"Teddy Bears Picnic" ~ Turpintyme Ragsters @ The Scott Joplin Ragfest ~ June 2010




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Published on Jul 6, 2010


The Grand March at the Ragtime Ball in Sedalia, Missouri during the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival of 2010

Song title: "Teddy Bears Picnic" composed by John Walter Bratton in 1907 and the lyrics were added by British songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932.

All of the Dancers and audience really enjoyed this appearance of the TurpinTyme Ragsters at the Cakewalk Hall during the Scott Joplin Ragtime Concert in early June of 2010. The band played several popular hits from the Ragtime era. We sure had a wonderful time!

THE BAND - Turpintyme Ragsters

Gary Richmond ~ leader - cornet - vocals
Greg Briggs ~ clarinet
Mark Cohick ~ saxophone
Dan Strom ~ trombone
Nora Hulse ~ piano
Steve Hoog ~ tuba
Mike Thompson ~ drums

A precise transcription of the lyrics from the Henry Hall 1932 rendition are given here:

If you go down in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You'd better go in disguise

For ev'ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Ev'ry teddy bear who's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees
Where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
That's the way the teddy bears have their picnic

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch then, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares

At six o' clock
Their mummies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
'Cause they're tired little teddy bears

_ 2010 June 2010 6/04/10


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