Song Lyric Sunday — Cheers

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us TV Themes as the theme. So many great themes from television shows I’ve watched through the decades came to mind, but the one I ended up choosing was the theme from “Cheers.” The song was written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo, and the song’s actual title is “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”

“Cheers” was an American sitcom that ran from 1982 to 1993, with a total of 275 half-hour episodes across eleven seasons. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. “Cheers” ranks among my favorite TV sitcoms of all time.

Television producers Glen and Les Charles were looking for a theme song for their new television sitcom they were producing. They wanted an adult heme that would reflect the depth of the characters who congregated in the Boston bar where the show was set. They asked Portnoy and Hart Angelo to take a shot at composing a theme specifically for “Cheers.” It took Portnoy and Hart Angelo four tries, but the Charles Brothers gave that fourth attempt their stamp of approval.

The producers eventually asked Portnoy to record the vocal for the opening credits of their new series, and the finalized version of the “Cheers theme song was recorded on August 13, 1982 at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California.

Here are the lyrics of the song.

Making your way in the world today,
takes everything you got.
Taking a break from all your worries,
sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?

All those nights when you got no lights.
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.
Sometime you want to go…

Where everybody knows your name.
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
the troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.

You roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee’s dead,
the morning’s looking bright,
(the mornings looking bright).
And your shrink ran off to Europe,
and didn’t even write.
And your husband wants to be a girl.
Be glad there’s one place in the world…

Where everybody knows your name.
And they’re aways glad you came.
You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same.
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.

Where everybody knows your name.
And they’re aways glad you came.

Where everybody knows your name.
And they’re aways glad you came.
Where everybody knows your name.
And they’re aways glad you came.

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7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Cheers

  1. crushedcaramel August 4, 2019 / 4:00 am

    When I was preparing my post, I read a lot about the unfamiliar lyrics from the Cheers theme. There are some unusual lines there:
    -your daughter hanging the cat up by it;s tail
    -your shrink running away to Europe
    -your husband wants to be a girl
    Naturally with all that happening you would want to be off the the pub to have a bit of normal in your life.

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  2. newepicauthor August 4, 2019 / 6:13 am

    Great show with a very identifiable song and a nice write up by you Fandango. I was a regular at a bar in my home town and everybody in the place knew me when I stopped in, which gives you a nice warm feeling.

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    • Fandango August 4, 2019 / 10:02 am

      Yes it does. I had a similar hangout back in the day. It was comforting.

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  3. msjadeli August 4, 2019 / 9:23 am

    I loved Cheers. Who would have thought Woody Harrelson would go on to such a big acting career!

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  4. ghostmmnc August 4, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    Wonderful TV show and the song is so universal in that wherever people go all the time, that’s their ‘Cheers’ place. Ours would be the grocery store. haha! 🙂

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