs up to the ceiling: E is for egg. See the egg; the egg is full of icky yellow stuff. Do you like to eat eggs? E is for Ernie. Ernie is the genie. Ernie loves eggs. Take a nice fresh egg and throw it as high as you can and yell "Catch, Ernie! Catch the egg!"
And Ernie will catch the egg. He misdefines a gigolo as a woodwind musical instrument similar to the oboe, assumes the reader can eat as many as 116 green apples in a single day and states that quarantine means, "Come on in, kids. Free ice cream." He tells kids that there is a real live pony inside the car and elves inside the TV set misspells "hippopotamus" and uses the letter "I" to inform readers that they can drink ink: I is for ink. Ink is wet. Ink is fun. What can you do with ink? What rhymes with ink? "DR_ _ _."Of course this is all offered in a humorous vein. Indeed, Silverstein is one of the American Library Association's most challenged authors. While some view the book's humor as directed towards adults, it was Silverstein's belief that children and elderly people should be treated no differently from anyone else
A Boy Named Sue
"A Boy Named Sue" is a song written by humorist and poet Shel Silverstein and made popular by Johnny Cash. Cash recorded the song live in concert on February 24, 1969 at California's San Quentin State Prison for his At San Quentin album. Cash performed the song in December 1969 at Madison Square Garden; the live San Quentin version of the song became Cash's biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his only top ten single there, spending three weeks at No. 2 in 1969, held out of the top spot by "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones. The track topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts that same year and was certified Gold on August 14, 1969, by the RIAA. Silverstein's own recording was released the same year as "Boy Named Sue", a single on the album Boy Named Sue, produced by Chet Atkins and Felton Jarvis; the song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at three years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.
Because of this, Sue grows up tough and mean, smartens up quickly, though he relocates due to the shame his name gives him. Angered by the embarrassment and abuse that he endures in his life, he swears that he will find and kill his father for giving him "that awful name". Sue locates his father at a tavern in Gatlinburg, during the middle of a summer season, confronts him by saying, "My name is Sue! How do you do? Now you're gonna die!" This results in a vicious brawl. After the two have beaten each other senseless, Sue's father admits that he is the "heartless hound" that named him Sue and explains that the name was given as an act of love; because Sue's father knew that he would not be there for his son, he gave him the name, believing that the ensuing ridicule would force him to "get tough or die". Learning this, Sue makes peace with his father and they reconcile. With his lesson learned, Sue closes the song with a promise to name his son "Bill or George, anything but Sue"; the song has an unusual AABCCB rhyme scheme, broken only to mark the ending.
The song is performed in the speech-like style of talking blues rather than conventional singing. The term "son of a bitch" in the line "I'm the son of a bitch that named you Sue!" was bleeped out in the Johnny Cash version both on the single and the At San Quentin album, the final line was edited to remove the word "damn". Both the edited and unedited versions are available on various compilations; the term "son of a bitch" was edited to "son of a gun" or altogether bleeped out in some versions. When performing the song live in performances, Cash would himself utter a bleep-censor sound in lieu of the word; the unedited version of the original San Quentin performance is included on reissues of the At San Quentin album and on Cash's posthumous The Legend of Johnny Cash album. Silverstein, for his part, does not utter any profanity in his original version, with Sue's father instead identifying himself as the "heartless hound" that named him Sue; the core story of the song was inspired by humorist Jean Shepherd, a close friend of Silverstein, taunted as a child because of his feminine-sounding name.
The title might have been inspired by the male attorney Sue K. Hicks of Madisonville, Tennessee, a friend of John Scopes who agreed to be a prosecutor in what was to become known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Hicks was named after his mother. In his autobiography, Cash wrote that he had just received the song and only read over it a couple of times, it was included in that concert to try it out—he did not know the words and on the filmed recording he can be seen referring to a piece of paper. Cash was surprised at; the rough, spontaneous performance with sparse accompaniment was included in the Johnny Cash At San Quentin album becoming one of Cash's biggest hits. According to Cash biographer Robert Hilburn, neither the British TV crew filming the concert nor his band knew he planned to perform the song. While another song, "San Quentin", was expected to be the major new song featured in the concert and subsequent album, "A Boy Named Sue" ended up being the concert's major find. Cash performed it on his own musical variety show, ending the song with the line, "And if I have a son, I think I'm gonna name him...
John Carter Cash", referring to his newborn son. Cash performed this variant at the White House in April 1970; when Cash performed with The Highwaymen in the 1980s and 1990s, he would end the song by saying "if I have another boy, I think I'm gonna name him Waylon, or Willie, or Kris." Referring to bandmates Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson According to Shel Silverstein's biographer Mitch Myers, it was June Carter Cash who encouraged her husband to perform the song. Silverstein introduced it to them at what they called a "Guitar Pull," where musicians would pass a guitar around and play their songs. Silverstein wrote a follow-up named "The Father of
The Missing Piece (book)
The Missing Piece is a children's picture book by poet Shel Silverstein. The story centers on a circular shape-like creature, missing a wedge-shaped piece of itself, it doesn't like this, sets out to find its missing piece, singing: Oh, I'm lookin' for my missin' pieceI'm lookin' for my missin' pieceHi-dee-ho, here I golookin' for my missin' piece It starts out on a grand adventure searching for the perfect piece to complete itself, while singing and enjoying the scenery. But after the circle finds the exact-sized wedge that fits it, it begins to realize that it can no longer do the things it used to enjoy doing, like singing or rolling enough to enjoy the company of a worm or butterfly, it decides that it was happier when searching for the missing piece than having it. So it puts the piece down, continues searching happily; the 1998 album Komadić koji nedostaje by the Serbian pop punk band Oružjem Protivu Otmičara was named after the book. Silverstein's drawing which appeared on the cover of the book was used on the cover of the album.
On the television show Family Guy, Glenn Quagmire gives Meg Griffin the book to help her in her path through adolescence. In the popular teen fiction book An Abundance of Katherines, this book is mentioned as a gift to child prodigy Colin Singleton from his father; when asked the question, "Do you sometimes feel like a circle with a missing piece?", Colin replies, "Daddy, I am not a circle, I am a boy." A sequel was published in 1981 entitled The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, told from a Missing Piece's point of view. Children's literature portal
Falling Up (poetry collection)
Falling Up is a 1996 poetry collection for children by Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins. It features illustrations, drawn by the author, for most of the 144 poems. Silverstein dedicated the book to Matthew, it is the third and final poetry collection by Silverstein in his lifetime, as he died 3 years after Falling Up was released. It was the recipient of the Booklist Editors' Award in 1996; the following poems are included in the collection: Advice - William Tell does his famous apple-shot trick, but misses and hits the person's head by mistake. Allison Beals and Her 25 Eels. - A girl has 25 pet eels. Alphabalance - A boy is carrying of one each of the letters of the alphabet in his arms, ends up dropping a couple. Bad Cold - A man has a serious cold, as he sneezes on anything he can find. Battle in the Sky - The sun and moon get into a heated battle with no actual winner. Best Mask? - A kid wins first prize at a scary mask contest though he isn't wearing one. Big Eating Contest - A man talks about how it cost for him to enter a hamburger-eating contest, how much the hamburgers he ate were, how expensive his hospital bill was, but he says that his prize was five dollars.
Bituminous? - Someone is having trouble remembering definitions of long, complicated words though the last one, "confuscent", isn't a real word. Blood-Curdling Story - Someone describes a story that's scary though he doesn't tell it. Body Language - A person's body parts all give conflicting ideas about what to do, prompting the buttocks to suggest sitting down until they come to a unanimous decision. Camp Wonderful - A kid describes a camp, said to be great, somehow thinking he will not like it. Carrots - A boy hears that carrots are good for your eyes, but after sticking them in his, he wonders if maybe he misunderstood. Castle - Shel describes a castle, so thin, going through takes no time at all. A Cat, a Kid, a Mom - A cat, a kid, the kid's mother talk about how stupid they act when they're around each other. Cat Jacks - Shel explains why it's not a good idea to play jacks with a jaguar. Cereal - Shel talks about different kinds of cereals, but he wishes someone would invent a cereal that's all ooey and gooey, because he likes it that way.
Christmas Dog - A dog protects a family from Santa. Clean Gene - This boy likes to keep himself squeaky clean. Complainin' Jack - A girl's jack-in-the-box pops out by himself and gripes about everything wrong with the box he lives in; the girl gets tired of it, so she shuts him back in. Cookwitch Sandwich - A kid learns that Katrina the Cook is a witch, so he decides to ask Katrina to make him a sandwich, but little does he know that if he gave that request, Katrina would turn him into an actual sandwich and not give him a sandwich! Crazy Dream - A boy has a dream in which the school roles are reversed and he finds himself the teacher and the faculty members are now students! In the dream he lays down oppressive rules and gives outrageous homework assignments and has silly questions and tasks written on the blackboard, such as "Who invented the roobiskanker", "How deep is the ocean", "What is the name of the next President of the United States", "Translate the entire dictionary into Pig Latin", etc. until he wakes up, feeling satisfied.
Crystal Ball - A fortune teller has the amazing ability to tell what her customer has eaten for lunch by gazing into her crystal ball—but she soon confesses that the information isn't coming from the crystal, but the customer's dress. Danny O'Dare - A girl meets a dancing bear. Description - A few people argue over what they think God looks like. Shel knows what God looks like, as he has a photo of God. Dentist Dan - A kid talks about his dentist, who cleans his teeth and fills his cavities with sweets; the kid likes Dentist Dan, but little does the kid know that he might be losing teeth due to all the sweets that the dentist gives him! Diving Board - A kid is standing on the diving board of a pool, but not diving. Don the Dragon's Birthday - Some children bring Don the Dragon a birthday cake for his special day, which he commemorates by "blowing the candles... on." Eggs Rated - Through a series of egg puns, a man has a meal of scrambled eggs, until he sees the bill and tries to avoid paying. Falling Up - A boy trips on his shoelaces and he falls up instead of down until he gets airsick and "throws down".
Foot Repair - When a boy wears out his feet from too much walking, he decides to visit a repairman, who offers "new soles and heels"—but the price is far too high! Forgetful Paul Revere - As Paul Revere sets out for his famous midnight ride, he tries to remember the exact order of his commands—is it two if by land and one if by sea, or some other combination? Former Foreman's Story - A man recounts the story of how, when he was the foreman of a demolition crew, they were supposed to wreck an old house belonging to a family who moved out, but wrecked the one next to it by mistake. Furniture Bash - Some furniture gets destroyed when they beat up each other. Gardener - A boy, told to water the plants is scolded because instead of using a watering can, he urinated on them. Glub-Glub - Someone jumps into a puddle which turns out to be a small lake. Golden Goose - A re-telling of Aesop's fable The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs from the goose's owner's point of view. Hand Holding - Someone in a group of people suggests holding hands, but a little boy only ends up holding his own hands.
Hard to Please - Shel rhymes about people who annoy him. Haunted - Shel dares everyone to sneak into a creepy haunted house atop a high hill, describi
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The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
"The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" is a song by American poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein. It was recorded by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, with the name spelled "Jordon"; the song describes the disillusionment and mental deterioration of a suburban housewife, who climbs to a rooftop "when the laughter grew too loud". The song was recorded by the English singer Marianne Faithfull for her 1979 album Broken English; this version was released as a single in October 1979, became one of her highest- charting songs. It is featured on the soundtracks to the films Montenegro and Thelma & Louise. Faithfull performed the song during a guest appearance in the episode "Donkey" from the fourth season of Absolutely Fabulous, in which God sings the song in a dream to a miserable, dieting Edina. In 2016, the Faithfull version was used in the finale of American Horror Story: Hotel. In an interview on ITV's The South Bank Show aired on 24 June 2007, Faithfull said that her interpretation was that Lucy climbs to the rooftop but gets taken away by "the man who reached and offered her his hand" in an ambulance to a mental hospital, that the final lines are in her imagination at the hospital.
Thelma and Louise has a similar fatalistic theme. 1975: Johnny Darrell, on his album Water Glass Full Of Whiskey 1976: Lee Hazlewood, on his album 20th Century Lee 1980: Ruthi Navon 1996: Belinda Carlisle, on her album A Woman and a Man 1996: Barra MacNeils, on their album The Question 2000: Dennis Locorriere, on his album Out of the Dark 2000: Andi Sex Gang, on his album Faithful Covers 2004: Patricia O'Callaghan, on her album Naked Beauty 2005: Bobby Bare, on his album The Moon Was Blue 2007: Nicki Gillis, on her album Lucy's Daughter 2010: Lucinda Williams, on the Shel Silverstein tribute album Twistable Turnable Man 2017: Kikki Danielsson, on her album Portrait of a Painted Lady