"people dying, children crying - look, fingernails in your back..."
November 3, 2007 10:46 AM Subscribe
Help identify a strange and creepy children's song from my past that seems ungoogleable.
posted by trinarian to Society & Culture (22 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I have a very distinct memory of coming back from YMCA summer camp with my older sister. As we were driving away, my she starts singing a song she learned that day with the kids her age. I remember the tune and some of the words, and it was creepy as hell to a seven year old. My mother made her stop singing it, I think she did the whole thing for me another time, but now she's forgotten anything of it.
The lyrics I remember was a chorus of, "people dying, children crying" followed right after by a stop of the tune and something like, "look! fingernails in your back." I think this might have been followed by something physical like putting nails to your back. The entire song was describing some kind of war-torn wasteland or nuclear apocalypse.
The tune was something like "dah dahn dah dahn da dahn da dahn - dahn!" for that above chorus.
It was extremely catchy and burned holes in my head with apocalyptic visions - I still remember it 20 years later. I don't think there's anyway they could have made it up, it's too catchy. Anyone else remember this words or know the origins to this?