Dirty Face

Dirty Face

Dirty Face” is a fun poem by poet, cartoonist, songwriter, and musician Shel Silverstein about the carefree childhood existence. It contains various innocent explanations from a child point of view, as to the reasons of her dirty face.

It all begins with the lines where a parent, asking their beloved child why their face is so dirty. Lines after that are the child
innocent truthful explanations about all the activities they done to get their face so dirty. In a beautiful aspect, this poem also depicts the difference of thinking between the parents and child towards the activities related to the childhood. Where the parents sees a dirty face of child, but in actual it is a beautiful canvas which represents all the childhood explorations and discoveries they made that a adult never seem to get up anymore.

Dirty Face” Poem Lyrics

Where did you get such a dirty face,

My darling dirty-faced child?


I got it from crawling along in the dirt

And biting two buttons off Jeremy’s shirt.

I got it from chewing the roots of a rose

And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.

I got it from peeking into a dark cave

And painting myself like a Navajo brave.

I got it from playing with coal in the bin

And signing my name in cement with my chin.

I got it from rolling around on the rug

And giving the horrible dog a big hug.

I got it from finding a lost silver mine

And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.

I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears

And from having more fun than you’ve had in years.