The lyrics to "Baby Shark" by South Korea’s Pinkfong are simple and call out a shark family one by one, progressing from the baby shark to its grandparents, followed by a chorus of "do-do-do-do-do-do” after each verse. The "Baby Shark" earworm that burrows in your head may be the sole reason you don't want your kids singing it. But "Baby Shark" does have a darker side. The song as we know it is NOT the "Baby Shark" of yesteryear — and by yesteryear, we mean about a century ago.
"Baby Shark" has its origins in summer camp traditions, and it has been passed down orally from generation to generation. The song's lyrics, pre-Pinkfong whitewashing, take the listener through a shark attack involving dismemberment and CPR, and, as with the song's current iteration, there was a dance that went with the gruesome tale.