Monday, January 23, 2006

From the Mouths of Bears


The Bare Necessities

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you

-Terry Gilkyson

7 comments:

UltimateWriter said...

Well put. it's good to keep reminding ourselves to keep it simple.

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

It is good to be reminded about keeping it simple!

Bhakti said...

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found


This particular line resonates with me. I used to spend months, sometimes years swooning over the same person. Never to get her, of course. Just the way life is, I suppose.

Isn't this from Winnie the Pooh??

Mr. Althouse said...

It's from The Jungle Book. From when Baloo the bear takes Mogli the man-cub under his wing... err, paw.

Ellen said...

Mike- I jumped over here from Saurkrauts blog... and have enjoyed reading this as well as all your past posts. You have a wonderful writing style! I'll be sure to drop by to read everyday now.

Good luck with school! My son just started this January, and I do not envy him hovered over his algebra book.

Jamie Dawn said...

From Disney's Jungle Book movie. I have a songbook with that song in it. It's a cool song!

The Zombieslayer said...

Love this song. It's so simple, and so true.