The Hearse Song – 2 More Versions


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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7 Responses to “The Hearse Song – 2 More Versions”

  1. Sally Colbourne Says:

    my version of the hearse song , I can’t remember where I heard it and it’s not complete .
    Have you ever thought
    When the hearse goes by
    Some day you will have to die ?
    Ooh ooh ooh ooh
    They shut you up in a wooden box
    And cover you over with earth and rocks
    Ooh ooh ooh ooh
    Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out
    And your brain comes tumbling down your snout
    Ooh ooh ooh ooh

  2. mike Says:

    Here’s my version, sung for 50 years.
    Whenever you see a hearse go by, think of the day you will die, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh.
    They put you in a big black box and cover you over with tons of rocks.
    It is alright for about a week and then your coffin begins to leak.
    Your body turns a sickly green and you know your innards can be seen.
    Your nose falls in and your teeth fall out your brain comes trickling down your snout.
    The worms go in and the worms go out they go in thin and they come out stout.
    They bring their friends and their friends’ friends too, they make an ‘orrible mess of you.

  3. Patricia Waters Says:

    My father used to sing this to me in the 1950’s… Heavily censored I suspect 😉 with lots of extra “ooo ooo ooo ooo’s” being substituted for the goriest lines. I sang it to my children and now grand children… as a lullaby!… the lovely “resonance” of the ooo ooo’s seems soporific to tiny heads resting on the chest… and tells happy memories of my lovely dad…

    Have ever you thought as a hearse goes by
    That one of these days you are going to die?
    Ooo ooo ooo ooo! …. Ooo ooo ooo ooo!
    They dress you up in a long white shirt
    And cover you over with lots of dirt
    Ooo ooo ooo ooo!… Ooo ooo ooo ooo
    The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
    They crawl in thin and they crawl out stout
    Ooo ooo ooo ooo! Ooo ooo ooo ooo!
    They make an ‘orrible mess of you!

  4. Dawn Houston Says:

    I spent my early years in Michigan. I remember singing this song 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 jelly between your toes
    Do you ever think when a hearse goes by
    That someday you are going to die

  5. Jessica Sage Says:

    I don’t remember much, I think i heard it in a cheap cartoon as a kid, maybe one of the old Casper ones? Anyway it was a deep lilting male voice singing it, bad quality (dated) recording, and all I remember is

    Did you ever think as a hearse goes by
    That you may be the next to die

  6. Jodacious Says:

    Ours went:
    Have you ever seen a hearse go by and thought that you’d be the next to die
    They put you in a wooden box and cover you up with dirt and rocks
    Your arm falls off and goo comes out. Your eyes sink in and your teeth fall out. The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out the ants play pinochle on your snout. Your stomach turns to slimy green and bubbles up like whipping cream

  7. Peg Holliday Says:

    I am looking for all the words to Jessica Sage’s version . . .
    Did you ever think when a hearse goes by, You may be the next to die?
    They wrap you up in a big white sheet, and bury you down about six feet.
    All goes well for about a week, then the coffin begins to leak.
    The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle about your snout.

    That’s all I can remember. I’m 88 !!!

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