Stop, Look, Listen

Listen while I tell you
Tales to warm your mind
Stop, Look, Listen
See what you can find.

An orangutan who can sing
Pirate ships and gypsy kings
Now a horse who learned to fly
Don’t know how. Don’t know why.


Buy a car with Liquorice wheels
Driven by two jellied eels
But don’t drive it at full pelt
Or the chocolate tires will melt.


Do you know that smiling in your sleep
Means there are secrets that you keep
Locked in boxes in your head
Wise men find them when you’re dead.


the album Tales to Warm Your Mind by the Irish Rovers

This song, written and recorded by the Irish Rovers for their 1969 album, “Takes to Warm Your Mind,” lends its second line to the title of the short story collection of the same name.  The author is grateful to the Irish Rovers for their indulgence in the reprinting of the lyrics to “Stop, Look, Listen,” also grateful to John Greenleaf Whittier for penning the poem, “In School Days.”