Worthington: Have you seen the ghost of Tom?
Have you seen the ghost of Tom?
Long white bones and the rest is gone?
There are lots of versions of the song on YouTube.
Did you learn the song as John? Or Tom?
I think I learned the song as "Tom." I am going with the ghost of Tom because Worthington is named after Thomas Worthington. Thomas Worthington was the Governor of Ohio when settlers from New England founded Worthington. I believe Thomas Worthington never visited Worthington... Thomas Worthington was in Chillicothe, the state capital and a more settled and sophisticated part of Ohio at the time.
Worthington: Have you seen the ghost of Tom... er I mean John?
Here's one version of the classic song. They do the second verse different than me too. No John or Tom is NOT standing on the banks of the Olentangy River... he is in downtown Columbus, just south of the confluence of the Olentangy and the Scioto at the Santa Maria, of course.
On one version of the song on YouTube, someone commented with an idea which plagued me as a child.
"Ghost is different from skeleton, right?"
but really what rhymes with skeleton?
Worthington Ghost Story - the tale of Rap, Rap, Rap - The story of Blue Frost Cupcake's building, it used to be a stationery store. Like many Old Worthington buildings, it's had many reincarnations over the years.
The building pictured is the Kilbourne Commercial Building in Worthington, the oldest commercial building in continual use in the state of Ohio, built by James Kilbourne, the founding father of Worthington.