-- 2012 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
   -- 1996 Parent's Choice Winner "perhaps the best children's song about a moral
      dilemma ever written"
... Parents' Magazine, December 1996

Donkey In a Ditch                
  words and music by Bill Pere and Les Julian

A crowd of crows walked along the road when a donkey in a ditch caught their eye
The crows started callin' "Hey donkey did you fall in?" he said "Yes" and he started to cry
"Can you help me climb up it's dark down here?"  and his nose poked over the edge
"Caw, caw", they laughed "you're not like us!",  they threw stones at him over the ledge

   Donkey in a ditch, he asked for help but they refused
   Donkey in a ditch angry, afraid and so confused
   How would you feel if this happened to you?
   Donkey in a ditch, what will he do?


Some lions came next all pompous and puffed, the sun never set on their pride
The donkey looked up, "Can you help me my friends?" "Ahhr", they yawned, "but why?"
"I can't climb out it's muddy and wet", he slid back down from the edge
"Har,har", they roared "You're not one of us!" and threw stones at him over the ledge

   Donkey in a ditch, he asked for help but they refused
   Donkey in a ditch angry, afraid and so confused
   How would you feel if this happened to you?
   Donkey in a ditch, what will he do?


      Snakes and monkeys, hyenas and wolves, coyotes and mockingbirds too
      Hissed and chortled, laughed and howled-what was the donkey to do?
      With each stone that was thrown the pile grew higher, higher and higher like stairs
     "I'll climb out myself ! I don't need their help! Why ask when nobody cares?"


Back on the road feeling all alone the Donkey stared at the stars
When a sheep in a fence cried out in despair, "I'm caught! Is anyone there?"
"He's just like me", the donkey thought, "but why should I help him at all?"
He kicked at a stone, "Should I help him or not?"  and his tears started to fall...

Donkey in a ditch he asked for help but they refused
Donkey in a ditch angry, afraid and so confused
How would you feel if this happened to you?
Donkey in a ditch, what will he do?


ęBill Pere and Les Julian All Rights Reserved

 

 

 


"If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth,  I wonder what would happen to this world?"  --- Harry Chapin