If You Should See A Hearse Go By

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If you should see a hearse go by,
Then you will know you're the next to die.
They put you in a wooden box
And cover you over with dirt and rocks
Then worms crawl in
And worms crawl out
And worms play pinochle on your snout
And then you turn a sickening green
And puss comes out like whipping cream
And me without a spoon!

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Do you ever laugh as the hearse goes by
for you may be the next to die
they wrap you up in a big white sheet
and bury you about 6 feet deep
then all goes well for bout a week
and then your coffin begins to leak
the worms crawl in
the worms crawl out
the ants play pinnacle on your snout
your stomach turns a slimy green
and puss comes out like whipping cream
you spread it on a slice of bread
and that's what you eat
when you are dead.

The worms enjoy this version

Oh don't you laugh when a hearse goes by
Or you will be the next to die
They'll wrap you up in bloody sheets
s and bury you under six feet deep.

Now all goes well for about a week,
Until the coffin begins to leak
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
The worms play pinochle in your snout.

They eat your eyes, they eat your nose
They eat the jelly between your toes
You scoop it up on a piece of bread,
And that's what you eat, when your dead!


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Anna, United States

23 October 2011 at 5:13pm

Laugh out Loud! I knew this when I was a kid, my siblings and I (often joined by our father!) sang it with astonishing gusto! As a PC preschool teacher I cannot share it with my students, shucks! But in one interesting tidbit, this song strongly influenced my ultimate exit plan. . .cremation!

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Cheryl, United States

29 July 2011 at 8:00pm

I totally remember this song and loved it. Gross, yes, but that's what makes it so much fun for kids to sing at the tops of their voices. ;D As long as the kids (and adults in touch with their inner child) know when not to be singing it, I don't see the harm.

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Rose, Sacramento Usa

23 November 2009 at 2:46am

Are you sure this is a good song for kids? I realize they need to know about death. I admit I laughed when I was about 10. I never taught this to my kids! They never learned it from anyone else, or they would have sung it, I know. And I would have been so disgusted! How about "Go Tell Aunt Rhoda"...(the old gray goose is dead) instead? They did sing that song because it was on a Burl Ives recording.

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Laura, New Zealand

11 August 2009 at 8:31am

LOL! I sang that at scouts

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