Over the years I’ve become a fan of more and more television shows. When I was younger I watched afternoon cartoons but don’t remember following any shows that came on primetime.
I now watch a television show or two a night and there are some really great shows on. There is one pattern I’ve noticed that I’m not too happy about though. It seems that television networks are slowly phasing out television theme songs.
Two perfect examples are my two favorite shows. Lost and Heroes don’t have theme songs. I can understand why they don’t have some cheesy diddy but at least have some kind of music. One of the few shows that still has a good theme song is The Office and they don’t have words to their theme song.
Theme songs are a great addition to any television show and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that one of my favorite theme songs belongs to one of my favorite television shows.
One of the best television theme songs is the theme to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song is classic. Everybody who watched that show will have that theme song etched in their memory for the rest of their lives. I’m sure that just the mention of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made you think, “in west Philadelphia born and raised.” Almost everybody can quote the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme from beginning to end.
We all know the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. There’s the opening paragraph where the Fresh Prince introduces the story. In the following verse the Fresh Prince talks about the good ole days in Philadelphia when he was “maxing and relaxing all cool.”
In the next verse the Fresh Prince hails a cab and then tells us about his dice in the mirror. Finally the Fresh Prince gave a fond farewell to the cab driver and took his the throne that so rightfully belonged to him.
If this is the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air song that you are familiar with then you don’t know the whole song.
There was actually a longer version of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme that only aired for the first three episodes of the show. The two additional verses take place in between the Fresh Prince’s mom telling him he’s moving in with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air and the hailing down a cab.
Here are the two additional verses:
I begged and pleaded with her the other day
But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way
She gave me a kissin’ and she gave me my ticket
I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it
First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass
Is this what the people of Bel-Air livin’ like
Hmm this might be alright
I know this probably comes as a huge shock to you. There are more words to the Fresh Prince? Inconceivable! It’s true though and I have the YouTube video to prove it (if you still don’t believe me then maybe the Italian version will convince you). Watch it. Learn it. And next time you hear somebody sing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song be sure to correct them.