Mama got candy and a burlap sack,
opened up the bag and stuck it in the back.
In went one girl, three, then six,
crowding in the sack for the peppermint sticks.
Mama closed the bag cos Mama likes tricks,
took us to the Elbe and threw us off the bridge.
Six girls fight and six girls scream,
Six little witches on the surface of the stream.
We didn't sink and we didn't drown,
big black dog came and led us back to town.
Six in the door and six up the stair,
six little witches with leaves in our hair.
We hit Mama in the head with a brick,
then stabbed her through the heart with a peppermint stick.
for A Word With Laurie ("burlap") at Real Toads.
photo: singer Amy Lee
the 4th stanza refers to Trial By Ordeal, in which an accused witch is bound and thrown into a pond or other body of water. if she sinks, she is innocent (albeit dead), but if she floats she is guilty of witchcraft.
large black dogs are a common symbol of the devil or evil.
666 is, of course, "the number of the beast".