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Subject: waltzing with bears
From: Hummingbird
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:02 PM

Hi, I wanted to know if anyone knew the chords to this wonderful song. I plan on singing it with my daughters second grade class, but need the chords. (I;ll also see if I can figure them out) My sister has been singing this for years with us, what a great song. Reminds of my childhood at camp!!!!!!!! thanks Hummingbird

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:13 PM

Hi, Hummingbird - of course, you know that the lyrics from the database are here (click).
Chords from Rise Up Singing are:

G - C G / D - - G / G - C G / C G D G

(chorus)
/ " / D - G - / " / C G C G / C G D G

I hope that notation make sense to you. A dash following a chord means to repeat the previous chord again. An empty space between two slashes means to repeat the previous chord group again. Quotation marks mean same as the chords directly above.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: campfire
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:18 PM

DANG IT ALL JOE - you beat me again!!!! I was just finding my faithful RUS when...BAM - you posted it. Oh well, I would have typed out the lyrics, so you actually saved me a lot of work.

campfire


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Hummingbird
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:21 PM

Hi guys, thanks so much. My daughters class will appreciate it. And yes, I found the lyrics here!!!!!! I remembered most of the song, except the first verse!!!! Thanks again. Hey there campfire, how ya doing???? Are you getting my email????? Hummer


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Peter T.
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:22 PM

11 minutes Joe, you're slipping. Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:25 PM

Yeah, I know I'm slipping, Peter, and I goofed it up the first time and had to use my "edit" button to fix it. Hope Hummingbird got to it AFTER I made repairs.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: campfire
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:28 PM

Hi hummingbird. Sorry, I've been preocupied this week and not answering a lot of personal e-mail. How's the Nanci Griffith coming? I'll e-mail you later - I promise!

campfire


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Hummingbird
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:47 PM

Joe, Got it after the corrections I think. Boy, you're fast!!!! thanks again, Sammie, (my daughter, appreciates) she was jumping up and down with excitement. We room parents have to keep the classroom interesting you know!!!! The kids will be very cute singing this song and the soup song about lizard lips and camel rears....don't ask!!!!!!!! Hummer


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: WALTZING WITH BEARS
From: _gargoyle
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 09:08 PM

A nice "history" is found here Dr. Suess' My Uncle Terwilliger

However, and in the "SPIRIT OF A more than a THREE CHORD SONG"

Obviously, being a WALTZ it is 3/4 time
the "dots" are spacing they ARE NOT beats......((for the critical idjets out there!))

G.........................C.............G
I went to his room in the middle of the night.
..D.......................G
I crept to his side and I turned on the light.
....G.....................C..........Em
And to my surprise he was nowhere in sight,
.......C........G...........D...........G
'Cause my Uncle Walter goes waltzing at night.

CHORUS

........G.................C.............G
He goes wa-wa wa-wa wa-wa waltzing with bears,
D.........................G......C/G....G
Raggy bears, baggy bears, shaggy bears, too.
........G......................C............Em
There's nothing on earth Uncle Walter won't do
G............C.........G.........C
So he can go waltzing, wa-wa-wa- waltzing,
...C.........G............D.............G
So he can go waltzing, go waltzing with bears.

Chorus

G........................C...........G
We bought Uncle Walter a new coat to wear
D.....................G...................C
But when he came home it was covered with hair.
....G...................C...........Em
And lately I've noticed several new tears;
....C..........G.............D.............G
I'm sure Uncle Walter's been waltzing with bears.

CHORUS

G.........................C............G
We told Uncle Walter that he should be good
....D.........................G
And do all the things that we said that he should
......G.......................C..........Em
But I know he would rather be off in the woods,
......C.............G..........D..........G
I'm afraid we might lose Uncle Walter for good.

CHORUS ...G..........................C................G
We begged and we pleaded, "Oh please won't you stay?"
D.........................G
We managed to keep him at home for a day.
........G............................C........Em
But the bears all barged in and they took him away.
..........C...........G.............C..........G
Now he's dancing with pandas and he won't understand us;
........C...........G.............D...........G
And the bears all demand at least one dance a day.
G................................C..............G
Last night when the moon rose we crept down the stairs;
...D..........................G
He took me to dance where the bears have their lair.
...G.........................C......Em
We danced in a bear hug with nary a care.
.......C..............G...............C.........G
And it all feels like flying, there's just no denying,
....C........G.........D............G
And now my pajamas are covered with hair!
Chorus twice


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Hummingbird
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 09:09 PM

Thanks gargoyle, I remember how the song goes, I just couldn't remember all the lyrics and wanted to have the right chords. Hummer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: _gargoyle
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 09:31 PM

Whoops....Ms. Hummingbird....you committed a MudCat foi pau...

NEVER thank a gargoyle

Consider yourself banished....you have gone against "the gang of twelve."


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Hummingbird
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 09:41 PM

Oops, didn't know there was one gargoyle. I take it back!!!!! LOL I'm still new to this. Please pardon. LOL


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: harpgirl
Date: 07 Oct 99 - 01:53 PM

...as to the terrain of the collective unconscious...the map is not the territory...I'm so glad to have the chords to the song that everyone claims they hate!!!!!!now I can play it for my grandchildren, if I ever get any! harpgirl


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Hummingbird
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 06:08 PM

Update, My daughters class fell in love with this song, and they have decided to make a play out of it and present it at X-mas time probably. I'm sure they'll all be very cute. Hummer


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: _gargoyle
Date: 11 Oct 99 - 12:39 AM

To Harpgirl...

I like your plan
And when I grow up to be a man
I'd like to help you if I can
And I think I can.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: waltzing with bears
From: Songster Bob
Date: 11 Oct 99 - 01:16 AM

I got tired of hearing the song some time ago (hmmm... we still lived in Virginia, and we moved here to Maryland in 1990, so it's ten years at least), so one day I was working around the house and came up with this:

My Uncle Walter's not right in the head;
He's been that way all his life, my Momma said.
It's not that he's violent, or falls down the stairs,
It's just he goes waltzing, waltzing with bears.


I makes a good first verse, functioning as an intro. And it lets you sneak up on folk who dislike the original, 'cause they won't be sure it's "WWB" you're starting until the second verse.

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: GUEST,CarolC
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 08:18 AM

There is a song called "Waltzing With Bears", only it's about Uncle Walter. I think there is more than one version out there, but I have access to at least one of them. It's in a song book that we use in jam sessions around here. I don't have the title right now, but I can get it for you later. Check the forum again sometime in the next day or so.
Here is the requests Carol is answering. I moved Carol's answer and other "bear" messages from the other thread.
-Joe Offer-

Thread #23699   Message #264866
Posted By: GUEST,Sean Mac Ruaraidh
26-Jul-00 - 06:52 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
Subject: On a mountain / Dancing Bears

Hi,

Just the lyrics will do - I don't really expect to get any chords.

1. I require a full version of Childrens song - or is this all of it ?

'On a mountain stands a lady, who she is I do not know. All she wants is gold and silver, all she wants is a fine young man'

2. My dad's been singing a song that appears to be coming straight from his subconcious - i.e. starts to sing it when he is driving. Only words I have are :-

'Old Uncle Albert was dancing with bears, dancing with bears, dancing with bears'

Thanks,

Sean MacRuaraidh.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALTZING WITH BEARS
From: GUEST,Sean Mac Ruaraidh
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 08:40 AM

Thanks for the tip - maybe this is the one - I wonder where my Dad would have heard this?

Verse 1
I went upstairs in the middle of the night,
I tiptoed in and I turned on the light,
And to my surprise, there was no one in sight,
My Uncle Walter goes waltzing at night!

Chorus
He goes wa-wa-wa-wa, wa-waltzing with bears,
Raggy bears, shaggy bears, baggy bears too.
There's nothing on earth Uncle Walter won't do,
So he can go waltzing, wa-wa-wa-waltzing,
So he can go waltzing, waltzing with bears!

Verse 2
I gave Uncle Walter a new coat to wear,
When he came home, he was covered with hair,
And lately I've noticed several new tears,
I'm sure Uncle Walter goes waltzing with bears!

[Repeat Chorus]

Verse 3
We told Uncle Walter that he should be good,
And do all the things that we said he should,
But I know that he'd rather be out in the wood,
I'm afraid we might lose Uncle Walter for good!

[Repeat Chorus]

Verse 4
We begged and we pleaded, "Oh please won't you stay!"
We managed to keep him at home for a day,
But the bears all barged in, and they took him away!
Now he's waltzing with pandas, and he can't understand us,
And the bears all demand at least one dance a day!

[Repeat Chorus]


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: CarolC
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 10:17 AM

Those lyrics (Waltzing With Bears) sound about right. The book I have is called "Rise Up Singing" by Peter Blood and Annie Patterson (A Sing Out Publication - Sing Out Corporation, PO Box 5253, Bethlehem, PA 18015-0253 (215)-865-5366 ISBN 09626704-7-2) According to the book, the song was originally written by Dr. Seuss and Eugene Poddany and published by Random House, Inc. (1967) The original title was "My Uncle Walter Waltzes With Bears" and it appeared in the "Cat in the Hat Songbook". The adaptation in the Rise Up Singing Songbook is being called an original composition by Dale Marxen (1986), Tomorrow Music PO Box 165, Madison, WI 53701. It's a great song, especially for me because I have an Uncle Walter who is a bit eccentric and who might be the sort who would waltz with bears.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 10:44 AM

A "Digitrad and Forum Search" for Waltzing with Bears brings up one DT entry and quite a lot of references in the Forum.  The song has also been discussed quite a bit on the newsgroups, too; a search at Dejacom's  Usenet Discussion Service will find you a number of variant lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: waltzing with bears
From: GUEST,emmy
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 02:42 PM

have tried google- need melody for waltzing with bears-chords too


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Subject: Tune Add: WALTZING WITH BEARS
From: MMario
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 02:45 PM

X:1
T:WALTZING WITH BEARS
N:midi sent by Lin min Kansas
I:abc2nwc
M:1/4
L:1/16
K:G
D4|[M:3/4][L:1/8]D2B,2C2|D4(GG)|(GG) F2E2|D4D2|D2A,2B,2|C4D2|E2D2C2|B,4D2|D2B,2C2|D4DD|G2G2A2|B6-|B4z2|c2c2c2|B2G2G2|D2E2F2|G4z2|[M:3/8][L:1/16]D2 D4|[M:3/4][L:1/8]D2B,3C|D2G4|G2F2E2|D6|A3G A2|A3G A2|B2G2E2|D4D2|D2B,2C2|D4DD|G2G2A2|B6-|B4B2|c3c c2|B2G4|c3d c2|B2G2-G2|c3c c2|B2G4|D2E2F2|G6-|G2z4

Don't have the chords - but the ABC above can be cut and pasted into the convertor at Concertina.net and give you midi or sheet music.

Or you could get Pavane's program which will take the ABC and put chords to it for you.


To play or display ABC tunes, try concertina.net

Click to play


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: waltzing with bears
From: open mike
Date: 17 Nov 05 - 08:13 PM

if you search here for waltzing with bears or waltzes with bears, you
will see that we have discussed this several times..

"tune add" may not be quite the right prefix for a request??

thanks Mario for adding the tune!1 and thansk to Linn in too.

Rosalie Sorrells does this one SOOOO well!


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