"Remains of the Day" as written by John Meise August and Danny Elfman....
Hey! Give me a listen you corpses of cheer
At least those of you who still got an ear
I'll tell you a story that'll make a skeleton cry
Of our own jubiliciously lovely corpse bride

Die, die we all pass away
But don't wear a frown 'cause it's really okay
And you might try and hide
And you might try and pray
But we all end up the remains of the day
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah (that's right)
Yeah yeah yeah

Well our girl is a beauty known for miles around
When a mysterious stranger came into town
He's plenty good-looking, but down on his cash
And our poor little baby, she fell hard and fast
When her daddy said no, she just couldn't cope
So our lovers came up with a plan to elope

Die, die we all pass away
But don't wear a frown 'cause it's really okay
And you might try and hide
And you might try and pray
But we all end up the remains of the day
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah

Oh, that's right.
Okay. Oh, yeah.
Come on, boys, pick it up
Yeah. Like it.
Okay, Chancy, take it.
Yeah. Yeah! That's nice
Yeah!

So they conjured up a plan to meet late at night
They told not a soul, kept the whole thing tight
Now, her mother's wedding dress fit like a glove
You don't need much when you're really in love
Except for a few things, or some told
Like the family jewels and a satchel of gold
Then next to the graveyard by the old oak tree
On a dark foggy night at a quarter to three
She was ready to go, but where was he?

And then?

She waited

And then?

There in the shadows, was it her man?

And then?

Her little heart beat so loud

And then?

And then baby, everything went black

Now when she opened her eyes she was dead as dust
Her jewels were missing and her heart was bust
So she made a vow lying under that tree
That she'd wait for her true love to come set her free
Always waiting for someone to ask for her hand
When out of the blue comes this groovy young man
Who vows forever to be by her side
And that's the story of our own corpse bride

Die, die we all pass away
But don't wear a frown 'cause it's really okay
And you might try and hide
And you might try and pray
But we all end up the remains of the day


Lyrics submitted by Vampaneze_LORDESS

"Remains of the Day" as written by Danny Elfman John Meise August

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI love this song. My favorite out of the movie. My second is Tears to Shed.
    Vampaneze_LORDESSon February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love bonejangles (the dude who sings it in the movie). this song is so fun and upbeat, its hard not to love it
    Bellatrix**L.on February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes that voice sound familiar?

    Sound like a certain Pumpkin King we all know and love?

    Danny Elfman actually sings this song himself.
    Mr. Blue Skyon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOf course it's the Pumpkin King we all know and love. Elfman even told Burton to let him do the song. He wrote it, they couldn't find the right person for it, so he got the job. But Bongjangles sounds mare raspy in this movie than Jack was. But I believe that Elfman only did the singing for the Pumpkin King, I'm not sure though.

    Anyway, for the reason this whole site was made. Read the lyrics! The meaning is plain as day light, it's the story about the 'Corpse Bride' also known as Emily. Gotta love the song either way though. GO BONEJANGLES!!!
    forever.not.yourson April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was my 2nd fav song from the movie... because it's Emilys story.. and I love singing it...lol
    JennY_StaRon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Its just so...livley! And yes, Danny did the singing for Jack, but it was Chris Sarandon who did the speaking for Jack. He was chosen for the part because he sounded like Elfman.
    IckleRuon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLOVE IT!!!! best song in the movie! we can always thank danny for all this awesome crap in movies :)))
    basedcorianderon June 18, 2010   Link

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