The Bug That Tried To Crawl Around The World

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

(June Carter: Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
Johnny Cash: Now you've heard of folks with a lot of ambition
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
But I believe just about the biggest case of ambition I ever saw
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
Was in a bug that I saw crawlin' along the beach one day
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
He was a mighty ambitious bug
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)

On the beach one early morning as a day was newly dawning
And the sun again was warming all the chill throughout the land
I saw me a bug a walking and at first I thought he was squawking
Then I found out he was talking while he crawled across the sand

He was crawling mighty straight at a slow but a steady gait
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
And when I asked him to wait he said, “Oh, come on crawl along with me.”
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
But I said, “Where you going?” and he said, “You'll be knowing
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
For I'm gonna make a showing and you'll someday see
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)

Well, I stood there by the ocean I suddenly had the notion
That I’d start this big promotion, so this challenge I unfurled,” said the bug,
“So I gave my wife a hug and I left my comfy rug,
So I could be the only bug that ever crawled around the world.”

Well, he seemed mighty small and it was a long way to crawl
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
And I'm sure he couldn't swim at all so I try to discourage my friend
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
I said, “You know the world is round and there's mighty lotta ground
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
And there some water to be found before you reach your journey's end.”

And he said, “Now don't you fret there's problems to be met
But I'll make it you can bet and this deed will bring glory to my name.
You know they said man would never fly now he's soaring in the sky
‘Cause he had the will to try so let me win my fame.”

So he crawled on out of sight as he sought that splendored height
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
Neither looking left nor right but slowly marching toward his goal
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
And my knowing he had started on his journey as we parted
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
Kept me from feeling too downhearted for he was a mighty ambitious soul
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)

Well I've looked everywhere I've been and seen a lotta bugs since then
But not one quite like my little friend, when I think of him, I'm filled with pride
Did he make it, I don't know, he was crawling mighty slow and he had a long way to go
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)
And all I can tell you folks is that he tried, he sure was an ambitious bug
(Umpa-ump ba ba, umpa-ump ba ba)

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