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Nobody like me, everybody hates me… 1863…

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me
I think I’ll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones
Eensie weensy squeensy ones
See how they wiggle and squirm!

Down goes the first one, down goes the second one
Oh how they wiggle and squirm!
Up comes the first one, up comes the second one
Oh how they wiggle and squirm!

I bite off the heads, and suck out the juice
And throw the skins away!
Nobody knows how fat I grow
On worms three times a day!

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me
I think I’ll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones
Eensie weensy squeensy ones
See how they wiggle and squirm!

When a child sings, “Nobody Likes Me,” rarely does it inspire the reaction (from those within listening distance) hoped for. The reality is, the child may be down in the mouth, but they’re likely not going to eat worms. After all, who would do such a thing? Of course we forget the times throughout history when many have chosen to do so as a result of severe famine, long sea voyages (where food was scarce – and refrigeration was limited), and of course, in the present as a means of what we often call entertainment on a plethora of reality television shows. speaking of the latter, when such is put upon others against their will, the result is no laughing (or entertaining) matter. Perhaps it is the contrast between a willing act and one which is unjustly perpetrated upon others which drew my attention to the following article found in the New York Daily Tribune, September 3, 1863 [1]:

PS Please don’t respond with comments stating this post was in bad taste.

 

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2 Comments To "Nobody like me, everybody hates me… 1863…"

#1 Comment By Ehm Enn On 09/05/2020 @ 7:56 am

This song should NOT be taught to children.

I learned it when I was a young child, and my whole life I’ve struggled with the thought that people don’t like me.

After a lot of therapy, I realized that this song planted negative seeds in my impressionable three-year-old brain which manifested negatively throughout my life.

Parents and teachers, please take this song out of your repertoire–for the sake of children’s Mental health.

Peace.

#2 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/18/2020 @ 12:16 pm

Your comment is valid. Thanks for sharing.