One of the most recognizable theme songs in the history of television is Fishin’ Hole, the catchy whistled tune that opens and closes every episode of The Andy Griffith Show. But, did you know that the song originally had lyrics?
It should come as no surprise to fans of the show that Andy Griffith was originally chosen to sing the theme song. Much of The Andy Griffith Show plot revolved around music including Andy lazily picking on his front porch on Sunday afternoons and the infamous Darlin’ clan who lit up Mayberry with their backwoods bluegrass.
In 2012, country music star Darryl Worley put his spin on the tune. The “Have You Forgotten?” singer joined forces with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, his long-time songwriting buddy Wynn Varble, and some well-known professional anglers to produce a video for his cover of Fishin’ Hole.
“Everyone knows that melody, and it will stick in your head for days if you’re not careful,” said Worley in 2012. “Even though I’m a huge Andy Griffith Show fan, I did not know the song had lyrics. They are clever and give the song brand new life.”
The music video was filmed near Worley’s home in Tennessee and has been used to promote the sport of fishing and raise funds to help restore levees, replace equipment lost or damaged in natural disasters, and re-stock fish in waters affected by tornadoes and flooding.
If you’ve never heard The Andy Griffith Show theme song with lyrics, you’re in for a treat! Hear Darryl Worley and friends perform Fishin’ Hole in the video below.
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