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Say What? A Lyrical Interlude

''Pee-wee's Playhouse'' -- The addictive lyrics to the Saturday morning CBS show

It's witty, it's sophisticated, it's incomprehensible. TV's least audible theme song can almost be heard on CBS' Saturday morning show Pee-wee's Playhouse, where it's sung by a voice that sounds as if Alvin and the Chipmunks had discovered laughing gas. (It's actually an uncredited Cyndi Lauper.) So here are the words behind that slurry, blurry opening-as written by Paul Reubens (he's Pee-wee) and George McGrath:

Come on in and pull yourself up a chair. (Like Chairy!)
Let the fun begin, it's time to let down your hair.
Pee-wee's sure excited (Uh-huh!)
'Cause all his friends have been invited (That's you!)
To go wacky at Pee-wee's Playhouse.

There's a crazy rhythm coming from Puppet Land. (What's that?)
Dirty Dog, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby are the Puppet Band. (Yeah!)
He's got a couple of talking fish and a genie who'll grant a wish.
Golly, it's cuckoo at Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Globey's spinning, Mr. Window's grinning 'cause Pterri's flying by.
The Flowers are singing, the Picture Phone is ringing,
And the Dinosaur Family goes ''Hi.''
Mr. Kite's soaring, Conky's still a-snoring,
There's the flashing Magic Screen.
The Cowntess is so classy, Randy's kind of sassy—
A nuttier establishment you've never seen.
Spend the day with Pee-wee and you'll see what we mean. (Come on!)

Get out of bed, there'll be no more napping (Wake up!)
'Cause you've landed in a place where anything can happen.
Now we've given you fair warning:
It's gonna be that kind of morning.
For being wacky, for getting nutty,
Golly, it's cuckoo at Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Originally posted Jan 25, 1991 Published in issue #50 Jan 25, 1991 Order article reprints