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Not to be confused with "Bare Necessities", an episode of Jungle Cubs.

"The Bare Necessities" is the theme song of the 1967 Disney animated feature film, The Jungle Book written by Terry Gilkyson, and originally sung by Phil Harris as Baloo and Bruce Reitherman as Mowgli. It was written for an earlier, rejected, draft of the movie, and was, as the only song of that version, kept, on the request of the Sherman Brothers, who wrote the other songs for the film. However, the arrangement heard in the film was not done by the Sherman Brothers, but rather by Van Dyke Parks in his first paid gig after moving to California. In 1994, the song is covered by Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and the rest of the gang in the Mickey's Fun Songs video Campout at Walt Disney World, along with The Country Bears who join in as they pitch their tents and get ready for the campout.

Plot[]

In the film, Baloo performs the song to Mowgli to explain life as a bear. During which, their relationship grows and sets up the heart of the movie. The song is later reprised at the end by Baloo and Bagheera (Sebastian Cabot) as they walk off back to their own homes following Mowgli's descent into the Man Village.

The song was notably later used as the theme song to Jungle Cubs, performed by the late Lou Rawls, albeit as a hip-hop rendition. Baloo, Louie, Bagheera, and Hathi later reprised it at the end of the series' finale.

In the sequel, The Jungle Book 2, a reprise is sung as well with John Goodman (Baloo), Haley Joel Osment (Mowgli), and Mae Whitman (Shanti).

Lyrics[]

Baloo:
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
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
The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time 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 something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you

Baloo, Mowgli:
Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife

Mowgli:
Yeah, man!

Baloo, Mowgli:
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Baloo:
Yeah!

Baloo, Mowgli:
With just the bare necessities of life!

Mowgli:
Yeah, man!

Look for the bare necessities
Some good old bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why us bears can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life
Yeah!
I'll live here in the jungle all my life
Yeah, man!

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
Ya know I couldn't be fonder of my great big home
Don't spend your time lookin' 'round
For things you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
You go along not thinkin' about it

Bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life (Yeah, buddy)

Baloo:
You mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my jungle home

Louie:
Don't spend your time filled with doubt
Over things you can’t do nothing about

Baloo:
Yeah, that’s it Lou, come on, let’s shout it!

Baloo, Louie:
Let’s go along not thinkin' about it
Bare necessities
The simple bare necessities

Louie:
Forget about your worries and your strife

Baloo:
Oh, yeah
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease

Louie:
With just the bare necessities of life

Now come along with me and take a ride
You'll see what Mother Nature can provide
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities
With fruits and nuts and other things beside

Then as we wonder over my backyard
We'll flip a rock just like it was a card
The beetles are selectable
In fact, they are delectable
So eat 'em up, it's really not too hard

Ba-doh-ba-dee-doh
It's all so easy
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh
No cares, no strife
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh-doh
No matter where we go
We'll find the bare necessities of life

It's nice to ponder as we slowly roam
While growing fonder of our jungle home
We'll watch the busy little bees
Who's making honey just for me
As I dip for the honey from the comb
Ouch!

I've learned to love the food that's by my side
There's hardly anything I can't abide
Now, ants are quite a tasty dish
Don't wait for me, eat all you wish
You'll like the way they tickle you inside

Doh-ba-dee-doh
It's all so easy
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh
No cares, no strife
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh-doh
No matter where we go
We'll find the bare necessities of life

(piano break)
Ba-doh-ba-dee-doh
Ba-doh-ba-dee-doo

So if you learn to live a life of ease
The fruits and nuts will fall out of the trees
If you relax throughout the day
Your hunger simply melts away
From eating just the bare necessities
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh (Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh)
It's all so easy (So easy now)
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh (Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh)
No cares, no strife (No cares, no strife)
Doh-ba-dee-doh-doh-doh
No matter where we go
We'll find the bare necessities of life
We'll find the bare necessities of life
We'll find the bare necessities of life
Ah-doh-ba-dee-doh

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • In 1991, the song was covered by Harry Connick, Jr. for the Simply Mad About the Mouse, as well as an album and TV special.
  • In 2005, Julie Andrews chose the song for her album "Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs".
  • Bowling for Soup recorded this song for Disneymania 3.
  • In the 1994 live-action film Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Dr. Julius Plumford exclaims "All the bare necessities of life!" in the ballroom scene during the part where Mowgli is invited to attend Plumford's ballroom.
  • In The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story, the live action Baloo slightly mentions "The bare necessities of life."
  • On the 5th episode of the 10th season of ABC's Template:WikipediaLink, American footballer Template:WikipediaLink and professional partner Template:WikipediaLink danced the quickstep to the song.
  • Brian Wilson covered the song on his album In the Key of Disney, which was released on October 25, 2011.
  • On June 13, 2012, Hong Kong Disneyland opened Grizzly Gulch themed land; the gift stall in the land is called The Bear Necessities.
  • In the 2016 live-action film adaptation, the song is performed by Bill Murray and Kermit Ruffins. Dr. John also performed a version of it shown during the end credits.[1]
  • An instrumental version is the main title theme of the 1994 video game.
  • Despite the official lyrics saying 'fonder', the movie and soundtrack contain the line 'I couldn't be found out my big home.'
  • On the Hawaiian language album Mele from Aunty's Beach House, the song appears as "Nā Pono O Ke Ola Nei" (literally translated as "The Needs of Life Today").

References[]

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