Can you hear me? Can you talk back?
See my shoe, can you see that?
Well, now it's gonna squish you flat!
Please, oh please, do not squish me,
Change your mind and let me be,
I'm on my way home with a crumb of pie,
So please don't hurt me, don't make me die!
But anybody knows an ant can't feel.
You're so tiny you don't look real.
I'm so big and you're so small,
I don't think it would hurt at all.
But you are a giant and giants can't
Know how it feels to be an ant.
Come down close, I think you'll see
That you are very much like me.
Are you crazy? Me like you?
I have a home and a family, too.
You're just a speck that runs around,
Hey, no one would care if my foot came down.
Oh big friend, you are so wrong,
My nest mates need me 'cause I am strong.
I dig our nest, feed baby ants, too,
I must not die beneath your shoe.
My mother says that ants are rude,
They carry off our picnic food!
They steal our chips and bread crumbs, too,
Hey, it's good if I squish a crook like you.
Hey, I'm not a crook, kid, read my lips!
Sometimes ants need crumbs and chips.
Why, one single chip can feed our town,
You must not let your foot come down.
But all my friends squish ants each day,
Squishing ants is a game we play.
They're looking at me- they're listening, too.
They all say I should squish you!
Well, I can see you're big and strong,
Decide for yourself what's right and wrong,
If you were me and I were you,
What would you want me to do?
Should the ant get squished? Should the ant go free?
It's up to the kid, not up to me.
We'll leave the kid with the raised-up shoe
Now, what do you think that kid should do?