The 'Full House' theme song: Artist, lyrics and more

The 'Full House' theme song: Artist, lyrics and more
Source: AP
Source: AP

Co-written by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay, the original Full House theme song — "Everywhere You Look" — wasn't that great of a tune when the show premiered in 1987. However, the songwriters struck a literal and figurative chord with audiences by delivering a formulaically catchy song right from the opening riff.

The original Full House theme song

In the '80s and '90s, sitcom theme songs were miniature anthems that underpinned the nature of the show and its characters. They had intentionality and were often written for a specific sitcom; you sing along to Frederick and Salvay's Full House, Step By Step or Family Matters theme songs not because you want to, but because you can't help yourself. Check out the lyrics for the original Full House theme song:

Whatever happened to predictability?
The milkman, the paper boy, evening TV
How did I get delivered here
Somebody tell me please
This old world's confusing me
With clouds as mean as you've ever seen
Ain't a bird who knows your tune, 
Then a little voice inside you whispers
'Kid, don't sell your dreams so soon
Everywhere you look (everywhere you look)
There's a heart (there's a heart)
A hand to hold onto
Everywhere you look (everywhere you look)
There's a face
Of somebody who needs you.
Everywhere you look
When you're lost out there and you're all alone
A light is waiting to carry you home
Everywhere you look
Everywhere you look

The updated Fuller House theme song

Who better to call upon for a contemporary spin on an unmistakable earworm than Carly Rae Jepsen, the pop star responsible for one of the most infectious songs of 2012 — and arguably the last decade — "Call Me Maybe"?

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, Full House was the 30-year-old singer's "favorite TV show growing up." When the opportunity presented itself, Jepsen was adamant about fitting in studio time to record the cover: 

"It was casually mentioned in one of those phone calls, and I said, 'What? We have to make time for this!'"

The Fuller House version of "Everywhere You Look" draws in new viewers with a saccharine-sweet pop sensibility the original tune lacked. Save for a new verse and fresher production value, the updated cover appeals to nostalgic fans and new viewers alike as Jepsen sings: 

Whatever happened to the good old days?
Talking to friends for hours
Swore it'd never go away 
Now I'm feeling crazy
Trying to fit in with a scene 
'Cause how do you know where you're going 
If you really don't know who you've been?
Everybody eventually
Says that they're as lost as you 
So everybody shout it together,
'Hey, don't sell your dreams too soon!'

With a bigger viewership than hit shows like The Walking DeadIndieWire has called Fuller House "one of the most-watched TV series of the year." With a likely third season on the horizon, you can watch seasons one and two on Netflix now.

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Lea Weatherby

Lea is a New York-based writer covering arts and music. She's previously been published in Interview Magazine, Complex and Alternative Press. She can be reached at lea@mic.com.

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