Binki Shapiro and Friends – “Kids Song”
Binki Shapiro and Friends – Kids Song
I randomly came across this unpublished song that my friend, Binki Shapiro, made a few years ago. I think it might have been intended for the “Where The Wild Things Are” soundtrack but I’m probably wrong. Anyway, it’s a beautiful song and the best adaptation of a Dr. Seuss work since the original cartoon for “When The Grinch Stole Christmas.”
And here is the original passage from Dr. Seuss’s “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” Most of the lyrics from Binki’s song are nearly identical.
When I was quite young
and quite small for my size,
I met an old man in the Desert of Drize.
And he sang me a song I will never forget.
At least, well, I haven’t forgotten it yet.
He sat in a terribly prickly place.
But he sang with a sunny sweet smile on his face:
When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad . . .
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more . . .
oh, ever so much more . . .
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you! . . .
. . . consider the Schlottz,
the Crumple-horn, Web-footed, Green-bearded Schlottz,
whose tail is entailed with un-solvable knots.
If he isn’t muchly
more worse off than you,
I’ll eat my umbrella.
That’s just what I’ll do.
[Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (New York: Random House, 1973), pp. 35, 20]