#02198
Waltzing With Bears (Seamus Kennedy) video
#1533: YouTube video by Leftstrum
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

He goes 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!

Great!

I crept upstairs in the middle of the night,
I tiptoed in, I turned on the light;
To my surprise, there was no one in sight,
My Uncle Walter goes waltzing at night!

He goes 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!

We bought Uncle Walter a new coat to wear,
When he came in it was covered with hair;
Lately, I've noticed several new tears,
I'm afraid Uncle Walter goes waltzing with bears!

He goes 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!

We told Uncle Walter that he should be good,
And do everything that we say he should;
I think he would rather be off in the wood,
I'm afraid we might lose Uncle Walter for good!

He goes 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!

We begged and we pleaded, "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, he can't understand us,
The bears all demand at least one waltz a day!

He goes 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!

One more time!

He goes wa-wa-wa-wa, waltzing with bears,
Momma bear, poppa bear, baby bear, too;
Yogi and Boo Boo, and Winnie the Pooh,
He loves to go waltzing, wa-wa-wa-waltzing,
He loves to go waltzing, waltzing with bears!

####.... Adapted from a poem by Dr Theodore Seuss Geisel [1904-1991] of Springfield, Massachusetts, © Dr Seuss Enterprises and Random House, Inc, with music by Eugene Poddany and Dale Marxen ....####
This variant was recorded by Seamus Kennedy (By Popular Demand, Volume 1, trk#6, 1990).

A variant was recorded by Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Galway To Graceland, 1997).

A variant was also recorded by Ann Mayo Muir, Ed Trickett and Gordon Bok in 1987 at the Coffeehouse Extempore in Minneapolis (Minneapolis Concert, trk#6, 2006, Folk Legacy Records, Sharon, Connecticut, © by Gordon Bok, Timberline Music, Camden, Maine).


See more songs by Gordon Bok.

A variant was recorded on an album of Christmas selections by Willowgreen (1984-2006) of Duluth, Minnesota, whose vocalist, Sue Spencer, has roots in Newfoundland with her mother being from Gambo; her father having been stationed in Newfoundland for over four years during World War II; and her parent's marriage in Howley before moving to the United States after the war (Winter, trk#7, 1991).

Alternate verse:

My Uncle Walter goes waltzing with bears,
It's a most unbearable state of affairs;
Every Saturday night he creeps down the stairs,
And my Uncle Walter goes dancing at night!


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