Andy Griffith sings original lyrics to 'The Andy Griffith Show' theme song

don_knotts-ron_howard-andy_griffith.jpg Andy Griffith's sad passing today has almost everyone whistling the theme song for the legendary actor's celebrated sitcom, "The Andy Griffith Show."

The opening sequence features Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie ( Ron Howard, credited as "Ronny") strolling to their favorite fishing spot, poles in hand, as co-composer Earle Hagen whistles along to "The Fishin' Hole."

Although Griffith himself didn't perform the whistling as many fans believe, he did sing the ditty's original cheerful lyrics.

Here they are, along with the original recording, so you can sing along with Andy.

We can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.



Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at the fishin' hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don't you rush away.

What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin' stones,
You'll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin' in the shade.

Whether it's hot, whether it's cool, oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool.

What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by the fishin' hole,
I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.

We'll have no need to call the roll when we get to the fishin' hole,
There'll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle time away.

If we don't hook a perch or bass, we'll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Or else pull up a weed to chaw, and maybe set and jaw.

Hangin' around, takin' our ease, watchin' that hound a-scratchin' at his fleas.

Come on, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at the fishin' hole,
I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.
Photo/Video credit: CBS
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