There Ain’t No Bugs on Me

TITLE: There Ain’t No Bugs on Me
AUTHOR: assembled by Fiddlin’ John Carson
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: humorous, nonsense, bug
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1928 (recording, Fiddlin’ John Carson)

There Ain't No Bugs on MeI can’t find much information on There Ain’t No Bugs on Me. Fiddlin’ John Carson assembled the song from lyrics floating around from other songs such as “Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel” and “The Barefoot Boy with Boots On”. 

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There Ain’t No Bugs on Me

Oh there ain’t no bugs on me
There ain’t no bugs on me
There may be bugs on some of you mugs
But there ain’t no bugs on me

Well, the Juney bug comes in the month of June
The lightning bug comes in May
Bed bug comes just any old time
But, they’re not going to stay

Well, a bull frog sittin’ on a lily pad
Looking up at the sky
The lily pad broke and the frog fell in
He got water all in his eye…ball

Oh there ain’t no bugs on me
There ain’t no bugs on me
There may be bugs on some of you mugs
But there ain’t no bugs on me

Mosquito he fly high
Mosquito he fly low
If old mosquito lands on me
He ain’t a gonna fly no mo’

A peanut sittin’ on a railroad track
His heart was all a flutter
Along come a choo-choo on the track
Toot! Toot! Peanut butter!

Oh there ain’t no bugs on me
There ain’t no bugs on me
There may be bugs on some of you mugs
But there ain’t no bugs on me

Well little bugs have littler bugs
Up on their backs to bite ’em
And the littler bugs have still littler bugs
And so ad infinitum

As I went walking through the woods
Humming a tune so gaily
The wind come whistling through the trees
And froze my ukelele

Oh there ain’t no bugs on me
There ain’t no bugs on me
There may be bugs on some of you mugs
But there ain’t no bugs on me

Oh there ain’t no flies on me
There ain’t no flies on me
There may be flies on some of you guys
But there ain’t no flies on me

Oh, there ain’t no lobsters on me
There, ain’t no lobsters on me
There may be lobsters on some of you mobsters
But there ain’t no lobsters on me

Oh there ain’t no bugs on me
There ain’t no bugs on me
There may be bugs on some of you mugs
But there ain’t no bugs on me

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

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NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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