What's Going On? (In Modern Texas Folklore) Page: 175
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"AS THE HEARSE GOES BY":
THE MODERN CHILD'S
Charles Clay Doyle
AMERICANS of several generations and regions can
remember as children having annoyed parents and
squeamish friends with strains such as these:
1 Did you ever think as the hearse goes by
That you may be the next to die?
2 They wrap you up in a big white sheet
And drop you down 'bout six feet deep.
3 All goes well for about a week,
And then your coffin begins to leak.
4 The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout.
5 They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
6 A big red worm with rolling eyes
Will crawl in your stomach and out your eyes.
7 Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
8 You spread it on a piece of bread
But you never know it because you are dead.'
The song (sometimes entitled "Hearse Song") is known in
every state of the union and Canada.2 I have questioned
one thousand persons over the past eight years, the
majority of college and high school age, the greatest num-
ber in the following locations: Austin, Texas; Weimar,
Texas (a rural community eighty miles west of Houston);
Los Angeles; Athens, Georgia; Chicago; and New York.
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Volume of "a collection of essays by contemporary folklorists who are writing about the customs and traditions and the songs and the stories that are going on now" (inside the front cover). It includes information about the folklore of cowboys, rodeos, chain letters and marijuana, as well as information about country, swing and gospel music. Index begins on page 301.
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Abernethy, Francis Edward. What's Going On? (In Modern Texas Folklore), book, 1976; Austin, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38877/m1/193/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.