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Listen to Andy Griffith Sing ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Theme Song

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You may not have known that the iconic whistled theme of The Andy Griffith Show has lyrics that go along with it. Before the producers of the show made the decision to go with the lyric-free version, Andy Griffith himself was recorded singing the original version.

The song, titled “Fishin’ Hole”, was composed by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer in a mere 15 minutes. The lyrics were penned by Everett Sloane and are as follows:

Well now, take down your fishing pole and meet me at the fishing hole.
We may not get a bite all day but don’t you rush away.
What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skipping stones.
You’ll feel fresh as a lemonade a-setting in the shade.

Whether its hot, whether its cool,
Oh, what a spot for whistling like a fool!

What a fine day to take a stroll and wind up at the fishing hole.
I can’t think of a better way to pass the time of day.

We’ll have no need to call the roll when we get to the fishing hole.
They’ll be you, me, and old dog, Trey to do the time away.
If we don’t hook a perch or bass, we’ll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Or else pull up a weed to chaw and maybe sit and jaw.

Hanging around, taking our ease,
Watching that hound a scratching at his fleas.

I’m gonna take down my fishing pole and meet you at the fishing hole.
I can’t think of a better way to pass the time of day.

Hagen says of the show’s theme song, “I realized what the show needed was a simple tune. So I spent all of 15 minutes writing it. I called my bass player and drummer, and we recorded it in a little studio in Hollywood. I whistled the tune myself.”

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