Flat Rock Ballads - Carl Sandburg

The Hearse Song || Unconstant Lover || The Doughnut Man


The Hearse Song

Did you ever think, as the hearse rolls by
That one of these days, you must surely die
They'll take you away in a big black hat
They'll take you away but won't bring you back

The men with shovels stand all around
They shovel you into that cold wet ground
They shovel in dirt and they throw in rocks
They don't give a damn if they break the box

And your eyes drop out and your teeth fall in
And the worms crawl over your mouth and chin
And the worms crawl out and the worms crawl in
And your limbs drop off of you limb .. by .. limb

The old grey hearse goes rolling by
You don't know whether to laugh or cry
For you know someday it will get you too
And the hearse's next load may consist of you

They'll take you out and they'll lower you down
While men with shovels stand all around
They'll throw in dirt and they'll throw in rocks
And they don't give a damn if they break the box

The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out
They crawl all over your chin and mouth
They invite their friends and their friends' friends too
And you look like hell when they're through with Y O U


Unconstant Lover

A meeting a pleasure
A parting a grieve
But an unconstant lover
is woser than a thief

A thief can but rob you
And take all you have
But an unconstant lover
Will bring you to the grave

The grave will consume you
And mold you to dust
But whre is the young man
That a poor girl can trust?

The Doughnut Man

Ohooo Oh..ohoooo, Mama, Mama
The doughnut man is here

Ohooo Oh..ohoooo, Mama, Mama
The doughnut man is here

Ohooo Oh..ohoooo, Mama, Mama
The doughnut man is here

...he's disappearin' up the beach. . .

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