The Worms Crawl In, Worms Crawl Out

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Information About The Worms Crawl In, Worms Crawl Out

Also known as "The Hearse Song" the song's origin is hard to ascertain, there have been many different variations using lines similar to "The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out".

The "Gammer Gurton's Garland" 1810 edition records a nursery rhyme called "There Was a Lady All Skin and Bone" which contained the line "the worms crawled out, the worms crawled in".

A similar line "The worms, they crept in, and the worms, they crept out" was first recorded in print in the gothic romance novel "The Monk" published in 1796 and contained in the ballad "Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogine".

Another great worm song is Nobody Likes Me (Guess I'll Go Eat Worms).

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A different version but still pretty gross

Whenever you see a hearse go by, you may be the next to die.
They'll wrap you up in a big white sheet and throw you in a hole that's 6 feet deep.
Everything's fine for a week or so and then your nose begins to grow.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout.
Your stomach turns to an icy green and pus shoots out like white whipped cream.
You wipe it up with a slice of bread, and that's what you eat when you are dead.

Here is another gross version if you want

Now don't you laugh when the hearse goes by
You may be the next one to die
They wrap you up in a dirty old sheet
Then lay you down about six foot deep
Then all goes well for about a week
Then all the worms begin to creep
The worms crawl in the worms crawl out
The worms play pinochle on your snout
Your guts decay, your chest caves in
And out runs pus like fresh whipped cream.

A Rhyming version

Oh, don't you laugh when the hears goes by,
For you may be the next to die.
They'll wrap you in a bloody sheet,
Then drop you in a hole 6 feet deep.
Then all goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, they worms crawl out,
They play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the goo between your toes.
Your stomach turns a mossy green,
And pus runs out like whipping cream
And there you are, without a spoon.
But I brought my straw! Slurp!

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38 Comments

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amina, United Kingdom

10 November 2013 at 7:08pm

this is the most disgusting song I have ever heard

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Nova, United States

11 September 2013 at 1:27am

I'm 60 and I learnedd this song on the playground. It was not scary like the recording and it had lyrics "two tall men dressed in black will come to carry your body back, they'll put in a wooden box," etc. It's wonderful how different regions and countries had different lyrics.

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Mary, Australia

2 September 2013 at 12:07am

This scares we a little for all the kids who heard this they must have nightmares!

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Lucy, Italy

2 September 2013 at 12:02am

My family sang me this song but, when they sang it the music was all happy and it was not really scary when i heard this i almost flipped and i was all like "WHAT!" so this was news to me when i heard this new version.

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Fing Bon, Comoros

9 November 2012 at 12:35am

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Jeff, Antarctica

9 November 2012 at 12:34am

My mom sings this better than you

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Sdjhfsfkjhskjf, Azerbaijan

9 November 2012 at 12:32am

Don't let the thought of putting pen to paper daunt you.

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Hjgfhjafghs, Andorra

9 November 2012 at 12:31am

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Hiho Trololol, Bangladesh

9 November 2012 at 12:28am

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Hi, Angola

9 November 2012 at 12:27am

A dog is man's best friend." That common saying may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose companionship people enjoy. For many people, a cat is their best friend. Despite what dog lovers may believe, cats make excellent housepets as they are good companions, they are civilized members of the household, and they are easy to care for.

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Hi, Algeria

9 November 2012 at 12:27am

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Algeria

9 November 2012 at 12:14am

I threw a wish in the well, Don't ask me, I'll never tell I looked to you as it fell, And now you're in my way I'd trade my soul for a wish, Pennies and dimes for a kiss I wasn't looking for this, But now you're in my way Your stare was holdin', Ripped jeans, skin was showin' Hot night, wind was blowin' Where you think you're going, baby? Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here's my number, So call me, maybe? It's hard to look right, At you baby, But here's my number, So call me, maybe?

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Ching Dong, Anguilla

9 November 2012 at 12:13am

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Jimmy Fartsalot, Azerbaijan

9 November 2012 at 12:13am

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Joe, Bangladesh

9 November 2012 at 12:12am

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Freddi, United States

6 October 2012 at 11:19am

For some reason this song was combined with "did you ever go fishin' on a hot summer's day, sittin' on the bank when the bank caved in, with your hands in your pockets and your pockets in your pants, watchin' the fish do the hootchie-kootchie dance." Then there were some lines I can't remember, then "the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms crawl in and out of your mouth," then some more I can't recall, then "but you're a pretty nice feller for the shape you're in. Do me a favor: Drop dead!" Can anyone fill in the blanks, so to speak? By the way, we didn't sing "worms" to the Laurel & Hardy theme. It's sort of like L&H only upside down.

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Ramblin Dan, United States

12 September 2012 at 2:24pm

I'm 65 and still sing it, learned it as a kid, scouts or Y-Camp. My version the ants play pinochle on your snout. Pure kid fun

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Scott, United States

28 April 2012 at 4:08am

For those who remember seeing it in a show or movie, it's likely you're thinking of the film "Picture Mommy Dead"

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Lorraine, Australia

12 July 2011 at 9:32am

I am in my mid 60s and I remember it as "The worms crawl in thin and crawl out thick", ect, what a great song, I taught my children and my grand children and they think it is a great song

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L, United States

10 March 2011 at 8:45am

@Roger from Canada I learned it as "they use your bones for telephones and call you up when you're all alone" or "when you're home alone"

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