The Paul McCartney Project

The Inch Worm

Written by Frank Loesser

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Postcard" sessions

Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969


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Song facts

The Inch Worm” (also named “Inchworm“) is a song written by Frank Loesser and originally performed by Danny Kaye in the 1952 film Hans Christian Andersen. Mary Hopkins covered it on her 1969 album “Post Card“, produced by Paul McCartney. And McCartney covered it on his 2012 album “Kisses On The Bottom“.

Over the years, the song has been recorded by many singers, including David Bowie – who said the song was the inspiration behind his 1980 hit “Ashes To Ashes”:

Ashes To Ashes wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t have been for Inchworm. There’s a nursery rhyme element in it, and there’s something so sad and mournful and poignant about it. It kept bringing me back to the feelings of those pure thoughts of sadness that you have as a child, and how they’re so identifiable even when you’re an adult.

David Bowie

Last updated on November 1, 2020

Lyrics

Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic
You'll probably go far

Inch worm, inch worm
Measuring the marigolds
Could it be, you'll stop and see
How beautiful they are

(Chorus:)
Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two
Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic
You'll probably go far

Solo
(Chorus:)
Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two

Inch worm, inch worm
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me, you'll stop and see
How beautiful they are

Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic
You'll probably go far

(Chorus:)
Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two
Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two

Variations


A Cover from "Kisses On The Bottom"

Officially appears on


Post Card

Official album • Released in 1969

2:33 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

3:43 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Acoustic guitar
Eddie Karam :
Orchestra conductor
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra arrangement
Chloe Arzy :
Children's choir
Evyn Johnson :
Children's choir
Makiah Johnson :
Children's choir
Michael Johnson :
Children's choir
Delany Meyer :
Children's choir
Ilsey Moon :
Children's choir
Sabrina Walden :
Children's choir
Sasha Walden :
Children's choir
Scottie Haskell :
Children's choir conductor
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

3:43 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Acoustic guitar
Eddie Karam :
Orchestra conductor
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra arrangement
Chloe Arzy :
Children's choir
Evyn Johnson :
Children's choir
Makiah Johnson :
Children's choir
Michael Johnson :
Children's choir
Delany Meyer :
Children's choir
Ilsey Moon :
Children's choir
Sabrina Walden :
Children's choir
Sasha Walden :
Children's choir
Scottie Haskell :
Children's choir conductor
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On the Bottom (Deluxe version)

Official album • Released in 2012

3:43 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Acoustic guitar
Eddie Karam :
Orchestra conductor
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra arrangement
Chloe Arzy :
Children's choir
Evyn Johnson :
Children's choir
Makiah Johnson :
Children's choir
Michael Johnson :
Children's choir
Delany Meyer :
Children's choir
Ilsey Moon :
Children's choir
Sabrina Walden :
Children's choir
Sasha Walden :
Children's choir
Scottie Haskell :
Children's choir conductor
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Bootlegs


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:42 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Acoustic guitar
Eddie Karam :
Orchestra conductor
Assa Drori :
Concertmaster
Johnny Mandel :
Orchestra arrangement
Chloe Arzy :
Children's choir
Evyn Johnson :
Children's choir
Makiah Johnson :
Children's choir
Michael Johnson :
Children's choir
Delany Meyer :
Children's choir
Ilsey Moon :
Children's choir
Sabrina Walden :
Children's choir
Sasha Walden :
Children's choir
Scottie Haskell :
Children's choir conductor
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Videos

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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