Shaking of the Sheets
or "The Dance of Death"
The words to the original song by Steeleye Span
On "Tempted and Tried"
"Six feet of earth makes us all one size"
|Chorus:||Dance, dance, the shaking of the sheets
Dance, dance when you hear the piper
Playing, everyone must dance
The shaking of the sheets with me.
Bring away the beggar, bring away the king
and every man in his degree.
Bring away the oldest and the youngest thing,
come to death and follow me.
Bring away the merchant who made his money in France
and the crafty banker, too.
When you hear the piper you and I must dance
the dance that every one must do.
I'll find you in the courtrooms, I'll find you in the schools,
when you hear the piper play,
I'll take away the wisemen, I'll take away the fools,
and bring their bodies all to clay.
All the politicians of high and low degree,
Lords and Ladies great and small,
Don't think that you'll escape and need not dance with me,
I'll make you come when I do call.
It may be in the day, It may be in the night,
prepare yourselves to dance and pray,
That when the the piper plays "The Shaking of the Sheets,"
you may to Heaven dance the way.