The theme song to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Its one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for a few hours when you hear it. You may want to sing it yourself before continuing. Go ahead, just the first line is all that’s necessary.
Its a beautiful day in…
THE neighborhood? If you are like the rest of us Mandela-ers… that is what just happened in your head. However–you are wrong. I’ve scoured YouTube… from old videos to later ones. I cannot find a single “the”. It is, was, and has always been sung, by the late and great Mr. Rogers himself: “Its a beautiful day in this neighborhood.”
Listen for yourself.
Okay. One video isn’t really enough proof right? Mister Rogers sang this song in every episode, on his own… meaning it wasn’t a recording.
But I have scoured YouTube, going back to 1967 and he always says THIS.
But every other variation of the song is sung using “the”. Things that I’ve never even watched until now. Here are some examples:
- Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which began airing on PBS in 2012.
- Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood Eddy Murphy also spoofs Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood in his own Saturday Night Live version, in 1983.
- Mister Romney’s Neighborhood is another skit, this time done on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- Mister Turk’s Neighborhood. While this man sings about a wonderful day, instead of a beautiful day… he’s still got his “the” down.
- Heeere’s Johnny Carson in his skit, from 1978.
In fact, after getting lost in childhood memories and watching these videos all day, I only found ONE parody that says this neighborhood. You can find that here:
It is quite weird that Mr. Rogers sang this one way for so many episodes, and yet most parodies are getting it wrong. If you are putting in the effort of creating a parody, chances are you have watched the intro many times over to emulate the real thing. I can see a possible mistake that one or two may make… but why so many?
Regardless of whether we all have a terrible memory, or some kind of change really did take place to change our current reality, its fun to have the interest in Mister Rogers revived due to the Mandela Effect.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Rogers. We wish you were still around to set us straight.