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The Worms Crawl In... [Sep. 14th, 2003|07:21 pm]
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Been doing a spot of research for Weird Cabaret...

I remembered a song that my father used to sing to me...he's a music teacher and has my sense of humour hehe...

The Worms Crawl In

Whenever you see a hearse go by,
Oooh, ah, oooh, ah
Remember, one day, you've got to die,
Oooh, ah, oooh, ah

They wrap you up in a clean white sheet,
Oooh, ah, oooh, ah
And drop your box down thirteen feet.
Oooh, ah, oooh, ah

All goes well for about a week ...
And then the coffin begins to leak ...

Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out ...
And maggots play ping-pong on your snout ...

Your fingers rot, and so do your toes ...
Your brains come tumbling down your nose ...

After a while your face turns green ...
And pus pours out like clotted-cream ...

The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out ...
They go in thin and they come out stout ...

So, whenever you see a hearse go by,
Oooh, ah, oooh, ah
Remember one day, you've got to die,
Oooh, ah, oooh, ah
How happy we shall be!


There's a different version here, with a midi...:

Might be interesting to use it in performance, since the theme for the next Weird Cabaret is 'Death'...

[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-09-14 12:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, reminds me sf some 78 I heard on the radio once, it basically went "isn't it grand to be bloomin' well dead", and proceeded to poke fun at all the gawping, disrespectful relatives at the funeral. It was banned by the BBC as tasteless, but it was actually very funny, in a dark way.

I was with my auntie Irene once, walking up the road, there was this old Irish chap stood by this hole in the road, just looking in. Irene sort of knew him to say hello to, and said "what you doing then?", to which he replied "waiting for the funeral".
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-14 01:02 pm (UTC)
Look at the Coffin

Look at the coffin, with golden handles...

Isn't it grand, boys, to be bloody well dead?
Let's not have a sniffle, let's have a bloody good cry
And always remember, the longer you live
The sooner you'll bloody well die.

Look at the widow, bloody great woman...


Look at the mourners, bloody great hypocrites...


Look at the preacher, bloody well sanctified...

(Will have to email that as well now!)

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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-14 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks vimster...you got me researching again lol!!

A set of links (using google), with some alternative lyrics...

Google Search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Isn%27t+it+grand%2C+boys%2C+to+be+bloody+well+dead%3F&btnG=Google+Search

Lyrics : http://www.makem.com/discography/recordings/lyricpage/isntitgrand.html

More thorough lyrics : http://celtic-lyrics.com/lyrics/262

Lyrics with Midi/mp3 (handy) : http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/isnt_it_grand.html

Ok, I'll shut up now...but I had some hideous vision of Vic singing this...

...if you knew who Vic was all would become clear!!

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[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-09-14 01:16 pm (UTC)
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From: dscandles
2003-09-14 01:19 pm (UTC)

ROFL...That Made My Day...Thanks

see above

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[User Picture]From: serpentbearer
2003-09-14 02:47 pm (UTC)
My mum taught that song to me! Though she couldn't remember all the verses. A friend and I used to put on shows at Christmas to our families (roping all the small brothers and sisters in LOL) and we did that song one year, with cowls over our heads - it went down a treat (but our families were a bit odd *grin*).

I'll have to take a listen to that midi, see if it's the tune I remember...ah, nostalgia!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-14 02:50 pm (UTC)
I vaguely remember it as:

"The worms go in and the worms go out,
They go in thin and they come out fat,

Oh Woe! Woe! Woe! Woe!!"

But that was probably my dad just getting it wrong lol!

Cowls, eh?

*scribbling down ideas*
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From: wildgift93
2003-09-14 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, I remember that song too!!! That would be good for Weird Caberet! It's motivating me to do an illustration to that song.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-14 05:02 pm (UTC)
Awesome!! I wanna see it when you're done!! Maybe we could use it...

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From: wildgift93
2003-09-15 12:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-15 04:43 am (UTC)
We have stuff on the walls...the last show, Jack (a girl) had a huge distorted painting of a pair of breasts...and all our faces were stretched/fucked up in photoshop and stuck all over the walls...my head became a funnel...it was horrible...
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[User Picture]From: mina_laury
2003-09-14 04:14 pm (UTC)
*giggle* I always had it as 'your brains go rolling down your snout' but that seems to be covered in the next verse, which I hadn't heard.

Bizarrely, my brain is now singing a disgusting song beginning 'They came across the River Rhine' at me and won't stop.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-14 05:05 pm (UTC)
'They came across the river Rhine'??

That would be impressive to see...

*dirty snicker*

I wanna see the words now!!!!
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[User Picture]From: eldritch00
2003-09-15 06:19 am (UTC)

I know this!

There's a short short version of it by the Pogues on the album called If I Should Fall from Grace with God--the last track. :-)
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-15 06:24 am (UTC)

Re: I know this!

Awesome! Thanks:))
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-09-15 10:12 am (UTC)

Re: I know this!

Lyrics to 'The Pogues' version:

The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
The ones that crawl in are lean and thin
The ones that crawl out are fat and stout
Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out
Your brains come tumbling down your snout

Be merry my friends
Be merry
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