Doodle Bug

– There actually is an insect called an Antlion. It’s nickname is “Doodle Bug” because of the odd, spiralling trails it leaves behind while looking for a good place to build its ant trap. These tracks look as if someone has doodled in the sand. The song was recorded by Mike Seeger (half brother of Pete) on a record called Animal Folk Songs for Children. I had to change some of the words.

When I was a kid, this is what I did
Just to pass the time away
I’d look around until I found
A doodle hole, then I’d say

Doodle, doodle, doodle; bug, bug, bug
Doodle, doodle, doodle; bug, bug, bug
Doodle bug jump up, look all around
Then doodle back in the ground

I don’t know why to a doodle I’d lie
So this is what I’d say
“Your food is gone, your family moved on
Doodle, come up this way”

What a pleasure to me it was to see
That doodle climbing out
I’d squat right down and then that clown
Would twist his face about

Now that I’m grown, I wish I did own
A doodle piece of ground
I’d get up each day, with a doodle I’d play
Happiness I would have found

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