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"Rock-a-Bye Your Bear" is one of the Wiggles' favourite songs. They always sing it in live shows and in some of their videos. It made its grand debut in The Wiggles self-titled release, "The Wiggles" back in 1991. The Purple Wiggle often falls asleep at the end of the song, or a teddy bear mascot.

This Wiggly classic was written by Anthony Field and Greg Page.

Origins

Anthony Field had an idea of a song that involved with teddy bears and the actions go like this.

  • Everybody Clap (Clap 3 times)
  • Everybody Sing (La, la, la, la, la)
  • Bow to your partner (Bow to someone else)
  • Then you turn around (Turn around)
  • Hands in the air (Put your hands in the air)
  • Rock-a-Bye Your Bear (Rock a teddy bear back and forth)
  • Bears now asleep (Do a sleeping motion)
  • Shh, Shh, Shh (Doing a Shh sound)

The 1997 version adds "Yippie" which was written by Anthony and Greg.

Production

  • 1991 Version: Greg provides the lead vocals and Murray and Philip provides the backing vocals. Murray plays the bass and acoustic guitar, Philip plays the piano, Jeff plays the Emax trumpet and Anthony plays the chief Kabasa player.
  • 1997 Version: Greg provides the lead vocals and Greg Truman provides the backing vocals. Murray plays the bass and acoustic guitar along with Anthony, Jeff plays the accordion, Tony Henry plays the drums, Maria Schattovits plays the violin, Angela plays the viola, and Margaret Lindsay plays the cello.

Song Credits

1991/1993 Version

  • Music & Original Idea: Anthony Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page
  • Arrangement: Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Publisher: EMI Music

1996/1997 Version

  • Music: Anthony Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Publisher: EMI Music

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

  • Music: Anthony Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page
  • Arrangement: Dominic Lindsay
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

2013 Version

  • Music: Anthony Field
  • Lyrics: Greg Page
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

2017 Version

Musicians

1991 Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Phillip Wilcher
  • Additional Vocals - Anthony Field
  • Snoring/Emax - Jeff Fatt
  • Clapping - Greg Page
  • Shh Sounds - Greg Page
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Phillip Wilcher
  • Chief Kabasa Player - Anthony Field

ABC For Kids: Live In Concert Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Additional Vocals - Anthony Field
  • Bass/Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Shh Sounds & Clapping - Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Piano - Phillip Wilcher
  • Organ, Trumpet & Snoring - Jeff Fatt

Wiggle Time! 1993 Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Bass/Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Trumpet - Jeff Fatt
  • Clapping - Greg Page
  • Shh Sounds - Greg Page
  • Piano - Phillip Wilcher
  • Organ - Jeff Fatt

Wiggledance! Version

The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack Version

The Wiggles Movie Version

The Wiggles Live at Disneyland Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Greg Truman
  • Additional Vocals - Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Accordion - Jeff Fatt
  • Clapping - Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Shh Sounds - Greg Page, Greg Truman
  • Violin - Maria Schattovits
  • Viola - Angela Lindsay
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay

The Wiggly Big Show Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Greg Truman
  • Additional Vocals - Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Accordion - Jeff Fatt
  • Clapping - Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Shh Sounds - Greg Page, Greg Truman
  • Violin - Maria Schattovits
  • Viola - Angela Lindsay
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay

Taiwanese Version

  • Lead Vocals - Anni Hsu
  • Backing Vocals - Carlos Chang, James Arthur Chen, Danny Shao
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Accordion - Jeff Fatt
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Violin - Maria Schattovits
  • Viola - Angela Lindsay
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

Wiggledancing Live in Concert Version

  • Lead Vocals - Sam Moran
  • Backing Vocals - Greg Truman
  • Additional Vocals - Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Accordion - Jeff Fatt
  • Clapping - Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Shh Sounds - Greg Page, Greg Truman
  • Violin - Maria Schattovits
  • Viola - Angela Lindsay
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay
  • Snoring - Jeff Fatt

Celebration Version

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

25th Anniversary Reunion Show Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Bass - Alex Keller
  • Drums - Jae Nelson
  • Keyboards - Lachlan Gillespie
  • Banjo - Anthony Field
  • Guitar - Murray Cook

Listen

02 Rock-a-Bye Your Bear

Lyrics

Everybody clap (clap clap clap)

Everybody sing (la la la la la)

Bow to your partner

Then you turn around (Yippee!)

Hands in the air, rock-a-bye your bear

Bears now asleep

Shh shh shh

Bears now asleep

Shh shh shh

(Repeat to Beginning)

("Bear's Now Asleep, Shh! Shh! Shh!" Is repeated as the song fades out)

Trivia

  • In the original 1991 album version, Jeff snores at the end and Anthony says "Turn that trumpet down! Bears are trying to sleep!".
  • The 2013 version was actually taped in a live studio with a teddy bear mascot who is sleeping at the end until the Wiggles wake him up. This can be seen in TV Series 7. On July 20th 2017, an intro that was deleted was added.
  • This song is usually one of the first songs performed in their concerts.
  • The instrumental track has three main versions. 1991-1996, a trumpet starts the song, from 1997 onward, an accordion starts the song, and since 2012, sometimes it starts with light piano.
  • The "yippee!" after "Then you turn around" wasn't yet added until 1996.
  • Anthony or Murray have played the guitar in this song.
  • On the [1]Hot Potatoes: The Best of The Wiggles In the bonus features, it says it has the original 1991 music video for this song, but it actually has the 1993 music video for this song.
  • It was the first animal song to be perform.

Appearances

Video Performances

Episode Performances

Album Tracks

Gallery

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