Down by the Bay | Sheet Music, Lyrics, Chords and Video

Down by the Bay” is a traditional kids song. Raffi made it popular with his 1976 album Singable Songs for the Very Young. It has also gained popularity more recently as a campfire song with the Boy Scouts.

Lyrics for ‘Down by the Bay’

Down by the bay,
Where the watermelons grow,
Back to my home,
I dare not go,
For if I do,
My mother will say,
“Did you ever see a bear,
Combing his hair,
Down by the bay?”

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Guitar Sheet Music for ‘Down by the Bay’

The sheet music for Down by the bay is available on It’s a lead sheet that includes the music, guitar chords and lyrics.

Down by the Bay Guitar Lead Sheet (Music, Chords and Lyrics)



Just Want the Guitar Chords?

Check out this fun kid favorite.  Only Three chords to learn.  Sing the song as is, and then make up your own verses.

Down by the Bay Chords and Lyrics from



Video for ‘Down by the Bay’

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