Thursday, February 28, 2008

ALAN'S THICKE-NESS

i used to think that gay club music, especially diva house, was the ultimate self help mechanism:
one of my best friends in high school used it often, all of the lyrics seemed based around a couple of central themes:


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"tonight is your night, you're a star, people like u... so on and so on"

then i had an epiphany while listening to the golden girls theme song repeatedly:

Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold - Golden Girls Lyrics
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Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant.


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And if you through a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.
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t.v. theme songs are the most comforting, concise little musical manifestos on earth

tiny aural affirmations that embed themselves in our subconcious and guide us to enlightenment...
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The Facts of Life Theme Lyrics


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(aaah, was george clooney ever so young?)

The Facts of Life by Alan Thicke (obviously where Robin gets his talent from), Gloria Loring and Al Burton -


Seasons 1
There's a place you've got to go for learning
all you want to know about the facts of life
the facts of life.

When books are what you're there about
and looks are what you care about
the time is right,
to learn the facts of life.

When the world never seems
to be living up to your dreams
it's time you started finding out
what everything is all about

When the boys you used to hate you date,
I guess you best investigate
the facts of life you gotta get'em right
the facts of life,
the facts of life,
the facts of life

Seasons 2-5
You take the good, you take the bad,
you take them both and there you have
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

There's a time you got to go and show
You're growin' now you know about
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

When the world never seems
to be livin up to your dreams
And suddenly you're finding out
the Facts of Life are all about you, you.

It takes a lot to get 'em right
When you're learning the Facts of Life. (learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life (learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life.

End Credits
You'll avoid a lot of damages
an enjoy the fun of managing
the facts of life;
they shed a lot of light
If you hear them from your brother,
better clear them with your mother
better get them right,
call her late at night

You got the future in the palm of your hands
all you gotta do to get you through is understand
you think you rather do without,
you will never make without the truth
the facts of life is all about you

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that's some deep shit, there are real thoughts and ideas running though these 30 second throwaway pop confections...
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Diff'rent Strokes Theme Lyrics

It Takes Diff'rent Strokes by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton - Diff'rent Strokes Lyrics


Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
A man is born, he's a man of means.
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.

But they got, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.

Everybody's got a special kind of story


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Everybody finds a way to shine,
It don't matter that you got not alot
So what,
They'll have theirs, and you'll have yours, and I'll have mine.
And together we'll be fine....

Because it takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.
Yes it does.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.

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what better way to combat discrimination than with the words of Alan Thicke?

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Who's the Boss? Theme Lyrics


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(ANGELLUUUUUUUUUH!!! SAMAAANNTAAAAA!! MONUUUUUUHHH!!!)

Brand New Life by Larry Carlton, Robert Craft, Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter - Who's the Boss? Lyrics


There’s a time for love and a time for living.
You take a chance and face the wind.
An open road and a road that’s hidden
A brand new life around the bend.

There were times when I lost a dream or two.
Found the trail, and at the end was you.
There’s a path you take and a path untaken
The choice is up to you my friend.

Nights are long but you’re on your way
To a brand new life,
Brand new life,
Brand new life around the bend.

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a beacon of hope
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Family Ties Theme Lyrics

Without Us by Jeff Barry and Tom Scott - Family Ties Lyrics


I bet we been together for a million years,
And I bet we'll be together for a million more.

Oh, It's like I started breathing on the night we kissed,
And I can't remember what I ever did before.

What would we do baby, Without Us?
What would we do baby, Without Us?

And there ain't no nothing we can't love each other through.

What would we do baby, Without Us?


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Sha la la la.
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the importance of intimacy and relationships, don't take your partner for granted...
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lyrics for What's Happening


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...

oh yeah, no words to that one...
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but there are words to Star Trek,


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trouble is they were so horrible that they were never used

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.

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the only thing i learned from that one was that Star Trek shouldn't have lyrics...
"strange love a star woman teaches?"
wow
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in doing my research i noticed that once again, my path has crossed with Alan Thicke, who evidently has penned quite a number of memorable t.v. themes, as well as played the father on growing pains, as well as fathered the Robin...


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Alan Thicke


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30 second pop philosopher/motivational psychologist

1 comment:

Market Virus said...

Yeah, I agree.
Being on Golden Girls WAS the high point of Quentin Tarantino's career.