Sipping Cider Through a Straw

March 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm 12 comments

This is a great song for group activities such as camps, fellowships, birthday parties, etc., with the leader(s) singing each phrase the first time and the rest of the group singing the repeats.  At the end of each set of four lines, everyone then sings the whole verse together before moving on to the next one.

The prettiest girl  (…the prettiest girl)
I ever saw  (…I ever saw)
Was sipping ci-  (…was sipping ci-)
-der through a straw  (…-der through a straw)
       The prettiest girl I ever saw
       Was sipping cider through a straw

I asked her if
She’d teach me how
To sip some ci-
-der through a straw
       I asked her if she’d teach me how
       To sip some cider through a straw

First cheek to cheek
Then jaw to jaw
We sipped that ci-
-der through a straw
       First cheek to cheek, then jaw to jaw
       We sipped that cider through a straw

And now and then
That straw did slip
And we’d sip ci-
-der lip to lip
       And now and then that straw did slip
       And we’d sip cider lip to lip

Now forty-nine kids
All call me “pa”
From sipping ci-
-der through a straw
       Now forty-nine kids all call me “pa”
       From sipping cider through a straw

The moral of
This little joke
Is don’t sip ci-
-der, sip a Coke!
       The moral of this little joke
       Is don’t sip cider, sip a Coke!


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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sonia  |  October 26, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    This song brings back such memories for me… as a child I think I must have sung and learned by heart every campfire song imaginable. Thanks! so much for posting the lyrics I had forgotten!

  • 2. Whit  |  November 19, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I was in heaven when i found your site for that was one of my favorite songs we sang when i was in the boy scouts back in virginia in my childhood….. and one that sounded quite nice when a hundred kids sing it. Thanks Again!

  • 3. maria  |  June 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    the grill is singing not a boy

  • 4. sandrar  |  September 10, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  • 5. maya  |  January 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    nice song can i download the music

  • 6. miztremblay  |  October 30, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I remember learning it in Girl Scouts, so someone had rewritten it.

    The cutest boy I ever saw was sipping cider through a straw.
    I asked him if he’d show me how to sip my cider through a straw.
    So cheek to cheek and jaw to jaw we sipped our cider through a straw.
    Then suddenly the straw did slip and we sipped cider through our lips.
    That’s how I got my mother-in-law and fourteen kids who call me Ma.
    This is the end, there ain’t no more, of sipping cider through a straw.

  • 7. texastopaz  |  August 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    we sang: so cheek to cheek & jaw to jaw
    We sipped our cider thru a straw

  • 8. Lisa  |  September 30, 2013 at 2:48 am

    We finished the song with “the moral is my little dopes, don’t you sip cider you sip coke. And then right at the end we didn’t say coke we chanted razzed frazzle root beer going in its third year, don’t you wish it stopped here? Yes!

  • 9. A Kurn  |  October 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Here’s the abc:
    X: 1
    T: Sippin Cider
    C: traditional
    L: 1/8
    V: 1 clef=treble name=melody
    V: 2 clef=treble name=echo
    M: 2/4
    K: G
    % Transcription A Kurn. Oct 2013
    [V: 1] z d^cd | B2 z2 | z B^AB | G2 z2 | z BAG | AA z2 | z Aed | B2 z2 |
    [V: 2] z4 | z d^cd | B2 z2 | z B^AB | G2 z2 | z BAG | AA z2 | z Aed |
    [V: 1] z def | g2 d2 | B2 G2 | c4 | z efe | d2 c2 | B2 A2 | G4-| G :||
    [V: 2] B def | g2 d2 | B2 G2 | c4 | z efe | d2 c2 | B2 A2 | G4-| G :||
    [v: 1] GGED | G>B-B2 ||

    We sang the last verse a little differently:
    So if you see/ a pretty girl/ a-sippin cider/ right through a straw/
    So if you see a pretty girl/ don’t you sip cider you sip Dad’s Old Fashioned root beer.

    Substitute the last two bars above for the last two at the end of the last verse.

  • 10. Bob  |  May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The version I learned ended:
    Now the moral is/My children dear/
    Don’t you sip ci-/der, wine or beer/
    The moral is my children dear
    Don’t you sip cider, you sip MILK!

  • 11. Aubrey  |  March 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I knew this song as, “The Prettiest Girl”. The words were the same other than we’d say “show me how” instead of “teach me how” in the second verse and the last verse went like this: “The moral of this story is, don’t sip your cider lip to lip.”

  • 12. Theresia Brown  |  May 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I learned it was sipping soda from a straw, not cider


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