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
The woman she was gaunt and tall
A corpse was being carried in
The corpse was very pale and thin
The worms crawled in and the worms crawled out
In at the nose and out of the snout
The woman to the corpse said:
“Shall I be like that when I am dead?”
The corpse answered with a groan: SHRIEK!
(at which point all the scouts who know the song scream their lungs out…)
Thanks Robin. Enjoy your party!
Here you’ll find other versions of The Hearse Song. Feel free to add the version you know in the comments.
Come read about The Origin of The Worms Crawl in the Worms Crawl Out a.k.a. The Hearse Song.
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