(With Lyrics That You May or May Not Know)
Unlike the previous two theme songs, the theme from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini had no lyrics originally. It's instantly recognizable and arguably more well-known than the show from which it originates. I'm sure if you've never heard of Peter Gunn, you'd listen to it and say "Wait a minute, I DO know this song." Technically, the lyricized version is called Bye-Bye with words written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans.
All that buzzing makes me dizzy
Couldn’t count on all my fingers
All the dates you had with swingers
I’m gonna kiss you goodbye and go right through that doorway
This is the last time we’ll meet on the street going your way
Don’t look surprised
You know you buttered your bread
So now it’s fair you should stare at the back of my head
If you write a letter to me
My former friend don’t you end with an R.S.V.P.
I’m going bye, bye
Tomorrow I may be splittin’ to Britain or Norway
I’m saying bye, bye
Now that I heard all that jazzing
Whereas I have had it
I’ve had it
I’m through now
With you now
So baby it’s au revoir
This remix is from the album Verve Remixed Volume 3, part of a series of albums where classic Verve Records jazz tracks are (surprise!) remixed. Accompanying the album is Verve Unmixed, a CD of the original tracks. I was immediately intrigued when I saw that jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan was covering Peter Gunn and that's when I first heard these "new" lyrics. The Max Sedgley remix is particularly catchy and you'll never hear the Peter Gunn theme the same ever again.
While assembling this post, I stumbled upon this cover on my own hard drive. Turns out I got it from Cover Freak a few months ago when he posted it and asked "Who knew this song had lyrics?". Now we know!
Tune in next time for part 4 where I'll feature... well, it's a surprise.
Part 1: Theme from Star Trek
Part 2: Theme from House (Massive Attack's Teardrop)