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Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues 1

Bob Dylan © 1962, renewed 1990 Music Corp. of America

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


6 Sep 1961
cd imgTHE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE & THE GASLIGHT CAFE
cd imgMONTREAL 1962 NEW YORK 1961 (T-103)
cd imgHISTORICAL ARCHIVES Vol. 1 (vinyl bootleg)
cd imgPORTRAIT (vinyl bootleg)

  First Gaslight tape, Gaslight Cafˇ, NYC - September 1961  

Little kids fell off the boat and the boat was sinkin' down in the water with so many people
Um..., policemen come, firemen come, for rescueing all these women floatin' around in the water
Old women, long women, little kids, dogs, cats
And all they want to do is just take a trip up to Bear Mountain and have a picnic.
I call this one "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Disaster Blues."

I saw it advertised one day
Bear Mountain picnic was comin' my way
"Come along with us 'n' take a trip,
We'll transport you up there on a ship.
Bring the wife an' kids
Fun for all. Yippee!"

Well, i run right down 'n' bought a ticket
To this here thing called the Bear Mountain picnic
Little did i realize, i was in for an unpleasant surprise
Had nothin' to do with pinics
Didn't come close to a mountain
An' i'm scared of bears.

Took the wife 'n' kids down to the pier
Six thousand people there
Everybody had a ticket for the trip
"Oh well'', i said, "it's a pretty big ship
Besides, the more the merrier.''

Well, we all got on an' what do you think
That big old boat started to sink
More people kept a-pilin' on
That old ship was a-goin' down
Hey, this ain't no way to start a picnic.

Well, i soon lost track of m' kids 'n' wife
Saw many people i never saw in my life
That old ship sinkin' down in the water
Six thousand people fightin' each other.
Dogs a-barkin', kids a-squallin'
Women a-cryin', fists a-flyin'.
Maybe we just better call off the picnic.

I got shoved down 'n' pushed around
All i could hear was a moanin' sound
Don't remember any more
Got knocked out an' woke up on the shore
My arms was busted, feet were cracked
Couldn't walk, couldn't see, couldn't talk, couldn't feel
Lucky to be alive though!

Feelin' like i climbed outta my casket
I grabbed back hold of my picnic basket
Took the wife 'n' kids 'n' started home
Wishin' i'd never got up that morn'.
Cursin' picnics.

I don't care just what you do
If you wanna have a picnic, that's up to you
Don't tell me about it, i don't wanna hear it
See i lost all my picnic spirit
Stay in my kitchen, have 'm picnics in my bathroom.

Well it don't seem to me quite so funny
What some of these people are gonna do for money
There's a brand new gimmick every day
Just to take somebody's money away.
Think we oughta take all these people, put 'em on a boat
Send 'em up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.  up
    

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Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues 2


Feb 1962
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG (T-286)
cd imgIN THE PINES (T-645)

  Leeds Music demo, NYC - february 1962  

I saw (cough!) it advertised one day
Bear Mountain Picnic was comin' my way
"Come along and take a trip,
We'll bring you up there on a ship
Bring the wife and kids 
Bring the whole family."
Yippee!

Well I run right down and bought a ticket
To this Bear Mountain Picnic.
But little did I realize i was in for a picnic suprise
Had nothing to do with mountains
I didn't even come close to a bear.

Took the wife and the kids down to the pier
Six thousand people there
Everybody had a ticket for the trip.
Oh well, I said, it's a pretty big ship.
Besides anyway, the more the merrier.

Well we all got on and what do you think
That big old boat started to sink.
More people kept a-pilin' on
That old ship was a-slowly goin' down.
May be we just better call off the picnic.
No the words there, is uh, instead of "May be we just better call off the picnic"
It's uh, "Funny way to start a picnic"

Well I soon lost track of my kids and wife
Saw many people I never saw in my life.
That old ship sinkin' down in the water
Six thousand people tryin' to kill each other.
Dogs a-barkin', cats a-meowin'
Women a-screamin', fists a-flying, babies cryin'
Cops a-comin', me a-runnin'
Maybe we just better call off the picnic.

I got shoved down an' pushed around
All I could hear there was a screamin sound
Don't remember one thing more
Just remember wakin' up on the shore.
Head busted, stomach cracked, feet splintered
I was bald, naked. 
Quite lucky to be alive though!

Feeling like I climbed out of my casket
I grabbed back hold of my picnic basket
Took the wife and kids and started home
Wishing I'd never get up that morn'.

Well I don't care just what you do
If you wanna have a picnic, that's up to you
Don't tell me about it, I don't wanna hear it
You see I just lost all my picnic spirit.
Stay in my kitchen, have my own picnics there in the bedroom, in my bathroom.

It don't seem to me quite so funny
What some people are gonna do for money
There's a brand new gimmick every day
Just to take somebody's money away.
I think we ought to take some of these people 'n' put them on a boat,
Send them up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.  up
    

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Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues 3


25 Apr 1962
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 1
cd imgTALKING BEAR MOUNTAIN PICNIC BLUES (vinyl bootleg)

  The Freewhelin' Bob Dylan session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 25.apr.1962, take 3  

Well i saw it advertised one day
That the Bear Mountain picnic was comin' my way
"Come along 'n' take a trip,
We'll bring you up there on a ship.
Bring the wife an' family
Bring the whole kids.''
Yippee!

Well, i run right down 'n' bought a ticket
To this thing called the Bear Mountain picnic
Little did i realize, i was in for an unpleasant funny surprise
It had nothin' to do with picnic
Didn't come close to a moutain.
An' i hate bears.

Took the wife 'n' kids down to the pier
There was six thousand people there
Everybody had a ticket for the trip
"Oh well'', i said, "it's a pretty big ship
Besides, anyhow the more the merrier.''

Well, we all got on an' what do you think
That big old boat started to sink
More people kept a-pilin' on
That old ship was a-goin' down.
Funny way to start a picnic.

Well, i soon lost track of m' kids 'n' wife
Saw many people i never saw in my life
That old ship was sinkin' down in the water
There was six thousand people tryin' to kill each other.
Dogs a-barkin', cats a-screamin'
Women a-yellin', men a-flyin'
Fists a-flyin', paper flyin',
Cops a-comin', me a-runnin'
Maybe we just better call off the picnic.

I got shoved down, got pushed around
All i remember there was a moanin' sound
Don't remember one thing more
All i remember is wakin' up on a shore.
My arms and legs were broken
My feet were splintered, my head was cracked
I couldn't walk, couldn't talk, smell, feel, couldn't see
I didn't know where i was, i was bald
Quite lucky to be alive though.

Well feelin' like i climbed outta my casket
I grabbed back hold of my picnic basket
Took the wife 'n' kids 'n' started home
Wishin' i'd never got up that mornin'.

Well i don't care just what you do
If you wanna have a picnic, that's up to you
But don't tell me about it, i don't wanna hear it
You see i just lost all my picnic spirit.
Stay in my kitchen, have m' picnic in my bathroom.

Well it don't seem to me quite so funny
What some people are gonna do for money
There's a brand new gimmick every day
Just to take somebody's money away.
I think we oughta take some o' these people, put 'em on a boat
Send 'em up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

6 Sep 1961 1 THE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE & THE GASLIGHT CAFE
MONTREAL 1962 NEW YORK 1961 (b)
HISTORICAL ARCHIVES Vol. 1 (vb)
PORTRAIT (vb)
4 Nov 1961 CARNEGIE CHAPTER HALL 1961
FOLK SINGER-HUMDINGER Just About As Good As It Gets!
Feb 1962 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
THE BOOTLEG (b)
IN THE PINES (b)
25 Apr 1962 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 1
TALKING BEAR MOUNTAIN PICNIC BLUES (vb)
10 May 1963 IN CONCERT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY 1963