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Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout

  • (Shel Silverstein)

    Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout -
    She wouldn't take the garbage out
    She'd wash the dishes and scrub the pans
    And cook the yams and spice the hams
    But though her parents would scream and shout
    She wouldn't take the garbage out

    So it piled up to the ceiling:
    Coffee grounds, potato peelings
    Brown bananas, rotten peas
    Lumps of sour cottage cheese
    Filled the can and covered the floor
    And crapped the windows and blocked the door
    With bacon rinds and chicken bones
    And drippy ends of ice-cream cones
    Pizza crusts and withered greens
    Soggy beans and tangerines
    Peach pips, prune pips, orange peel
    Glumpy globs of cold oatmeal
    Crusts of black burnt buttered toast
    Grisly bits of beefy roast

    The garbage rolled on down the hall
    It raised the roof and broke the wall
    With greasy napkins, cookie crumbs
    Globs of gluey bubble gum
    Cellophane from old balloni
    Rubbery blubbery macaroni
    Peanut butter caked and dried
    Cuts of green and mouldy pie
    Rotten melon skins and mustard
    Egg shells mixed with lemon custard
    Cold French fries, rancid meat
    Yellow lumps of (ugh!) cream of wheat

    At last the garbage reached so high
    That finally it touched the sky
    And none of her friends would come to play
    And all the neighbours moved away
    Finally Sarah Cynthia Stout said
    O.k. - I'll take the garbage out

    But then, of course it was too late
    The garbage reached across the state
    From New York to the Golden Gate
    And there in the garbage she did hate
    Poor Sarah met an awful fate
    That I cannot right now relate
    Because the hour is much too late

    So, children, remember Sarah Stout -
    And always take the garbage out

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

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