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Thread #106896   Message #2214599
Posted By: GUEST
13-Dec-07 - 12:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song (John Denver)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
The correct spelling is Grizzly. The song goes way back in the oral tradition. When it is sung, a third syllable is added making it grizzily. My guess is that grizzily was a colloquial mispronunciation. You could sing it grizzly, but grizzily scans better and makes it sound more historically correct (of more folk-like).

Roger in Baltimore