The ‘Ghost of Tom’ (or ‘Ghost of John’) is a perennial Halloween favourite and no wonder. It’s (a little bit) spooky, has a ghost, a ghost lyric (oo-oo-oo), is a round and can be accompanied by just two notes.
This version is in Am, making it easy to perform on tuned percussion instruments (no sharps or flats).
The range for vocalists is a bit of a stretch, you might have to lower some parts down an octave.
Below are the resources I’m using with my music students.
- A simple grid notation accompaniment with just three patterns: A-G-A, C-B-C and E-D-E. JP children will quickly learn these and older students with limited music experience will also cope.
Ghost Of Tom Simple Percussion Chart
- The four lines written in notation. Use this for older students. Give them the choice of which lines to play (beginners can do the last two).
More capable students can play all four.
Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom – Percussion Chart
- An audio accompaniment with vocals. It’s just 90bpm, so a good speed to play along with. It has a two bar intro and then the song is sung once. The song begins again but this time as a round. Part two begins at bar 11, part 3 at bar 13 and part 4 at bar 17. Each entry is marked with a cymbal. It finishes with a two bar ending.
- A simple score of the song.
Ghost of Tom Score
- Vocal sheet (with alternative verse).
Have You Seen the Ghost Of Tom – Lyrics