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Believe in Yourself
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Artist Judy Henderson and Jerry DeVilliers, Jr. (writers)
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers (performers)
Arthur, D.W., Mr. Ratburn, and others (brief lines)
Runtime 1:51 (full)
1:07 (theme song)
0:45 (end credits)
2:40 (remix)
Played in The theme song of Arthur
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Believe in Yourself is the theme song to the Arthur TV series performed by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. An instrumental version also plays over the end credits. The original recording is 1:51, but is shortened to about 1 minute for the opening theme and 30-45 seconds for the credits.

It was first made available on Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (or Tape), as the first track. A remix of the theme plays over the credits of Season 6 and was released on the album, Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix.

The theme was covered by the Backstreet Boys for the special, Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll.

Lyrics

TV version

Ziggy Marley: Everyday when you're walking down the street,
Everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view


*D.W laughs*

Ziggy Marley/Melody Makers: And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
If we could learn to work and play
And get along with each other

Ziggy Marley: You gotta listen to your heart, listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street
Open up your eyes, open up your ears
Get together and make things better,
By working together!

It's a simple message,
And it comes from the heart
Believe in yourself, (believe in yourself)
For that's the place to start (place to start)

Ziggy Marley/Melody Makers: And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day,
If we could learn to work and play
And get along with each other

Mr. Ratburn: Hey!

Ziggy Marley/Melody Makers: What a wonderful kind of day. Hey!
What a wonderful kind of day

Hey!

Arthur: Hey! D.W!

D.W: Hey!

Arthur: Whoooooaaaaaaa....Ooh! (crash/explodes)

Credits version

And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
If we could learn to work and play
And get along with each other

You gotta listen to your heart, listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street

It's a simple message,
And it comes from the heart
Oh, believe in yourself, (believe in yourself)
For that's the place to start (place to start)

And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day,
If we could learn to work and play
And get along with each other

Hey! What a wonderful kind of day. Hey!
What a wonderful kind of day

Hey!

Extended version

Every day when you're walking down the street
And everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view

And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
Where you can learn to work and play
And get along with each other

You got to listen to your heart
Listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm
The rhythm of the street

Open up your eyes, open up your ears
Get together and make things better
By working together

It's a simple message and it comes from the heart
Oh, believe in yourself (believe in yourself)
Well, that's the place to start (place to start)

And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
Where you can learn to work and play
And get along with each other

You got to listen to your heart
Listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm
The rhythm of the street

Open up your eyes, open up your ears
Get together and make things better
By working together

It's a simple message and it comes from the heart
Oh, believe in yourself (believe in yourself)
Well, that's the place to start (place to start)

And I say hey! (Hey!)
What a wonderful kind of day
Where you learn to work and play
And get along with each other

Hey!
What a wonderful kind of day
Where you learn to work and play
And get along with each other

Hey!
What a wonderful kind of day
Hey!
What a wonderful kind of day
Hey!

Remix version

Electronic-sounding voices: And I say...

Hey!

Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Arthur: Hey!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Buster: Cool!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Hey-hey-hey!

What a wonderful kind of day

Arthur: Whoooooaaaaaaa!

Ziggy Marley: Every day when you're walking down the street

(Listen to the beat)

Everybody that you meet

(Listen to the beat)

Has an original point of view

D.W.: (laughs)

Francine: Hey, Arthur!

Arthur: Yeah!

Ziggy Marley: Listen to the beat

When you're walking down the street

D.W.: Yeah, mama!

Ziggy Marley: Working together the beat

Leah MacGrady: Keep swinging!

Ziggy Marley: Working together the beat

Francine: Dance with me!

Ziggy Marley: Working together

To make things better

The Melody Makers: Start

Arthur: Whoooooaaaaaaa!

D.W.: Hey!

Ziggy Marley: Listen to the rhythm

Electronic-sounding voices: Hey!

What a wonderful kind of day

Mr. Ratburn: Thomas Edison invented the record player.

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Hey-hey-hey!

What a wonderful kind of daaaaaaaayyyyyy.....

Yeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh.....

Buster: Weird!

Ziggy Marley: You got to listen to your heart

Listen to the beat

Listen to the rhythm

The rhythm of the street

Listen to the beat

Listen to the beat

It's a simple message, and it comes from the heart

Oh, believe in yourself

The Melody Makers: Believe in yourself

Ziggy Marley: For that's the place to start

The Melody Makers: Place to start

Electronic-sounding voices: And I say "Hey!"

Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Francine: You can fly!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Francine: You can fly!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

What a wonderful kind of day

Everyone: Hey!

Remix credits version

Electronic-sounding voices: And I say...

Hey-hey-hey!

Ziggy Marley: It's a simple message, and it comes from the heart

Oh, believe in yourself

The Melody Makers: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

Ziggy Marley: For that's the place to start

The Melody Makers: Place to start

Electronic-sounding voices: And I say "Hey!"

Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Francine: You can fly!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

Francine: You can fly!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

D.W.: Yeah, mama!

Electronic-sounding voices: And I say...

Francine: You can fly!

Electronic-sounding voices: Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)

And I say...

What a wonderful kind of day

Everyone: Hey!

History

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  • 1996–present: It is played on every Arthur episode at the beginning.
  • 1996-2012: It is played in the credits.
  • 1998: The song makes its full appearance on Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (or Tape).
  • 2001: It was remixed in the Season 6 credits and on Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix. Francine's song, from "To Beat or Not to Beat," "You Can Fly If You Try" can be heard in the background.
  • 2002: It was covered by the Backstreet Boys on the closing credits of "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll."
  • 2002-09: The theme is no longer remixed in the credits, but it starts with the first verse of the song.
  • 2008: It was played twice in the intro of "The Frensky Family Fiasco," but was stopped twice by Arthur.
  • 2009-12: An instrumental version is played while D.W. narrates the website and Arthur books. However the lines "What a wonderful kind of day (hey)!" is sung 2x when the logos are shown.
  • 2012-14: The instrumental version is played while Arthur narrates the website and Arthur books. However "What a wonderful kind of day (hey)!" isn't sung when the logos are shown and Arthur is seen in his flash animated design.
  • 2014–present: The instrumental version is played while Buster narrates the website and Arthur books. On PBS reruns only of earlier seasons of the series as of 2014, they use these credits.
  • 2018: It was covered and performed by Chance the Rapper, Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, Donnie Trumpet & Stix for Social Experiment for the closing credits for the episode "Muffy Misses Out/Arthur Takes a Stand."

Variations

  • Version 1: Used on some Arthur releases. After Arthur crashes into the title, a boing sound is heard with broken pieces also heard.
  • Version 2. Used pretty much on almost all Arthur episodes from the time. After Arthur crashes into the title, the broken pieces sounds are still used, but there is no boing sound in this version.
  • Version 3: Used on reruns of the earliest Arthur episodes. The voices are out of sync in the song, and then, after Arthur crashes into the title, a big splash of water is heard.
  • Version 4: Also used on reruns of the earliest Arthur episodes. The voices are still out of sync, and then Arthur crashes into the title. As this happens, the sound of garbage cans clanking and clattering are heard.

Cover versions

Backstreet Boys

The song was first covered by Backstreet Boys for the 2002 special, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll.[1]

Sons of Admirals

Sons of Admirals - a band consisting of YouTube musicians, Charlie McDonnell (charlieissocoollike),[2] Alex Day (nerimon),[3] Eddplant[4] and Tom Milsom (hexachordal)[5] - recorded a cover of 'Believe in Yourself' as a b-side to their debut (and only) single, 'Here Comes My Baby' (Cat Stevens cover)[6] which was released on 25 October 2010.[7] Covering the song was McDonnell's idea who was a big fan of Arthur. They also performed the song live at The Sun Biz Session in October, 2010.[8][9]

Chance the Rapper

Hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper began performing a remix of the song, titled "Wonderful Everyday: Arthur" at his live concerts in 2014. Although Chance takes several liberties with the song, including his own original verses, the core melody and chorus is preserved.[10] He later released a studio single version on his Soundcloud, featuring Wyclef Jean, Elle Varner, Francis & the Lights, and Jesse Ware.[11]

Michael Mikey Brennan

Michael Mikey Brennan, a massive fan of Arthur recorded two covers (one acoustic) of 'Believe in Yourself' in 2014[12] and 2015.[13] They were featured on his 'Covers' compilation album released on 3 August 2016.[14]

Album Releases

Trivia

  • In 2017, CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert released a web-exclusive music video featuring an extended version of the theme song by Ziggy Marley himself, with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Chance The Rapper.
  • The only episodes that do not use the song during the end credits include: "My Music Rules/That's a Baby Show" (has since been repackaged with standard credits music on PBS reruns only), "Arthur's Perfect Christmas," and "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n Roll."
  • Near the end of the theme song Arthur is walking on the earth, which is what he actually does in his dream in the intro of "Arthur's Toy Trouble."
  • When Buster is swimming with Arthur, he does not have his bathing cap.
  • The theme song is parodied in "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids" and "The Frensky Family Fiasco."
  • Beginning with Season 16, the opening theme song was remastered and formatted in widescreen. This version is largely the same as the original, but it does have brighter colors and the video now fills the entire 16:9 frame. During the scenes where Arthur flies past other characters' faces, additional characters are now visible along the sides of the screen, including Timmy, Brian, James, Emily, George and Catherine.

Errors

  • D.W. is shown turning the pages of the book with her left hand. When it cuts to a close-up, her right hand is on the book. Although it could've been that she changed hands.



Gallery

References

  1. Backstreet Boys singing 'Believe in Yourself' [1]
  2. Charlie McDonnell - YouTube [2]
  3. Alex Day - YouTube [3]
  4. Eddplant - YouTube
  5. Tom Milsom - YouTube
  6. Sons of Admirals recording their cover of 'Believe in Yourself' [4]
  7. Sons of Admirals - 'Here Comes My Baby' - EP [5]
  8. Sons of Admirals - 'Believe in Yourself' (The Sun Biz Sessions) [6]
  9. Alex Day talks about The Sun Biz Session [7]
  10. [8]
  11. [9]
  12. Michael Mikey Brennan - 'Believe In Yourself' (Arthur Theme Song Cover) [10]
  13. Michael Mikey Brennan - 'Believe In Yourself' (Arthur Theme Song Acoustic Cover) [11]
  14. 'Covers' - Compilation album by Michael Mikey Brennan [12]



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