'The Bear Went Over the Mountain' Chords

Learn Children's Songs on Guitar

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The Bear Went Over the Mountain

Chords Used: C (x32010) | F (xx3211) | G (320003)

    C                  F
The bear went over the mountain,
    G                  C
The bear went over the mountain,
    C                  F
The bear went over the mountain,
   G                 C
To see what he could see
   C
To see what he could see,
   C
To see what he could see
    C                 F
The other side of the mountain,
    G                 C
The other side of the mountain,
    C                 F
The other side of the mountain,
    G                 C
Was all that he could see.

    C                  F
The bear went over the river,
    G                  C
The bear went over the river,
    C                  F
The bear went over the river,
   G                 C
To see what he could see
   C
To see what he could see,
   C
To see what he could see
    C                 F
The other side of the river,
    G                 C
The other side of the river,
    C                 F
The other side of the river,
    G                 C
Was all that he could see.

Performance Tips

The strumming pattern for "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" couldn't be easier - simply strum four times for each line above. In cases where there are two chords in a bar, strum each chord twice. When only one chord is shown, strum that chord four times. Use slow downstrokes for all strums in your strumming pattern.

Song History

Although origins of the song are not clear, the melody from the song is the same as "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".