Shel Silverstein

Hippo's Hope

There once was a hippo who wanted to fly -- Fly-hi-dee, try-hi-dee, my-hi-dee-ho. So he sewed him some wings that could flap through the sky -- Sky-hi-dee, fly-hi-dee, why-hi-dee-go. He climbed to the top of a mountain of snow -- Snow-hi-dee, slow-hi-dee, oh-hi-dee-hoo. With the clouds high above and the sea down below -- Where-hi-dee, there-hi-dee, scare-hi-dee-boo. (Happy ending) And he flipped and he flapped and he bellowed so loud -- Now-hi-dee, loud-hi-dee, proud-hi-dee-poop. And he sailed like an eagle, off into the clouds -- High-hi-dee, fly-hi-dee, bye-hi-dee-boop. (Unhappy ending) And he leaped like a frog and he fell like a stone -- Stone-hi-dee, lone-hi-dee, own-hi-dee-flop. And he crashed and he drowned and broke all his bones -- Bones-hi-dee, moans-hi-dee, groans-hi-dee-glop. (Chicken ending) He looked up at the sky and looked down at the sea -- Sea-hi-dee, free-hi-dee, whee-hi-dee-way. And he turned and went home and had cookies and tea -- That's hi-dee, all hi-dee, I have to say.

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