Published on July 11th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
Four songs you didn’t know had more lyrics
I’d say the following songs are fairly well known. I’m not going to stock it with songs that had extra verses added in for live performances (“The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel) or have lyrics that very few know about (The “Star Trek” theme). No, these are legit extra lyrics to songs you probably know, but didn’t know there was more to it.
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song, Will Smith – This is the type of theme song that sets up the basic premise of the series: Philadelphia born and raised Will gets in one little fight and is sent to live with rich relatives in California. He lands in the airport, hops into a rare cab and goes to sit on his throne as the Prince of Bel-Air.
But wait, why didn’t his rich relatives pick him up at the airport? If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, you’re not alone. There are dozens of you! Dozens!
But it turns out they did try, as evidenced by the extra verse that was cut from broadcast:
Well uh, the plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out
I ain’t trying to get arrested yet.
I just got here!
I sprang with the quickness, like lightening disappeared
The dude who looked like a cop? Uncle Phil. He was there waiting, and since Will had never seen his picture for some reason, he instead decided his uncle was a cop and sprang with a quickness into a cab. Plot hole solved.
EDIT: A few people have pointed out that the cop-looking individual was likely not Uncle Phil, but rather a chauffeur (maybe Geoffrey?) That makes more sense. I was thinking that since he was a lawyer (and later a judge), Uncle Phil might be giving off an air of authority that could be mistaken for cop-like. James Avery did play a cop, lawyer or judge for seemingly every role. Except when he played Shredder.
“Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” Gary Portnoy – The “Cheers” theme song didn’t so much tell a story, but rather evoked a feeling of a neighborhood bar. It’s a short and simple song, but in the full version there was a lot more, and it got a little weirder.
The check is in the mail;
And your little angel
Hung the cat up by it’s tail;
And your third fiance didn’t show;
The morning’s looking bright;
And your shrink ran off to Europe,
And didn’t even write;
And your husband wants to be a girl;There we go, transgender issues start to work their way into the song. Was “Cheers” originally planning to Klinger from “MASH” type character on the show? Sadly, the plot point was never addressed. Or was it? There were 275 episodes, I can’t remember them all.
Eb-rywhere I roam;
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home!
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.