Hear Beloved Children’s Poet Shel Silverstein Sings about Weed, STDs and Masochistic Babies

I grew up reading Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. It was a major part of my childhood. What I didn’t know at the time was that good old Shel had another side…an adult side…although in retrospect the freaky beard and bare feet should’ve given it away. The cartoonist/writer worked for Playboy in the sixties, documenting his trips to Fire Island, Haight-Ashbury and other places with a reputation for the risque. He also had a pretty serious career as a singer/songwriter who wasn’t afraid to tackle topics like pot (“The Smoke-off”) and venereal disease (“Don’t Give a Dose to the One You Love Most”) in a light-hearted, oddball way. His album Freakin at the Freakers Ball is a prime example of Silverstein’s bawdier side, featuring tracks like “I Got Stoned and I Missed It” and “Masochistic Baby”.

Here’s a few tracks from Freakin at the Freaker’s Ball. RIP, Shel, you are missed.

4 Comments on "Hear Beloved Children’s Poet Shel Silverstein Sings about Weed, STDs and Masochistic Babies"

  1. todd southern | Nov 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm |

    This guy collaborated with David Allen Coe on his X-rated songs, Dr. Hook and a whole host of bawdy material.

  2. I won’t repeat any of them but the Underground Country Album’s song titles are so over the top they’re enough to promote fits of laughter by themselves. Fitting they’d be written by a funny guy like this.

    Dr Hook was great, too, and ‘Freaker’s Ball’ was also recorded by them.

  3. He has a few albums of his own music but wrote a lot of fairly popular songs for other singers as well (A boy named Sue comes to mind).

    His sense of humor and voice are great and if you can find the albums they’re definitely worth it!

  4. Ricky Jazzercise | Nov 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |

    As mentioned, go check out Dr. Hook. They were essentially a band the label created to sing Shel’s songs as Shel couldn’t sing very well.

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