"The Littlest Worm" is an echo song where the "leader" sings each line and then the "group" repeats each line. Then at the end of each verse the whole group sings the whole verse together.

This is the same tune and exactly the same type of song as Sippin Cider. Given that they both involve sipping from a straw, I'd imagine one is based on the other.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Joyce Webster wrote, "When I was 13 (60 years ago) at Camp Wanabee in New Jersey, I was a junior counselor and often called upon to lead singing since most of the adults were self-conscious about singing with an audience. I could never remember the lyrics to 'Sippin' Cider' so wrote 'The Littlest Worm' (except for the last verse which I like very much). Looking back, it amazes me that I made my only major contribution to our culture then."

The NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) wrote on its page for this song, "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."

Thanks so much!