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Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song (John Denver)

Jason Xion Wang 09 Dec 07 - 09:19 AM
katlaughing 09 Dec 07 - 04:44 PM
Jason Xion Wang 10 Dec 07 - 07:00 AM
Joybell 10 Dec 07 - 03:58 PM
Jason Xion Wang 11 Dec 07 - 08:31 AM
Jason Xion Wang 13 Dec 07 - 09:53 AM
GUEST 13 Dec 07 - 12:21 PM
Amos 13 Dec 07 - 12:47 PM
Joybell 13 Dec 07 - 02:57 PM
Amos 13 Dec 07 - 03:47 PM
Old Grizzly 13 Dec 07 - 04:21 PM
Jason Xion Wang 15 Dec 07 - 06:53 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Dec 07 - 10:22 PM
Jason Xion Wang 18 Dec 07 - 06:50 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 09 Dec 07 - 09:19 AM

You can hear the song by clicking HERE
Can anybody transcribe the lyrics for me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 07 - 04:44 PM

You might be interested to know there are a bunch of his song lyrics available online. Just CLICK HERE.

If they aren't there, I'll try to transcribe it for you, later, unless someone else does it first.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 10 Dec 07 - 07:00 AM

Sorry, I have already gone to that website and I didn't find the lyrics of it.
Would you please transcribe it for me later?

Thanks,
ddpro


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRIZZLY BEAR
From: Joybell
Date: 10 Dec 07 - 03:58 PM

Here's how True-Love sings it:

Grizzly Bear

I'm gonna tell you little story 'bout a grizzily bear
Jack-o-Diamonds was nothing but a grizzily bear

Refrain:
He was a great big grizzily, grizzily bear
He was a great big grizzily, grizzily bear

Oh my mama was afraid of the grizzily bear
And my daddy was afraid of the grizzily bear

What's that comin it's a grizzily bear
He's got big long teeth like a grizzily bear

He's got big blue eyes like a grizzily bear
He's got big sharp claws like a grizzily bear

Oh please don't eat me mister grizzily bear
I won't taste good mister grizzily bear

I'm gonna run and hide from the grizzily bear
You can't catch me mister grizzily bear.

Hildebrand added the verse about "please don't eat me" after I overheard an American father at the Melbourne zoo doing "lion" for his little boy. The rest is how he's sung it for over 50 years.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 11 Dec 07 - 08:31 AM

Joybell,
That a really interesting song.
But I have a question.
Is the correct spell "grizzly" or "grizzily"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 09:53 AM

No one help me now?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 12:21 PM

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


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Amos
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 12:47 PM

Goodness, how she used to dance that Grizzly Bear!
She's gone to San Francisco, jes' to dance it up there!
'Cuz when I woke up,
When I woke up this morning,
She was gone, gone gone....



RiB is right. There is no such word as grizzily.


A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Joybell
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 02:57 PM

Yes ddpro, When I used this song recently for a children's play I noted on the song sheets that the pronunciation was "griz-zely". I spelled it "grizzily" all through the song for the sake of easy learning. It's always sung this way but the problem occurs when the words are written down.
I'm using the song Amos quotes in my next production. It's pronounced "griz-zely" there too.
Actually I prefer not to write songs down for people to learn. It's much easier to memorize them from a CD then you don't have this problem.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Amos
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 03:47 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Old Grizzly
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 04:21 PM

I am really a cuddly old thing - not nasty at all
I have not eaten a child for weeks .... and that was an accident... honest ! :o((

I hate being so misunderstood Boo Hoooo Hooooo

D


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 06:53 PM

Would anybody please transcribe the lyrics of The Grizzly Bear Song for me later?

Thanks


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GRIZZLY BEAR SONG (John Denver)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 10:22 PM

Here's my transcription from the YouTube "video" that ddpro linked to in his opening message:

THE GRIZZLY BEAR SONG
John Denver

How do you say hello to a grizzly bear?
Do you think he'll understand me? Will he even care?
What if he doesn't like me because of my long hair?
Hello, goodbye, so long, leave me alone, Mr. Grizzly Bear.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 18 Dec 07 - 06:50 AM

Thanks a lot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 Dec 07 - 06:58 AM

Sounds like he's singing underwater!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Grizzly Bear Song
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jan 14 - 12:14 PM

We had a song in our elementary school songbook that we sung only a couple of times:

Tell me who was the grizzily
Grizzily bear
Jack o Diamonds was the grizzily
Grizzily bear

It is over 30 years later and that song is stuck in my head today.


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