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Helping, an Illustrated Song by Shel Silverstein

Posted on: August 8, 2013

Helping, by Shel Silverstein is a perfect “Little Song,” it’s funny, short, and will make ’em think a little..

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helping silverstein FTBY&M sheehan - Copy
HELPING
P. 74 of Free to Be You and Me (Special 35th  Anniversary Edition)
Pgs. 104-105 Print the Music for this Song
Words and Music by Shel Silverstein
Illustrated by Monica Sheehan

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SBWE SBS helping
HELPING (w Chords)
Words and Music by Shel Silverstein
Featured in Free to Be You and Me
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS helping

I first knew the poem for this song when my Grandmother Penny read to my sister and I from Shel Silverstein’s book of poetry WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS, and later heard the song on the FREE TO BE YOU AND ME album. It’s hard to resist the funny twist.

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SBWE SBS helping (no chords)

HELPING (no chords)
Words and Music by Shel Silverstein
Featured in Free to Be You and Me
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS helping (no chords)

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Hear Tom Smothers sing the song, here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6r0MVQANjI

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Preview the song, as sung by Tom Smothers, here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013CUWIO/ref=dm_dp_trk7

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HELPING
Words and Music by Shel Silverstein

Agatha Fry, she made a pie
And Christopher John helped bake it
Christopher John, he mowed the lawn
And Agatha Fry helped rake it

Now, Zachary Zugg took out the rug
And Jennifer Joy helped shake it
Then Jennifer Joy, she made a toy
And Zachary Zugg helped break it

And some kind of help is the kind of help
That helping’s all about
And some kind of help is the kind of help
We all can do without

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HELPING (as a poem or a song) is found in:

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Where the Sidewalk Ends
Poems by Shel Silverstein
Music by Shel Silverstein
Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
Poems with tunes include:  “The Unicorn” and ”Helping

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Free to Be You and Me (Special 35th  Anniversary Edition)

Words and Music by Marlo Thomas and Friends, Various Artists
Illustrated with Originally Published and New Artowk by Various Artists

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Free To Be You And Me (and Free To Be A Family)
Words and Music by Marlo Thomas and Friends, Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists

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Shel Silverstein online:
http://shelsilverstein.com/indexSite.html

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