- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 98
Dunbar, P. (1913). Johnny Speaks. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved October 01, 2023, from
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The sand–man he’s a jolly old fellow,
His face is kind and his voice is mellow,
But he makes your eyelids as heavy as lead,
And then you got to go off to bed;
I don’t think I like the sand–man.
But I’ve been playing this livelong day;
It does make a fellow so tired to play!
Oh, my, I’m a–yawning right here before ma,
I’m the sleepiest fellow that ever you saw.
I think I do like the sand–man.