Something of a kiddie classic, the Hearse Song
is featured in the child's scary story
book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Alvin Schwartz
. This version is from Brooklyn
in the 1940s
Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
The eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You spread it on a piece of bread
And that's what you eat when you are dead.
It is a song, and the notes are in the book, but I don't know how to node them.