Here Are the Lyrics to Bobby Pickett's 'Monster Mash'

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Bobby Pickett

"Monster Mash," which was released in 1962 by Bobby "Borris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, climbed all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in October '62. In the years since its release, the song has hit the charts multiple times, even hitting No. 10 in August (!) of 1973. Every year, as Halloween nears, the song picks up in popularity again as listeners want to get into the spooky mood.

"Monster Mash" was originally created as a spoof on the popular dance moves of the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato, which inspired its name. The song tells the story of a scientist who watches as one of his monsters rises and comically starts doing the "Mash." The full album includes other Halloween-themed tracks, including "Transylvania Twist," "Blood Bank Blues" and "Me & My Mummy," but none of them reached the huge recurring success of "Monster Mash."

Check out the lyrics and music video below as you practice your best Mash for the Halloween season. 

I was working in the lab, late one night

When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash, he did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
He did the mash, it caught on in a flash
He did the mash, he did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash, they did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They did the mash, it caught on in a flash
They did the mash, they did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolfman,
Dracula, and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, 'The Crypt-Kicker Five'

They played the mash, they played the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They played the mash, it caught on in a flash
They played the mash, they played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
Opened the lid and shook his fist and said
"Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist? "

It's now the mash, it's now the monster mash
The monster mash, it was graveyard smash
It's now the mash, it caught on in a flash
It's now the mash, it's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my Monster Mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
The monster mash, and do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash, you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
 

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Lyrics © Reservoir One Music, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC

Written by: LEONARD CAPIZZI, BOB PICKETT