Skin And Bones


There was an old woman all skin and bones, O-o-o-o!
She lived down by the old graveyard -o-o-o!
One night she thought she'd take a walk, -o-o-o!
She walked down by the old graveyard, o-o-o!
She saw the bones a-layinâ around, O-o-o-o!
She thought sheâd sweep the old church house, O-o-o-o!
She went to the closet to get a broom, O-o-o-o!
She opened the door and BOO!

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Alyssa, United States

18 August 2016 at 7:50am

I kept wondering how people were getting alopecia from the lyrics until it dawned on me that some people don't know that the phrase "skin and bones" means frail and thin. It has nothing to do with hair loss... Maybe I only knew that because it's used frequently in the south, where I grew up, but either way I thought I'd at least try to clear up the confusion. As for the eating disorder bit, I can't comment.

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Summers, Nathan, United States

20 July 2016 at 5:50pm

Learned this song when I was 5. Thought I would find the lyrics again. People who think that this is offensive are looking into it too hard. Of course there is always something that can be associated with anything that isn't normal. From me when I was a child, (who it was intended for might I add), I loved it. Stop trying to turn am old nursery rhyme into something potentially evil. That is the problem with America now. Everyone always assuming and judging. Kinda pathetic.

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Wood, Tanzania, United Republic of

18 July 2016 at 8:01am

That's 2 clever by half and 2x2 clever 4 me. Thnsak!

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Rachel Niamat, 9283 Rigzar rd

1 June 2016 at 7:50pm

This song is very inappropriate. For it scares children and can be offensive to old ladies that have an eating disorder and allopecia. like devin united states said

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Stephanie, United States

13 August 2015 at 8:43pm

I remember singing this in elementary school when I was in 1st grade back in 1988 glad I was able to find it again.

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Devin, United States

23 June 2015 at 2:15am

I feel like this song may be slightly inappropriate for children to be singing. For all we know this poor old woman may have an eating disorder and possibly allopecia. There is no need to objectify her in such a fashion.

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shakayla, Austria

31 May 2015 at 7:30am

its a nice song and very creative

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Queen Elizabeth the 1st, Bisley,England

15 December 2014 at 1:01am

this song is nice and creative

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Lucia, United States

17 October 2014 at 11:46pm

I love this song. My music teacher taught me this song yesterday. She didn't scare me at the end of the song when it said BOO!

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EJ, United States

13 October 2014 at 10:00am

I remember singing this is music class when I was like 3rd grade! My music teacher did this song with us from like 1st grade to 3rd grade, it was funny because she jumped at us when we all said BOO! We even made her "Which's Brew in music class as we sang :D! We all brought something to add to it, I remember bringing raisins, lol, and we made a big bowl of "Which's Brew" trail mix and all of us in the class got a big ziploc baggie full of it to take back to class with us, what great memories one kiddie song can bring back!!

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sky, usa

24 September 2014 at 12:22am

this song is awesome and cool

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Gail, California

18 September 2014 at 12:30am

I have used this song with 1st -3rd grade nearly every year since 1983 and I practically never repeat any other song. Drama possibilities are amazing. I prefer the line"She went to the closet to get a broom" because her intentions can be mysterious and lead to discussion. Music teacher since 1983

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Jayla, United States

29 October 2011 at 12:46am

This is my favorite song.We song it today in music class.

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Caroline, United States

1 September 2011 at 8:00pm

I have been singing this song since my father taught me it when I was liiike four! Love love loooove that you have it. xx

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Amanda, United States

24 June 2011 at 9:40am

this song alway`s scared me when i was 7 year`s old all the way up to 11 year`s old then after that i grew of being scared of this song.

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Moryah, United States

12 December 2010 at 11:38pm

i like this song

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Kaiyla, United States

21 October 2010 at 9:26pm

i sing this today at music it was fun

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Niki, United States

4 October 2010 at 2:18pm

My sister and I were just trying to remember this song. We were taught it at daycare 20 years ago! How awesome is this website? Great find.

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Nessa, Phoenix, Az

3 September 2010 at 2:41am

I remember this song it was long time ago we sing it in classroom on every Halloween

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Neon Dionne, U.s.

7 August 2010 at 7:57pm

I remember this song. I use to sing this song with my class all the time when I was little. I love this song

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