"Pierre" as written by Maurice Sendak and Carole King....
There once was a boy named Pierre
Who only would say
I don’t care
Here a story my friend for you’ll find out an end that a suitable moral lies there
One day his mother said as Pierre climbed out of bed
Good morning darling boy you are my only joy
Pierre said
I don’t care
What would you like to eat?
I don’t care
Some lovely cream of wheat?
I don’t care
Don’t sit backwards on your chair
I don’t care
Or pour syrup in your hair
I don’t care
You are acting like a clown
I don’t care
And we have to go to town
I don’t care
Don’t you want to come my dear?
I don’t care
Would you rather stay right here?
I don’t care
So his mother left him there
His father said, “get off your head
Or I will march you off to bed”
Pierre said
I don’t care
I would think that you could see
I don’t care
Your head is where your feet should be
I don’t care
If you keep standing upside down
I don’t care
We’ll never, never get to town
I don’t care
If only you’d say I care
I don’t care
I’d let you fold the folding chair
I don’t care
So his parents left him there
They didn’t take him anywhere
Now as the night began to fall
A hungry lion made a call
He looked Pierre right in the eyes
And asked him Would you like to die?
And Pierre said
I don’t care
I can eat don’t you see
I don’t care
Then you would be inside of me
I don’t care
Then you’d never have to bother
I don’t care
With a mother or a father
I don’t care
Is that all you have to say?
I don’t care
Then I’ll eat you if I may
So the lion ate Pierre
Arriving home at 6 o’clock
His parents had a triple shock
And found the lion sick in bed
And cried Pierre is surely dead
They pulled the lion by the hair
They hit him with the folding chair
His mother asked, where’s Pierre?
And the lion answered
I don’t care
His father said
Pierre’s in there
They rushed the lion into town
The doctor shook him up and down
And when the lion gave a roar
Pierre fell out upon the floor
He rubbed his eyes and scratched his head
And laughed because he wasn’t dead
His mother cried and held him tight
His father asked are you aright
Pierre said, “I am feeling fine
Please take me home it’s half past nine”
The lion said “if you would care
To climb on me I’ll take you there”
Then everyone looked at Pierre
Who shouted “yes indeed I care”
The lion took them home to rest
Then stayed as a weekend guest
The moral of Pierre is care


Lyrics submitted by corrupted muffin

"Pierre [DVD]" as written by Maurice Sendak, Carole King

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Pierre song meanings
Add your thoughts

13 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentThis was a song by Carol King from Really Rosie. (Im really Rosie, and Im Rosie Real, you'd better believe - Im a great big deal.)
    SideshowJillon January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow... Present and Angelundergravity, I think you are both reading way too deeply into this song. I think it was simply written as a song for children. It has a moral, much like many fairy tales, etc. I don't think Pierre was planning to blow out his brains or anything similar. From the context, I would guess he is about 4 years old.
    DresdenDarlingon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this means that after being desensitized by a disfunctional type of family, children in general stop caring altogether about pretty much everything in life. and even after the parents start to show affection, sometimes its just too late. this is until a dramatic event takes place and the child views how much he really is cared for, cause then he starts to 'care' once more.
    angelundergravity11on December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is actually a book by Maurice Sendak.
    Pakana Sieluon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat makes sense, since it was classified as a cover, but in this case it was a cover of a book
    angelundergravity11on December 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love it on the dvd when Pierre's in the lion and the lion says "I dont care" brains voices was amazing hes funny shit if you ever get to see him live hes awesome
    sullyd8869on February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think angleundergravity11 is right. although I disagree about the end part. perhaps the child was so into caring about nothing he didn't even care about his own life. Meaning at this point he was in a suicidal state when his parents tired to care. He wanted the lion to eat him, this could mean that he took his life or tried. he was taken to a mental hospital and the doctor convinces the boy to live. After treatment the boy wants to live and is willing to talk to his parents.
    presenton May 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti loved when they did this its so awesome! i used to have the Maurice Sendak video when i was little and watched this song/cartoon thing a zillion times. its awesome.
    U2girlon May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso... Present and angleundergravity11 are pretty sure that Maurice Sendak was writing a song about desensitition and suicidal tendencies in children?
    SideshowJillon June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song really has some brecht touch, especially the moral at the end

    i love it =)
    bipolaron August 01, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain