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In Plain Sight Theme Song

2008–present

Just finishing off the USA Network batch.

Anyhow, In Plain Sight is about witness protection. It stars the quite-alright Mary McCormack, who I still associate with The West Wing, and the quite-hot Nichole Hiltz. I’ve seen a couple of this show’s episodes and I never thought it would last three seasons (going on 4).

The theme song for In Plain Sight is not that definitive, as it’s more of a background to the premise narration. The song was composed by American Jeff Beal, who has also contributed for the shows Ugly Betty and Monk (among others).

Nothing much left to say here so let’s just cyber-space with the opening narration.

Since 1970, the Federal Witness Protection Program has relocated thousands of witnesses—some criminal, some not—to neighborhoods all across the country. Every one of those individuals shares a unique attribute, distinguishing them from the rest of the general population. And that is, somebody wants them dead.

Then the opening credits. Taken from season three.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPMz_SIgn6Y

Royal Pains Theme Song

2009–present

Let’s do USA Network shows today.

Royal Pains is their take on medical comedy slash drama, because seriously, you’re not a network if you don’t have one.

The show has a short, but enough-for-today’s-standards, opening sequence and theme song combo. The song is semi-obviously entitled “Independence”. It was performed by a band from Denmark (yes, Denmark) called The Blue Van. Listen to the full version of “Independence” below—not sure if that is the official video though.

The song is part of their 2006-release Dear Independence.

Below are the complete lyrics to the song.

Royal Pains theme song lyrics

My independence went away
I didn’t listen when it said
Rely on yourself trusting someone else is a path for the silent ghost
My independence went astray
I didn’t think you could betray the pieces that belong inside yourself
Still I wonder, where did we go wrong?

Dear independence, which way to go?
Dear independence, the world will know what I think is right
Dear independence, which way to go?
Dear independence, the world will know what I think is right

My independence kicked me out
It fed me to a hungry crowd
Like a leper I’m not touched and I cannot bear to watch as I lose the will to lose myself

My independence, which way to go?
My independence the world will know what I think is right
My independence
My independence had a mind of its own

My independence
My independence

My independence
My independence

Had a mind
Had a mind

And finally, the sub 30-second intro of the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNqUPQb20tk

Fairly Legal Theme Song

2011-present

Ah, Sarah Shahi.

Fairly Legal is a fairly-new legal drama on the USA Network, and I’m glad it has a proper opening sequence and theme song combination.

The song is quite nice actually. It is entitled “The Yellow Brick Road Song” and was performed by Iyeoka Okoawo—a Nigerian-American poet and recording artist. Below is Ms. Okoawo in the official video of “The Yellow Brick Road Song”.

The song is part of her third (2010) studio album Say Yes; it is the first song in the album.

Below are the complete lyrics to the song.

Fairly Legal theme song lyrics

I see this fantasy taking me from Kansas to serenity
These dreams that seem to come from somewhere over the rainbow
These days seasons change just as quickly as a harmony
I need to escape to awaken a believable journey

I know how possible we are
We can go and achieve the inconceivable
I know just how possible we are
We can follow our own yellow brick road

Pressing on in the eyes of a wise man’s conspiracy
I come alive to achieve the spoken prophesy
My friends wonder how I know when the storm is coming
And I’m grateful for the moments that we build to become
The creators of shakers and movers of the melody
We’re building our community
YEAH!

I know how possible we are
We can go and achieve the inconceivable
I know just how possible we are
We can follow our own yellow brick road
YEAH!

There’s no tornado
That can stop us now!

Pressing on in the eyes of the child that’s inside of me
I believe the time has come for us to choose our unity
Each moment that we walk on the path that will guide us to our dreams
We can sing another song that makes us feel we belong

Yeah!
This is where we belong
We Belong on this Yellow Brick Road
Yeah!
This is where we belong
We Belong on this Yellow Brick Road

I know how possible we are
We can go and achieve the inconceivable
I know just how possible we are
We can follow our own yellow brick road
YEAH!

There’s no tornado that can stop us now!

So possible/This is where we belong

There’s no tornado that can stop us now!

Long lyrics…but very nice.

And finally, below is the official intro sequence featuring the hot Sarah Shahi.

Covert Affairs Theme Song

2010-present

I had better get a head start on this.

So, Covert Affairs is a new series on the USA Network starring Piper Perabo. Nice. I’m about three episodes in—I started just the other day via suggestion—and yes it does have a theme song and an opening sequence.

The sequence, I have to say, looks “un-sleek.” The animated sequence is quite, no pun intended, cartoon-ish. Good show (so far) though. And nice theme song.

The song is entitled “Can You Save Me”. It is by the band Power—an indie/pop band based in Detroit. Not much information about the band yet except that they used to be called Apple Trees & Tangerines. Here is their Facebook page. I have not seen any public release of “Can You Save Me”. Will update this post once it becomes available.

For now, below is the full version of the song.

Here are the complete lyrics.

When I collapse, will you forget?
When I’m dead and gone, will you regret?
All of the constant, mocking bitter slang
And pokes when you were so upset
When you grabbed your keys, said you were gone
Helped myself out, passed the gun
And bombed my friends and family I did well
It’s just my choices
They were wrong
They were wrong,
They were wrong,
They were wrong,
They were wrong, wrong, wrong

Can you save me?
From this nothing I’ve become
It’s just something that I’ve done
Never meant to cause you worry
Don’t you blame me
For this nothing I’ve become
It’s just something that I’ve done
Never meant to show you my mistakes

When “us” collapse, break bonds, when you forget
All the months we spent on loneliness
Long nights, short days with conversation
That’s nothing more than arguments
I’d fix this if I could
I’d change this… you know I would
It’s been a long time coming
A long time baby
Say that you misunderstood

Can you save me?
From this nothing I’ve become
It’s just something that I’ve done
Never meant to cause you worry
Don’t you blame me
For this nothing I’ve become
It’s just something that I’ve done
Never meant to show you my mistakes

I don’t know, I don’t know
I don’t know where I am heading
All I can tell is that you’re gone!
All I know,
All I know I’ve become a disappointment
Sorry if I’m always wrong!

All your perspectives stand
I’m not the same creature that I was back then
A slight touch hitting on its mass
I’m never coming back
Never going back there again

Can you save me?
Can you save me?

Can you save me?
From this nothing I’ve become
It’s just something that I’ve done
Never meant to cause you worry
Don’t you blame me
For this nothing I’ve become
It’s just something that I’ve done
Never meant to show you my mistakes

And below is the official intro sequence. The lyrics are just the last few lines of the chorus.

I just have to add though, in the pilot, as always, they did not show the intro sequence. The titles were set atop the skydiving sequence. I thought at that time it was the theme song (which could have been way better). The song is “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine—the recording name of English solo artist Florence Welch.

Below is the song.

Monk Theme Song

2002-2009

I might have a mild case of obsessive–compulsive disorder as well.

There have been two theme songs in Monk‘s eight-season run. Season one uses a jazzy instrumental song composed by American composer Jeff Beal, and performed by guitarist Grant Geissman. The song won the 2003 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

Seasons two through eight uses “It’s a Jungle out There” by singer/songwriter Randy Newman. Why they changed an Emmy Award-winning song, I do not know. But get this, the song once again won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2004. Talk about award-winning.

The same songs are paired in the closing credits—for the seasons using “It’s a Jungle out There,” an instrumental version is paired for the closing.

The Jeff Beal song is included in the original television soundtrack.

Monk theme song lyrics(It’s a Jungle out There)

It’s a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who’s in charge here?
It’s a jungle out there
Poison in the very air we breathe
Do you know what’s in the water that you drink?
Well I do, and it’s amazing
People think I’m crazy, ’cause I worry all the time
If you paid attention, you’d be worried too
You better pay attention
Or this world we love so much might just kill you
I could be wrong now, but I don’t think so!
‘Cause there’s a jungle out there.
It’s a jungle out there.

Watch & listen (Jeff Beal)

Watch & listen (It’s a Jungle out There)

All videos of this song seem un-embeddable. Watch in YouTube.

Downloads

La Femme Nikita Theme Song

1997-2001

The 2010 resurrection of La Femme Nikita, simply called Nikita, will star the smoking hot Maggie Q.

The theme song for La Femme Nikita is an original. The only piece of information I can share regarding this is that it was composed by renowned television composer, Mark Snow, of The X-Files fame.

The theme song is available in La Femme Nikita: Music From The Television Series, the official soundtrack of the show. The song runs for 1:02.

The video below has all the opening credits from seasons 1 through 5.

The 4400 Theme Song

2004-2007

I can’t believe this skipped my mind; I used to love this show, and I loved the theme song as well.

The theme song for The 4400 is catchy, and quite appropriate for the plot of the show. The lyrics says it all (see below), and it also makes the title quite obvious. The theme is entitled “A Place in Time.” It was performed by Amanda Abizaid, an American Lebanese singer-songwriter, along with Bosshouse (Some official media lists it as “Bosshouse feat. Amanda Abizaid”). Nothing is officially written as to who really composed the song, but I’m guessing it’s a collaboration (between the two).

The 4400: Music From the Television Series, an official soundtrack for the series, was released in 2007 under Milan Records.

The 4400 theme song lyrics

So long ago, another life
I could feel your heart beat
It’s not a dream, remember us
I can see it in your eyes

We’ll find a place in time
A place in time beyond the sun

We’ll find a place in time
A place in time to call our home

Watch & listen

MASK Theme Song

1985; Also “M.A.S.K. theme song” or Mobile Armored Strike Kommand

Hot damn this was the shiznit!

IMDb lists series original music by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban, the former being still active to this day, and is known for composing the theme songs of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and X-Men. I do not know who sang it, however, Shuki Levy is also known as a rock lead singer in his home, Israel, and in Europe in the seventies as part of the duo Shuki and Aviva.

MASK theme song lyrics

Masked crusaders, working overtime
Fighting crime, fighting crime
Secret raiders who will neutralize
As soon as they arrive, at the site
Trakker’s gonna lead the mission
And Spectrum’s got such super vision
M-M-M-M-MASK!
Is the mighty power that can save the day
M-M-M-M-MASK!
No one knows what lies behind the masquerades
M-M-M-M-MASK!
Always riding hot on VENOM’s trail
Come see the laser rays
Fire away

Watch & listen

Silk Stalkings Theme Song

1991-1999

Silk Stalkings was a crime drama series originally shown on CBS that portrayed the daily lives of two detectives who solved sexual crimes of passion. Sounds exciting.

Its theme song was composed by renowned television composer, Mike Post, which garnered it a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 1992.

Below is the theme song and original opening sequence.

Burn Notice Theme Song

I understand this show has gone through a couple of theme songs and promo songs over its 3-season run but the one that seems to stick in people’s minds is “Everybody Wants You” by Billie Squier from his album Emotions in Motion. I admit, I’m just basing this on research, as I have not watched a single episode of Burn Notice, so if you could help me out by posting a comment below…

More research

“Everybody Wants You” is the one played in the opening. The is also a mention of Stereo MCs’ Connected—might be from a different season. Someone also mentioned a song by Cold War Kids entitled “Hang Me Up To Dry” as the one played when Michael Westen (portrayed by Jeffrey Donovan) talks about how he got “burned.” Finally, someone claimed that the song used in this promo is Kulay’s “Burn,” but that is bull…because this is how “Burn” by Kulay sounds like. It might have been used in some other episode though. Phew.

I’ll put more sense into this post when I finish Burn Notice. Got some homework to do.

Update/Corrections/Additional

That song in the promo mentioned above is entitled “Higher Ground” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

There is another promo with a helicopter-jumping scene; I believe the song used in that is ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.”