Monday, January 21, 2008

The "City Guys" theme song.

Back in the day when Saved By The Bell was insanely popular, NBC ran a block of shows on Saturday morning called "TNBC". One of those shows was called "City Guys". It was a Saved By The Bell style show about an inner city show. Basically, the cast contained more "diversity" than other shows of it time featuring three black people (one being the female principal) and an asian guy named Al. By comparison, there were only three white regulars on the show, a blonde girl, a brunette girl, and a guy. In other words, the show took place in the "inner city" because there was only white guy.

A couple of the cast members have reasonably successful careers. Wesley Jonathan was one of three regulars on all four seasons of What I Like About You (the other two being Amanda Bynes and Jenny Garth). Marcella Lowery guest starred on Law & Order and her episodes always seem to be on TV (even though she was only in like four). She also played Donovan McNabb's mother in the Campbell's Chunky Soup commercials. Otherwise, the show was pretty marginal and forgettable besides being a childhood memory of mine. Well, except for the theme song.

Ever since I first saw the show, I've found myself wandering around mumbling "C-I-T-Y you can see why these guys", the opening lyrics to the theme song, but never completing the rest. My lack of recall of the entire song bugged me for awhile before I decided that I had more important things to worry about. However, in today's world, I enjoy worrying about unimportant things and have downloaded the theme song and (through e-research) have deciphered the entirety of the lyrics.

The City Guys Theme Song

C-I-T-Y you can see why
these guys, the neat guys, smart and streetwise. (x2)

City Guys pose those looks in street clothes.
It's all good coming from city people.
They're all the same, open up your eyes.
Roll with the City Guys.

C-I-T-Y you can see why
these guys, the neat guys, smart and streetwise. (x2)

Check the class from school to the playground.
You'll make it there if you just stay 'round
the right crowd. Come on, sign it loud.
Roll with the City Guys.

C-I-T-Y you can see why
these guys, the neat guys, smart and streetwise. (x2)

City wide
roll with the City Guys. (x4)


David said...

OMG!! You to! My story is exactly the same as yours. I'm so glad you did all the research for me! :)

That is so funny to me. I don't think I ever actually watched the show. We must be the roughly the same age. The only think I remember is watching sat. morning kid shows, and the beginning of the theme song that has stuck with me for probably 15 years now. "C-I-T-Y, you can see why, these guys..." and that's all I've been able to remember.

I can finally put this to rest! Thank you!

LTrainFan88 said...

God bless the internet for this insightful blog post.

You sir, are truly one of the "neat guys, smart and streetwise".


Anonymous said...

wish this show was still on tv

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this.
I have been singing that first line for the last ten years.

Crystal said...

Ha, ha! My husband and I only know the first line too. This how we sing it "C-I-T-Y you can see why... mumble, mumble, mumble... ROLL WITH THE CITY GUYS!" Tonight he posted it on Facebook and I decided to look up the rest of the lyrics. That's when I came across your blog. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I actually knew the words & found myself singing them a few minutes ago. I decided to Google "C-I-T-Y. You can see why. These guys, the neat guys. Smart & streetwise" to see if the words I've been singing all these years are correct. Love your blog entry!!

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Michael Kerby said...

I also sing this theme on occasion, because I am some kind of idiot. The frequency has increased due to being in London, where there are 'City Boys' (or something); people who work in the stock market. So whenever I see a man in a suit in central London I break into the theme song with furious high-fiving. I also cannot remember a single episode of the show, beyond the two main character's names. I believe whoever played Jamal turned up in something else.

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Anonymous said...

Lol same for me all i could remember was "C-I-T-Y you could see why these guys" and i would follow up with "duh duh duh and street guys" lol wrong

Anonymous said...

Its still on youtube. Imma download a few episodes to my laptop. Thats a must. O an NBC PUT IT BACK ON THE AIR PLEASE.

theHEROtype said...

i think the second verse is incorrect, im pretty sure it’s:

“Check the school, to paths to the playground
you’ll make it there if you just stand round’