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FOLK POETRY

DID YOU EVER SEE A HEARSE GO BY? IT MEANS YOU MAY BE THE NEXT TO DIE. THEY WRAP YOU UP IN A BIG WHITE SHEET, AND THROW YOU DOWN ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP. THE WORMS CRA; IN, THE WORMS CRA; OUT,

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.346
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

DID YOU EVER THINK, WHEN THE HEARSE ROLLS BY,
THAT MAYBE YOU'LL BE THE NEXT TO DIE?
THE WORMS CRAWL IN AND THE WORMS CRAWL OUT
AND THE WORMS GO CRAWLING ALL ABOUT.

Submitter comment: MY GREAT AUNT LOOKS ON THIS AS BEING RATHER GRUESOME NOW BUT ADMITS
THAT SHE ENJOYED SAYING IT WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.346

Date learned: 00-02-1974

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