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The Littlest Worm (lyrics only)

An "Echo" Song, to the tune of "Sippin' Cider."
Lyrics by Joyce "Tex" Dixon Webster

The littlest worm
(The littlest worm)
You ever saw
(You ever saw)
Got stuck inside
(Got stuck inside)
My soda straw
(My soda straw)
The littlest worm you ever saw
Got stuck inside my soda straw

He said to me
(He said to me)
"Don't take a sip
("Don't take a sip)
'Cause if you do
('Cause if you do)
You'll get real sick" [
alternate: "I'll really flip"]
(You'll get real sick) [
alternate: "I'll really flip"]
He said to me, "Don't take a sip,
'Cause if you do, you'll get real sick" [
alternate: "I'll really flip"]

So lip to lip
(So lip to lip)
And squirm to squirm
(And squirm to squirm)
Try drinking so-
(Try drinking so-)
da through a worm
(da through a worm.)
So lip to lip and squirm to squirm
Try drinking soda through a worm.

I took a sip
(I took a sip)
And he went down
(And he went down)
Right through my pipe
(Right through my pipe)
He must have drowned
(He must have drowned)
I took a sip and he went down
Right through my pipe, he must have drowned.

He was my pal
(He was my pal)
He was my friend
(He was my friend)
There is no more
(There is no more)
This is the end
(This is the end)
He was my pal, he was my friend
There is no more, this is the end.

Now don't you fret
(Now don't you fret)
Now don't you fear
(Now don't you fear)
That little worm
(That little worm)
Had scuba gear
(Had scuba gear)
Now don't you fret, now don't you fear,
That little worm had scuba gear.

Lyrics by Joyce "Tex" Dixon Webster, who wrote these lyrics as a parody of the tune "Sipping Cider" when she was a teenage counselor at Camp Wannabe, Metuchen, New Jersey, in approximately 1959. The last verse was added by an unknown poet at a later time. Copyright: Lyrics not copyrighted

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