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How do you go from thinking no one loves you and everyone hates you, to deciding that you'll go eat some worms? Are worms a comfort food? Is it just attention-seeking? Or is the insecurity and self-pity just an aside?

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It's self-punishment. No one likes me, therefore I'm unworthy of like, therefore I'm inherently wrong, therefore I should punish myself.

Plus, it's catchier than "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll undergo an extensive bout of self-improvement."

True. I just figured that since the rest of the song (or what I remember of it) is about worms, it could start off as "no more steak left, no more bread; I think I'll eat some worms".

"There's a stapler, eggplant is purple, think I'll eat some worms."

Yup. It's any excuse to get to the worms.

Every time I hear/remember that tune, it reminds me of a kids book called "How to eat fried worms" which I read in primary school. About a kid who was dared to eat X amount of worms. So he did. Ugh.

I read that book, too! His Mum used to cook them so you couldn't tell they were in the otherwise delicious food he was eating. Then the bad kids who had dared him tried to keep him out late one night so he'd miss his deadline and he scooped one out of the ground and ate it, then him and his mate walked round the neighbourhood banging pot lids and crying out "This is the fault of the bad kid, who tried to cheat on a bet!" and the bad kid got in trouble.


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