It's likely that you have never just been sitting around in your sweatpants, looking at the Pepperidge Farm Wikipedia page. That's a completely normal thing for you to never have done. But one time I was doing exactly that, and it ruined my life a little bit. I was just trying to see how many different kinds of Milanos there were, but things took a nasty turn when I saw this sentence right there in the middle of the Wikipedia entry:
“In an episode of The Golden Girls, Sophia complained about the high price of Pepperidge Farm cookies and said not to buy them with her money.”
My automatic response was to go, “Oh yeah! The Golden Girls!” So that’s how I ended up on the Golden Girls Wikipedia Page. And by the time I was done reading that page, there was no turning back. Because this happened:
“The theme song is “Thank You for Being a Friend”, which was a #25 Pop hit for Andrew Gold in 1978. The show’s version is a cover sung by Cynthia Fee.”
Whaaaaaaaat? That’s a real song? The theme for the Golden Girls is a cover of a whole real song that was written and sung by a guy who was apparently kind of somewhat famous? Apparently, yes, it was. And that’s what blew my mind. So obviously I bought the Andrew Gold version on iTunes, and guess what? There’s a fucking verse in the real song about being old. But that’s not the verse they use for the show. Why would that not be the verse they use for the only television show in the history of the world to be about only old people? Instead they use the first verse about throwing a party with everyone you know. It’s a show about old people, and instead of singing about being old, they’re singing about buying a giant gift. Here, look.
So I got mad. And I got crazy. I got mad and I got crazy, and I decided that I had to put the original verse about being old into the opening credits to the Golden Girls. This sounds like it’s not a big deal, but it’s a huge deal. The verse about being old is the third verse, but I still needed the beginning of the song for the beginning of the song. So I had to teach myself to edit audio (teaching myself = IMing my friend, Matt, a whole bunch of times). And then at the end of the Golden Girls version it’s like “ba ba ba ba ba ba ba,” but that never actually happens in the real version. In the real version that last “ba” is like an octave lower and isn’t even the last “ba”! It goes into all these other “ba”s that finally end with a “ba” of the correct note. So I had to switch all those “ba”s around. And I don’t know how to do that shit, so it took three entire days for me to finish. AND IT’S NOTHING! It’s just the Golden Girls opening credits with a dude singing and different words that are about being old. Enjoy.
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- "Whaaaaaaaat? That’s a real song? The theme for the Golden Girls is a cover of a whole real song that was written and sung by a guy who was apparently kind of somewhat famous? Apparently, yes, it was. And that’s what blew my mind." Er, maybe this is one of those "Paul McCartney was in a group before WINGS???" jokes and I'm just missing the irony. I wore the grooves off that 45 and after I downloaded Andrew Gold's version from iTunes I was struck by how well "Thank You for Being a Friend" has held up. Every fiber of my old-man being is twitching to unload on this asshat, but there's a contemporary whisper in my ear that says "Psssst! Troll. Don't take the bait, dude. Don't take the bait."
- the original song sounds awesome! I want it.
- the reason they didn't use that verse is that the original song is about young people becoming friends and growing old. In the tv show three grown women met and pool their money to afford this nice house as strangers, who become roommates, who then become friends, in their 'golden' years. Sofia moves in as an after thought when she gets kicked out of the 'home' she was in.
- One, the fact that the theme is a real song really isn't THAT shocking. Two, so if you've ever watched "The Golden Girls" you'll know that the theme of old age is the backdrop of the show. The real story is the relationships these women have, not just that they're old, so settle down.
- I'm cracking up at all of the negative comments below. I think that what this guy dsicovered is hilarious and it's very funny that he edited the opening with the verse that should have been in the theme song. The criticism and explanations below are pretty funny.
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- i dont know how to feel about this: also: golden girls to netflix! Toot and Sweet!
- wow to you for not realizing that was a real song. lol. you must not be a diehard fan! i actually heard the real version years ago in a Big Lots.
- Love the Golden Girls--one of the main writers was from Vero Beach (my home town)! I like the new "old" verse better--even if the just became friends since they are are all old and grey!!
- I have to admit....the part where Sophia came in like a maniac with the knife and scaring the crap out of the rest of them was hilarious
- It's an improvement.
- Thank you for doing all that work for me.
- Yay for you!!
- Now, that...is funny.
- I'm not even going to seek out any of the negative comments to read 'em. Not worth the energy. I, for one, *did* get the /Andrew Gold "This-is-a-real-song??" joke. Yeah, I'm that old. What of it? It's not that I'm old, music now DOES suck. I deal with the "I've never heard of this/them/him/her" ALL the damn time. I think there's a definite correlation between the minds that don't know shit about music and history, and those needing jokes explained and broken down for them so they can understand, is REAL high. When ya have to explain the joke, it's no longer funny. *sigh, smh...*
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- Dear You, I loved this and now it will forever be inside of my head. I am pretty sure that the editor of those credits took emotional terrorism in college because everyone knows the when Bea bites her hand the music swells to a party that its a party we all want to go to. One DVD, in syndication, and now here in your video... I get sad that they all died that truly was a one of a kind group. Thanks for this. Scratchy Dog Productions :)
- I love when Rose says, "can I ask a dumb question?" and Dorothy replies, "better than anyone I know."