"The Bird and the Worm" as written by Adam R. Young and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
If you're the bird,
Whenever we pretend it's summer,
Then I'm the worm,
I know the part, it's such a bummer,
But fair is fair,
If my segments get separated,
I'll scream
And you'll be there.

Close your eyes (close my eyes),
(Slide the cotton off of your shoulder)
And feel the shine (feel the shine),
I'm hooked so toss me over,
And cast a line (oh I'll try),
Oh throw a party and greet my undersea friends (it depends),
As they arrive (if they arrive),

You and I left our troubles far behind (troubles far behind),
But I still have just one more question on my mind,
For all my pals who live in all the oceans and the seas,
With friends like these well, who needs enemies?

Da dat dah da da da da da da dat dah

If I'm your boy,
Let's take a short cut we remember,
And we'll enjoy,
Pickin' apples in late September
Like we've done for years,
Then we'll take a long walk through the corn field,
And I'll kiss you, between the ears,

If you're my girl,
Swirl me around your room with feeling,
And as we twirl, the glow in the dark stars on your ceiling,
Will shine for us,
As love sweeps over the room,
Cause we tend to make each other blush (you make me blush)

You and I left our troubles far behind (troubles far behind),
But I still have just one more question on my mind,
For all my pals who live in all the oceans and the seas,
With fronds like these well, who needs anemones?

You're the bird and I'm the worm,
And it's plain to see that we were meant to be
We were meant to be

Da dat dah da da da da da da dat dah

If you're the bird
If you're the bird
Then I'm the worm
We were meant to be


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"The Bird and the Worm" as written by Adam Young Matthew Thiessen

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  • +3
    General CommentI think the line is supposed to be "with fronds like these, who needs anemones?"

    Silly sea humor. :) Also, what a great song! It just makes me want to smile for 3:27. And maybe a little after hehe.
    EarlySunsetson July 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is SOOO good.
    Definitely one of my favorites off Ocean Eyes.
    Alysennon July 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the part that has the question mark by it is really "Slide the cotton off of your shoulder"... he just says "slide" kind of weird... haha.

    I love this song. So cute.
    bonjouramigoon July 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThen, we'll take a long walk through the cornfield
    And I'll kiss you between the ears

    Thats too cute. :)
    2shy2dance111on July 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinioni hope he intentionally pronounced "anemones" as "aneNomes"...i'm suspicious that maybe he really didn't know how it was spelled...

    ...but i hope i'm wrong
    headseedon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And pass the line (we'll all try)"
    is
    "And cast the line (we'll all try)"

    "Slide the cotton off of your shoulder"
    is
    "So I'd get caught and off of your shoulder"
    KelsieeJaneon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI'm positive the line is supposed to be:
    "with fronds like these, who needs anemones?"

    but there should be a little humor at the part where he intentionally says:
    "with friends like these, who needs anenemes?" instead.

    Since although most people usually mispronounce anemones to anenemes, the line actually makes sense..:D

    so, basically, the line does say "anemones," however, you sing it as anenemies to get what the persona is trying to say.
    faithemanskyon January 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absoloutely love this song! it is so cute!
    I just recently realized what the song was about. It is kind of like cute, happy version of Romeo and Juliet.
    CamiCon May 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"With fronds like these
    Well, who needs anemones"

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the movie Finding Nemo to be honest...
    It's the end of a joke that Marlin makes right at the end of the movie.
    When Owl City was here in Sydney earlier this year, he repeatedly said how much he loved the movie Finding Nemo and quoted "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney" during the concert.
    MissBronon September 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt actually is 'slide the cotton off of your shoulder'. I have a hard copy of the deluxe edition of Ocean Eyes, and it has a lyrics booklet and this is what it says.
    Also, it's 'well, I'll try' and not 'we'll all try'.

    And I just love the Finding Nemo reference in this song :)
    Colourthestarson April 15, 2011   Link

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