Those Were The Days (Theme to All In The Family)

Album: Tube Tunes, Vol. 1: The '70s (1971)
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  • Short Version (Aired at beginning of episodes)
    Boy the way Glen Miller played,
    Songs that made the hit parade,
    Guys like us we had it made,
    Those were the days,
    And you know where you were then,
    Girls were girls and men were men,
    Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again,
    Didn't need no welfare states
    Everybody pulled his weight,
    Gee our old Lasalle ran great,
    Those were the days

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    Boy, the way Glen Miller played.
    Songs that made the Hit Parade.
    Guys like us, we had it made.
    Those were the days
    Didn't need no welfare state.
    Everybody pulled his weight
    Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.
    Those were the days
    And you knew where you were then
    Girls were girls and men were men.
    Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
    People seemed to be content.
    Fifty dollars paid the rent.
    Freaks were in a circus tent.
    Those were the days
    Take a little Sunday spin,
    Go to watch the Dodgers win.
    Have yourself a dandy day
    That cost you under a fin.
    Hair was short and skirts were long.
    Kate Smith really sold a song.
    I don't know just what went wrong
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Comments: 18

  • Diana from ChicagoOh wow! Now that I know such a treasure exists, I have absolutely got to find the Rat Pack's real Cat's cover version of the song!

    I am not familiar with the episode referenced by SongFacts. To be honest, though, I am actually pretty content 'replaying' (figuratively speaking) my imagination's immediate rendering of such a scene:

    "Ahhrchie! Oh, Ahhrchie! Won'tcha jus' act real nice-like ta Mistah Davis! Ya know, the man is a genuine OG, remembah?! Oh, Ahhrchie! Ain't it just some good sense to be nice to Mistah Davis, don'tcha think?

    Oooooh, say, Ahhrchie! Don't fahhget! At least we might get ta see ya photograph, right in the newspapahs! An' it ain't even fohwr ya's obituary!"

    "Heh, an' it ain't even for my obituary. Edith, ya might not wanna speakin' too soon."
  • Edward from Pittsburghhttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaSalle_(automobile)
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 12th 1971, the sitcom 'All In The Family' premiered on the CBS-TV network...
    The weekly series ran for nine seasons with a total of 210 episodes...
    The show was nominated for fifty-five 'Primetime Emmy Awards', winning thirty of them; and was nominated for thirty 'Golden Globe Awards, winning eight...
    Later in 1971 on December 5th the show's theme song, "Those Were The Days" by Carroll 'Archie' O'Connor & Jean 'Edith' Stapleton, entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #73, seven weeks later on January 23rd, 1972 it would peak at #43 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 9 weeks.
  • Robert from Crown Point, InDoes anyone know if Jean Stapleton actually played the piano on the TV show All in the Family? I have wondered this for years!
  • Carolyn from Knoville, TnI always admired Jean Stapleton for being able to keep a straight face when she sang this--as Edith Bunker she seemed perfectly unaware that she was a terrible singer, and was just singing for the joy of being at the piano with her beloved Archie.
  • Gennie from Beverly Hills, CaNo Betty. The LaSalle was a lower cost Cadillac model, not a Buick.
  • Gennie from Beverly Hills, CaNo Garrett. Carroll O'Connor did NOT write the ending theme, Roger Kellaway did, as well as performing it. Also Mr. O'Connor was not an "accomplished pianist" or composer. He did co-write some lyrics for the ending theme "Remembering You", which is odd since the song was never presented with singing, only as an instrumental.
  • Betty from Seattle, WaOk, I'm old, I admit it and the memory fails sometimes... but, in the song facts it mentions that a LaSalle is a Cadillac? I beg to differ, I believe it's a Buick. Besides, Archie and Edith would not be driving a Cadillac, would they?
  • Valerie from Essex, OnThank you! It seems like so many others I have never been able to understand the line Gee our old La Salle ran great. I finally went online and now I know it.What a great show it still is. I never missed tuning in to see them. They surely stand the test of time unlike I believe many modern sitcoms will not.
  • Patrick from East Elmhurst, NyWhat's funny about the song is how it fits the context of the show. Archie is the sort of person for whom the song has no irony and may be taken at face value ("Didn't need no welfare state," or "Mister we could use a man like Herber Hoover again"). Edith is just singing along. The lyrics are reactionary and especially funny coming from the mouths of Archie and Edith, but coming from real people for whom they would be geniune sentiments, they would have been far from funny in the early 1970's. It just goes to show you how context works. I have ridden in an old LaSalle. Big old 1940's sled.

    Cheers.
  • Dave from Scottsdale, AzO'Connor wrote lyrics to the closing song (Remebering You) several years after it was written. He got a composer credit because of that but in the earlier shows, he got no credit.
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaMark, Edith was played by Jean Stapleton.
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhI suspect that Maureen Stapleton could sing fairly well. Her real voice didn't resemble Edith's very much; I imagine that she could several character voices, and most actors take voice lessons. Archie and Edith also recorded a version of "I Remember It Well," from Gigi. It was excellent.
  • Garrett from Nashville, TnThis song was played at the opening of each show. At the end of the show, over the closing credits, was a piano instrumental written by Carrol O'Connor (Archie) who was an accomplished pianist.
  • Dawson from Draper, UtThis is the funniest song. Edith can't go high or anything. The show is sooooooooooooooo funny, too.




    : )
  • Kirk from Columbia, MdI had no idea that Strouse and Adams (creators of such hits as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Annie") were responsible for this great song. I do have one small correction to make, however; it's *Charles* Strouse and *Lee* Adams, not the other way around!
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI completely agree with you Catlin. I think the way edith Bunker (I don't remember her real name) sing's it is hilarious. "All In the Family" is just a show that's beyound funny, anyway, too. Edith is the funniest, but Archie is pretty funny too.
  • Caitlin from Sailsbury, Ncsuch a good song and the lady sings it too funny
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