Vicki Winston sent me the following version of The Hearse Song. Although it’s a gruesome song, many people seem to have fond memories of singing it during childhood (including me!).
Here’s the version we sang in North Carolina in the 50’s and 60’s:
Don’t ever laugh when a hearse goes by,
Or you may be the next to die.
They wrap you up in a bloody sheet,
And bury you under about six feet.
All goes well for a couple of weeks,
But then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, The worms play pinochle on your snout.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And puss comes out of you like whipped cream.
You lap it up with a piece of bread,
And that’s what you eat when you are dead.
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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