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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. I realize the song itself is sung with tongue firmly planted in cheek – just for fun.

 

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14 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.

#3 Comment By MARK D BOUDREAU On 12/02/2020 @ 9:18 am

That is interesting! Do you know for sure that this incident actually spawned the worm song?

#4 Comment By Elaina On 12/17/2020 @ 12:28 pm

am a kid and i like it the song me feel happy 🙂 and my class like it to

#5 Comment By kelly carson On 02/05/2021 @ 5:22 pm

Love this melody, I don’t understand the negativity from all these snow flakes!

#6 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 02/11/2021 @ 10:26 am

I do few things “for sure”. 🙂

#7 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 02/11/2021 @ 10:27 am

I agree, but I stand strong against “cancel culture” – unless what is posted is harmful or obscene. Thank you! 🙂

#8 Comment By Kambucha R On 03/31/2021 @ 2:44 pm

Just recently learned that those song existed in english. It’s very popular in spanish n it’s a vibe tbh. We be dancing to it at parties n it’s just kinda considered obsurd more then to be taken to heart.

#9 Comment By Cynthia Jameson On 04/18/2021 @ 10:34 pm

My father used to sing this song all the time, especially if he and mom had a “raised voice conversation” Dad was born in 1902. We always thought it was because the folks lived thru the Depression. He also used to sing You Get a Line and I’ll get a Pole and we will go down to the fishing whole, honey, baby mine. I smile every time I remember these two songs. Dad was born in Topeka Kansas and said he had an old plow horse and all 6 children climb aboard and rode the horse to school then hobbled it out in front of school until school was over. I asked him once where he heard these songs and he said at school in play yard.

#10 Comment By Rob Kandell On 06/23/2021 @ 11:40 am

I was always wondering if this song was of a Lutheran origin, being an English play on words with the Diet of Worms.

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#11 Comment By Norman Weingart On 09/14/2021 @ 4:20 pm

I think that’s nonsense. All kids are fascinated by gross stuff – it’s part of being a kid. It’s an around the campfire type of song.

#12 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 09/21/2021 @ 11:11 am

I do agree.

#13 Comment By Cj Prewitt On 11/26/2021 @ 5:27 pm

Your parents are the root of your problems, not this song

#14 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 12/02/2021 @ 10:31 am

Whether intended as such or not, I’ll take this comment as being made with tongue-in-cheek as well. 🙂