Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom


Alternate title: Have You Seen the Ghost of John


(Folk song)

Have you seen the ghost of Tom
Long white bones with the rest all gone
Wouldn’t it be chilly with no skin on

  • Song with chords, Adapted version with non-Halloween poem, Lesson ideas for Harmony (round), Rhythm (long sounds: half & dotted half notes), Orff arrangement (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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3 thoughts on “Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom”

  1. I thought the lyrics went:

    Have you seen the ghost of Tom?
    Eyes bugged out and nose toooo long . . .
    Big ugly teeth and a shiny white chin,
    Only one cheek to keep his tongue in . . .

    That is how I have sung it for decades.

    1. That’s what I remember signing growing up also, Donna! I can’t seem to find the rendition I grew up with anywhere. I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers it this way.

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