The Bare Necessities

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This article is about the song. For the collegiate a cappella group by this same name, see The Brown Bear Necessities. For other meanings, see Bare Necessities.

"The Bare Necessities" is a song, written by Terry Gilkyson, from the animated 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book, sung by Phil Harris as Baloo and Bruce Reitherman as Mowgli. Originally, it was written for an earlier draft of the movie that was never produced. The Sherman Brothers, who wrote the other songs of the film, kept this as the only song used from the previous version. A reprise of the song was sung by Sebastian Cabot as Bagheera and Phil Harris as Baloo at the end of the film. Van Dyke Parks worked on the arrangement, which was his first paid gig after moving to California. The song was also sung by Louis Armstrong. In 1967, "The Bare Necessities" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. A hip-hop version of the song performed by Lou Rawls was used as the theme song for Jungle Cubs.[citation needed]

If has been suggested that the original trumpet solo was played by Cappy Lewis.[1]

First Lyrics[edit]

Baloo: Now look little britches all you have to do is 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 You know 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 [Speech] Mowgli: Hey Baloo you eat ants. Baloo: Oh you better believe it little britches And you're going to love the way they tickle Hey baggy you hungry Bagheera: Mowgli look out. Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you Baloo: They'll come to you! Ensemble: Look for the bare necessities The simple bare necessities Baloo: Forget about your worries and your strife Ensemble: I mean the bare necessities That's why a bear can rest at ease Baloo: With just the bare necessities of life

Baloo: Now when you pick a pawpaw Or a prickly pear Mowgli: Ow And when you prick a raw paw Next time beware Ensemble: Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw When you pick a pear Try to use the claw Baloo: But you don't need to use the claw When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw Have I given you a clue? [speech] Mowgli: Golly gee thanks Baloo Bagheera: Pawpaw ha of all the silly gibberish. Baloo: Come on baggy get with the beat. Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you Baloo: They'll come to you! [Speech] Baloo: Hey Mowgli How 'about scratching'that old left shoulder while you're up there, Mowgli?

Now just a hair lower. There, right there. That's it. Ahh..

This is beautiful. That's very good. Kid, now we've got to get to a tree, this calls for some big scratch! Mowgli: Gee You're lots of fun, Baloo!

Baloo: Right on it

Yes! That's delicious! Oh, ooo! Just a little bit more-

Mmm. yes. ha-ha. ooo. Mm. Mmm. ha-ha. ooo. yes! Oh man, this is really living'. Baloo: So just try and relax,in my backyard Because if you act like that bee acts,You're workin too hard. And don't spend your time just 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 somethin true

Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you Baloo: They'll come to you! [Speech] Bagheera: Ahh. I give up. Well I hope his luck really holds out. Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you. [Speech] Baloo: Hey Mowgli, how 'about you start singing with me? Ensemble: Look for the bare necessities, The simple bare necessities Baloo: Forget about your worries and your strife [Speech] Mowgli: Yeah, man! Ensemble: I mean the bare necessities, That's why a bear can rest at ease Baloo: With just the bare necessities of life Baloo: Yeah Ensemble: With just the bare necessities of life Mowgli: Yeah, man!

Reprise Lyrics[edit]

Baloo and Bagheera: 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 With just the bare necessities of life Baloo: Come on baggy were going home.

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Official UK Charts - UK Mixmasters
  3. ^ "Largest themed area in expansion plan, Grizzly Gulch, debuts at Hong Kong Disneyland on July 14, 2012 Unique multidirectional terrain-style coaster provides unexpected runaway adventure". Hong Kong Disneyland. 13 June 2012.