Some of my best and earliest memories from elementary school are from music class with Mrs. Thieman. In those days she would roll her music cart with a record player and a stash of records and instruments from room to room. We would get so excited! (So would our classroom teacher. That would be her only chance at a break.) We learned a lot in music, but what I remember the most is singing along to many of the songs, most likely from Silver-Burdett music albums. After doing a search online, some of the old album covers even looked familiar. Isn’t that crazy? How long ago was that? I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I can point out the records my music teacher had on her cart in the early 1980s. “What would you like to sing today, children?” Goober Peas! We wanna sing Goober Peas! (I listened to that five times tonight.) I’m sure many people of my generation had similar music class experiences, and it’s likely that many of our teachers used some of the same albums. Mrs. Thieman has a lot to do with why I’m now a music teacher. The middle school world is a bit… well, “different”, but I often selfishly slip a cool folk song like “Old Dan Tucker” into my concert programming, just for me. That’s our little secret.
So why am I blabbering on and reminiscing about childhood music experiences when you’re waiting for the next paranormal themed post? I mean, we’re less than three weeks away from Halloween, right? Well one of my absolute favorite folk songs from Mrs. Thieman’s music class was a song most often called “Skin and Bones”, and it was one we’d sing around Halloween. It has been in my head a lot lately. In those days I couldn’t wait to sing it in class, and I remember singing it a lot at home. Hearing it instantly transports me to the Halloweens of my past.
Does anyone else remember this tune? What songs did you sing around Halloween growing up?
Skin and Bones
There are several versions, some with a very different melody, some with different verses, but that’s a folk song for you. The version in this video is the closest to what I remember singing growing up. I love her “Boo!” at the end. For more info on the history of “Skin and Bones”, click HERE.
There was an old woman all skin and bones,
She lived down by the old graveyard,
One night she thought she’d take a walk,
She walked down by the old graveyard,
She thought she’d sweep the old church house,
(She saw the bones a layin’ around,
She went to the closet to get her a broom,
She opened the door and BOO!
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