Portrait of Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood theme song & lyrics (1966-2001)

Portrait of Mister Rogers

If you took an informal survey, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find anyone between the ages of 20 and 50 who didn’t watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood at some point while growing up.

Originally airing in 1963 on Canada’s CBC as Misterogers, then moving to PBS’ forerunner network EEN in 1966, Fred Rogers’ sweet, honest and simple approach to educating young children about life and the world around them would span 31 season and 1005 episodes before Rogers retired in 2001.

Each episode would begin with Rogers entering his studio house, taking off his jacket and putting on his signature cardigan sweater — one of which now hangs in the Smithsonian — and replacing his dress shoes with a pair of blue sneakers, which he originally began wearing because they made less noise as he walked around the set. He would speak directly to the camera about the day’s topic, as well as take viewers on tours, do crafts and experiments, and interact with his friends and neighbors. Each episode also included a trip to the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” for an ongoing story in the puppet land.

PBS stopped broadcasting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to its member station in 2008, however individual stations can still choose to air episodes on their own as they see fit. While the show is largely off the air, and Fred Rogers passed away in 2003, his legacy can be found in the millions of children who were raised, educated and comforted by his kind and caring nature — this author included. – AJW

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood theme song/intro video

 


Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Mister Rogers theme song lyrics)

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?…

It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?…

I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we’re together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

© 1967 Fred M Rogers

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“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was hosted by its creator, Fred McFeely Rogers, who was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1928, and died in Pittsburgh on February 27, 2003.

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