Silly Jill ................................................
Molly likes to watch the birds
And sing new songs with made up words.
Lou jumps on the trampoline
And tosses up his Jumping Bean.
Natasha is a silly girl
Her favorite game is Spin-Spin-Twirl.
Marco spots a climbing tree
And as he climbs he shouts "Yipee!"
Then there's Jill.
Jill does not sing
She does not climb
Or play with friends.
The one thing that Jill likes to do
(You must believe that this is true)
Jill is first in any line.
Last year she got eight Valentines.
(That's three more than most other kids
And seven more than Sal McSquid.)
When Jill begins to wash her face
She also starts a private race.
She must be quicker than days past.
The family cat is Mr. Mouse
Who's often chased around the house
By Jill Jalopy's baby sis
Who looks to be in utter bliss.
'Cause she adores the family cat
She loves him so, no doubt of that.
But Jill insists of being best
So Mousey gets no time to rest
Before Jill grabs him by the chest
And turns the game into a test.
She makes a face at Mary Lou and says,
"I win, I always do."
When kids pack one lunch, she packs two.
Her skirts are redder,
Her writing's better,
Her dad is stronger,
Her hair is longer.
Jill likes to win no matter what.
Jill likes to win no Ifs or Butts.
Then on Tuesday, March the third,
A strange sound that she'd never heard
Made Jill Jalopy stand quite still.
It seemed to call out "Jill, Jill, Jill!"
High and low she looked around
Searching for the lovely sound.
Up in the sky?
Down on the ground?
At last she found the magic spot
And with her stomach all in knots
She asked the people she saw there
"What... who... why... how...when... and where?"
Her body shook from toes to chin.
At last she said, "I want to win."
The people laughed and shook their heads
With cautious grace they slowly said,
"Jill Jalopy, you've got it wrong.
We're making MUSIC, playing SONGS.
"It's not a thing you win or lose
And while there are some don'ts and do's
It's all about the notes you choose.
"If you go high then we'll play low.
We'll sound like waves, and birds, and snow.
Now let's slow down.
That's it! No rush!
Nos let's play loud!
Now quiet. Hush!
"Listen, listen, listen well...
Who's the winner?
Can you tell
"So if you'd like to join our group
Our menu don't list Winner's Soup.
Sit down, Jill, and hear us play
And you will know a different way
To feel how good it feels to win.
A better way to make you grin."
Then they picked up drums and flutes
And made some beats and hums and toots.
And Jill has never been the same
Since music sweetly called her name.
So remember all you gents and dames
It's really how you play... the game.