Bear In Tennis Shoes


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Posted by Bryan Henderson on May 26, 19100 at 23:53:42:

The song list is missing Bear In Tennis Shoes, which
one of Loowit's most enduring legacies for me. I still
sing it sometimes, almost 20 years later.

It's a classic campfire echo song, where the song leader
sings a line and the group sings it back, so you don't
have to learn the song before you sing it:

The other day
(echo)
I met a bear
(echo)
In tennis shoes
(echo)
A dandy bear
(echo)
(all together)
The other day I met a bear;
In tennis shoes -- a dandy bear;

(other verses similar)

He looked at me,
I looked at him.
He sized up me,
I sized up him.

He said to me,
Why don't you run?
For I see you ain't
Got any gun.

And so I ran
Away from there.
And right behind
me was that bear.

And then I came
up to a tree.
I great big tree --
Oh goodness me!

The nearest branch
Was ten feet up.
I'd have to jump
and trust my luck.

And so I jumped
Into the air,
And I missed that branch
Away up there.

Now don't you fret.
Now Don't you frown.
'Cause I caught that branch
On the way back down!

The moral is
No shocking news:
Don't talk to bears
In tennis shoes.

(and the classic camp song can't-leave-well-enough-alone
epilogue:

The end. The end.
The end. The end.




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