The Bird and the Worm

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"The Bird and the Worm"
The Used - The Bird and The Worm.jpg
Single by The Used
from the album Lies for the Liars
ReleasedMarch 20, 2007
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. The song is about Bert McCracken's brother, who is suffering from schizophrenia.

Track listings[edit]

Digital Download[edit]

1."The Bird and the Worm"3:46

CD Single[edit]

1."The Bird and the Worm"3:46
2."Dark Days"3:49
3."Devil Beside You"3:45

7" picture disc[edit]

1."The Bird and the Worm"3:46
2."Dark Days"3:49

Promo CD[edit]

1."The Bird and the Worm (album version)"3:46
2."The Bird and the Worm (radio edit)"3:19

2010 digital download[edit]

In 2010, a 3 track version appeared on digital music stores featuring 3 versions of the song.

1."The Bird and the Worm (album version)"3:46
2."The Bird and the Worm (a cappella)"3:41
3."The Bird and the Worm (instrumental)"3:46

Music video[edit]

The video was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, 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 an orchestral cover 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


  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. March 27, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c - Artist Chart History - The Used
  3. ^ Official Video
  4. ^ Clash of the Titans 2010 Trailer
  5. ^ Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association