• Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
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Hello fellow-Forum-folks
Did a quick recording of a song we use  for warming up with the choir
https://soundcloud.com/oorlab/have-you-seen-the-ghost-of-tom/s-qkvnA8hlR5T
I seached on google and duckduckgo but didn't find anything more specific than that it is 'traditional'. Anyone knows anyhing more specific?

The basic lyric goes like this:

Have you seen the ghost of Tom?
Long white bones with the skin all gone.
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?




i added 2 verses for fun.


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Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #1 on: January 19, 2021, 18:31:23
@oorlab , sounds good and it rings a bell with me  ;D ;D ;D, but doesn't ring a bell, as in, that i can help you in finding this song, where this song comes from etc.

perhaps @GTB, @redmando @habiTat ....can help you with finding the origins of this
or @man of simple pleasures @Dave Bradley ...yes,  ;D ;D, i have a feeling it is from the UK  ::)
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Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #2 on: January 19, 2021, 19:01:14
@Dutchbeat  - thanks for the pointers. yes the UK, or may be Halloween from the USA could be its origin.


Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 13:57:53
@oorlab  we always sang it in school. That doesn't mean it's definitely from USA though, I guess.
But USA Halloween song for kids.

It was "Ghost of John" for us btw
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Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #4 on: January 24, 2021, 17:41:15
ah @Bill from November Sound and @oorlab, so it seems to be an American song for Halloween....now that makes me wonder even more  ;D ;D ;D  ::) ::) ::) , but you (Bill) sing the "ghost of john" and Oorlab sings "the ghost of Tom".....which is correct, and assuming the original is about John...would that person it is based on ... have existed in some way? ok, that probably is dumb remark  ;D ;D ;D....but i am just wondering


Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #5 on: January 24, 2021, 21:57:45
Strangely enough...
Well we did sing it ..... but then one of our classmates named John died in a tragic accident  :(  yikes.  :o
So we stopped singing it obviously  ....  :no:

That was bad.


Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #6 on: January 26, 2021, 21:37:13
Hi @oorlab ( btw Happy Birthday) I found this on yahoo

"It is quite old, though the real history and origin is much debated. One tale traces it back to the time of the plague in Europe while another finds it in the hills of Kentucky, and since much Appalachian lore comes from old Europe, both may be true in part. It's a simple, modal round, with singers starting two measures apart."

It could be correct. One of my aunts traced my mother's side of the family so she could join an organization called "The Daughters of the American Revolution" and found an ancestor from Scotland who served in that war and after moved to the  frontier. (yes I come from hillbilly stock)
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Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #7 on: January 26, 2021, 21:56:48
Hey @Vince  - that is cool information you share here. I love to dig in the history of tunes - soundmemes can be hardy and longliving.


Re: Looking for the origin of "have you seen the ghost of Tom"
Reply #8 on: February 05, 2021, 18:37:04
@oorlab @Dutchbeat dig it! treasure island vibes!
fly away and find my peace of mind...
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