A British Version of The Hearse Song (“The Worms Crawl in, The Worms Crawl Out”)

Robin Colbourne wrote me…

Hello Mama Lisa,

Whilst trying to find ‘the worms went in and the worms went out’ for a Halloween party tomorrow, I came across your site. I was trying to find the lyrics of the song as we used to sing them at Scout Camp.

The Scout Camp was situated in a clearing, in a wood in Tilford, Surrey, England, behind the 1860’s village church and its churchyard (full of gravestones, of course). You can imagine the effect that this song had on the cubs and scouts there for their first camp, having to walk back to their tents in the dark…

Flying Pigs has the words more or less as I remember them:

A woman stood by the churchyard wall
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
The woman she was gaunt and tall
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
A corpse was being carried in
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
The corpse was very pale and thin
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
The worms crawled in and the worms crawled out
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
In at the nose and out of the snout
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
The woman to the corpse said:
Ooh__________ Ahh__________
“Shall I be like that when I am dead?”
Ooh__________ Ahh__________

The corpse answered with a groan: SHRIEK!
(at which point all the scouts who know the song scream their lungs out…)

Best wishes

Robin Colbourne

Thanks Robin. Enjoy your party!

– Lisa

Here you’ll find other versions of The Hearse Song. Feel free to add the version you know in the comments.

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Come read about The Origin of The Worms Crawl in the Worms Crawl Out a.k.a. The Hearse Song.

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48 Responses to “A British Version of The Hearse Song (“The Worms Crawl in, The Worms Crawl Out”)”

  1. Dave Says:

    I was looking for more verses of the song.

    the way i was taught it many years ago was

    “When ever you see a hearse go by
    you know some day you’re gonna die

    they put you in a big black box
    and cover you over with dirt and rocks”

    If you have heard of this one feel free to shoot me an email

  2. BR Says:

    The Hearse Song
    A variant as I recall it from California, c 1960.

    Don’t ever laugh when the hearse goes by,
    For you may be the next to die.

    They warp you in a bloody sheet
    and then they bury you six feet deep.

    Everything’s fine for about a week
    And then your coffin starts to leak.

    The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
    the worms play pinochle in your snout.

    they eat your eyes and they eat your nose
    they eat the jelly between your toes.

    (don’t recall anything past that, we would usually just repeat the part about the worms to gross people out).

  3. Jess Says:

    The version I was taught goes something like this…

    Whenever you see a herse go by
    just remember the day you die

    ooh a ooh a ooh a ooh (How happy we will be)

    They wrap you up in a big white shirt
    and bury you six feet under the dirt

    ooh a ooh a ooh a ooh (How happy we will be)

    Your eyes fall in your teeth fall out
    your brain comes drizzling out you snout

    ooh a ooh a ooh a ooh (How happy we will be)

    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    they gobble you up from the inside out

    ooh a ooh a ooh a ooh (How happy we will be)

    they eat your eyes and they eat your nose
    they eat the jelly between your toes.

  4. joseph Says:

    i was taught in Scotland ten fifteen years ago:

    this line is interesting:

    the worms crawl in
    the worms crawl out
    they crawl in thin and they crawl out stout

  5. Karl Says:

    My Grandad (82) sings this to my kids

    Whenever you see a hearse go by
    do you ever think that you’re going to die

    ooh a ooh
    ooh a ooh
    ooh a ooh a ooh a ohh

    They cover you up in a long white shirt
    Then they cover you up with dirt

    ooh a ooh
    ooh a ooh
    ooh a ooh a ooh a ohh

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
    They crawl in thin and they crawl out stout

    ooh a ooh
    ooh a ooh
    ooh a ooh a ooh a ohh

    And when your bones begin to rot
    The worms are there but you are not!

  6. colin Says:

    As a scout, we learned a variation on the song.
    I can remember the start but have forgotton the end

    Whenever you see a hurse go by
    Remember the day that you will die
    With a ha ha har and a ha ha hee
    How happy we will be.

    They wrap you up in a big white sheet
    And put a bottle of beer at your feet
    With a ha ha har and a ha ha hee
    How happy we will be.

    I have lost the rest here.
    Any one know it?

  7. Julia Says:

    my dad thought me a version that goes like this:

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
    In your stomach and out your mouth
    they eat your eyes, they eat your nose
    they eat the skin between your toes

    but thats all he remembers

  8. Molly Says:

    My AUntie taught me this version:

    If ever you see a Hearse go by,
    do you ever think you’re going to die

    ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    how happy we shall be

    They wrap you up in a big white shirt
    and cover you over with muck and dirt

    ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    how happy we shall be

    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    They crawl in thin and they crawl out stout
    ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    how happy we shall be

    They bring their friends and their friends friends too
    They make an awful mess of you

    ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    how happy we shall be

    And then they send you down below
    To help old Nick his fires to blow

    ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    how happy we shall be

  9. Beckz Says:

    I use to memorize this out of a book,

    Don’t ever laugh when a hearse goes by,
    For you maybe the next to die

    The cover you with a big white sheet
    From your head down to your feet

    They put you in a big black box
    And cover you with dirt and rocks.

    Alls goes well for about a week,
    And then your coffin begins to leak

    The worms crawl in
    The worms crawl out
    The worms play pinochle on your snout

    They eat your eyes
    They eat your nose
    They eat the jelly between your toes

    A big green worm with rolling eyes
    Crawls in your stomach
    And out your eyes

    Your stomach turns a slimy green
    And puss pours out like whipping cream
    Spread it on a slice of bread,
    And that’s what you eat when you are dead

  10. Laurence Says:

    I’m sure the song ended

    The moral of the story that’s been related
    is not be buried but be cremated.

  11. Phil Day Says:

    I sung something like this as a kid. But becasue I didn’t know what a hearse was I heard the word ‘horse’ – when the ‘horse’ comes by.

    When the ‘horse’ comes by
    you know you’re gonna die
    he’ll wrap you up in a white cotton sheet
    and through you down one thousand feet
    rat come in
    rats come out
    rats play ping-pong on your snout
    when your snout turns slimy green
    your nose puffs up like whip cream.

    We (my friends and I) would use this song to decide who would be ‘it’ in a game of hide & seek, or whatever. If the finger landed on you – as in cream – you were the cream, you were it.

  12. Erika Says:

    Growing up my dad sang this version:

    Have you ever seen a hearse go bye
    and wonder if you will ever die
    they put you in a wooden box
    cover you up with dirt and rocks
    the worms crawl in
    the worms crawl out
    in your stomach and out your mouth
    Your eyes turn a puss(ie) green
    oh what wonderful whipping cream

    He would just repeat it.

  13. Ron Says:

    My version starts

    When next you see a hearse go by

    Don’t ever think that you’ll never die

    (Yo Ho Yo Ho Yo Ho

    How happy we shall be) CHORUS

    They’ll wash your face, they’ll comb your locks

    They’ll strap you down in a big black box

    Chorus

    They’ll put you in a hole in the ground

    While all your relatives stand around

    Chorus

    They’ll throw in stones, they’ll throw in rocks

    And they won’t give a damn if they break the box

    Chorus

    The worms will crawl in, the worms will crawl out

    They’ll crawl in thin but they’ll crawl out stout

    Chorus

  14. Tyler Says:

    i remember hearing the first part of the song but in a different way

    If you laugh when a hearse goes by,
    youll be the next in line to die,
    They’ll wrap you up in a big white sheet,
    and toss you down thirty feet.

    thats all i remember

  15. maizey Says:

    Whenever you see a hearse ride by,
    That means that you will be the next to die,

    They wrap you up in a big white sheet,
    And bury you down ’bout six feet deep,

    The worms crawl in,
    The worms crawl out,
    They eat your guts,
    And they spit them out,

    One little fellow none too shy,
    Climbs in your ear and out your eye,

    Boom, boom ain’t it great to be crazy,
    Boom, boom ain’t it great to be nuts, nuts, nuts,

    Boom, boom ain’t it great to be crazy,
    Just like us.

  16. Jamie C Says:

    whenever you see a hearse go by,
    you stop and think when your goin to die,
    ooohhhhhhhoohhhaaahhhaaahhhaaahaa how happy we shall be
    they put you in a big black box
    and cover you up with chains and locks ooohhhhhhoohhh ahhhaaaaahhhhaa how happy we shall be
    they wrap you up in a big white sheet,
    that covers you up from head to feet ooohhhhhhhoohhhaahhhhaaaahhaa how happy we shall be
    the worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    they crawl in thin and they crawl out stout ohhhhhohhhhahhhhaahhhaahhhahahh how happy we shall be
    your ears fall in your eyes fall out
    your brain comes trickiling down your stout
    ohhhhhohhhhoohhhhoohhhahhaahhhaahaha how happy we shall be

    (as each verse was sung we would get quieter and at the end would give a loud scream lol =)) thats the derriaghy scouts version

  17. Mary C. Says:

    If you’ve ever seen a hearse go by
    You know that some day you’re going to die

    They wrap you up in a big black sheet
    And bury you under six feet deep

    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    The ants play pinochle on you snout

    You stomach turns a horrible green and
    puss pours out like yum yum whipped cream

    They give it to you spread on bread
    And that’s what you eat when you are dead

  18. sue Says:

    this is what i remember when i was a child in England

    Don’t laugh next time you see a hearst go by ,
    for you might be the next to die
    they wrap you up in a big white sheet
    and lower you down to a depth of four or five feet
    the worm crawl in and the worms crawl out
    the your brain goes slippering down your snout
    and when your blood turns a sickly green ,the Worms call it Devonshire cream

  19. DeAnn Says:

    Whenver you see a hearse go by
    you will be the next to die.

    They wrap you up in a big white sheet
    and bury you under six feet deep.

    Everything is fine for about a week
    and then the coffin begins to leak.

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
    the ants play pinocle on your snout.

    They eat your eyes, they eat your nose
    they eat the jelly between your toes

    Your stomach turns a slimy green,
    puss runs out like old whipped cream,
    You sop it up with a piece of bread
    and that’s what you eat when you are dead.

    I learned this as a child in Kentucky 1960-70’s

  20. sarah Says:

    never laugh wen a hurce gose by coz maybe your the next to die
    they rap u nin a big white sheet and drup u down about 40 feet
    ohohoho were will we be in 100 years from nou?
    the put u in a big lack box and cover u up with sand and rocks
    ohohoho were will we be in 100 years from nou?
    all in fine for about a week and then the coffin begins to leek
    ohohoho were will we be in 100 years from nou?
    the worms crawl in the worms crawl out they go in thin they come out stout
    ohohoho were will we be in 100 years form nou?
    ur eyes fall in ur teeth fall out ur brain come trickeling down ur snout
    ohohoho were will we be in 100 years from nou?
    ur skill will tern a sickly green and puss comes out like shaving creem
    ohohoho were will we be in 100 year from nou?
    DEAD!!! (this is skeemed by everyone)
    thats all i can remember my mum used to sing it to us in the car!! im shor ther were some mor versis but she dusnt remember them eather!!

  21. Skip Says:

    Whenever you see a hearse go by
    you’ll surely be the next to die
    they’ll wrap you up in a bloody sheet
    and drop you down about six feet deep.

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
    the quants play pinochle on your snout,
    and then a worm who’s not so shy
    crawls in your ear and out your eye!

    You spread some pus on some moldy toast
    and that’s how you live, when you’re a ghost.

  22. Elizabeth Says:

    I can add one verse:

    After “the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
    the worms play pinocle on your snout”…

    ADD to all the other verses submitted:

    “They use your bones for telephones,
    and you never know what they’re talking about.”

  23. Amanda Says:

    This is the version my dad taught me (though only when mom wasn’t around, lol….). It’s pretty much a mishmash of many other versions with a few new variations:

    If you laugh when a hearse goes by
    You will be the next to die

    They cover you up in a big white sheet
    And bury you in a hole six feet deep

    All goes well for about a week
    And then your coffin starts to creak

    Bugs crawl in and bugs crawl out
    Ants play pinochle on your snout

    Little green bugs that look like flies
    Crawl in your ears and out your eyes

    The pus comes out like whipping cream
    And you forgot your spoon!

  24. Natalie Says:

    Hi! This was my fave as a child….it starts way differently and has a slightly different cadence here in Australia… atleast as I was taught………

    Have you ever thought as time goes by
    That you might be the next to die
    They wrap you in a big white sheet
    and toss you down about 6 feet
    All goes well for about a week
    Until your coffin starts to leak
    Worms crawl in, worms crawl out
    Worms play ping pong on your snout
    Your liver turns a ghastly green
    And puss pours out like thick whipped cream!

  25. Jill Says:

    well this is the version my mom taught me

    If ever you see a hearse go by
    don’t forget you’re gonna die

    ahoo ra hoo
    ahoo ra hee
    How happy we shall be

    Your eyes fall in, your ears fall out
    Your brains come tumbling down your snout

    ahoo ra hoo
    ahoo ra hee
    how happy we shall be

    and she doesn’t know the rest

  26. Nell Wall Says:

    Hello- thank you all for the wonderful childhood memories……I have a question…….does anyone think that the Alfred Hitchcock’s theme music fits the “worms crawl in…the worms crawl out” song? It just hit me after all these years- I had never made that connection before. I wonder if Alfred Hitchcock was laughing about it. The version I heard in Virginia was-

    “The worms crawl in- the worms crawl out-

    The worms play pinocle on your snout!

    They eat your eyes, they eat your nose-

    They eat the jelly between your toes!”

    My mother told me to never sing that awful song again…I didn’t sing it again, but never forgot the words! Any comments about the Alfred Hitchcock tune?

  27. Lisa Says:

    I can hear the similarity. -Lisa

  28. Warren Says:

    My version from kids at Grant school, Mission Hills, San Diego; first heard (I think) in about 1940.

    Do you ever think when a hearse goes by
    that you might be the next to die?
    They wrap you in a big white sheet
    and then they bury you six feet deep
    They put you in a long pine box
    and cover you over with dirt and rocks

    What a horrible way to die!

    All goes well for ’bout a week
    and then your coffin begins to leak
    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    the worms play pinochle on your snout
    And then you turn a sickly green
    the puss runs out like thick whipped cream.

    What a horrible way to die!

    I seem to recall that the song went on from there and some of the versions are familiar but I don’t remember how they were incorporated in my version. The main difference is the injection “What a horrible way to die!” after each six lines.

    Yes, Hitchcock’s theme does remind me of the tune.

  29. Amanda Says:

    The way that I have always heard it was…

    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out. the ants play pinocle in your mouth. the worms crawl in the worms crawl out the pinocle in your mouth..

    dont laugh next time a hearse goes by for you may be the next to die. they wrap you up in body sheets and bury you six feet deep.

    they eat your eyes.. and then they eat your nose.. they like to eat the jelly between your toes.

  30. Breanna Says:

    So I’ve been scouring the internet for the lyrics to the version I remember singing as a kid and thus far, no luck. But I’m really enjoying reading all of the variations on this site so I thought I’d add the one I remember to the pile =)

    “The worms crawl in
    The worms crawl out
    The ants play pinochle in your mouth

    The worms crawl in
    The worms crawl out
    play pinochle in your mouth

    Don’t laugh next time a hearse goes by
    For you may be the next to die
    They’ll wrap you up in bloody sheets
    And bury you six feet deep

    They eat your eyes
    And then they eat your nose
    They like to eat the jelly between your toes!”

    I feel like I’m missing some of it but this is all I remember

  31. amy Says:

    My aunt used to sing this to us as children now i sing it to my son and his cousins…
    Have u ever seen a hearse go by
    and think u may be the next to die
    they cover u up with a great white sheet
    then they bury u six feet deep

    the worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    the worms play pinochle on ur snout
    a certain worm who isnt so shy
    crawls in ur ear and out ur eye

    u start to turn a milky green
    and then u explode like whipping cream
    OOPS I FORGOT MY SPOON!

  32. Jeff Says:

    It’s great how these things are passed on and the naughty fascination that boys in particular have with it. This is what I remember my dad teaching me and what I’ve taught my 7 year old!

    Whenever you see a Hearse go by,
    Remember that one day you’ve got to die

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    They dress you up in a wooden shirt
    And cover your body all over with dirt.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    They throw in stones, they throw in rocks
    And don’t care less if they break the box.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    It all goes well for about a week
    And then your coffin begins to leak.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out,
    They go in thin and they come out stout.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    They bring their friends and their friends too,
    They make a terrible mess of you.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out,
    Your brain comes trickling down your snout.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    They eat your eyes; they eat your nose,
    They love the jelly between your toes.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    And when your bones begin to rot,
    The worms are there but you are not.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh ooh-ho-ho-ho-hoo.

    Your liver turns a ghastly green
    And oozes out like Devonshire cream.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    I wish I had my spoon.

    So whenever you see a Hearse go by,
    Remember that one day you’ve got to die.

    Ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
    What fun it’s going to be.

  33. atlanticjem Says:

    My mom tells me about when she was a little girl, her brother (who was a boyscout) would sing this to her in the back seat of the car. She would get sick, then her parents would spank her and didn’t believe her brother was the culprit! That was in the early 50’s. These are all the lyrics I remember her singing to me…

    Did you ever see a hearse go by
    And wonder if you were the next to die?
    Oo – ooooh
    Oo – ooooh
    The worms go in, the worms go out;
    The worms play pinochle in your snout.
    Oo – ooooh
    Oo – ooooh

    Some of the other lyrics people have mentioned sound vaguely familiar as well.
    The song my dad always sang to me that has multiple parts to it, but he could only remember some parts was: Hagalina Magalina Hootsteina-Wualapina Hogan Logan Mogan was her name…She had a funny name, but she weren’t to blame…Her pa gave it to her just the same same same… Does anybody recognize that song? It’s probably a bit older. I think he learned it in the early 40’s.

  34. Kai Patsches Says:

    When I was younger, every time we would pass a grave yard in the car we had to put one foot in the air, one arm in the air, stick your tongue out, and cross your eyes. Shortly after my mum would always sing;
    Have you ever seen a hearse go by,
    Thinking that you’ll be the next to die,
    They put you in a wooden box,
    Cover you up with dirt and rocks,
    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
    In your nose and out your mouth,
    They eat your guts like sourkrout.

    We would usually repeat the song a few times.

  35. Coroloro Says:

    This is the variation my Dad always sang to me, which I imagine he learned growing up in the 40’s and 50’s in Maryville, Tennessee. It seems similar to versions I have heard here, but distinct and much shorter (and a little less gross at times :P )

    Have you ever wondered when the hearse goes by
    that you might be the next to die?
    They wrap you up in a big, white sheet
    and bury you down about six feet deep!

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
    The worms play pinockle on your snout!
    They turn your belly a peachy green
    and puss comes out just like whipping cream!

    I’ve heard bits of this in the variations above, though few seem to mention the “pinochle” part, which I think is a specific mark of the ‘age’ of the song… those variants with pinochle mentioned in it are more likely to be the older versions. I looked this song up specifically, as I knew that this is the kind of thing that, because of my Dad’s age, likely has been around a very long time and thought it would be nice to ‘preserve’ it, or at least his version of it.

  36. Julie Says:

    Here is the song I learned. Thought about it because it was so close to Halloween:

    Whenever you see the hearse go by,you know that you’re the next to die, they put you in a wooden box and cover you up with dirt and rocks. The worms crawl in the worms crawl out the worms play pinchocle on your snout, and then you turn as slickly green and puss swarms out like whipping cream. You slap it on a piece of bread and that is what you eat when your dead!

    It seems like there is more to the song, but through the years without ever reciting it, I have forgotten a lot of it! The music is from the Funeral March of the Marionette

  37. Ian Hutchinson Says:

    The version I remember from Teacher Training college in 1966 which we used for speech training was:

    Do not laugh when your friends pass by;
    You may be the next to die!
    They wrap you up in a long white sheet
    And put you down about sixteen feet.

    All goes well for nearly a week,
    The your coffin starts to leak.
    Worms crawl in and worms crawl out,
    Worms play ping-pong on your snout.
    ?????????
    Your brain goes tumbling all about.

    Last of all, your rotting bones
    Are used by ants as xylophones.
    So when you feel it’s time to rest,
    Cox’s Boxes are the best.

  38. John Says:

    We sang it at my grammar school and recorded it on a tape machine in the Physics lab. One extra suggestion that we had was a chorus to each verse :
    Oh, oh, oh, oh
    Where shall we be in a hundred years from now.

    Even back then I wondered if the answer could be “Still alive and in an old folks home” which now seems increasingly likely!

  39. Lisa Says:

    That’s cool John! Would you like to sing this song for us? :) Mama Lisa

  40. Lacy Says:

    Recently a friend of mine mentioned The Hearse Song, which I hadn’t thought about for years. It immediately sparked my interest again and I came across this site while looking into it. Here’s the version we used to sing as kids (not sure if this has been posted by someone already).

    Do you ever think as a hearse goes by,
    That you may be the next to die?
    They wrap you up in a big white sheet,
    From your head down to your feet.

    They put you in a big black box,
    And cover you up with dirt and rocks,
    All goes well for ’bout a week,
    And then your coffin begins to leak.

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
    The worms play pinochle on your snout,
    They eat your eyes, they eat your noes,
    They eat the jelly between your toes.

    Then a big green worm with rolling eyes,
    Crawls through your stomach and out your eyes,
    Your stomach turns a slimy green,
    And puss pours out like whipping cream.

    You spread it on a slice of bread,
    And that’s what you eat when you’re dead.

  41. jesse Says:

    Have you ever seen a hearse go by,
    Then you’ll know your the next to die.
    They wrap you up in a bloody sheet,
    Then bury you about six feet deep.
    All goes well for about a week,
    Until your coffin begins to leak.
    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out.
    They eat your guts and they spit them out.
    Your nose turns green. Your bones decay.
    Isn’t that the end of a perfect day?

    Do me a favor. Drop dead.
    That’s how I was taught as a kid in the eighties.

  42. Brown Owl Says:

    as a young leader at Brownies many years ago we used to sing

    Have you ever thought as the years go by
    that sooner or later you’ll have to die
    Ha ha ha hee hee hee How happy we shall be

    They wrap you up in a dirty sheet
    and chuck you down about thirty feet
    Ha ha ha hee hee hee How happy we shall be

    It’s alright for the first few weeks
    but then your coffin begins to leak
    Ha ha ha hee hee hee How happy we shall be

    the worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
    they crawl in thin and they crawl out stout
    Ha ha ha hee hee hee How happy we shall be

    your ears fall off and your teeth fall out
    Your Brains come tumbling down your snout
    Ha ha ha hee hee hee How happy we shall be

    Can’t remember the rest of it though

  43. Clive Says:

    In Britain I heard it this way

    (something about a hearse)
    They wrap you up in a clean white sheet
    And tuck in the corners ever so neat.

    Oh oh oh oh where will we be in a hundred years from nowowowow

    The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
    They crawl in thin and they crawl out stout

    Oh oh etc

    Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out
    Your brain comes trickling down your snout

    That’s all I can remember.

  44. Toerag Says:

    This is the version I’ve been taught (UK):-
    Whenever you see a hearse go by, just think of the day you’re going to die

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    They wrap you in a big white sheet, and tuck the corners in so neat

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    They put you in a big black box, and cover you up with tons of rocks

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    All goes well for a couple of weeks, then the coffin begins to leak

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out, they go in thin they come out stout

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    They bring their friends and their friends friends too, They make an awful mess of you

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    Your cheeks fall in, your teeth fall out, your eyes come slithering down your snout

    Wooo-Ooo Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    Your brain becomes a sickly green and comes out your ears like Devonshire cream

    Wooo-Ooo Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    You spread some pus on mouldy toast, that’s how you live when you’re a ghost.

    Wooo-Ooo, Ooo-Ooo, where shall we be in a hundred years from now?

    DEAD!

  45. Dave l Says:

    My version Birmingham uk 1950s. 17/01/2016 9.15pm

    Have you ever seem a hearse go by
    Then you’ll know you’re next to die
    They put you in a big black box
    They cover you up with sticks and rocks
    With a he he he and a ha ha ha how happy we will beeeee
    It’s alright for the first few weeks
    Then your coffin starts to leak
    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out
    Your brains come dribbling down your snout
    With a he he he and a ha ha ha how happy we will beeeee.

  46. Rita Says:

    Australia – 1960/70s

    If ever you see a corpse go by
    remember one day you have to die
    ooo ooo ooo ooo
    ooo wee ooo wee
    let’s all be merry and gay

    The worms go in the worms come out
    they go in thin they come out stout
    ooo ooo ooo ooo
    ooo wee ooo wee
    let’s all be merry and gay

    ?? ?? ??
    your brains come dribbling down your snout
    ooo ooo ooo ooo
    ooo wee ooo wee
    let’s all be merry and gay

    can’t remember more

  47. Romayne Lyness Says:

    What a brilliant blog!.. here is my mum’s version that she sang to me as a young child in Belfast, N.Ireland in the 1960/70s… it was terrifying and has stayed with me all my life!

    The Hearse Song…

    If ever you see a hearse go by, do ya ever think that you’re gonna die?
    Aye aye, aye aye… Aye aye, aye aye… How happy we will be!

    They dress you up in a nice white shirt, and then they cover you up with dirt…
    Aye aye, aye aye… Aye aye, aye aye… How happy we will be!

    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out. They crawl in thin and they crawl out stout.
    Aye aye, aye aye… Aye aye, aye aye… How happy we will be!

    If ever you see a hearse go by, do ya ever think that you’re gonna die?
    Aye aye, aye aye… Aye aye, aye aye… How happy we will be!

    It never sounded too happy to me… but there you go!

    So many interesting versions! And I can’t remember if I ever passed it on to my children… I hope I didn’t, but I may have!

  48. Dave Says:

    I remember this rhyme from my primary school days
    and that was nearly 75 years ago, but still clear in my head

    When next you see a hearse go by
    You know that soon you’re sure to die
    They wrap you up in a big white sheet
    Then lower you down to about six feet
    All goes well for about a week
    But then your grave begins to leak
    The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
    They go in thin and they come out stout
    Your face falls in and your eyes fall out
    And your brains come trickling down your snout

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