Cheap Trick's cover includes the lyrics "We're all all right," an allusion to their 1978 hit "Surrender
" from the album Heaven Tonight
. Perhaps a chirpy re-interpretation to suit a primetime network sitcom, the inclusion undermines the ambiguity of the original, which evokes adolescent boredom without either romanticizing or condemning it.
This ambiguity is perfectly encapsulated in the lyric, "wish we had a joint so bad" (also absent from the theme tune, although pot smoking was a recurring theme on the show), the double meaning of which can be read as meaning the protagonist's craving to get high or for a place to go with his friends. There is certainly a theme of being disposed that runs throughout the deceptively simple lyrics, which is juxtaposed with the major key power-pop music.