NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #14 – The Bare Necessities, from The Jungle Book

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 14

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#14 – The Bare Necessities

Some songs take me back to childhood instantly. They have memories associated with them, like the first time I heard it, or the movie it was from. One of my distant relatives had gifted me an audio cassette of The Jungle Book’s soundtrack when I was in school. It was something my sister and I listened to often. When the movie was remade recently, my friend and I had gone for the movie on the opening weekend. To my dismay, the songs weren’t as prominent in the new movie.

From the soundtrack of the movie The Jungle Book, my favorite song is this one, “The Bare Necessities”. In the movie, Baloo and Mowgli sing it. What I loved then, and what I love even now, is the lyrics. And also the video. Some parts of the video just bring a smile instantly.

The part of the lyrics I love the most?

Don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin’ about it
I’ll tell you something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 14th Nov, 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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