I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor

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Sheldon Alan ("Shel") Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, and writer of children's books, who was born in Chicago in the year 1930. He attended schools in the Chicago area until 1953 when he was drafted into the US Army, and served in Japan and Korea.

His first published cartoon appeared in the college newspaper of Roosevelt University when he attended there; in the Army, some of his cartoons were published in the newspaper that serves the United States Armed Forces, called 'Stars and Stripes'. "Stars and Stripes" publishes a daily newspaper that is distributed to every service person outside of the United States.

This silly song "I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor" was one of many songs Silverstein wrote and published, particularly during the 1960s. "Boa" was first published in 1962, and was popularized in a recorded version by the American folk music trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Boa constrictors are very large snakes, that can grow up to twelve feet long, and are found in Mexico, Central and South America. Of course you couldn't actually be swallowed by a boa constrictor, even as big as they are: they much prefer to eat mice, bats, and small amphibians!

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The original poem by Shel Silverstein goes like this

Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff. .

The Boa Constrictor is taking its time in this longer version

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

Oh no! He's got my toe!

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

Oh Gee! He's got my knee!

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

Oh My! He's got my thigh!

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

Oh Fiddle! He's got my middle!

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

Oh Heck! He's got my neck!

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

Oh Dread! He's got my - GULP.

(Humming)
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much.

19 Comments

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iwwbokdk, Australia

12 April 2014 at 4:53pm

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Debbie, fairy tale land

4 February 2014 at 6:26pm

omg I totes love dis song its like totes amazballs

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annaya louse starr, United Kingdom

17 October 2013 at 6:04pm

it is my bestist song ever no uther songis better then this

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United States, United States

29 August 2013 at 6:09pm

Hahaha sang this In Y3

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Maddie, Turkey

29 October 2012 at 10:13pm

I tried this poem called boa constrictor for school and it worked out great!

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Toonz, United States

16 October 2012 at 5:11am

Learned this poem in 6th grade back in 1983! Really liked it back then & enjoyed seeing it here again.

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Megan, United States

5 April 2012 at 1:06am

I love this I gave this to some who hates snakes

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Alice, United Kingdom

12 January 2012 at 4:45pm

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor

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Aryn, Ghana

12 January 2012 at 1:13pm

i love iiiiit

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Olivia Marasco, Australia

30 November 2011 at 6:18am

It was fantastic. But I hated the video.

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Grace, United States

21 June 2011 at 2:44am

I love this song I learned it when I was 4 and I still listen to it my gramma tought me how to sing it and it is very cool song I love it.

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Linda, United States

16 May 2011 at 3:00pm

My grandaughter, Abbigail sang this to me .....it was the funniest thing i've ever heard...she is 3

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Nicole, United States

5 May 2011 at 6:48pm

awsome song FROM NICOLE MOUTON

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William, United Kingdom

5 February 2011 at 3:18pm

My favourite all time. Can remember it from school. Great!

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Jax, Canada

2 December 2010 at 12:06am

you forgot: oh, darn, he's got my arm

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Stephanie, Hollywood,malubu

13 August 2010 at 2:38am

i read the first one in kindegarden and i loved it its so funny i loved it when my class sang it

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Amy, London

6 July 2010 at 5:15pm

i remeber tis is great

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Iona, Uk, Scotland, Paisley

21 June 2009 at 12:56am

I Remeber This From The Old Singing Kettel - The Best One Their Is, Not Any Of That New Stuff :F

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Emily, Redding Ca

19 March 2009 at 5:12pm

I love this sight! It has all the oldies! Go old school ! It really worked for my mom's daycare.

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