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John Denver - Hello to a Grizzly Bear

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Published on Dec 15, 2011

http://centerofthewest.org

In 1972, John Denver was in a film called "Bighorn!" We found this on a 16mm print in our vault at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Denver wrote this song in anticipation of an encounter with a grizzly bear.

In this film, John Denver treks through the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains hoping to experience nature and looking for Bighorn Sheep.

Our research has led us to conclude that some version of "Bighorn!" did air on television, but I don't know if you can find this little treasure elsewhere. In any case, please enjoy this relic of the 70s.

Lyrics:

John Denver:
How do you say hello to a Grizzly Bear?
You think he'll understand me, or will he even care?
What if he doesn't like me because of my long hair?

Hello. Goodbye. So long, leave me alone...

Mr. Grizzly Bear. Mr. Grizzly Bear. Mr. Grizzly Bear.
Bum Bum!

Musical Interlude
(2 Grizzly Bears chase John Denver down a hillside, his hat falls off)

Hello. Goodbye. So long, leave me alone...

Mr. Grizzly Bear. Mr. Grizzly Bear. Mr. Grizzly Bear.
Bum Bum!

http://centerofthewest.org

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