Teddy Bear's Picnic

Lyrics: Jimmy Kennedy
Music: John W Bratton

Played occasionally by Jerry Garcia as a "tuning" jam between songs with the Grateful Dead. Jerry played it live a couple of times with David Grisman (with lyrics),and recorded it on "Not For Kids Only." It was also played a few times by Nicky Hopkins with the Jerry Garcia Band in 1975.

Also played by Bob Weir with The Dead as a short instrumental.

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic

Every teddy bear whose been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
'Cause that's the way the teddy bears have their picnic

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love, to play and shout, they never have any cares
At six o'clock their mommies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears

If you go down in the woods today
You better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there together because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1993 Not For Kids Only Garcia/Grisman
Origins
John W Bratton wrote the music in the early 1900s, originally as an instrumental called "Teddy Bear Two Step." The current words were added by Jimmy Kennedy in the 1930s. (thanks to Jeff Hayes and Matt Schofield for alerting me to this).