Buck Owens Vs. The Country Bear Jamboree – How Long?

How Long Will My Baby Be Gone? That’s the musical question that Buck Owens tried to answer way back in 1968. The song was the last of eight number one singles on the country chart for the man who would become a country legend! The single spent just a lonely week at number one and a total of thirteen weeks on the country chart all together. But perhaps its lasting legacy is that it’s still played during The Country Bear Jamboree at more than one Disney Theme Park around the world.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered where Disney got the play list for the Three Bear Rugs and the rest of the bruin players. While some tunes may have been original to the bears, this one tune for sure was written and recorded just three years prior to the attraction opening at Walt Disney World in October of 1971.

The Country Bear Jamboree version goes as follows:

Wendell is the name of the bear who sings this song in the Jamboree and he is a hyperactive golden brown bear who plays the mandolin. He wears a blue bandanna around his neck and a light brown hat. He also has a massive overbite and buck teeth. He is voiced by Bill Cole.

The original Buck Owens version goes as follows, with one extra verse:

Would you like to know what the full lyrics were? Then read on:

How long is forever
How soon is now or never
How long will these heartaches linger on
And how long will my baby, be gone.

How wide is the notion
How deep is the devotion
How long do these sleepless nights go on
And how long will my baby, be gone.

For I could never understand
How she could turn to another man.

How much does a heart ache
How deep is a heartbreak
How long do these sleepless nights go on
And how long will my baby, be gone.

For I could never understand
How she could turn to another man.

How much does a heart ache
How deep is a heartbreak
How long do these sleepless nights go on
And how long will my baby,
How long will my baby, be gone…

Whenever I visited the Jamboree, I always thought the songs played were from the distant past, maybe the 50s or 60s, or perhaps even earlier in the history of Country and Western music. But I forgot that the attraction opened in 1971, which wasn’t all that later than the 60s! So when I first heard them play in 2007, yes, the songs were old. But they weren’t all that old when the show opened.

Now if we could just find out who wrote ‘Mama Don’t Whoop Little Bufford!” we really will have achieved something! Maybe they shouldn’t shoot him before we find out…

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