Do You Like Worms?
|"Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)"|
|Song by The Beach Boys from the album The Smile Sessions|
|Released||November 1, 2011|
|Recorded||October 18, 1966United Western Recorders, Columbia Studios–January 5, 1967 ;|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, avant-garde|
|Writer||Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks|
|The Smile Sessions track listing|
|"Roll Plymouth Rock"|
|Song by Brian Wilson from the album Brian Wilson Presents Smile|
|Released||September 28, 2004|
|Recorded||April 2004, Sunset Sound Recorders|
|Brian Wilson Presents Smile track listing|
"Do You Like Worms?" (also known as "Roll Plymouth Rock") is a song written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks in 1966 for The Beach Boys' album Smile. The original, unfinished recording of "Do You Like Worms?" was first published on Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys, a boxed set which included much of the unreleased Smile material, and then again in 2011 for The Smile Sessions.
In 2004, Brian Wilson performed a live version of Smile with this song under the new title "Roll Plymouth Rock." It deviates from the original Beach Boys arrangement significantly by containing never-before-recorded lyrics and a differently arranged song structure.
"Do You Like Worms?" was imagined as a lyrical journey across the United States from coast to coast; relating mostly to Manifest Destiny and westward expansion. Several couplets were written by Van Dyke Parks in 1966, but only few were ever recorded. Some of these were later resurrected for future re-recordings by Wilson:
"Ribbon of concrete" is likely to be a negative image variant to the lyric "that ribbon of highway" from the American folk song "This Land Is Your Land". The "Bicycle Rider" lyric has been established as a reference to the traditional standard "See See Rider," but it could also be referencing the "Bicycle Rider Back" playing cards printed by the United States Playing Card Company during the 19th century. One ultimately unused couplet follows:
The song is an extension of the composition "Heroes and Villains", recorded during the Smile sessions. "Do You Like Worms?" is in strophic form, following the pattern ABABCB' in mixes prepared by Brian Wilson during Smile assemblies. The A sections featured a short instrumental section where the melody is carried by the timpani followed by the lyrics "rock, rock, roll, Plymouth Rock roll over" in two-part harmony over the bass guitars. The B section is referred to on tape labels as "Bicycle Rider", and it consists of the repetitive "Heroes and Villains" motif played on harpsichord. At the end of the B' section, the harpsichord breaks down, only to start up again. The C section has Brian singing fake Hawaiian lyrics over backing vocals by the rest of the band and a sparse backing track.
The instrumental tracks for the A and C sections of the song were recorded on October 18, 1966United Western Recorders. Brian also recorded some of his vocals at that session. The Beach Boys vocals were recorded at Columbia Studios, on December 21, 1966. The B sections of the song were recorded during sessions for "Heroes and Villains"., at
After a fuzz bass was overdubbed on January 5, 1967 , "Do You Like Worms?" was abandoned and never worked on again by the Beach Boys. In 2004, Wilson re-recorded the song under the new title "Roll Plymouth Rock" with almost all of its original lyrics. When asked about the name change from "Do You Like Worms?", Wilson explained, "Because we wanted something a little more appropriate, you know? Something that sounded more appropriate."
The Smile Sessions
According to Keith Badman:
- The Beach Boys
- Additional musicians
Brian Wilson Presents Smile
- Brian Wilson - keyboards, vocals
- Additional musicians
- Scott Bennett - keyboards, vocals
- Nelson Bragg - percussion, vocals
- Staffan Findin - bass trombone
- Jeff Foskett - guitar, ukulele, vocals
- Probyn Gregory - guitar, vocals
- Jim Hines - drums
- Anna Landberg - cello
- Bob Lizik - bass guitar
- Paul Mertons - bass flute
- Taylor Mills - vocals
- Bjorn Samuelsson - trombone
- Markus Sandlund - cello
- Darian Sahanaja - keyboards, vocals
- Nick Walusko - guitar
- Frank Holmes: "And then there's a piece called "Ribbon of concrete, see what you done done", which became "Bicycle rider, see what you done done". It came from the old standard "CC Rider, see what you done done". I remember it went on, "See what you done done, to the church of the American Indian..." And there was a last part on there that went something like: 'Having returned to the East or West Indies - we always got them confused...' It had to do with the white man's advancement."
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- Badman, Keith: The Beach Boys, page 152–153. Backbeat Books, 2004.