Hear the Dick Van Dyke Show theme song with its unused lyrics added

Ever wonder what the opening credits would have been like with vocals? Now you can sing along, too!

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Theme Songs with Added Lyrics - The Dick Van Dyke Show
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Just because a TV theme song is instrumental, that does not mean it lacks lyrics. "Suicide Is Painless," the melancholic melody heard at the opening of M*A*S*H, had lyrics. Andy Griffith recorded a version of his sitcom's unforgettable theme song with lyrics, known as "The Fishin' Hole." Shucks, even Gene Roddenberry scribbled down some lyrics for the Star Trek theme. For whatever reasons, none of them were sung in the opening credits.

The Dick Van Dyke Show is another such series. Earle Hagen, the musical mind behind The Andy Griffith Show theme, composed the music for the Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore comedy. Years later, Van Dyke revealed that his costar Morey Amsterdam, who portrayed Buddy Sorrell, had originally written lyrics for the tune.

Van Dyke has been known to sing the lyrics from time to time. He even sat down and did so for us.

To kick off a new video series, we wanted to record our own version of what the theme song might have sounded like with vocals. We even added subtitles and a bouncing ball so you can sing along.

Take a listen up top and check out the full lyrics below:

So you think that you've got troubles?
Well, trouble's a bubble,
So tell old Mr. Trouble to "Get lost!"

Why not hold your head up high and,
Stop cryin', start tryin',
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed!

When you find the joy of livin'
Is lovin' and givin'
You'll be there when the winning dice are tossed

A smile is just a frown that's turned upside down,
So smile, and that frown will defrost
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed!

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jaelinsmith40652 39 months ago
Great song and the lyrics are helpful as well
Runeshaper 54 months ago
Those are some cute lyrics! Great show :)
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VenturaCapitalist 57 months ago
The MASH theme was written by Johnny Mandel, who also wrote The Shadow Of Your Smile and the waltz Emily from the movie The Americanization of Emily with James Garner and Julie Andrews.
MaryMitch 57 months ago
I kinda doubt the lyrics were written before the show aired. That happened a lot. Norman Lear said that Carroll O'Connor wanted to write lyrics for the end music for "All In The Family" - "Remembering You". He said that O'Connor got a residual payment for that song in addition to his acting residual payment every time an episode aired.
csaaphill 57 months ago
I still want to see My favorite martian from beginning to end in all their episodes. And Saturday morning cartoons not all westerns all day.
I see dino running across the screen and some of the Flinstones pics, so are they getting ready to have some of their cartoons then? FI so Jetsons, as well, and George of the Jungle, Bullwinkle and Rocky, Underdog and more though would be my pics. Wally gator, peter potamus and so so or whatever it was called, clue club the phunky phantom, etc... would be nice too.
MadMadMadWorld csaaphill 48 months ago
That's a great idea! Have the return of the long-ago, classic Saturday morninig cartoon shows! I have others I fondly remember: Rocky & Bullwinkle, Ruff & Ready, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Heckle & Jeckle, Augie Doggie, etc. The Jetsons (1962-63) made only original 24 cartoons in their short year, Sep. '62 to Mar. '63. And for live action there are these classic '50s series: The Adventures of Superman and Sky King! I know I'm forgetting others I like, but those two immediately come to mind.
daDoctah 57 months ago
A while back I started a collection of lyrics for TV theme songs that people think of as instrumentals. Started with "Leave it to Beaver" (the theme is called "The Toy Parade"), "Hogan's Heroes" and "Bonanza" (the casts of both shows sang them on albums back when the series were running).

A couple of real surprises awaited me when I discovered that the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" theme came from an existing Paul Anka tune called "It's Really Love", and that there are even lyrics to the "Peter Gunn" theme!
VenturaCapitalist daDoctah 57 months ago
The Tonite show theme was originally an italian folk song.
JudithReboy 57 months ago
Mr. Van Dyke and his group, The Vantastixs, did a lovely rendition at the TV Land Awards some years back. They also recorded it on their 2008 CD, "Put on a Happy Face". It would have served this living legend much better than what it seems was an unrehearsed "off the cuff" performance.
SteveThames 57 months ago
Sb a poll of top tv themes

1) 77 Sunset Strip is the all time best

Watch out for that ottoman😀

Anyone seen the fall schedule?
ETristanBooth 57 months ago
I've heard DVD sing this many times, and the voice above doesn't really sound like him.
Tuckerpete 57 months ago
Having a better theme song singer would have been a good start.
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