11 Country Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By Shel Silverstein

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As a child, I loved Shel Silverstein. His books and poems are an essential piece of growing up. “The Giving Tree” one of the greatest children’s books ever written. When you enter my home, the first thing you see is a poem from “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”


But did you know that he was also a songwriter? The writer penned numerous songs across many genre lines, but he’s also responsible from some of the biggest hits in country music.

Perhaps the most beloved of his tunes is “A Boy Named Sue,” which topped the charts for Johnny Cash and won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1969.

Silverstein died of a heart attack in 1999 at the age of 68.

The late Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and he will be honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Award in 2017.

1. “Wrong Ideas” by Brenda Lee

2. “Big Four Poster Bed” by Brenda Lee

3. “25 Minutes to Go” by Johnny Cash

4. “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash

5. “Here I Am Again” by Loretta Lynn

6. “Hey Loretta” by Loretta Lynn

7. “One’s On the Way” by Loretta Lynn

8. “Marie Laveau” by Bobby Bare

9. “Sylvia’s Mother” by Bobby Bare

10. “Put Another Log On the Fire” by Tompall Glaser

11. “The Taker” by Waylon Jennings