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Torchwood Theme Song

2006–present

Let’s be Brit once again.

For clarity, this post correctly covers the first two series (Brit for “seasons”) of Torchwood. I know for a fact that certain changes were made in series three—where they banner-titled the show Torchwood: Children of Earth—like the removal of the opening narrative. So for now, a separate post for Torchwood: Children of Earth is the plan.

Alright, on to the opening and theme song. The show starts with a monologue by Captain Jack Harkness explaining the premise of the show. Let’s start with that.

The above was taken from series two. The narration changed from series one. See below for the correct narration per series (1 & 2 respectively).

Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, arming the human race against the future. The twenty-first century is when everything changes. And you’ve got to be ready.

Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st century is when everything changes. And Torchwood is ready.

Now let’s go to the short title that showcases the theme song.

The franchise has released a soundtrack—two already actually, one for Children of Earth—and there is an extended/full version of the theme. Composers for the show are Ben Foster and Murray Gold (their musical scores are featured in the soundtrack), but only Murray Gold is credited for the theme. We know Mr. Gold for the theme from Shameless. In the album, the theme lasts 1:46 and is officially credited as “Torchwood Theme”. Below is the song as it appears in the disc.

I guess that’s pretty much it. Hit the Like button below if this post helped you in any way. Thank you.

Shameless Theme Song

2011

This is primarily for the new U.S. television series on Showtime, and partially for the British series—for which the American series is based upon.

Anyway, William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, nice.

The opening theme song for Shameless is entitled “The Luck You Got”. It is by the Detroit, Michigan-based band The High Strung. The High Strung has been around (I guess) since the 90s, but what struck me is their discography—they released 12 albums from 2000 to 2010. Talk about hard-working.

“The Luck You Got” is originally from their 2006-release Moxie Bravo.

Below is the full version of “The Luck You Got”.

Then a live version so you can put faces to the instruments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nktM9cKL8E

And below, the original opening sequence of Shameless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq74VrP30ak

I believe the same song is used in the closing credits.

Below are the complete lyrics to the song.

Shameless theme song lyrics

Think of all the luck you got
Know that it’s not for naught
You were beaming once before
But it’s not like that anymore

Count all the moods you’ve known
Know they’re not stuck in stone
You were patient once before
But it’s not like that anymore

What is this down side
That you speak of
What is this feeling
You’re so sure of

Round up the friends you got
Know that they’re not for naught
You were willing once before
But it’s not like that anymore

The time that you would never trade
Is equal to the effort made
You were simple once before
But it’s not like that anymore

What is this down side
That you speak of
What is this feeling
You’re so sure of

What is this down side
That you speak of
What is this feeling
You’re so sure of

Of course we won’t leave the Easterners behind. Shameless (the original, British, Channel 4), has a narration-style opening, so the theme song is not as definitive. It’s simply background music, and was composed by Englishman Murray Gold.

Below is an opening taken from season series (yes, that’s the Brit way) two. (The show is now currently on series 8.)

I was going to post the opening narration (like I normally do) but I’m having the hardest time understanding the thick accent.

Downloads

  • The Luck You Got – The High Strung.mp3 (2:48)
  • Moxie Bravo (2007) by The High Strung (album; 16 tracks)