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    I Got Stoned and I Missed It

    (Shel Silverstein)

     

    Paean to pot, or thinly veiled, cautionary tale?  Given the source of this song, it is difficult to say.  In either case, Shel Silverstein’s lyrics remain as cleverly ambiguous as they were when he recorded it for inclusion on his 1972 album, Freakin’ at the Freakers Ball.  He was backed by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show who did their own version on 1975’s Bankrupt.  The same year, it was covered by Jim Stafford, who took significant liberties with the lyrics, eliminating the marijuana reference, and reached #37 on the U.S. charts and #78 in Canada. 

     

    The title is self-explanatory:  A weed-loving slacker reflects on times in his life that he has completely forgotten because he was in a drug-induced haze. 

     

    It has since been remade by Buckshee, Bazil Donovan, Freedom of Experience, and Mirek Hoffmann, who did a Czech version entitled “Ted Mam Vokno”. 

     

    The song appears on a variety of anthologies, such as The Best of Shel Silverstein, Marijuana’s Greatest Hits Revisited, and Sharing the Night Together and other Favorites by Dr. Hook.

     

    Jim Stafford recordings

    MGM M 14819 [74 L 6733]

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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