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'''Believe in Yourself''' is the theme song to the {{Arthur}} TV series performed by [[wikipedia:Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers|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 45 seconds for the credits.
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'''Believe in Yourself''' is the theme song to the {{Arthur}} TV series performed by {{W|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 [[Arthur (season 6)|Season 6]] and was released on the album, ''[[Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix]]''.
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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]]''.
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The theme was covered by the [[Backstreet Boys]] for the special, ''[[Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll]]''.
   
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
''Everyday when you're walking down the street,<br>
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''Everyday when you're walking down the street,''<br />
''And everybody that you meet''<br>
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''And everybody that you meet''<br />
 
''Has an original point of view''
 
''Has an original point of view''
   
''And I say hey! (Hey!)<br>
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''And I say hey! (Hey!)''<br />
''What a wonderful kind of day''<br>
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''What a wonderful kind of day''<br />
''If we could learn to work and play''<br>
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''If we could learn to work and play''<br />
 
''And get along with each other''
 
''And get along with each other''
   
''You gotta listen to your heart, listen to the beat<br>
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''You gotta listen to your heart, listen to the beat''<br />
''Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street''<br>
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''Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street''<br />
''Open up your eyes, open up your ears''<br>
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''Open up your eyes, open up your ears''<br />
''Get together and make things better,''<br>
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''Get together and make things better,''<br />
''By working together!''<br>
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''By working together!''<br />
<br>
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<br />
''It's a simple message,'' <br>
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''It's a simple message,''<br />
''And it comes from the heart''<br>
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''And it comes from the heart''<br />
''Believe in yourself,'' <br>
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''Believe in yourself,''<br />
''For that's the place to start''<br>
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''For that's the place to start''<br />
<br>
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<br />
''And I say hey! (Hey!)''<br>
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''And I say hey! (Hey!)''<br />
''What a wonderful kind of day,''<br>
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''What a wonderful kind of day,''<br />
''If we could learn to work and play''<br>
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''If we could learn to work and play''<br />
 
''And get along with each other''
 
''And get along with each other''
   
''Hey! What a wonderful kind of day. Hey!<br>
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''Hey! What a wonderful kind of day. Hey!''<br />
What a wonderful kind of day''
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''What a wonderful kind of day''
   
 
''Hey!''
 
''Hey!''
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(Theme song only)
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Arthur: Hey, D.W!
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D.W: Hey!
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Arthur: Whoooooaaaaaaa....Ooh! (crash)
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
[[File:Believe in Yourself liner notes image.jpg|thumb|250px]]
 
[[File:Believe in Yourself liner notes image.jpg|thumb|250px]]
* 1996-present: It was played on every Arthur episode at the beginning.
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*1996–present: It is played on every Arthur episode at the beginning.
* 1998: The song makes its full appearance on [[Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (or Tape)]].
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*1996-2012: It is played in the credits.
* 2001: It was remixed in the [[Season 6]] credits and on [[Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix]].
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*1998: The song makes its full appearance on [[Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (or Tape)]].
* 2002: It was covered by the [[Backstreet Boys]] on the closing credits of [[Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll]].
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*2001: It was remixed in the [[Season 6]] credits and on [[Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix]]. [[Francine Frensky|Francine]]'s song, from "[[To Beat or Not to Beat]]," "[[You Can Fly If You Try]]" can be heard in the back round.
* 2008: It was played twice in the intro to [[The Frensky Family Fiasco]], but was stopped twice by Arthur.
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*2002: It was covered by the [[Backstreet Boys]] on the closing credits of "[[Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll]]."
* 2009-2012: An instrumental version is played while D.W. narrates the website and Arthur books.
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*2002-09: The theme is no longer remixed in the credits, but it starts with the first verse of the song.
* 2012-2014: The instrumental version is played while Arthur narrates the website and Arthur books.
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*2008: It was played twice in the intro of "[[The Frensky Family Fiasco]]," but was stopped twice by Arthur.
* 2014-present: The instrumental version is played while Buster narrates the website and Arthur books.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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]]."
   
==Hey and Crashes==
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==Variations==
*Version 1: Used on some Arthur releases. D.W says hey, and after Arthur crashes into the title, a boing sound is heard with broken pieces also heard.
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*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. D.W says Hey, and after Arthur crashes into the title, the broken pieces sounds are still used, but there is no boing sound in this version.
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*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, D.W says Hey, and then, after Arthur crashes into the title, a big splash of water is heard
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*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 D.W says hey. After Arthur crashes into the title, the sound of garbage cans clanking and clattering are heard.
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*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.
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==Cover versions==
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===Backstreet Boys===
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The song was first covered by [[Backstreet Boys]] for the 2002 special, [[Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll|It's Only Rock 'n' Roll]].<ref>Backstreet Boys singing 'Believe in Yourself' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=352lEoWUhsg]</ref>
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===Sons of Admirals===
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McDonnell#Sons_of_Admirals Sons of Admirals] - a band consisting of YouTube musicians, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McDonnell Charlie McDonnell] (charlieissocoollike),<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McDonnell Charlie McDonnell] - YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/user/charlieissocoollike]</ref> [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Day Alex Day] (nerimon),<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Day Alex Day] - YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/user/nerimon]</ref> Eddplant<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/user/eddplant Eddplant - YouTube]</ref> and Tom Milsom (hexachordal)<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/user/hexachordal Tom Milsom - YouTube]</ref> - recorded a cover of 'Believe in Yourself' as a b-side to their debut (and only) single, '[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_Comes_My_Baby_(Cat_Stevens_song) Here Comes My Baby]' ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens Cat Stevens] cover)<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McDonnell#Sons_of_Admirals Sons of Admirals] recording their cover of 'Believe in Yourself' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYd-sU9aL78]</ref> which was released on 25 October 2010.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McDonnell#Sons_of_Admirals Sons of Admirals] - '[https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sons-of-admirals-ep/406513206 Here Comes My Baby]' - [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_play EP] [https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sons-of-admirals-ep/406513206]</ref> Covering the song was McDonnell's idea who was a big fan of Arthur. They also performed the song live at [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_(United_Kingdom) The Sun] Biz Session in October, 2010.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_McDonnell#Sons_of_Admirals Sons of Admirals] - 'Believe in Yourself' ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_(United_Kingdom) The Sun] Biz Sessions) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1tARapSCGY]</ref><ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Day Alex Day] talks about [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_(United_Kingdom) The Sun] Biz Session [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQEwcGGfEhE]</ref>
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===Michael Mikey Brennan===
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[http://michael-mikey-brennan.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Mikey_Brennan Michael Mikey Brennan], a massive fan of Arthur recorded two covers (one [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_music acoustic]) of 'Believe in Yourself' in 2014<ref>Michael Mikey Brennan - 'Believe In Yourself' (Arthur Theme Song Cover) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx5GdRzH6o4]</ref> and 2015.<ref><span>Michael Mikey Brennan - '</span>Believe In Yourself<span>' (Arthur Theme Song [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_music Acoustic] Cover) </span>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxB5M1IYWuU]</ref> They were featured on his '[https://michael-mikey-brennan.wikia.com/wiki/Covers Covers]' compilation album released on 3 August 2016.<ref>'Covers' - [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compilation_album Compilation album] by [http://michael-mikey-brennan.wikia.com/wiki/Michael_Mikey_Brennan Michael Mikey Brennan] [https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/covers/1143683026]</ref>
   
 
==Album Releases==
 
==Album Releases==
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*''[[Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix]]'' (remix version)
 
*''[[Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix]]'' (remix version)
   
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==Trivia==
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*In 2017, CBS's ''The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'' released a [https://boingboing.net/2017/01/30/watch-ziggy-marley-chance-the.html 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.
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*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|Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n Roll]]."
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*Near the end of the theme song [[Arthur Read|Arthur]] is walking on the earth, which is what he actually does in his dream in the intro of "[[Arthur's Toy Trouble]]."
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===Goofs===
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*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.
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*Dave makes an angry face while sitting on the bench next to Jane.
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==References==
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{{Reflist}}
 
{{AlbumsNav}}
 
{{AlbumsNav}}
 
{{SongsNav}}
 
{{SongsNav}}
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{{TitleSort}}
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[[Category:A to Z]]
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[[Category:Pages with Wikipedia links]]
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[[Category:Songs]]

Latest revision as of 12:18, May 12, 2020

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)
Backstreet Boys
Runtime 1:51 (full)
1:07 (theme song)
0:45 (end credits)
Played in The theme song of Arthur
Video
ARTHUR Theme Song

ARTHUR Theme Song

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.

LyricsEdit

Everyday 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
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
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,
For that's the 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!

(Theme song only)

Arthur: Hey, D.W!

D.W: Hey!

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

HistoryEdit

Believe in Yourself liner notes image
  • 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 back round.
  • 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."

VariationsEdit

  • 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 versionsEdit

Backstreet BoysEdit

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

Sons of AdmiralsEdit

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]

Michael Mikey BrennanEdit

Michael Mikey Brennan, a massive fan of Arthur recorded two covers (one acoustic) of 'Believe in Yourself' in 2014[10] and 2015.[11] They were featured on his 'Covers' compilation album released on 3 August 2016.[12]

Album ReleasesEdit

TriviaEdit

GoofsEdit

  • 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.
  • Dave makes an angry face while sitting on the bench next to Jane.

ReferencesEdit

  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. Michael Mikey Brennan - 'Believe In Yourself' (Arthur Theme Song Cover) [8]
  11. Michael Mikey Brennan - 'Believe In Yourself' (Arthur Theme Song Acoustic Cover) [9]
  12. 'Covers' - Compilation album by Michael Mikey Brennan [10]



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