Monday, August 13, 2007

Polaris - Hey Sandy

Welcome to Day 1 of the Adventures of Pete & Pete week! I'll begin with no other than the classic theme song, "Hey Sandy." This song has been subject to some controversy, as neither the creators, nor the band will reveal what exactly the third line of the song is. However, if you go pretty much anywhere on the internet, you'll see it transcribed as "Can You Settle to Shoot Me?" This makes sense in context, as the song is rumored to be about the Kent State shootings of 1970. The song's Sandy may be Sandra Scheuer, a victim of the shooting. Now this is obviously a morbid subject for the theme of kid's show (yet it's so much more than that), so it makes sense that those involved are reluctant to speak about it. However, in 1970, Harvey Andrews had also written a song entitled "Hey Sandy," directly and indisputably about the shooting. Why would Polaris do pretty much the same thing 23 years later? Polaris' song could be about nothing at all, and the mystery third line may just be gibberish. In any case, I doubt we'll ever get a straightforward answer on the issue.

Polaris - Hey Sandy

"Hey smilin' strange
You lookin' happily deranged
Can you settle to shoot me?
Or have you picked your target yet
Hey Sandy (ai yai yai yai)...
Don't you talk back (ai yai yai yai), Hey Sandy
Four feet away
End of speech it's the end of the day
We was only funnin',
But guiltily I thought you had it comin'
Hey Sandy (ai yai yai yai)
Don't ya talk back, Hey Sandy"

(ai yai yai yai...)Hey Sandy
Don't you talk back
(ai yai yai yai...)Hey Sandy
Don't you talk back
Hey Sandy ay ay..."

Alternate, Kid-Friendly lyrics:

"Hey smiling strange,
You're looking happily deranged,
Can you sale the shim-ba?
Or have you picked your dog out yet?

Hey Sandy!
Does your dog bite?
Hey Sandy?

Barking away,
End of species is the end of the day.
We was only funning.
But guilty, I thought she had it coming."

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