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Today’s Random Acts Of Music: Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein

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I saw a commercial on TV the other day for the upcoming Willie Nelson concert in the Heymann Center.  I remarked to a co-worker that Lafayette Metro Narcotics might have to set up shop outside of the venue so they can inspect Willie’s tour bus.  That then got me thinking about one of my favorite novelty songs–a song that was one of the most requested tracks on my old college radio program and a song that fits Willie’s personality perfectly.

The song is called “I Got Stoned and I Missed It.”  It was written by Shel Silverstein.  Yes, that Shel Silverstein.  While he’s best known for his children’s books and poetry, Silverstein was also a remarkable songwriter and author of more adult literature.  This song describes its narrator’s love affair with the funny grass and the effects it has on his life.  Frankly, it’s the perfect song for Willie, and I’m surprised that he hasn’t covered it yet.

Now, without further adieu, here is Shel Silverstein’s “I Got Stoned and I Missed It” as performed by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, this weekend’s Random Act of Music.

Author’s note:  Silverstein recorded his own rendition of the song, which, in my opinion, is far superior to the Dr. Hook version.  It’s on YouTube, but the slide show that accompanies it cannot be posted here.

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