Cover Art For My Song “Clyde and I”

Clyde and I CD Cover Art by Josh McGillAttached is the illustration for the cover art for my song “Clyde and I”. I should be able to post the song to you within a week, and with a slight revision it might be the cover art for a possible children’s book that I’m considering.

I thought of the silliest mental image I could come up within about 30 seconds and then wrote the poem/story/song based on it (which took decidedly longer than 30 seconds to write):

“A green giraffe named Clyde who likes to eat bananas while standing on his head in the rain…”

Clyde and I
I went to say “hi” to new neighbors next door
And saw something I’d never seen before
When I say what I saw please don’t laugh
Because what I saw was a green giraffe!
He was standing on his head out in the rain
And the poor wet guy seemed in a lot of pain
His body swayed way up high
And his feet were stuck straight up in the sky!
I just stood there not knowing what to do
As he ate a banana that was bright blue!
I’ve seen yellow bananas, and green ones too,
Even brown and black ones, but never blue!
When I offered my umbrella
To that very soaked fella
He said, “Hi, my name is Clyde.”
Then looked at me with sad, sad, eyes
And with a sigh he said, “Silly me.
“I tried to untie a knot in a tree.
“Now what a pain in the neck I’ve got.
“When I bend it wrong it hurts a LOT.
“So I’m standing on my head to work out the kinks
“He explained between rain-drop blinks
“And I’m eating this banana to keep up my strength
“It takes a lot of muscles for a neck this length”
Then he thought for a while
And on his face grew a great big smile
“Would you please use my neck for a slide?
You’ll help my sore neck muscles if you take a ride
And I’ll bet that if you do
It will be a lot of fun for you.”
I knew right then we’d become good friends!
The End

–Russ Towne


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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23 Responses to Cover Art For My Song “Clyde and I”

  1. mimijk says:

    Wonderful Russ!!!

  2. utesmile says:

    Fantabulous, Amazingly super dooper, I love the cover, bright, funny, great writing, and the poem is so sweet, the start of a fantastic friendship. You are so talented Russ! Love it, love it, love it!

  3. utesmile says:

    I already love Clyde too!

  4. Wow I love it! How exciting! Your grandchildren might bring you in to show and tell one day so they can brag that they know the guy who writes children’s books!

  5. gita4elamats says:

    Love the cover! 🙂

  6. bulldog says:

    Out standing… I’m impressed…

  7. What fun it is to see your idea germinate, Russ! Wishing you the BEST of luck with the whole enterprise! Love it!

  8. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Sooo delightful, Russ. I love it!

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