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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.

Song Credits

1991

1997 Version

  • Music and Lyrics: Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Arrangement and Producers : Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Producers: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Engineers and Mixers: Chris Brooks, Phil Judd, Anthony McKenzie
  • Recording Location: Electric Avenue Studios
  • Publisher: EMI Music

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

  • Music and Lyrics: Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Musical Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, Dominic Lindsay
  • Producer: Anthony Field
  • Engineer and Mixer: Robin Gist
  • Recording Location: Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

2013 Version

  • Music and Lyrics: Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Producer: Anthony Field
  • Engineer and Mixer: Alex Keller
  • Recording Location: Electric Avenue Studios (original music), Hot Potato Studios (additional instruments)
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

2017 Version

  • Music and Lyrics: Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Producers: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie
  • Engineer and Mixer: Alex Keller
  • Recording Location: Hot Potato Studios
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

Songwriter Credit Differences

(Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page)

Musicians

1991 Version

  • Lead vocals and hand claps: Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Murray Cook, Anthony Field (dialogue), Jeff Fatt (snoring)
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Piano, MIDI track - Jeff Fatt

ABC For Kids: Live In Concert Version

  • Vocals - Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Bass and Guitar: Murray Cook
  • Piano, MIDI track - Jeff Fatt

The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack Version

  • The Wiggles Vocals: Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Paul Paddick
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Guitars: Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Accordion: Jeff Fatt
  • Strings: Maria Schattovits, Margaret Lindsay
  • Hand Claps: Anononymous
  • Shh Sounds: Anononymous

Live Hot Potatoes! Version

Celebration Version

Dorothy the Dinosaur's Beach Party Version

  • Vocals: James Arthur Chen, Blathanid Conroy-Murphy
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Guitars: Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Accordion - Jeff Fatt
  • Clapping - Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Shh Sounds - Greg Page, Greg Truman
  • Violin: Maria Schattovits
  • Cello: Margaret Lindsay

2013 Version

  • Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie
  • Backing Vocals: Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Guitars: Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Piano: Lachlan Gillespie
  • Drums: Tony Henry
  • Clapping: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Cello: Alex Keller

The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra Version

  • Vocals - Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • First Violins - Peter Edwards, Sarah Curro, Jacqueline Edwards, Peter Fellin, Deborah Goodall, Lorraine Hook, Cameron Jamieson, Kirstin Kenny, Ji Won Kim, Eleanor Mancini, Anne Martonyi, Michelle Ruffolo and Kathryn Taylor
  • Second Violins - Matthew Tomkins, Monica Curro, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Francesca Hiew, Rachel Homburg, Christine Johnson, Isy Wasserman, Philippa West, Patrick Wong and Roger Young
  • Violas - Lauren Brigden, Katharine Brockman, Christopher Cartlidge, Ceridwen Davies, Gabrielle Halloran, Trevor Jones, Simon Oswell and Caleb Wright
  • Cellos - Nicholas Bochner, Miranda Brockman, Rohan de Korte, Keith Johnson, Sarah Morse, Angela Sargeant and Michelle Wood
  • Double Basses - Sylvia Hosking, Rohan Dasika, Benjamin Hanlon, Suzanne Lee and Stephen Newton
  • Flutes - Wendy Clarke, Sarah Beggs and Agatha Yim
  • Clarinets - David Thomas and Craig Hill
  • Trumpets - Shane Hooton, Callum G'Froerer and Julie Payne
  • Trombones - Brett Kelly, Kenneth McClimont, Kieran Conrau and Mike Szabo
  • Piano: Louisa Breen

2017 Version

  • Vocals: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Acoustic Guitar: Anthony Field
  • Bass Guitar: Jeff McCormack
  • Six-String Banjo: Anthony Field
  • Keyboard: Lachlan Gillespie

Listen

02 Rock-a-Bye Your Bear

Lyrics

Everybody 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

Everybody 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

("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. The background music from It's a Wiggly Circus and Circus Cyclists Cycling! is also played.
  • 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.
  • This song is part of the Let's Wiggle book.


Appearances

Video Performances

Episode Performances

Album Tracks

Gallery

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