The bare necessities      (Listen to midi)

 

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1. Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities,

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forget about your worries and your strife.

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I mean the bare necessities, old Mother Nature's recipes,

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that brings the bare necessities of life.

 

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Wherever I wander, wherever I roam,

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I couldn't be fonder of my big home.

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The bees are buzzin' in the tree,

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to make some honey just for me.

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When you look under the rocks and plants,

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and take a glance at the fancy ants, then maybe try a few.

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

 

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2. Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities,

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forget about your worries and your strife.

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I mean the bare necessities, that's why a bear can rest at ease,

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with just the bare necessities of life.

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Now when you pick a pawpaw, or a prickly pear,

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and you prick a raw paw, the next time beware.

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Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw,

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when you pick a pear, try to use the claw.

 

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But you don't need to use the claw

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when you pick a pear of the big pawpaw. Have I given you a clue ?

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

 

3. + Instr. = verse 2, lines 1 4 (3x)

 

G C

So just try and relax, yeah cool it, fall apart in my backyard.

G

'Cause let me tell you something, little britches.

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if you act like that bee acts, uh uh, you're working too hard.

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And don't spend your time lookin' around,

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for something you want that can't be found.

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When you find out you can live without it,

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and go along not thinkin' about it. I'll tell you something true :

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The bare necessities of life will come to you.

 

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4. Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities,

C A D - G

forget about your worries and your strife.

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I mean the bare necessities, that's why a bear can rest at ease,

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with just the bare necessities of life, yeah !

C Am D G C

with just the bare necessities of life.

 

(Phil Harris)