Bear Went Over the Mountain, The
DESCRIPTION: "The bear went over the mountain (x3) To see what he could see." "He saw another mountain (x3), And what do you think he did?" "He climbed the other mountain...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Linscott)
KEYWORDS: animal nonballad humorous
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Linscott, pp. 164-165, "A Bear Went Over the Mountain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 43, "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" (1 text, tune referenced)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 231-233, "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow -- (Malbrouk -- We Won't Go Home till Morning! -- The Bear Went over the Mountain)"
NOTES: This is another of those songs you never find in folk song books. But I'm pretty sure I learned it orally; I think it belongs here.
Briggs: Katherine Briggs, A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language, Part A: Folk Narratives, 1970 (I use the 1971 Routledge paperback that combines volumes A.1 and A.2), volume A.2, pp. 519-520, lists three various "Endless Tales"; she compares the third of these to this song, although the only thing they really seem to have in common is the endless repeat. - RBW
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