Singer tries to 'scare neighbor' with creepy song but ends up scaring herself: 'I would be screaming'

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This haunting song left a singer spooked when she sang it to scare her neighbors.

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TikToker Lauren Paley has an incredible voice. One day she decided to go into the staircase of her building and sing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” The song from 1929 is so upbeat and saccharine it can easily sound creepy when performed in a certain way.

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Some of the lyrics are: “Tiptoe through the window / By the window, that is where I’ll be / Come tiptoe through the tulips with me / Oh, tiptoe from the garden / By the garden of the willow tree / And tiptoe through the tulips with me.”

“Came in here to scare my neighbors and ended up scaring myself,” Paley said.

Paley’s rendition of the tune sounded more operatic than the original. The echo only made her voice sound more powerful. What was most haunting, however, was that as soon as she started singing, she began to hear strange noises in the background.

“Fun fact: Tiny Tim died while singing this song (his biggest hit),” she wrote in the caption. “Now it’s famous for being in the horror movie Insidious.”

If I was there I would be screaming,” a user wrote.

“I’m not even in the building and I’m scared,” another said.

“I’m a fan of horror this one just creeps me out. Great job,” someone added.

“Tiptoe Through the Tulips” was written by Al Dubin and Joe Burke in 1929. It became a No. 1 hit after being featured in the musical Gold Diggers of Broadway that year. The song charted again in 1968, at No. 17, when musician Tiny Tim recorded it in his falsetto voice.

In 1996, Tiny Tim performed the song again at a gala benefit hosted by the Women’s Club of Minneapolis. During his performance, he suffered a heart attack. When he went back to his table, Tiny Tim collapsed and passed away.

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