TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

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  • TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
    “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” is a song written by John Walter Bratton in 1907, with lyrics
    added in 1932 by prolific songwriter Jimmy Kennedy, and is still a popular tune recorded
    by several artists and appearing in many children’s recordings. Ironically, one of the main
    themes is strongly reminiscent of the celebrated Robert Browne Hall March “Death or
    Glory” composed 12 years earlier. The song was recorded in the United Kingdom in 1932
    by Henry Hall and His Orchestra with Val Rosing singing. The Hall rendition is perhaps
    the most well-known in the UK and was featured in the Dennis Potter drama The Singing
    Detective. The song has since been recorded by several singers including Bing Crosby,
    Frank DeVol, Rosemary Clooney, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Garcia, John Inman, Trout
    Fishing in America, and Anne Murray.
    If you go out in the woods today
    You’re sure of a big surprise.
    If you go out in the woods today
    You’d better go in disguise.
    For every bear that ever there was
    Will gather there for certain, because
    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.
    Picnic time for teddy bears,
    The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
    Watch them, catch them unawares,
    And see them picnic on their holiday.
    See them gaily gather ’bout.
    They love to play and shout.
    They never have any cares.
    At six o’clock their mommies and daddies
    Will take them home to bed
    Because they’re tired little teddy bears.
    If you go out in the woods today,
    You’d better not go alone.
    It’s lovely out in the woods today,
    But safer to stay at home.
    For every bear that ever there was
    Will gather there for certain, because
    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic
    CHORUS
    Every teddy bear, that’s been good
  • Is sure of a treat today
    There’s lots of wonderful things to eat
    And wonderful games to play
    Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
    They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic