We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a popular educational picture book for kids and also a nursery rhyme composed and performed by English children’s author Michael Rosen.

The lyrics illustrate the adventures and lessons learned of four children, a baby sister and their dog as they go on a bear hunt. Each action of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is accompanied by mimic and gesture-play.

Below are the lyrics and the song interpreted by Michael Rosen.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Lyrics

We’re goin’ on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one,
I’m not scared
What a beautiful day!
Oh look! It’s some long, wavy grass!
Can’t go over it,
Can’t go under it,
Can’t go around it,
Got to go through it!

We’re goin’ on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one,
I’m not scared
What a beautiful day!
Oh look! It’s a mushroom patch.
Can’t go over it,
Can’t go under it,
Can’t go around it,
Got to go through it!

We’re goin’ on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one,
I’m not scared
What a beautiful day!
Oh look! It’s a wide river.
Can’t go over it,
Can’t go under it,
Can’t go through it,
Got to swim across it.

We’re goin’ on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one,
I’m not scared
What a beautiful day!
Oh look! A deep, dark cave.
Can’t go over it,
Can’t go under it,
Can’t go through it,
Got to go in it.

Uh, oh! It’s dark in here.
I feel something,
It has lots of hair!
It has sharp teeth!
It’s a bear!

Hurry back through the river,
Back through the mushroom patch,
Back through the long grass
Run in the house and lock the door.
Phew! That was close!

I’m not afraid!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Song

by Michael Rosen

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