Song Lyric Sunday: teddy bears go on picnics

Once again this Sunday love is in da blog and Song Lyric Sunday are sharing the theme of love. The specific theme today is songs you loved as a child. That’s where I have to fudge things. My favourite songs were age-inappropriate ditties taught to me by my father on our Sunday drives in his Karman Gia (German sports car). The songs are inappropriate for other reasons now, so I won’t share them. I sang them for a long time until I understood the implications of the lyrics.

Teddy bear picnic

                                                                image: Teddy bear picnic – created by isoflow

I had an unbreakable yellow plastic 45 record with the Teddy Bear’s Picnic recorded on Side a (1). I played it until the grooves were gone. I don’t remember who sang the song on my version. Everyone must have played the grooves out as I couldn’t find an image to include with this post.

The song has been recorded by, among others Bing Crosby, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosemary Clooney, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Garcia, John Inman, Trout Fishing in America, and Anne Murray.

I chose the Jerry Garcia and David Grisman version of the song.

melody: American composer John Walter Bratton, 1907, and lyrics added by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932.

lyrics from

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You 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
Every teddy bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way 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 gad about
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 down in the woods today
You better not go alone
It’s lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there together because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic

My parents often played records, many of them Broadway musicals. So, I knew songs from My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, King and I, and such. My second record, years later, was the music from Mary Poppins. I had gone to see the movie as a birthday present, and the record was a Christmas gift.

I should add that, except for the kazoo, I have no musical talent what so ever. So my singing along to Teddy Bear’s, I Could Have Danced All Night, or Getting to Know You must have been painful to my parents’ ears!

Song Lyric Sunday and love is in da blog: Sunday February 21, 2016

PS: As an adult, I queried my mother as to why, unlike other children, I never had a teddy bear. She replied that I did, indeed, possess a teddy bear that someone stole out of my carriage while I was in it. I have no memory; first traumatic event of my life I guess. My parents never replaced the stolen bear so I grew up with a song but no teddy bear to take to the picnic.


8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: teddy bears go on picnics

  1. Bee Halton February 22, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Woohaaa I never knew :-)


  2. Helen Espinosa February 21, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Such a cute, whimsical song! I really liked it a lot! I’m so sorry you didn’t have a teddy bear. I love them so much I have a bunch here and there around the house. :)

    Thanks for sharing such a sweet song and some great memories!


    • taleweavering February 22, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      I do have stuffed animals, but only one bear — a special one that reminds me of someone I lost. The rest are sea turtle, prairie dog, ninja squirrel, beaver, duck, moose, caribou, penguin, and quite a few other species.
      Glad you liked the song.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. imagineambition February 21, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Wow! I totally forgot about those plastic records! I had them, too! Gosh, those never show up on those top 20 toys from your childhood lists people post on Facebook!


    • taleweavering February 22, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Perhaps we forget about records, like we forget about 8-tracks, lol.
      I didn’t get many records so I remember them quite well. I remember the first 45 I bought with my own money, etc.


  4. Colline February 21, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    My parents had the record of My Fair Lady as well. I loved it and would sing along to the songs often.


    • taleweavering February 22, 2016 / 1:22 am

      My Fair Lady has such wonderful songs! I love the movie, but it’s a shame that Julie Andrews didn’t repeat as Eliza Doolittle (as much as I adore Audrey Hepburn!).

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