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"Doctor Worm"
Single by They Might Be Giants
from the album Severe Tire Damage
GenreAlternative rock
Writer(s)John Flansburgh, John Linnell
Producer(s)Pat Dillett, Tom Durack, They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants singles chronology

"Doctor Worm" is a song by They Might Be Giants. It first appeared on the primarily live album Severe Tire Damage, being one of only three studio-recorded songs on the album. It was also released as a single and featured in a music video directed by band member John Flansburgh.

The lyrics describe a worm learning to play the drums better. He invents a stage name for himself ("Doctor Worm"), and the song's narrator also describes his friend, a bass-playing vole known as "Rabbi Vole".

The song placed as #13 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1998 and appears on the compilation CD.[1]


  • 1 Music video
  • 2 Cover versions
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Music video

A music video for the song was featured in an episode of the Nickelodeon television series KaBlam!.

In the video, Doctor Worm (an actual worm in medical attire) earns the respect of a musical group in search of a percussionist.[2]

An alternate video, shot in black and white, features the band performing the song in an apartment office surrounded by medical paraphernalia.

Cover versions

  • In 2006, Jason Trachtenburg of Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players covered the song for the They Might Be Giants tribute album, Hello Radio.
  • In 2011, Relient K covered the song for their cover album, Is for Karaoke. (In the cover, the band altered the lyrics "Rabbi Vole" to "Rabbi Warne", as a fitting reference to John Warne, Relient K's bassist.)


  1. ^ Triple J Hottest 100, 1998
  2. ^ Video on YouTube

External links

  • Doctor Worm at This Might Be A Wiki
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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