TGIF Bonus Post: Meet Jesse Frederick

Confession: In addition to the fact that I don’t really know the real lyrics to the TGIF theme songs but always belt them out anyways, I also more often than not accidentally start singing the second verse of the Family Matters song right after the first verse of the Full House song. This is because they are basically the same song; probably the most important and most under-appreciated thread tying the TGIF quadrumvirate together is the fact that all of the theme songs were written and mostly performed by the same guy:

Jesse Fredrick.

Here are some facts I have learned about Jesse Frederick:

Bonus: The whole towel/tower thing last night got me wondering how many other TGIF lyrics I’m singing totally wrong, so I decided to figure it out. In appreciation of Jesse Frederick’s craft, below are his actual lyrics (according to online lyrics sites which I should mention can NEVER be fully trusted), with a side-by-side comparison to what I’m singing.

 

Show Supposed lyrics, according to The Internet Actual lyrics, according to Me
Full House What ever happened to predictability?
The milkman, the paper boy,
the evening TV?
How did I get delivered here?
Somebody tell me please
This old world’s confusing me
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 go
There’s a heart
(there’s a heart)
a hand to hold onto
Everywhere you look,
everywhere you go
There’s a face
of somebody who needs you
Everywhere you lookWhen you’re lost out there
and you’re all alone
A light is waiting
to carry you home
Everywhere you look
Everywhere you look
Shoo-bit-a-ba-ba-bow
What ever happened to predictability?
The milkman, the paper boy,
evening TV
How did I get delivered here?
Somebody tell me please
This whole world, confusing me
Love and tradition [oh wait no]
Clouds as mean as you’ve ever seen
And the world can be so cruel
Till 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 on to
Everywhere you look
[everywhere you look]
There’s a place
with somebody who needs you
Everywhere you look
When you’re lost out there
and you’re all alone
The light is waiting
to carry you home
Everywhere you look
Everywhere you look
Shoo-bida-bop-badow
Family Matters It’s a rare condition,
this day and age
To read any good news
on the newspaper page
Love and tradition
of the grand design
Some people say
it’s even harder to find
Well then there must be
some magic clue
inside these gentle walls
Cause all I see
is a tower of dreams
Real love burstin’
out of every seam
As days go by
We’re gonna fill our house
with happiness
The moon may cry
We’re gonna smother the blues
with tenderness
When days go by
There’s room for you
Room for me
For gentle hearts
an opportunity
As days go by
It’s the bigger love
of the family
It’s a rare condition,
this day and age
To read any good news
on a news paper plate
Love and tradition
in the grand design
Some people say
it’s even harder to find
Well then there must be
some magic clue
Inside these tears of woe
Cause all I see
is a towel of dreams
Real love burstin’
out of every seam
As days go by
We’re gonna fill our house
with happiness
The moon may cry
We’re gonna smother the blues
with tenderness
As days go by
There’s room for you
Room for me
[mumble mumble]
opportunity
As days go by
It’s the bigger love
of the family
Perfect Strangers Sometimes the world looks perfect,
Nothing to rearrange.
Sometimes you just get a feeling
Like you need some kind of change.
No matter what the odds are this time,
Nothing’s going to stand in my way.
This flame in my heart,
Like a long lost friend
Gives every dark street
a light at the end.
Standing tall, on the wings of my dream.
Rise and fall, on the wings of my dream.
The rain and thunder
The wind and haze
I’m bound for better days.
It’s my life and my dream,
Nothing’s going to stop me now.
(Nothing’s going to stop me)
It’s my life and my dream,
Nothing’s going to stop me now.
Nothing’s going to stop me now.
Sometimes the world looks perfect
Nothing can be arranged
Sometimes you just get a feeling
Like you need some kind of change
No matter what the odds are this time
Nothing’s gonna stand in my way
But a dream in my heart
And a long lost friend
Everyone sees
the light in the end
Standing tall on the wings of my dreams
Rise and fall on the wings of my dreams
Through rain and thunder
Wind and haze
I’m bound for better days
It’s my life And my dreams
Nothings gonna stop me now
It’s my life and my dreams
Nothing’s gonna stop me now
Step by Step [Verse 1: Jesse Frederick]
The dream, wide broken
Seemed like all was lost
What would be the future
Could you pay the cost
You wonder,
Will there ever be
a second time around?
[Verse 2: Teresa James]
When the tears are over
And the moment has come
Say “My Lord, I think I found someone”
And no one would be better
To be putting it together
For the second time around
We got the woman and man
We got the kids in a clan
Only time will tell
If all these dreams fit under one umbrella
Step by step
Day by day
A fresh start over
A different hand to play
The deeper we fall
The stronger we stay
And we’ll be better
The second time around
Patrick Duffy:
A dream wide broken
Seemed like all was lost
But to see the future
You gotta pay the cost
You wonder
Will there ever be
a second time around
Suzanne Somers:
Whoa-whoa when the tears are rolling
And the moment has come
Say my lord I think I’ve found someone
But couldn’t it be better
[indiscriminate mumbling]
For the second time around
We got the [more mumbling]
We got the keys in a can
[Lots more mumbling]
[Basically I give up]
Step by step
Day by day
A fresh start over
A different hand to play
People we fall
and stumble each day
But we’ll be better
The second time around

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