Carole King - Pierre Lyrics




[Prologue:]
There was once a boy named Pierre
Who only would say, I don't care!
Read his story, my friend, for you'll find
At the end that a suitable
Moral lies there

[Chapter I]

One day his mother said
When 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 in your chair
-I don't care!
-Or pour syrup on 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

[Chapter II]

His father said-Get off your head
Or I will march you up 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 get to town
-I don't care!
-If only you would 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

[Chapter III]

Now as the night began to fall
A hungry lion paid a call
He looked Pierre right in the eye
And asked him if he'd like to die
Pierre said-I don't care!
-I can eat you, don't you see?
-I don't care!
-And you will be inside of me
-I don't care!
-Then you will never have to bother -
-I don't care!
-With a mother and 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
-I don't care!
So the lion ate Pierre

[Chapter IV]

Arriving home at six o'clock
His parents had a dreadful shock!
They 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 is Pierre?
The lion answered-I don't care!
His father said-Pierre's in there!

[Chapter V]

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 allright?
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
And stayed on as a weekend guest
The moral of Pierre is: CARE!





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  1. Doc Gumbo

    I have found this sound by so many children. I have tried it with Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, and students. They love to join in with the “I don’t care”s Carole King at he best!

  2. afriendofbean

    1:36-1:41:

    Father: Get off your head or I will march you up to bed.
    Pierre: I don't care.
    Mother: He just got out of bed. Besides we all have to go to town and if he starts to care, he'll be coming too and not go to sleep in bed.

  3. Travel Hog

    An asswhooping would make him care, post haste.

  4. Makta Pond

    As part of the Gruwup Wisdom Wise Moral Guidance found on this site, this music track has been added to a random selector of music for peacebuilding. http://music.gruwup.net/!/ :
    @Gruwup 2020 : Great Reasons Us Will Unite Peace

  5. HollisKing

    Literally been looking for this song since I was kid! Been stuck in my head for decades!

  6. Wise Ass

    I don't care

  7. Headsknow

    Was the Lion a native New Yorker?

  8. Kai Umeda

    5:40-5:41 I Don’t Care!!

  9. Jester Man

    There once was a boy named Pierre
    Who only would say, I don't care!
    Read his story, my friend, for you'll find
    At the end that a suitable
    Moral lies there

    One day his mother said
    When 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 in your chair
    I don't care!
    Or pour syrup on 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 up 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 get to town
    I don't care!
    If only you would 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 paid a call
    He looked Pierre right in the eye
    And asked him if he'd like to die
    Pierre said I don't care!
    I can eat you, don't you see?
    I don't care!
    And you will be inside of me
    I don't care!
    Then you will never have to bother
    I don't care!
    With a mother and 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
    I don't care!
    So the lion ate Pierre

    Arriving home at six o'clock
    His parents had a dreadful shock!
    They 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 is Pierre?
    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 alright?
    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
    And stayed on as a weekend guest
    The moral of Pierre is, care!

  10. Damon Thomas

    1982 was when i last heard in the 2md. grade

  11. Twheak

    Who else watched this shit in elementary school and felt like finding it again

  12. Abiding as the dude

    The lion is the devil and he will eat you if you don't care

  13. Tate Landis

    Im only 18, but i watched all these when I was younger, this one was probably my favourite

  14. Terry Funk

    It's been 40yrs and grown ass ppl can still learn from this

  15. Oro Munroe

    I preferred Pierre when he was a Nihilist.

  16. Bobby On the Go!

    This song has popped in my head periodically over the last 30 years. This is my first time hearing it since the 80s. I love it!

  17. Freddie Dixon

    Remember watching this one day at home when i was sick home from school back in the 70's.

  18. William Mcneil

    Arguing with the wife this morning and this song from decades ago just popped in my head. Lol. Crazy!

  19. J David Taylor

    So Pierre was basically a nihilist?

  20. Sparkina

    I remember watching this special as a tiny slip of a maiden, about seven or eight, but I didn’t know it was Carole K. singing

  21. Ronripen

    this song makes me cry unconditionally.

  22. Gerardo Sanchez

    I can smell kindergarten!

  23. Sydney Lofton

    Pierre why your acting like a clown at McDonald’s? Why you keep doing that if you keep acting like a clown at McDonald’s I will not take you to town!

    Sydney Lofton

    Eat your food Pierre so you can go to town tomorrow.

  24. Sydney Lofton

    Yeah if that lion eat Pierre like yesterday the lion will keep getting sicker and sicker and sicker and go to the Hospital to see the DOCTOR!

    Sydney Lofton

    Hey darling boy did that lion eat you?

  25. Matthew Brown

    But why is this high key relatable as to you become an adult? 😭😭 “I don’t care”

  26. Go_Ranger_Go!

    After seeing this as a kid, I remember going home and singing 'I dont care'... My parents would demand that I stop singing this! They were rightfully concerned and annoyed. lol

  27. B Lew

    😂😂😂😂😂 am i the only only who thinks this is hilarious?

  28. Paige Zeno

    In first grade I did a play on of realfise

  29. Jay Santos

    The first and last time I saw this video was in 1985 at Rio Vista Elementary in North Hollywood.

  30. Sean Hinton

    Pierre was hell 🤣

  31. EBgaming Abou shawish

    This song is 50 years old

  32. Gabe Gutierrez

    I’m scared, I’ve have NEVER seen this before but it’s been stuck in my head for days??? WHERE DID I HEAR THIS FROM?!!??

  33. smaple

    The childhood memories just hit me like a truck

  34. Artzie The Art Lover

    This was our musical roleplay for our school

  35. Thragon68

    Pierre now cares!!!! takes me back

  36. Samm E

    ScottDunn's song. Only he never got the moral of "I care"

  37. Veronica Chatmon

    I just you Kathy BATES please

  38. Veronica Chatmon

    All I want are my childhood memories back!! Because I miss my grandma and grandpa and loved me!!!

    Veronica Chatmon

    Tell me when can I see them again?? I will wait.

    Veronica Chatmon

    Carly Simon I want to me you and Kathy Bates. And that’s the perfect 👌🏼 in my life. Please let me get to meet you please.

  39. Annie Bastian-Baldwin

    My mom just sent me this as her reaction to turning 65.

  40. Dame Drummer

    You guys have no idea how long I’ve been looking for this. First saw this on romper room when I was kid. I care!

  41. Pikapika1717

    I loved this as a little kid. I’m 17 now, and I just got my little cousin a copy of this book for her first birthday

  42. Eric Brown

    Man I have not see this since i was a kid

  43. gemma grace

    omg when i was little i cried when the parents were beating the lion lmao

  44. Ian King

    Dammit man, this brings back memories from whenever I started school back in 1976!!!

  45. PuppyLuvU2

    But why did he care only after? Seems odd. Should still give zero cares.

  46. Geo Leo

    Behold! Pierre, the snarkiest edgelord before the Internet was a thing!

  47. etoria loyal

    I have been looking for this forever...its the one childhood song that sticks on my mind....thanks for posting

  48. Ronald McDonald

    I remember when my Kindergarten Teacher asked us to pick a song to listen to and I would always yell PIERRE I DONT CARE

  49. Perrion Hurd

    ❤...before I dump my childhood in the recycle bin to make room in my mind-drive for my next phase of human development, a revisit is necessary...❤..🤔on second thought....maybe I'll just compress the files and out them on an external drive...❤

  50. Enzovexx

    Fun fact about the chair part, if he was upside down for an entire 3 days, because he doesn't care. Your body is meant to walk upright. When you're upside down, your heart would struggle to pump blood. When you would get off your head, the toxins could rush to your heart and have the potential to kill you.








    Also, don't be like Pierre! That would be obvious.

  51. nightmastercool97 97

    Really Rosie and Free To Me You And Me are the only two After School Specials, or what comes close to a After School Special when I was a kid. It is one of the 5 reasons why I rennet this from Really Rosie so fondly. They forgot to put in the background during their songs.

  52. Eric The Fox

    anyone else here do this as a play in elementary school?

  53. Mr. Animation

    Am I the only one who is from really rosie

  54. Kai Umeda

    Jeez nothing is ever good for this kid!

  55. Skyler Broussard

    My music teacher had s stereo that would play cassette’s of recordings and covers of children’s songs. (mostly schoolhouse rock songs sung by kids for the latter) this is one of the songs that’s been stuck in my head sporadically since kindergarten

  56. theledbeatlesrush

    Creepy then, creepy now

  57. Reflex

    I remember loving this as a kid. I'm guessing everyone here is now early 40s?

    Sethunya Nikuru

    Absolutely 41,We did the play in 1st grade, every now and again this just randomly pops in my head❤❤❤

  58. Demetrius Hunt

    My childhood song, sad and happy at the same time

  59. ana chery

    I don't care

  60. Amanda Davis

    I loved this in school. I miss them days

  61. Richard Meyer

    Memories, of this just came to me.

  62. PSVR HELP

    Lmao i cried so hard watching this on dvd while camping in my rv

  63. ChrisBoogie 17

    My mom introduced me to this.

  64. Shine S

    Omg this was my stuff where are his other segments??? I had his book and records

  65. DTOM, ¿eStamos?

    Glad I was told the moral because I thought it was- getting eaten by a lion will fix my ways.

  66. HonkYourChomp

    What a little cunt

  67. ade

    Pierre needed a good kick in the ass

  68. Stringa Bell

    Arkwright elementary aps 94... Venetian hills too

  69. unknown456

    A girl played this for a presentation on children's stories one day in class. That was three weeks ago, and it's still stuck in my head.

  70. Space Biscuit

    Did the lion just vore Pierre

  71. Jason Rain

    Her voice <3

  72. Nathan Cole

    We did an activity that used this storyline in 5th grade. We had to draw pics of various scenes in the story and as the song played, we would piece everyone's pictures together in order and it basically was a visual of what happened in the story. The song sounds better having listened to it just now, and does sound 70'sish, so I guess I was on cue there. It brings back the good times I had in elementary school.

  73. Diskoboy1974

    First grade flashback! I used to listen to this and Ezra Jack Keats' 'Goggles' literally on a daily basis in reading class way back in first grade. Today is the first time I've heard this song in 39 years, and I STILL remembered the tune as if I'd heard it yesterday! I wish I could find the audio version of Goggles, though. It's still my favorite book from childhood.

  74. servomoore

    3:49 Pierre's got some badass parents!

  75. Phieilly Dinyia

    *Childhood flashback!!!*

  76. William Coombs

    Man You Tube is undefeated. A song I have been humming since 1st grade.

  77. Shlacklock Holmes

    I got my brother power rangers and he wanted Harry Potter- (he is Sam- and is the one in the video on my channel) and he became a brat and said I don’t care, and then I showed him this and he broke a flower pot over my head.

  78. Melanie George

    I am going to kill you. Peierre : iDoN t cARe

  79. IndieHorrorShow

    A few weeks ago I remembered this song, It's my favorite out of the bunch. The Night Kitchen was always just a tad disturbing.

  80. PokemonKid

    I love this song! Thanks for posting it! I care so much!

  81. soupp187

    Oh my goodness. This took me back 30-years.
    I was joking with my wife and I uttered the words “I don’t care,” which prompted me to search for this, not expecting to find this hidden gem.
    Thanks for the up load!

    Connie Gilbert

    Even though I was born in 2002, I was still blessed with this song thanks to my great grandma's old VHS tapes. This song was in Really Rosie, and I loved it when I was little.

    I know all the lyrics to it, and if an instrumental was uploaded, I would definitely try to do a cover of this song.

  82. Medicine :3

    I was watching SSSniperwolf’s video and she said “I don’t care” in this tune. Then this song came flooding back from so many years ago, and I had to come find it :,)

  83. Don a Juan

    Born in 75 east side of Detroit this almost makes me cry life was great before crack fucked my family up wow rip moma i miss you so much thanks for all those good days you were one of the greatest moms a boy could've ever wanted I'll miss you till um with you.

    Headsknow

    Don a Juan born in 73 westside you’re so right I felt that bro. RIP to your mom

  84. Declan Connolly

    Pierre does not fear death

  85. KingSlimjeezy

    I care, but when you are unable to do else, art you slowed to do

  86. Exaltedg

    Put your foot up his ass then he’ll care. LOL

  87. Rodney Washington

    I remember this song and video as a kid. I guess I can say that just like Pierre, I still don't care😀

  88. Dorian Taylor

    this popped in my head. So thankful.

  89. Christopher Bleau

    I dont care

    More like armpit hair

  90. HazLive

    This song used to be my childhood 🤧

  91. GravityFallout

    "Do you want to die?"
    "I don't care."

    Wow that's relatable

  92. SPVCS

    Am I the only one who feels like this song is about suicide & the main point / out come of this story is about how we should care for one another & for those who care for us especially.

  93. Jitandar Kumar

    Did you know that this is the poem for the speech art festival

  94. Nancy Lizarraga

    Wow! Reminds of when my boys were babies💕❤️❤️

  95. Jeff McCarthy

    Like 3 grade music class they played this. I’m 28 now. an I randomly think about this song. Came lookin an here it is. I love nostalgia

  96. Bignastyshrek

    And this is why we have so many furry vore fetishists today.

    Gia Bird

    ok so basically, yeah

  97. ChefA Onthe1

    one of my all-time favorites it took me back to a happy time in my childhood