Monday, May 22, 2006

MeMe Monday - Scary Teddy Bears

Welcome to another installment of, "Come ON -- tell me the WHOLE story!" AKA "I love to talk about myself", or "Me-Me Monday" for short. The object of the game is to refer to your 101 Things About Me list, pick one of your "things" and tell the whole sordid tale. (I don't yet have a full 101 Thing About Me list, but do plan on growing one. So when I play Me-Me Monday" I'll add to my list.)

43. I've always found the "Teddy Bear Picnic" song a little creepy.

Maybe it's just me, but every time I hear the "Teddy Bear Picnic" song (see lyrics below) I get shivers up and down my spine. I know it's supposed to be a cute song about these teddy bears cavorting and playing in the woods. But it creeps me out.

I mean, look at the lyrics -- "you're in for a big surprise" and "you'd better not go alone" -- yeesh, given that I already believe in Bigfoot and Yeti and other creepy creatures of the woods, I'm frightened enough about walking in the woods. Why tell me that these stuffed animals are gathering for a secret party? It's just going to freak me out.

I've been reading a "Teddy Bear Picnic" storybook to Alexander before bedtime the past couple of nights. It's a library book we picked out this weekend. Maybe I did it for therapy, you know, to see if I could handle it now that I'm supposedly an adult. But in any case, there's Alexander drifting off peacefully to sleep while I sit up all night, the lyrics going through my head, biting my nails, peeking out from under the covers and wondering what those teddy bears are up to in those woods and when they're going to launch their secret attack.

Teddy Bear Picnic

If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd 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.

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 dance about.
They love to play and shout.
And 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 out in the woods today,
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.

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, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Wenchy said...

When my Liam turned one (he is now ten), I used that song as his invitation to his party.

lime said...

i just bet they are plotting all manner of mischeif. it is weird. why do they need to be all sneaky about it???? i'll give ya my quilt like from HNT to hide under. it has magic powers. i promise

melodyann said...

Now I don't feel so bad about being scared of those darn sour patch kids........

MaliceAD said...

The lyrics to most of the songs on the Build a Bear Workshop site are creepy too!

I still find them unbearably cute though. :)

Franny said...

Ok, i totally agree with you on this one! This was not a song I grew up with (more of a Baby Beluga/Sharon Lois Bram kinda kid), so when I first actually LISTENED to it a few years ago, i was like, WHAT THE WHUH!?

Oh, and if you got that book from Terryberry, the snot stain on page 7 is from one of my kids, lol!

Rainypete said...

If you go down to the woods today
Be ready to be a snack
If you go down to the woods today
you'd better watch your butt crack....

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

well apperantly this song isnt suppose to be a cute and cuddly song.
its origin is from a horror movie with a cannibalistic guy.. O.o

Anonymous said...

I listen to that song every time an ice cream van comes and it is so creepy. Apparently that song is a creepypasta origin. I will never understand what children like about it because it is creepy as fuck