The Bird and the Worm

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This article is about The Used song. For the Owl City song, see Ocean Eyes.
"The Bird and the Worm"
The Used - The Bird and The Worm.jpg
Single by The Used
from the album Lies for the Liars
Released March 20, 2007
Format Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Genre Post-hardcore, symphonic rock
Length 3:46
Label Warner Bros., Reprise
Writer(s) The Used (Quinn Allman, Jeph Howard, Bert McCracken)
Producer(s) John Feldmann
The Used singles chronology
"Under Pressure"
"The Bird and the Worm"
"Pretty Handsome Awkward"

"The Bird and the Worm" is a song by The Used, released as the first single from their third studio album, Lies for the Liars. The song impacted radio on April 3, 2007.[1] It is their highest charting single to date, hitting #9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #7 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equaling #107 on the U.S. Hot 100 (their second single to make it into the Billboard singles chart).[2] It received moderate video play on MTV and other music channels.

Track listing[edit]

iTunes single
Track Title Time
1 "The Bird and the Worm" 3:45
CD single
Track Title Time
1 "The Bird and the Worm" 3:46
2 "Dark Days" 3:49
3 "Devil Beside You" 3:45
7" vinyl picture disc
Image Title Time
A "The Bird and the Worm" 3:46
B "Dark Days" 3:49

Music video[edit]

The video was filmed in Toronto, Canada on April 1–2, 2007. The video, which was directed by Lisa Mann, premiered on Monday, April 23, 2007 on MTV2 in the U.S. as part of their Unleashed program. The video is not available on by UK residents. UK TV channel Scuzz is now showing an edited version of the video; it only has a brief moment at the start through the key hole and then cuts out the sequence with Bert being stabbed in the wrist and then it healing itself. The part where Bert coughs up blood after drowning in the couch has also been cut. It also cuts out the part where Jeph offers Bert a lamb's head on a plate.[3]

In other media[edit]

The song was used in CBS' Moonlight for their fifth episode, and the instrumental version was used in the trailer for the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans.[4] It was also played during Francesca Jones's rhythmic gymnastics routine at the 2012 London Olympics.


Chart (2007) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 35
UK Singles Chart 130
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[2] 7
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] 9
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 92