Guitar Tab:Doctor Worm

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Doctor Worm
By: They Might Be Giants
Key: F Sharp Major
Year: 1998

"Doctor Worm" by They Might Be Giants

Transcribed by Anthony JS.

Standard Tuning, capo on the 2nd fret, 4/4 time
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 - Intro (chorus)

E   AM7   E   B5 A B E  

horn section tabbed for guitar (note that playing the highest note 
of each chord is the melody, also, hold the E chord at the end for a 
measure):

  E              AM7             E                B5       A   B    E 
e|0---0---0-4--------------------0|----0---0-4---------------------|0-
b|0---0---0-0----2----2---2-4----0|----0---0-0----0----0---2---4---|0-
g|1---1---1-1----1----1---1-1----1|----1---1-1----4----4---2---4---|1-
d|2---2---2-2----2----2---2-2----2|----2---2-2----4----4---2---4---|2-
a|---------------0----0---0-0-----|---------------2----2---0---2---|2-
E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|0-
  +       +       +       +       |+       +       +       +       |+
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 - Verse 1a

     E                 C#m
They call me Doctor Worm
     A                 B
Good morning, how are you?
            E                      C#m
I'm Doctor Worm. I'm interested in things
    A          B
I'm not a real doctor but I
A         B            E      C#m
am a real worm I am an actual worm
  A           B
I live like a worm and

 - Verse 1b

  E                   C#m
I like to play the drums
  A                 B
I think I'm getting good
           E          C#m
But I can handle criticism
     A                B
I'll show you what I know
            A              B                 E             C#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums
     A                 B                     C        D
I'll leave the front unlocked 'cause I can't hear the doorbell
_____

 - Chorus 1

G   CM7   G   C  B C D

  G              CM7             G                C    B   C   D    
e|--------------------------------|---------------0--------0---2---|
b|---------------0----0---0-0-----|---------------1----4---1---3---|
g|0---0---0-4----0----0---0-0----0|----0---0-4----0----4---0---2---|
d|0---0---0-0----2----2---2-4----0|----0---0-0----2----4---2---0---|
a|2---2---2-2----3----3---3-3----2|----2---2-2----3----2---3-------|
E|3---3---3-3--------------------3|----3---3-3---------------------|
  +       +       +       +       |+       +       +       +       |
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 - Bridge 1

It's mainly just E and A back and forth, but they throw
in a G chord in transition.  It's easy to play by doing this:

  E     G A     G E     G A     G
e|0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|
b|0---0-0-2---2-0-0---0-0-2---2-0-|
g|1---1-0-2---2-0-1---1-0-2---2-0-|
d|2---2-0-2---2-0-2---2-0-2---2-0-|
a|2---2---0---0---2---2---0---0---|
E|0---0-----------0---0-----------|
  +       +       +       +       |

So right after the chorus, play the above twice,
and the same chords come keep going when the lyrics come in:

E      G A     G E   G A   G E   G A     G E  G A
  When I   get  in-to it, I  can't tell if you  are
E     G  A  G E      G A   G E    G A   G E   G A   G 
Watching me   twirling the   stick
F#m   G#  A     F#m   F#m/C#   G#/D#  A/E  F#m/C#   <(not sure about this)
When  I   give  the   sig  -   nal    my   friend
A               Am
Rabbi Vole will play the solo. 
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 - Solo

The chords below are implied, and the solo's just an E major scale.  Note 
that it's actually played on the bass, so this will sound too high.

         E               C#m              A               B
e-------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
b-------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
g-------|------1-----2-1-------------4---|4---2-2-----1-1-----------------|
d-------|2---4---------------------------|--------------------4-4-----2---|
a---2---|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E-------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
        |+       +       +       +       |+       +       +       +       |

E               A                B
--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
2---1---------------------------|--------------------------------|
--------4---2---0---------------|2-------------------------------|
--------------------4---2---0---|--------------------------------|
+       +       +       +       |+       +       +       +       |
_____

 - Chorus 2 

  E              AM7             E                AM7  B5  A5  AM7   
e|0---0---0-4--------------------0|----0---0-4---------------------|
b|0---0---0-0----2----2---2-4----0|----0---0-0----2----0-----------|
g|1---1---1-1----1----1---1-1----1|----1---1-1----1----4---2---1---|
d|2---2---2-2----2----2---2-2----2|----2---2-2----2----4---2---2---|
a|---------------0----0---0-0-----|---------------0----2---0---0---|
E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  +       +       +       +       |+       +       +       +       |

_____

 - Bridge 2
F#m   G#  A      F#m   F#m/C#   G#/D#  A/E  F#m/C# <(again, questionable)
Some  day somebody     else   besides  me   will
A             Am
Call me by my stage name they will
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 - Verse 2a
(No  instruments here, but you can play the same chords as in verse 1a)

Call me Dr. Worm, good morning how are you, I'm Dr. Worm
I'm interested in things, I'm not a real Doctor but I

A         B            E      C#m
am a real worm I am an actual worm
  A           B
I live like a worm and

 - Verse 2b and Outro (Chorus x2)
  E                   C#m
I like to play the drums
  A                 B
I think I'm getting good
           E          C#m
But I can handle criticism
     A                B
I'll show you what I know
            A              B                 E             C#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums
    A          B
I'm not a real doctor
         C       D           
But they call me Doctor 
E   AM7   E   B5  A B E   AM7   E   B5  A B E (same as intro, but twice)
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorm!


Several other people's versions below this line
______________________________________________________
F#     Bmaj7 C#      F#   G#m A#m B C#  F#     

     F#              D#m
They call me Doctor Worm
     B                C#
Good morning, how are you?
           F#                       D#m
I'm Doctor Worm. I'm interested in things
     B         C#
I'm not a real doctor
      B         C#            F#      D#m
But I am a real worm I am an actual worm
  B           C#
I live like a worm


   F#               D#m
I like to play the drums
   B                 C#
I think I'm getting good
           F#          D#m
But I can handle criticism
      B              C#
I'll show you what I know
            B               C#                F#             D#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums
     B                 C#                     D        E
I'll leave the front unlocked 'cause I can't hear the doorbell

A     F#m    A     D     

F#     B   F#7    B    (Bridge riff)

When I get into it, I can't tell if you are
Watching me twirling the stick

G#m             D#m
When I give the signal my friend
B               Bdim
Rabbi Vole will play the solo

E-----|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B-----|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
G-----|-------3-4-3---|-------6-|-6--4--4--3--|-3------------|--------------|--------------|
D-----|---4-6---------|---------|-------------|----6---6---4-|--3-----------|--------------|
A-S4--|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|----6---4-2-1-|--------------|
E-----|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|--------------|--4--2--99999-|

(Guitar solo)  F#     D#m    B     C#     F#     D#m     B.

F#    Bmaj7  C#  F#       D#m

G#m              D#m
Someday somebody else besides me will
B             Bm
Call me by my stage name, they will

Call me Dr. Worm, good morning how are you, I'm Dr. Worm
I'm interested in things, I'm not a real Dr.

      B         C#            F#      D#m
But I am a real worm I am an actual worm
  B           C#
I live like a worm and
   F#                D#m
I like to play the drums
   B                 C#
I think I'm getting good
           F#         D#m
But I can handle criticism
      B              C#
I'll show you what I know
            B               C#                F#             D#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums
    B          C#
I'm not a real doctor
         D       E      F#     Bmaj7 C#      F#   G#m A#m B C#       
But they call me Doctor Worm
F#     Bmaj7 C#      F#   G#m A#m B C#    F#

By Bijhan Al-Attack




Dr. Worm  (Capo 2)

E     Amaj7 B      E   F#m G#m A B  E     

     E              C#m
They call me Doctor Worm
     A                B
Good morning, how are you?
           E                       C#m
I'm Doctor Worm. I'm interested in things
     A         B
I'm not a real doctor
      A         B            E      C#m
But I am a real worm I am an actual worm
  A           B
I live like a worm


   E               C#m
I like to play the drums
   A                 B
I think I'm getting good
           E          C#m
But I can handle criticism
      A              B
I'll show you what I know
            A               B                E             C#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums
     A                B               C        D
I'll leave the door unlocked so I can hear the doorbell

G     Em    G     C     

E     A/E   E7    A/E    (Bridge riff)

When I get into it, I can't tell if you are
Watching me twirling the stick

F#m             C#m
When I give the signal my friend
A               Bbdim
Rabbi Vole will play the solo

(Guitar solo)  E     C#m    A     B     E     C#m     A.

E    Amaj7  B  E       C#m

F#m              C#m
Someday somebody else besides me will
A             Am
Call me by my stage name, they will

Call me Dr. Worm, good morning how are you, I'm Dr. Worm
I'm interested in things, I'm not a real Dr.

      A         B            E      C#m
But I am a real worm I am an actual worm
  A           B
I live like a worm
   E                C#m
I like to play the drums
   A                 B
I think I'm getting good
           E         C#m
But I can handle criticism
      A              B
I'll show you what I know
            A               B                E             C#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums
    A          B
I'm not a real doctor
         C       D      E     Amaj7 B      E   F#m G#m A B       
But they call me Doctor Worm
E     Amaj7 B      E   F#m G#m A B    E




1    +    2    +    3    +    4    +    1    +    2    +    3    +    4    +

     F#             D#m
They call me Doctor Worm

     B                C#
Good morning, how are you?

           F#                       D#m
I'm Doctor Worm. I'm interested in things

     B         C#
I'm not a real doctor

      B         C#11         F#      D#m
But I am a real worm I am an actual worm

  B           C#11
I live like a worm

   F#               D#m
I like to play the drums

   B                 C#
I think I'm getting good

           F#         D#m
But I can handle criticism

      B              C#
I'll show you what I know

            B               C#11             F#            D#m
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums

    B          C#11
I'm not a real doctor

         D       E      F#
But they call me Doctor Worm



transcribed by Mike Yank

1    +    2    +    3    +    4    +    1    +    2    +    3    +    4    +




Note: The recorded verision, for the sake of the horns, is in the key of G-flat.

(intro riff)

E--------7--|----------|-------7-|----------|-------
B--8-8-8----|--------7-|-8-8-8---|--------7-|-8-----
G-----------|-9--9-9---|---------|--7-7-9---|-------
D-----------|----------|---------|----------|-------
A-----------|----------|---------|----------|-------
E-----------|----------|---------|----------|-------

     G                Em      C               D            G
They call me Dr. Worm.   Good morning how are you? I'm Dr. Worm

                  Em          C          D
I'm interested in things. I'm not a real doctor but I

C         G/Bb                Em
Am a real worm I am an actual worm.

  C           D
I live like a worm

      G                      Em
And I like to play the drums

  C                 D                  G         Em
I think I'm getting good but I can handle critisim,

     C               G
I'll show you what I know and you can

C              G/Bb                            Em
Tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums

     C                D
I'll leave the fron unlocked 'cause

        Eb       F
I can't hear the door bell

(intro riff)

G C G C G C G C

(alternate between G and C)

G       C     G    C    G     C       G   C   G        C  G        C   G      C
   When I get into it I can't tell if you are watching me twirling the stick.

Am     C        Em     G   
When I give the signal my friend

C               Cm
Rabbi Vole will play the solo.

(Solo)

E-----|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B-----|-------0-1-0---|-------3-|-3--1--1--0--|-0------------|--------------|--------------|
G-----|-0--2----------|---------|-------------|----2---2---0-|--0-----------|--------------|
D--0--|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|-----4--2--0--|--2-----------|
A-----|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|--------------|-----3--2--0--|
E-----|---------------|---------|-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|

(chords under solo)

      | G/D5          | E5      | D/A5        | G5           | A/E5         |              |


D-chord triplets
(intro riff)

Am      C        Em      G     
Someday somebody else besides me

     C             Cm 
Will call me by my stage name they will


(guitar tacet - hold out Cm)

Call me Dr. Worm. Good morning how are you I'm Dr. Worm.

                                                    G (bass hit)
I'm interested in things. I'm not a real doctor but I

C         G/Bb                Em
Am a real worm I am an actual worm.

  C           D
I live like a worm

      G                      Em
And I like to play the drums

  C                 D                  G         Em
I think I'm getting good but I can handle critisim,

     C               G
I'll show you what I know and you can

C              G/Bb                            Em
Tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums

C              D
I'm not a real doctor but they

Eb      F   G (intro riff)                      G
Call me Dr. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorm!