11 TV Show Theme Songs That Secretly Have Lyrics

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Chances are, you’ve been humming the theme songs for the “The Andy Griffith Show” and  “Bewitched” for years.Turns out these songs weren’t just tunes, but actually had lyrics that went along with them.

Our friends at mental_floss have uncovered the lyrics to 11 popular TV show songs.

Now you can get their lyrics stuck in your head, too.

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title=”‘The Andy Griffith Show’ theme song”
content=”Andy Griffith recorded a version of “The Fishing Hole” — AKA the theme song to ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ — that was replaced by the all-whistling version.”
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title=”The ‘Star Trek’ theme song”
content=”Controversially, ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry penned lyrics to Alexander Courage’s theme song even though he never intended to use them for the show. Why? Because under their contract, writing lyrics — even unused ones — meant Roddenberry would get half of the royalties for the song.

The lyrics:
Beyond
The rim of the star-light
My love
Is wand’ring in star-flight
I know
He’ll find in star-clustered reaches
Love,
Strange love a star woman teaches.
I know
His journey ends never
His star trek
Will go on forever.
But tell him
While he wanders his starry sea
Remember, remember me

Can’t quite put the words with the tune? Listen to Tenacious D putting their spin on the sci-fi classic here.”
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title=”The ‘Bonanza’ theme song”
content=”The pilot episode of ‘Bonanza’ featured the Cartwrights singing a little ditty. “We nearly fell off our horses from laughing so hard,” Michael Landon later recalled. Apparently producers realised that it was a little silly as well since they ended up scrapping the lyrics for music only. Here’s Ben Cartwright himself — AKA actor Lorne Greene — doing his version.

Here’s a different version by Johnny Cash, who changed the lyrics a bit.”
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title=”The ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ theme song”
content=”Morey Amsterdam not only co-starred in the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ he also wrote lyrics for the theme song. The tune was written by Earle Hagen, who was also responsible for the ‘Andy Griffith’ song — including that iconic whistling. Here’s Dick Van Dyke and the Vantasticks doing an acapella version of the theme.”
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title=”The ‘I Love Lucy’ theme song”
content=”In a second season episode of ‘I Love Lucy’ called “Lucy’s Last Birthday,” Ricky surprised Lucy with a song he wrote for her. It just happens to match the show’s theme music.”
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title=”The ‘Leave It To Beaver’ theme song”
content=””The Toy Parade,” better known as the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ theme song, was an old children’s song by Melvyn Leonard before it became synonymous with the Beav.”
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title=”The ‘Bewitched’ theme song”
content=”Steve Lawrence apparently wasn’t fast enough to record the lyrics to ‘Bewitched.’ The show’s studio was so concerned about the first episode having a catchy theme song that they decided to air the instrumental version. It stuck, and Lawrence’s rendition, written by Howie Greenfield, went largely unheard of until the big screen edition of the TV show came out several years back. We won’t make you watch it to hear the song.”
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title=”The ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ theme song”
content=”It makes sense within the context of the show, but Buddy Kaye’s opening lyrics to ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ still make us cringe: “Jeannie, fresh as a daisy. Just love how she obeys me.””
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title=”‘The Munsters’ theme song”
content=”‘The Munsters’ theme song didn’t actually have lyrics at the time, but Butch Patrick — that’s Eddie Munster to most of us — made some up in the 1980s to try to capitalise on his childhood fame. It’s… interesting.”
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title=”The ‘Roseanne’ theme song”
content=”After nine seasons on the air, someone decided the ‘Roseanne’ theme song needed lyrics to end on — and those lyrics would be crooned by Blues traveller, no less. In case you missed out on that, check out the show’s opening credits from the final season:”
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title=””The Tonight Show” theme song”
content=”Before ‘The Tonight Show’ theme song was tweaked and renamed “Johnny’s Theme,” it was a Paul Anka tune called “Toot Sweet.” Here’s the Annette Funicello version of it — retitled again and called “It’s Really Love.””
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title=”You’ve read the lyrics of popular TV show theme songs…”
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