Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  


Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1961 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1989.

I don't know much about much,
And what I don't know I don't say,
And when I have nothing to say,
I'm quiet.

When there's occasion to holler, I'll buy it.
I can make noise with the best.
But most of the rest of the time I'm quiet.

I've made mistakes in the past,
Things that I blush over yet,
But I hardly ever regret
Having been quiet.


I have a T.V. at home
And I do truly enjoy it.
I can just leave it alone
And it's quiet.


I'm not unsociable, no,
People are fine in repose;
Somehow my favorites are those
Who are quiet.


Quiet's a wonderful sound,
Sweeter than oboe or fiddle,
Someday I'm going to be found in the middle
Of quiet.


Sing me a song of the sea
Soft as the breath of a breeze,
Sing me to sleep and then please
Keep quiet.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
---- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook
---- There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- Malvina Reynolds Sings the Truth
---- Magical Song
---- Malvina Reynolds...Sings the Truth (2008)
---- listen to video

Recordings by other artists on which this song is performed:
---- Iain MacKintosh: Home for a While (Kettle Records KOP 14, 1984)

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