Inchworm

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Inchworm, Inchworm,
Measuring the marigolds,
Seems to me you'd stop and see
How beautiful they are.
Inchworm, Inchworm,
Measuring the marigolds,
You and your arithmetic
Will probably go far.
Inchworm, Inchworm,
Measuring the marigolds,
Seems to me you'd stop and see
How beautiful they are.

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The song "Inchworm" or the "The Inch Worm" was performed by Danny Kaye in the film Hans Christian Andersen from 1952. The song was written by Tony Award winning songwriter Frank Loesser.

The song is today a popular children's song and liked for its arithmetic-based chorus. A children's chorus sings the song in the film using the "arithmetic" version while sitting inside a small classroom. Hans Christian Andersen is outside listening to the singing while looking at an inchworm crawling on a flower.

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You can use this version to teach some multiplication

Inchworm, inchworm,
Measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic will probably go far.

Two plus two is four
Four plus four is eight
Eight and eight is sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen is thirty-two.

Inchworm, inchworm,
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me you'd stop and see
How beautiful they are.

Two plus two is four
Four plus four is eight
Eight and eight is sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen is thirty-two.

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Neal Salo, United States

21 June 2015 at 1:56am

This is such a sweet song, touching on innocence, an understated gem. I get more joy out of this minute song than many entire albums. The children’s harmony counterpoints Danny Kaye’s baritone gentleness and sincerity with sweet balance. Like a well-balanced painting or well-cooked meal, it pleases the senses. Songs like this remind us that in being adults we are still children within, and it touches that inner being like early morning Oregon seaside sunshine easing through coastal mist.

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Linda, United States

2 December 2014 at 2:12pm

Sweetest song I've ever heard. Sang it as a child in a school chorus and am so happy to be reunited with it. I've been singing it to my 5 grandbabies for years, but had the lyrics at the end of the song wrong. The children singing in the background are precious and make beautiful harmony with Danny Kaye. Thank you so much.

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Dat Gurl, United States

8 April 2013 at 4:35am

The children singing in the background are absurdly annoying.

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Behdad, Iran, Islamic Republic Of

27 March 2013 at 8:10pm

marvelous !

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Mme. Emma Peel, United Kingdom

14 August 2011 at 1:07pm

I have loved this song since I was a little girl and first heard Danny Kaye sing it. Thank you for including it here! It is a perfect reminder to wonder at the beauty of life and not get caught up in the whir of busyness.

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