The Grizzly Bearwords by Irving Berlin music by George Botsford 1912 Hear this song sung by Arthur Collins (c.1911) from Collected Works of Arthur Collins part 1 at archive.org. Hear Brian Hefferan sing his 2004 version from his Everybody's Doin' It album. View original sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] C G7 Out in San Francisco where the weather's fair C they have a dance out there they call the grizzly bear G All the other lovin dances don't compare D7 G7 not the croonies, but the little more than spoonies C G7 talk about the bears that Teddy Roosevelt shot C they couldn't pass with what old San Francisco's got A7 D7 G7 C C7 Listen my honey do and I will show to you the dance of the grizzly bear [Chorus] F Bb F Snuggle close to your baby G7 throw your shoulders to the ceiling lordy lordy what a feeling C Snuggle close to your lady F close your eyes and do some nappin' something nice is going to happen F Bb F Snuggle close to your baby G7 Ddim Sway me every way F Show your daring beau just how you go to Buffalo C7 F Doin' the grizzly bear [Verse 2] Let's sit down and rest a minute honey dear my head feels awfully queer please call the waiter near water water quick the lady's gone I fear Thank you Honey, in the purse you'll find some money Where's the man who showed me how to do that dance? It put me in a trance, I'll take another chance Now that I've got my breath I'm hissin' until death Come on with your grizzly bear [Chorus 2] Snuggle close to your baby hypnotize me like a wizard shake yourself just like a blizzard Snuggle close to your lady If they do that dance in heave shoot me hon' tonight at seven Snuggle close to your baby Sway me every way You and me is two I'll make it one when we get through Doin' the grizzly bear