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Those Were the Days

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Those Were the Days
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Song Information
Singers: Lisa's Sax: Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Hank Azaria
Mr. Lisa's Opus: Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Yeardley Smith
Characters: Lisa's Sax: Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
Mr. Lisa's Opus: Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Length: Lisa's Sax: 0:44
Reprise: 0:17
Mr. Lisa's Opus: 0:47
Writer(s): Parody lyrics: Al Jean & Mike Reiss
Album: Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons
Appearance(s): "Lisa's Sax"

"Those Were the Days" is the theme song from the American sitcom All in the Family. It has been sung by Homer and Marge on two different occasions.

Lyrics[edit]

Lisa's Sax[edit]

Homer:
Boy, the way the Bee Gees played...
Marge:
Movies John Travolta made...
Homer:
Guessing how much Elvis weighed...
Homer and Marge:
Those were the days.
Marge:
And you know where you WEEEEEEEEERE then!!!
Homer:
Watching shows like Gentle Ben.
Homer and Marge:
Mister, we could use a man like Sheriff Lobo again!
Homer:
"Disco Duck" and Fleetwood Mac...
Marge:
Coming out of my 8-track...
Homer and Marge:
Michael Jackson still was black.
Those were the daaaaaaaaaaaaays!
[Canned applause]
Announcer [speaking]:
The Simpsons is filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Reprise[edit]

[Note: This version is not on the album.]
"For no reason, here's Apu."
Homer:
Bart was feeling mighty blue.
Marge:
It's a shame what school can do.
Apu [suddenly appearing outside the open window]:
For no reason, here's Apu.
Homer, Marge and Apu:
Those were the daaaaaaaaaaaaays!

Mr. Lisa's Opus[edit]

Homer:
Boy, the way Nirvana played.
Marge:
Steroids caused a hip parade.
Homer:
Beanie Babies had it made.
Homer and Marge:
Those were the days.
Homer:
And we had real heroes then,
Marge:
Like Jar Jar Binks and Qui-Gon Jinn.
Homer and Marge:
Mister we could use a man like Richard Simmons again.
Homer:
Watching films like Gilbert Grape.
Marge:
Then rewinding all the tape.
Homer and Marge:
GR modems dialed up great.
Homer:
[makes dial-up modem noises]
Homer, Marge and Lisa:
Those were the days.

Behind the Laughter[edit]

  • "Those Were the Days" is the theme song from the American sitcom All in the Family, which originally aired from 1971 to 1979. It was performed at the beginning of every episode by the two main characters, Archie and Edith Bunker.
  • The music was written by Charles Strouse and the original lyrics by Lee Adams.
  • Homer's and Marge's performance (sitting at the piano, singing slightly off-key, waxing nostalgic in the lyrics) is exactly the same as Archie's and Edith's, except for the parody lyrics.

Appearances[edit]