"Grim Grinning Ghosts" Lyrics

Theme Song for the Haunted Mansion Attractions

Been on the Haunted Mansion? Are you wondering what the lyrics are to the song that the decapitated ghosts sing in the graveyard? Here you are!

Music by Buddy Baker and lyrics by F. Xavier Atencio

When the crypt goes creak,
And the tombstones quake.
Spooks come out for a swinging wake.
Happy haunts materialize,
And begin to vocalize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

Now don't close your eyes,
And don't try to hide.


Or a silly spook may sit by your side.
Shrouded in a daft disguise,
They pretend to terrorize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree,
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree.
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes,
Start to shriek and harmonize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

When you hear the knell of a requiem bell,
Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell.
Restless bones etherialize,
Rise as spooks of every size.

If you would like to join our jamboree,
There's a simple rule that's compulsory. Mortals pay a token fee.
Rest in peace, the haunting's free.
So hurry back, we would like your company.

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