Ok, i'm moving this trivia item to the talk page: "The melody line for "They call me Doctor Worm / Good morning, how are you" is the same as "Because my love for you / Would break my heart in two" from "Let's Dance" by David Bowie." I know both songs very well, and I don't know if I agree with that statement. Anyone else have an opinion? --Duke33 19:11, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
- I agree. After listening to this song for the first time i say it does. --Goodtimes2
- Different melody lines. --Oddjob 19:31, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
I just saw a drummer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien named James Wormworth, who's known as Worm who's from New York. Has it ever been mentioned that he might be the inspiration for the drummer part of the song? —Fitch 16:58, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Real worm or not?
Like many of Linnell's creations, I'm baffled by whether the subject is real or just "real." The lyrics claim, "I am an actual worm," but then the character proves he's not REALLY a worm by doing things like playing drums and twirling sticks.
- I would say it's safe to assume he's a real worm, who exists in the fictional world of the song where worms are capable of talking and playing drums. --Oddjob 19:31, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
I saw a Far Side cartoon of a bird pulling a worm out of a hole and inside the hole was a drum set. TMBG are the only ones I know who have ever talked about a worm playing the drums, is there any known relationship?
--18.104.22.168 16:29, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
- While Larson making a TMBG reference would be cool, I'm pretty sure he stopped writing new panels before the song was released, or even came into live rotation. Of course, I think what you meant was that TMBG was possibly making a Far Side reference, and that would be very plausible and very excellent. -Apollo 22:54, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
My sister is a drummer
AND, she is a worm! Aaaaaaaaaaaah! OK, she is not a worm, but she does play drums! Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Linnell holds the last syllable of this song ("woooooorm!") for a good ten seconds...longer in some live versions, I understand. I'm curious if there is any kind of "record" for how long he can hold a note. I'm also impressed by his ability to sing long passages without taking an obvious breath (the "I don't know whether I'd rather be having..." portion of Dinner Bell springs to mind). Did he ever receive specific singing training? --MisterMe 13:32, 5 March 2013 (EST)
- Fingertips (Live Almanac): 20 seconds -- 13:39, 5 March 2013 (EST)
Bird playing drums
I remember when that Far Side cartoon came out of the Bird pulling the drum-playing worm out of the hole.
I was walking to work and crossing a field. A bird out of nowhere landed in front of me, stuck his beak in the ground, pulled out a worm and flew off.
I was amazed. I thought to myself, how-in-the-world did that bird know where the worm was. Of course, I, later that day, saw the Far Side, and Gary Larson was answering that question for the ages.
The bird found the worm because it was making such a loud ruckus from banging the drums.