Shel Silverstein's "Underwater Land"Spring 2003 Music
Here, begging to be learned for maximum sing-along enjoyment, are wildly witty songs about clams and barracuda, minnows and sharks, cuttlefish and octopi, fish tails and "soupy, gloopy" fish guts.
There's "Ickity-Ackity," a shark- piranha- and octopus-filled cautionary tale ("If you go with them for a swimmity-swim,/You may not come bickity-back"). A love-sick sailfish wails "What walleye do? What walleye do?/I'm sole alone and lonely…" and a speed-racing snail is a sight to behold ("You should'a seen that S-car go…"). One memorable track, recited in one long "Fish Breath," is guaranteed to leave listeners gasping: "The jellyfish, the jellyfish/He's sweeter than the other fish./He's in the Sandwich Islands/Searchin' for a peanut butter fish…"
When it comes to smart and funny family albums, this is the catch of the day.