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Album: Lullabys, Legends And LiesReleased: 1973Charted:
This song featured a 5-year-old Bobby Bare, Jr. going back and forth asking his dad questions like, "What if the sun doesn't rise today?" The song is about the relationship between the father and the son.
This was written by Shel Silverstein, a popular children's author who was also a prolific songwriter who wrote hits for many Country artists, including Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. It was very rare for a Country singer to record a whole album of someone else's songs, but that's what Bare did on Lullabys, Legends And Lies, as all the songs were written by Silverstein.
Bobby Bare Jr.'s went on to become artist in his own right, and always begins his concerts with a song written by Silverstein. Bare Jr. considers Shel one of his mentors, as far as songwriting and discipline are concerned. (Thanks to Mitch Myers for speaking with us about this song. He is author of Silverstein Around the World
, which contains many more stories about Shel. Check out our interview with Mitch Myers