The Ugly Bug Ball: Fun Song For Kids of All Ages

The Ugly Bug Ball” is a song written by the Sherman Brothers and sung by Burl Ives as Osh Popham in the movie Summer Magic. It was included in the VHS, Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities.

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The Vinyl Record Cover

Lyrics 

Once a lonely caterpillar sat and cried
To a sympathetic beetle by his side
I’ve got nobody to hug
I’m such an ug-i-ly bug

Then a spider and a dragonfly replied
If you’re serious and want to win a bride
Come along with us, to the glorious annual ugly bug ball

Come on let’s crawl (gotta crawl gotta crawl)
To the ugly bug ball (to the ball to the ball)
And a happy time we’ll have there, one and all at the ugly bug ball

cricket

While the crickets click their cricky melodies
All the ants

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Flea

were fancy dancing with the fleas

 

 
Then up from under the ground

worm

 

The worms came squirming around

Oh they danced until their legs were nearly lame
Every little crawling creature you could name
Everyone was glad
What a time they had
They were so happy they came

Come on let’s crawl (gotta crawl gotta crawl)

To the ugly bug ball (to the ball to the ball)
And a happy time we’ll have there, one and all and the ugly bug ball

Then our caterpillar saw a pretty queen
She was beautiful and yellow black and green
He said would you care to dance
Their dancing lead to romance
Then she sat upon his caterpillar knee
And he gave his caterpillar queen a squeeze
Soon they’ll honeymoon
Build a big cocoon
Thanks to the ugly bug ball

Come on let’s crawl (gotta crawl gotta crawl)
To the ugly bug ball (to the ball to the ball)
And a happy time we’ll have there, one and all and the ugly bug ball

Trivia

  • At first, Walt Disney did not care for the song. Songwriter Robert Sherman explained to Disney that to bugs, other bugs were not ugly!  Even if they look ugly to us, beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Disney liked the idea and the song went on to become one of the popular songs of the year.