When I was about 3 to about 5 years old there was a large group of neighborhood kids who played together in the field behind my house. I was one of the kids that was always there, with my two big sisters and my older brother.
One of the songs we sang was The Worms Crawl in, The Worms Crawl Out.
We would all hold hands to make a long chain. The person at one end would put their free arm stretched out against a tree. The person at the other end of the chain would arc around and go under the “tree” person’s arm and the whole chain would follow. We would sing, “The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out” while we were doing this.
I’ve been trying to remember the rest of the lyrics we sang, so I could post it as a Halloween song. It seems so fitting! But, try as I might, I couldn’t quite get it all.
Finally, I spoke to my “big” sister Dawn. She’s one of the experts I consult about the songs I sang in my childhood. She recalls them better, since I was so young during that time period (she’s five years older then me). Here’s what she remembers…
The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out
The Worms Crawl In,
The Worms Crawl Out,
Into your stomach,
And out your mouth.
They eat your intestines,
They scramble your heart.
Now you feel like
You’re all apart.
This is how
It is to die
You end up looking
Like apple pie!
I’ve since found out that this song is often called The Hearse Song.
Here’s how we sang The Hearse Song (MP3).
There seem to be many other versions. Here’s a link for alternate versions to The Hearse Song.
It seems like this song has been around at least since 1923. Here’s some info on publication of The Hearse Song for anyone who’s interested.
I’d be happy if anyone would like to send me their version of The Hearse Song to post, please write me. I also welcome alternate recordings or midis of the tune!
UPDATE: Here you’ll find other versions of The Hearse Song. Feel free to add the version you know in the comments.
Also, Come read about The Origin of The Worms Crawl in the Worms Crawl Out a.k.a. The Hearse Song.
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