at my godchildrens' school, they make them substitute a different word for ashes, i cant remember what it is now.
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
The point that no one apparently made the connection to the plague until the 1950s is strong, but what appears to be the main basis of the argument on snopes - that there's no way a song lasted intact from the 1300s to the first time it is known to have appeared in print in the 1880s - is weak. Other sources suggest it originated with the plague of the late 1600s, and was known to have been sung only a century later.
Guess it's like so much poetry, song lyrics and prose - open to interpretation.
Thanks for sharing