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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

TV Tuesday

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...
Jay Leno once quipped when he was alone in an elevator his mind always reverted to the lowest song he could think of: "Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed..."

Love them or hate them, TV theme songs stick with us for years! If you're stuck on some lyrics, click here for a comprehensive page with words I never even knew existed. (Who knew I Dream of Jeannie had lyrics???)

On that musical note:

1. What is your favorite TV theme song?

In order to fully answer this, I have to break it down a bit more. First, there are theme songs that are just purely instrumentals--and for me, the two greatest are the theme to the original Star Trek and the theme from Doctor Who. I love them both and never get tired of hearing them. Also, special props have to go to the Buffy and Angel themes. Love those as well. As for theme songs with words, I've always kind of like the theme song from Cheers, though it does tend to go really wacky after the first verse (if you've heard the full version of it, you know what I mean!) Also, I have to admit I'm a big fan of the theme from Happy Days--the second one, that is. The one that isn't "Rock Around the Clock." Also, in thinking back on this, one memorable one from growing up was from The Greatest American Hero, the "Believe It Or Not" song...loved that. And wasn't it just great used as the outgoing message on George's machine on Seinfeld?!? And as many of you found out in your made-up memories section, I just love the Monkees, so I'd be remiss if I didn't include them as well. Man, I like way too many theme songs...I think the real question here is--do I watch too much TV for my own good?

2. Which song drives you crazy enough to hit mute on the remote?

I actually used to like the theme from Friends, back before it got played to death on the radio. Now it's just sort of tolerable. I've got to admit that the Green Acres theme is one that gets in my head and then gets stuck there..(The stores! The chores! Fresh air! Times square!)...aaaaaaaugh! I've started it! Make it stop, make it stop please!

3. Which song are your proud to say you remember (most of) the lyrics to???

~Bonus~ Put the lyrics on your page (from memory), and I'll list you next week in the TV Tuesday Theme Song Hall of Fame. Don't forget to leave a comment so I'll know you posted!

I'm not quite sure proud is the word I'd use...but I do remember most of the words to the Cheers theme--even the extra verses if you hear the full version. And since I promised it, here it is...

Makin' your way in the world today,
Takes everything you've got.
Takin' a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
You wanna go where people know, people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.
You want to go where people know, people are all the same;
You want to go where everybody knows your name.

Now, there's more to the Cheers theme that I can't recall--stuff about your shrink running off to Europe and not writing and your husband wantign to be a girl....scary, scary stuff.

And for one that's a bit more obscure and not daily on Nick-at-Night..here's the theme from Greatest American Hero.

Look at what's happened to me,
I can't believe it myself.
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world,
It should've been somebody else.

Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.

It's like a light of a new day-,
It came from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true-.

Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.


Thanks for playing, and remember:

"Got kind of tired packing and unpacking,
Town to town and up and down the dial
Maybe you and me were never meant to be,
But baby think of me once in awhile.

I'm at WKRP in Cincinnati..."


posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/18/2004 02:00:00 PM | |
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