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barbados
128854.  Sun Dec 24, 2006 4:06 am Reply with quote

the lyrics to the theme tune of the popular 60's television series "Batman"?

Those gabbling when it was discussed yesterday need not apply, lets have some fun with it.

I always thought it went dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner diner BATMAN!.

Of course I may have been right. It's unlikely, but of course possible.

If you just post an answer then we can discuss it after if the outcome is as interesting as I thought it was

 
djgordy
128860.  Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:32 am Reply with quote

The Batman theme tune was written by Neal Hefti, who was a jazz trumpeter and composer and also worked as a music arranger for the likes of Count Basie and Woody Herman. ("Holy jazz cigarettes Batman!") Apart from the Batman and some other tv themes he also wrote some background music for films as well as more conventional songs, including the fairly well known song "Li'l Darling".

Anyhoo, the Batman theme has been covered a few times, notably by the Who and the Jam. The lyrics are:

"Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman!

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman!

Batman, Batman, Batman!."

 
barbados
128881.  Sun Dec 24, 2006 9:12 am Reply with quote

now that's what I would have thought dj, however you are wrong.

 
djgordy
128893.  Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:34 am Reply with quote

I know ;-)

The "na na nas" (or possibly "da da das") throughout the majority of the song are intoned intrumentally and the vocalists only sing at the end of each instrumental passage thus (the <s represent the music):

"
<
<
<
Batman.
<
<
<
Batman.
<
<
<
Batman.
<
<
<
Batman.
<
<
<
Batman, Batman, Batman;
Batman, Batman, Batman.
<
<
<
Na na na na na na na na Batman."

 
barbados
129109.  Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:19 pm Reply with quote

Nearly.
The entire piece is instrumental, you just think you hear the lyrics because thats what you expect to hear

 
96aelw
129111.  Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:26 pm Reply with quote

When I was a carefree and humorous nipper of no more than 6 or 7 summers, we used to sing that tune with the words:

"Dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner Batman!

Ran across the motorway, a lorry came the other way, Flatman!"

My, how we laughed.

 
96aelw
129112.  Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:36 pm Reply with quote

Actually, I forgot what may well be the most hilarious part of that. One would, at the end of the first line, intone the words "and Robin" in what passed among 6 year old boys in suburban London for an American accent. Then, at the end of the second line, this was changed to "and Ribbon".

It really was a lot easier to get a laugh from one's contemporaries back then.

 
mr-cammy
131859.  Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:09 pm Reply with quote

96aelw wrote:
When I was a carefree and humorous nipper of no more than 6 or 7 summers, we used to sing that tune with the words:

"Dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner Batman!

Ran across the motorway, a lorry came the other way, Flatman!"

My, how we laughed.


We did that only at the end we added:

"And Ribbon!"

 
96aelw
131883.  Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:18 pm Reply with quote

So did we. As I said in the post immediately above yours.

 
Andrew
131886.  Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:36 pm Reply with quote

I've never heard that Robin/Ribbon bit before - very good :-)

 

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