i'm my own best friend

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This was a collaboration with the inimitable Jeffy Miller. Recording his "performance" of the happy little man had all of us laughing so hysterically we couldn't breathe. The song is silly, just like Jeff, but I liked playing it for people because it is fun.


I'm My Own Best Friend

Lyrics by Jeff Miller and Derek Shacklett/Music by
Derek Shacklett
©2003 Derek A Shackett

A happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy man
Was sitting in the corner eating ‘tators from a pan
His teeth were brown like pennies/His hair was like a
He wore a yellow jacket/He wore a yellow vest
His breath could bowl men over and his fingernails
were long
He put his shirt on backwards, but he sang this
happy song...

He’d sing:
Oh...I’m my own best friend
He’d sing
Oh...I’m my own best friend

And he grinned and ate and whistled as he sat all by
And he gave himself a handshake as he toasted to
his health
And he laughed at all the jokes he told till milk
spewed out his nose
As he picked and chewed the funky stuff that grew
between his toes
He’d say things like, “You’re clever, chap! You’re
funny and you’re smart!
You’re pretty much a genius and I mean that from
the heart!”

He’d sing:
Oh...I’m my own best friend
He’d sing
Oh...I’m my own best friend

Then he’d take a bite of ‘tators and he’d chew and
chew and grin
Then he’d stomp his feet and giggle, then do it all
“I’m my own best friend forever,” he’d proudly tell us
“I’m my best friend in the winter, or the summer, and
the fall!
I’m a funny one to be with; I’m never ever rude.
In fact, of all the folks I’ve ever met, I’m my favorite

He’d sing:
Oh...I’m my own best friend
He’d sing
Oh...I’m my own best friend


from gypsy heart, released October 15, 2003



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singer-songwriter-musician formerly known as “Derek Shacklett”, formerly regularly known as “shack”, currently known as “Mr. Shacklett” and currently known as varrying terms of affection and/or frustration by his wife that you don’t need to know anyway, and most favorably responsive to “Daddy”. (But only 2 beautiful girls can call me that, and you’re not either of them!) It's thoughtful-pop. ... more

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