He is a poet, author, artist, illustrator and musician. A Renaissance man.
It was such a surprise to me that he was also a songwriter; author of some very lighthearted lyrics for a diverse group of artists.
His lyrics include Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” and Dr. Hook’s “Cover of the Rolling Stone”.
I discovered another gem of his during my introduction to live country music. On a dare from a few cowboy co-workers, I attended an Outlaws concert which featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and an obscure artist named Tompall Glaser.
He sang a biting, satirical and seemingly anti- feminist song penned by Silverstein, called “Put Another Log on the Fire”. 1975
“Put another log on the fire
Cook me up some bacon and some beans
And go out to the car and change the tire
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.
Come on baby you can fill my pipe and then go fetch my slippers
And boil me up another pot of tea
Then put another log on the fire babe
And come and tell me why you’re leaving me.”
My new found western friends were pretty sure it would offend my progressive, east coast sensibilities.
It did not.