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Smokey the Bear, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: May 21, 2014

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smokey the bear song 1 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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smokey the bear song 2 - smaller
Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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smokey the bear book eleg sbwe cover only
Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Peter Pan Records recording of SMOKEY THE BEAR

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The song in a public service announcement, sung by Eddy Arnold

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An excellent PDF of the music side above:
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/SmokeyBear/SmokeyBearSong.swf

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A PDF you can print of the sheet music online:
http://www.wvforestry.com/Smokey%20Song.pdf

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Link to image of the Conservation Pledge on back side of sheet music:
http://smokeybear.mrdonn.org/pledge.html

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Info about the song and a music player, here:
http://www.vom.com/wesford/SBHA/SONG/SmokeySONG_ga.shtml

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Smokey Bear wiki talks a bit about the song:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_Bear

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Tutorial and chords to play the song on the ukulele
http://allthingsukulele.com/2013/09/17/remember-only-you-can-prevent-forest-fires-smokey-the-bear-song-ukulele-tutorial-by-ukulele-mike-lynch/

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More about Smokey Bear, here:
http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/name_main.asp

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SMOKEY THE BEAR
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins

With a Ranger’s hat and shovel
and a pair of dungarees,
you will find him in the forest
always sniffin’ at the breeze.
People stop and pay attention
when he tells ’em to beware,
’cause ev’rybody knows that
he’s the Fire Prevention Bear.

Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear.
A-prowlin’ and a-growlin’ and a-sniffin’ the air.
He can find a fire before it starts to flame.
That’s why they call him Smokey,
That was how he got his name.

You can take a tip from Smokey
that there’s nothin’ like a tree.
’cause they’re good for kids to climb in
and they’re beautiful to see,
you just have to look around you
and you’ll find it’s not a joke,
to see what you’d be missin’
if they all went up in smoke.

Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear.
A-prowlin’ and a-growlin’ and a-sniffin’ the air.
He can find a fire before it starts to flame.
That’s why they call him Smokey,
That was how he got his name.

You can camp upon his doorstep
and he’ll make you feel at home;
You can run and hunt and ramble
anywhere you care to roam.
He will let you take his honey
and pretend he’s not so smart,
but don’t you harm his trees
for he’s a Ranger in his heart.

Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear.
A-prowlin’ and a-growlin’ and a-sniffin’ the air.
He can find a fire before it starts to flame.
That’s why they call him Smokey,
That was how he got his name.

If you’ve ever seen the forest
when a fire is running wild,
and you love the things within it
like a mother loves her child,
then you know why Smokey tells you
when he sees you passing through,
‘Remember…please be careful….
its the least that you can do.’

Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear.
A-prowlin’ and a-growlin’ and a-sniffin’ the air.
He can find a fire before it starts to flame.
That’s why they call him Smokey,
That was how he got his name.

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THE BALLAD OF SMOKEY THE BEAR

Though I’ll stick with the other song, this one is worth noting and here’s a shout out for this show to be broadcast again or put on DVD!  It would sure be fun to see!!

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Preview of the 1966 Rankin Bass special THE BALLAD OF SMOKEY THE BEAR narrated by James Cagney, with title song written by Johnny Marks (writer of song for RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TC94I7KUBw

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smokey sheet music song selections cover

More info on the special at www.rankinbass.com

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Addendum, 7/4/2015

My husband Charlie got this great pic of the Smokey Bear balloon at the 2015 July 4th parade in Washington, DC.

Smokey Bear, DC 7 4 2015

I really do think that taking care of our Land, Forests, Waters and Air are just as true measures of our patriotism as anything else.

It’s one of the reasons I love Smokey Bear and that I love to sing the song with the sing-along music I had made (played by the wonderful My Rehearsal Pianist) from the original 1954 Forest Service Song Sheet and the book I made myself. Long Live Smokey Bear and Long Live the USA (and Keep America Beautiful)!

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Related Posts

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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STEVE ROLLINS AND JACK NELSON
THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF STEVE NELSON AND JACK ROLLINS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-steve-nelson-and-jack-rollins/

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Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs in the recycle or a designated trash receptacle)
http://projectput.wordpress.com/

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Smokey Bear a Patriotic Symbol of an Important Patriotic Duty to Take Care of USA Land, Forests, Waters and Air (and a Wonderful Illustrated Song)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/smokey-bear-a-patriotic-symbol-of-an-important-patriotic-duty-to-take-care-of-usa-land-forests-waters-and-air-and-a-wonderful-illustrated-song/

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