Greystone’s mansion, so run down,
desolate and near grown over.
Out on the quarry road
just past the blackberry patch.
Spooks and goblins supposed to rule,
old man Greystone killed his wife,
had three young mistresses.
The old man was a masochist.
Along about the middle of October,
the young ladies in various dress,
would parade about scaring people,
looking for revenge.
Me and Bill and Joe,
we were very brave as
twelve year olds go.
We weren’t scared of them ghosts.
Three flashlights and a baseball bat,
an October Friday night,
out we went to find out,
to fulfill one big dare.
The gate hinges were quite rusty,
all sorts of screeching noise they made,
crept toward the old deserted house,
Joe had to go.
Me and Bill went ahead,
a gust of wind,
blew off his cap;
Course he went for it.
Heard a noise, looked around,
there she stood, peed my pants;
woman in a black dress,
cobwebs all over her.
She screeched and called me by name,
said she was my friend.
She spun around, making noise,
reached out and took my hand.
I turned and ran, fast as I could,
the gate was closed.
I could feel her breath on my neck,
I climbed the gate and kept on running.
Fifty years ago it was today,
so I went back to take a look,
knowing I was older and braver,
I was an old man.
Again she appeared and asked
me to dance.
I reached for her hand
but nothing I felt,
she screeched and again, I ran.