A Boy And His Frog
Words and Music: © 1990 by Tom Smith
Jim Henson was a hero of mine. He was creative, he was loving, he made his living helping children learn and making people laugh. It is a wonderful tribute to his talent and power that, when NPR played an old interview with him and Kermit, you could hear the announcer's sad little smile when he apologized for the vocal quality: the sound man had miked the frog. When Mr. Henson died, I had to do something -- and I had to do it quickly, because MarCon was in three days. In a fitting burst of weirdness, this song was written on The Steps at the MarCon hotel, while the con was going on around me, and immediately after writing "Bimbo Wizard". I went back up to the hotel room, sang it until I could sing it twice without breaking down, then did my concert, and broke down anyway. That was my first standing ovation. The song won a Pegasus award for Best Filk Song in 1991, and helped me to also win Best Performer and Best Songwriter awards that year. This is my dad's favorite song of mine. But I think and hope no one will be offended if I say that I wish it had never been necessary for me to write it. We miss you, Jim.
Life is unfair, so they tell me,
They say, "Oh, that's just foam and a wire,
No one can make me what you did,
I can't just let it be over,
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