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Poems and Reading by Shel Silverstein
Contributed by Ying Lan, July 1999


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 from the outside.

And I know you're on the inside... lookin' out.



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 nibbling the noodles,

He's munching the rice,

He's slurping the soda,

He's licking the ice.

And he lets out a roar

If you open the door.

And it gives me a scare

To know he's in there--

That Polary Bear

In our Fridgitydaire.



If we were a rock 'n' roll band,

We'd travel all over the land.

We'd play and we'd sing and wear spangly things.

If we were a rock 'n' roll band.


If we were a rock 'n' roll band,

And we were up there on the stand,

The people would here us and love us and cheer us.

Hurray for that rock 'n' roll band.


If we were a rock 'n' roll band,

Then we'd have a million fans.

We'd giggle and laugh and sign autographs,

If we were a rock 'n' roll band.


If we were a rock 'n' roll band.

The people would all kiss our hands.

We'd be millionaires and have extra long hair,

If we were a rock 'n' roll band.


But we ain't no rock 'n' roll band,

We're just seven kids in the sand.

With homemade guitars and pails and jars

And drums of potato chip cans.


Just seven kids in the sand.

Talk'n and waven' our hands.

And dreamin' and thinkin' oh wouldn't it be grand,

If we were a rock 'n' roll band.



I've discovered a way to stay friends forever--

There's really nothing to it.

I simply tell you what to do

And you do it!!

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