Diff’rent Strokes Theme Song

1978–1986; also the “Different Strokes theme song”

R.I.P Gary Coleman 1968-2010 and Dana Plato 1964-1999.

Wonder what Gary Coleman looked like in his latter years? Surely he was still small. Here is a photo of him taken in 2007, when he was 40 years old.

Phew, what a curse. Anyway, theme song for Diff’rent Strokes was written by Al Burton, Alan Thicke, and Gloria Loring; it was performed by Alan Thicke. Its official title is “It Takes Diff’rent Strokes”, but is normally only referred as “Diff’rent Strokes”. It is part of a number of greatest television theme song-style compilations like this one.

Diff’rent Strokes theme song lyrics

Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum
What might be right for you, may not be right for some
A man is born, he’s a man of means
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans

But they got, Diff’rent Strokes
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world

Everybody’s got a special kind of story
Everybody finds a way to shine
It don’t matter that you got, not a lot
So what,
They’ll have theirs, and you’ll have yours, and I’ll have mine
And together we’ll be fine

Because it takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world
Yes it does
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world

Below is a version of the opening sequence, taken from season 5.

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