The Headless Horseman    (video)

 

(Spoken : ) Now gather 'round while I elucidate

on, what happens outside when it gets late !

'Long about midnight, the ghosts and banshees

get together for their nightly jamborees.

 

There's things with horns and saucer eyes,

and some with fangs about this size,

Some are fat, some are thin,

and some don't even bother to wear their skin.

Oh ho ! I'm tellin' you, brother, it's a frightful sight

to see what goes on Halloween night.

 

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1. When the spooks have a midnight Jamboree.

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    they break it up with fiendish glee.

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    Ghosts are bad, but the one that's cursed,

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    it's the Headless Horseman, he's the worst.

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    That's right, he's a fright, on Halloween night !

 

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2. But when he goes a-joggin' 'cross the land

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    holdin' his noggin in his hand,

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    demons take one look and groan,

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    and hit the road for parts unknown.

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    Beware, take care, he rides alone

 

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    And there's no spook, like a spook who's spurned,

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    they don't like him, and he's       really burned.

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    He swears to the longest day he's dead,

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    he'll show them that he can get a head.

 

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4. They say he's tired of his flamin' top,

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    he's got a yen to make a swap.

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     So he rides one night each year

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    to find a head in the hollow here.

 

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5. Now he likes them little, he likes them big,

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    part in the middle, or a wig,

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    black or white or even red,

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    the Headless Horseman needs a head.

 

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    With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop,

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    he's out lookin' for a      top to chop.

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    So don't stop to figure out a plan,

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    you can't reason with a headless man.

 

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6. Now if you doubt this tale is so,

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    I met that spook just a year ago.

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    No, I didn't stop for a second look,

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    but made for the bridge that spans the brook.

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    For once you cross that bridge, my friends,

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    the ghost is through, his power ends.

 

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7. So when you're riding home tonight

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    make for the bridge with all your might.

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    He'll be down in the hollow there,

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    he needs your head, look out, beware !

 

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    With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop,

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    he's out looking for a       head to swap.

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    So don't try to figure out a plan,

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    you can't reason with a headless man.

 

(Orig. = capo 5th)    (Bing Crosby)