The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Words by Jimmy Kennedy (1913), Music by John W. Bratton (1907)
Recorded by Frank DeVol, 1949


    Am     E7          Am  E7          Am      E7    Am
If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise;

    C    G        C     G        C      G7    C
If you go down to the woods today, you'd better go in disguise,

   Dm7          G7
For ev'ry bear that ever there was 

    CM7           Am
Will gather there for certain because

  F      C       F        C       G  C
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.



Refrain:

C               Fm7    C
Picnic time for teddy bears

C   C9     C        G9      C      Gdim   G7
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.

G        Gdim      G7
Watch them, catch them unawares,

   G             Fdim      C
And see them picnic on their holiday.

C      Fm7  C
See them gaily gad about,

           Fdim                  C        F
They love to play and shout, they never have any cares.

   Fm Fdim                       C       C/B  Am7
At six o'clock their moms and dads will take them home to bed

Am7/G        Dm7        G     C
Because they're tired little teddy bears.



    Am   E7       Am    E7    Am       E7   Am
If you go down in the woods today, you better not go alone;

      C     G        C     G      C      G7     C
It's lovely down in the woods today, but safer to stay at home,

   Dm7          G7
For ev'ry bear that ever there was

    CM7           Am
Will gather there for certain because

  F       C      F        C        G  C
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.


Repeat Refrain:


 Am E7  Am             E7      Am      E7     Am
Every teddy bear, that's been good, is sure of a treat today.

         C     G        C     G      C        G7     C
There's lots of wonderful things to eat, and wonderful games to play.

  Dm7                G7
Beneath the trees, where nobody sees,

       CM7           Am
They'll hide and seek as long as they please.

  F       C      F        C        G  C
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.


Coda:

   F      C      F        C        G  C
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.


*An electronic "Thank You" to Tiger of Tiger's Song Book for filling in the gaps of my historical information, and for supplying the recording date -- not to mention supplying a verse I had not found elsewhere.


 
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