I’ve been discussing the origin of the phrase “The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out”.
Yesterday, I posted the old nursery rhyme “There Was a Woman All Skin and Bone”, which contains the phrase.
Here’s another version of There Was a Woman All Skin and Bone, this one a song, (sung by me!). In this case the phrase is “The grubs crawled in, the grubs crawled out”. How and when it changed is a bit of a mystery.
There Was a Woman All Skin and Bone
There was a woman all skin and bone
Who lived in a cottage all on her own,
She thought she’d go to church one day
To hear the parson preach and pray,
When she got to the wooden stile
She thought she’d stay and rest a while
When she reached the old church door
A ghastly ghost lay on the floor,
The grubs crawled in, the grubs crawled out,
Of its ears, eyes, nose, and mouth.
Oh you ghastly ghost, she said,
Shall I be like you when I am dead ?
If anyone out there sings it differently, and would like to send other lyrics or a different rendition, I’d be happy to post it.
Happy Halloween Everybody!
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