Dirty Face

Shel Silverstein

Poem text

Where did you get such a dirty face,

My darling dirty-faced child?


I got it from crawling along in the dirt

And biting two buttons off Jeremy's shirt.

I got it from chewing the roots of a rose

And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.

I got it from peeking into a dark cave

And painting myself like a Navajo brave.

I got it from playing with coal in the bin

And signing my name in cement with my chin.

I got it from rolling around on the rug

And giving the horrible dog a big hug.

I got it from finding a lost silver mine

And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.

I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears

And having more fun than you have had in years

Main Idea

The main idea of this poem is showing all the things children do to end up so dirty. It also shows the main keys to a child's childhood for having so much fun outside. At then end of the poem it connects back to the parent showing that the child sees his life a whole lot more fun then the parents.

Why?

I chose this poem because it shows all the fun things a kid does to stay entertained. It also reminds me of myself and the kinds of things I would have done as a kid. The main reason I chose this poem is do to the fact at the end it shows that the kid knows his life is more fun than the parents. Still to this point in my life I like to go out and work on my car and I will come back home with my face covered in grease and dirt!

Song

HAPPY

[Verse 1:]

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say

Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break

I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space

With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way


[Chorus:]

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do


[Verse 2:]

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,

Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,

Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,

No offense to you, don’t waste your time

Here’s why


[Chorus]


Hey, come on


[Bridge:]

(happy)

Bring me down

Can't nothing bring me down

My level's too high

Bring me down

Can't nothing bring me down

I said (let me tell you now)

Bring me down

Can't nothing bring me down

My level's too high

Bring me down

Can't nothing bring me down

I said


[Chorus 2x]


Hey, come on


(happy)

Bring me down… can’t nothing…

Bring me down… my level's too high…

Bring me down… can’t nothing…

Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)


[Chorus 2x]


Come on

Song vs. poem

I chose Happy by Pharrell because I feel like the poem is about a kid having fun and being happy. The main set to the poem is a kid playing and doing the thinks he loves to do. Then this song is about being happy and having a good time so I feel that the connection between the two are very strong

Original poem

Where did you get such a dirty face,

My darling dirty-faced child?


I got it from crawling along under my car

And from wiping my face with tar.

I got it from riding my dirt bike

And from working on the neighbors trike.

I got it from shoveling dirt

And painting myself like Birt.

I got it from playing with the fire

And putting up a new telephone wire.

I got it from rolling around in the mud

And chasing Jimmy's pug.

I got it from counting my every last penny

And from going on a date with Jenny.

I got it from work, fun, impressing all my peers

And from doing all the things to make it through my older years