In the past we’ve posted many versions of The Hearse Song that our readers have sent in. Recently we received two versions that somewhat differ from the others. They were sent by Richard Smith. Here they are:
My mother taught me this approximately 1954…
Did you ever think when a hearse went by
That someday it may be you and I.
We’ll travel down that self-sane road
with never a thought of coming back.
They’ll nail you in a pine board box
cover you over with dirt and rocks.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
They’ll crawl all in and out your snout.
Your eyes fall out and your teeth fall in
The bugs play pinochle on your chin.
Here is a nicer one that she also taught me…
Did you ever think as the hearse rolled by
That it wont be long until you and I
will go out riding in that big planked hack
and will never remember coming back.
Did you ever think in your thirst for gold
that in a dead mans hand, can’t a dollar hold?
You can lie and cheat and strive and save,
but you loose it all when you get to the grave.
Now it’s better by far this very day
to send some soul a cheap bouquet
than bushels of roses, white and red,
to strew on his coffin after he’s dead.
You come into this world naked and bare,
without a trouble, without a care.
When you leave it to go – you know not where –
If you’ve been alright here, you’ll be all right there.
Many thanks to Richard Smith for sharing these versions of The Hearse Song.
Image: "Gran calavera eléctrica" (Grand electric skull) by José Guadalupe Posada
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