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
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”.
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]