Cheers Theme Song Nails The Hardships Of Life At The Right Spots

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name" is the theme song from the 1980s television sitcom Cheers. The song was written by Gary Portno...

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Cheers Theme Song Nails The Hardships Of Life At The Right Spots

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name" is the theme song from the 1980s television sitcom Cheers. The song was written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo, Julian Williams and performed by Gary Portnoy. Shortly after the premiere of Cheers, Portnoy went back into the studio to record a version of the song that made the US and British pop charts.

The full-length version was made available on Portnoy's album Keeper (2004). In January, 2013, Argentum Records released a five-song EP to iTunes entitled Cheers: Music From The TV Series which also includes Portnoy's original demo version, as well as several earlier attempts by Portnoy and Angelo at composing the theme.

Initially, The Opening Verse Was Different Than We Got To Hear In The Theme

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The two songwriters recorded a simple piano/voice demo of the new song for the Cheers producers. Upon hearing it, the Charles Brothers gave it their stamp of approval, and once Portnoy and Hart Angelo had complied with a request for a few lyric changes intended to broaden the song's appeal to a more general audience, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" was officially designated the "Theme From Cheers". The original verse:

Singing the blues when the Red Sox lose,

it's a crisis in your life.

On the run 'cause all your girlfriends

wanna be your wife.

And the laundry ticket's in the wash.

was changed to:

Making your way in the world today

takes everything you've got.

Taking a break from all your worries

sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

Adulting Can Be Exhausting, But As Per The Song There Will Always Be A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Making your way in the world today

Takes everything you've 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've 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;

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,

And they're always glad you came;

You want to be where you can see,

Our troubles are all the same;

You want to be where everybody knows your name.

Roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee's dead; 

The morning's 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 always glad you came;

You want to go where people know,

People are all the same;

You want to go where everybody knows your name.

Where everybody knows your name,

And they're always glad you came;

Where everybody knows your name,

And they're always glad you came…

The Song Even Got An Emmy Award Nomination

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The song received an Emmy Award nomination in 1983 for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. In a 2011 Readers Poll in Rolling Stone magazine, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" was voted the best television theme of all time. In 2013, the editors of TV Guide magazine named "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" the greatest TV Theme of all time.

You Might Have Heard It In This Year’s Super Bowl Commercials

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The song appears in a 2017 TV commercial for Michelob Ultra that appeared during Fox's coverage of Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017.

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