12
May

Binki Shapiro and Friends – “Kids Song”

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Binki Shapiro and Friends – Kids Song

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I randomly came across this unpublished song that my friend, Binki Shapiro, made a few years ago.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.”

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

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]

 

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