STICKS AND STONES

by Larry Nickel

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Everybody sing! Gossip, gossip, spread the rumor,
Gossip, gossip, spread the rumor.

Pam told Peter, Peter told Paul,
Paul told people I don’t know at all but,
by the time the story got back to me,
it was a work of fiction.

Jane told Julie,
Julie told Jim,
not many people would listen to him
but by the time the story got back to me
there was a contradiction.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones
but names will never hurt me.”
If those words are really true
then why, why, why do I feel so bad?

Gossip is a wicked thing,
full of poison, with a painful sting.
If you can’t say something nice,
don’t talk at all, that’s my advice.
Don’t talk at all is my advice.

Gossip, gossip, spread the rumor,
Gossip, gossip, spread the rumor.

Build people up, tear people down;
such is the power of a tiny tongue.
Good reputation can be undone
like a forest set on fire.

“Think before you speak!
Watch what you say!
Words spoke in anger are not okay.
Tame you tongue!” my mother would say.
She was not a liar.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones
but names will never hurt me.”
If those words are really true
then why, why, why do I feel so bad?

Gossip is a wicked thing,
full of poison, with a painful sting.
If you can’t say something nice,
don’t talk at all, that’s my advice.
Don’t talk at all is my advice.
Don’t talk at all.
Don’t talk at all is my advice.
Don’t talk at all is
Don’t talk at all
Don’t talk at
Don’t talk
Don’t

Amen. 
(with hand over mouth)

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