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An Anthem for Back-to-School

August 6, 2014 6:13am (EDT)
PBS Kids
PBS Kids

Chance the Rapper has reformatted the theme song from the PBS Kids program Arthur. Chance’s rendition of the popular theme song is eventually familiar enough to be lovable and different enough to be fun. He’s added a pretty long and artistic introduction (the video below is set to begin past that).

The video below was recorded by a fan at a concert in Canada. It's pretty fun to see the crowd engaging with the song that they know because of watching PBS as kids.

Based on the children’s books by author Marc Brown, the television show has been airing on PBS stations around the country since 1996, long enough for the first generation of its audience to have children of their own who are also watching the show. As those parents are striving to motivate children with back-to-school glee, we offer Chance the Rapper’s version and the original version below as a theme song for a great school year.

You can watch the original opener, sung by Ziggy Marley, in the video below. The lyrics are be found below the video.

Have a great 2014-2015 school year!

Lyrics
Believe in Yourself By Ziggy Marley

Everyday when you're walking down the street, everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view
And I say HEY! (HEY!) what a wonderful kind of day.
Where you can learn to work and play
And get along with each other

You got to listen to your heart
Listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street
Open up your eyes, open up your ears
Get together and make things better
By working together!
It's a simple message and it comes from the heart
Believe in youself (echo: believe in yourself)
Well thats the place to start (to start)

And I say HEY! (HEY!) what a wonderful kind of day
Where you learn to work and play
And get along with each other
hey what a wonderful time of day hey!

Arthur is back for its 18th season this fall with 10 all-new episodes; premieres include a parody of Wizard of Oz in “The Friend Who Wasn’t There” and an homage to film noir with “The Girl with the Long Face.”

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