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The Chicago Code Theme Song

2011

Yes, Jennifer Beals, yes.

Alright, another new show with a proper opening theme. Things are looking good.

The theme song for The Chicago Code—that crime series starring Flashdance goddess Jennifer Beals—is a piece by Canadian composer Robert Duncan. So far we have credited Mr. Duncan for the themes of The Unit, Terriers, and Castle, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Now, about that where-did-I-hear-that-before voice. Still don’t know? That distinct voice is Billy Corgan’s—Smashing Pumpkins; Billy is an Illinois native.

I know for a fact that the Billy Corgan opening theme is already an updated version, but for now we don’t have any references to the original one.

Below is the Chicago-montage opening sequence and the theme.

And the lyrics.

The Chicago Code theme song lyrics

Who’s gonna hear you cry,
when there’s more of them than there are of you?
Who’s gonna hear you cry,
when the high winds come and it takes your breath?
Who’s gonna hear your voice,
when fallen men wanna cut you down,
and the sun is gone in the dead of night in this town?
Who’s gonna hear you cry?

People have asked for it, but no, there is still no full version of this song, nor is it properly titled yet. As always, I will be updating this post when anything new comes to light.

The Unit Theme Song

2006–2009

Cool, cool show. I think it kinda fell apart when… (no spoilers here).

The theme songs for The Unit are some more Robert Duncan creations. The first version, used in the first and second season, is called “Fired Up”. It is an adaptation of a standard Marine Corps cadence called “Fired Up, Feels Good”.

Below are the intro sequences using “Fired Up”. The audio quality is quite poor so please bear with me.

These are the words they chant: “fired up”, “feels good”, “sounds good”, “forty-seven”, “here we go” and “on the road”.

Below is the original Marine Corps version.

Now from season three onwards, they changed the theme to something still cool, but not cooler than the first one (personal opinion, alright?). Mr. Duncan composed it as well. It is called “Walk the Fire”.

These are the versions of the opening sequence using “Walk the Fire”.

Below are the lyrics.

The Unit theme song lyrics

Give me your secrets
Bring me a sign
Give me a reason
To walk the fire
See another dawn
Through our daughters eyes
You give me a reason
To walk the fire

Below is a long version of the song. I do not know if its official or fan-created.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap4jSs0UDaA

Terriers Theme Song

2010

Yet another canceled television series for archiving purposes.

Terriers is (or was) an FX original series that starred Donal Logue of Grounded for Life fame.

It had a good theme song, and it would have given this blog its share of search visits had it not been canceled.

The opening theme song for Terriers is officially entitled “Gunfight Epiphany”. It is by Canadian composer Robert Duncan. It is not “Steel Neena”, as suggested by the lyrics or as I have read from some video comments. Duncan’s official site confirms this. Also, Robert Duncan, as far as this site is concerned, composed the theme song for Castle.

The song has an extended/full version that lasts 3 minutes. (I think) it is available in iTunes.

Below are the complete lyrics.

Terriers theme song lyrics

Got a ride with a trickster and a javelin man
To a town down by the sea
Steel Neena was a girl who set me free, she said
I lay my soul out down to bleed

Fast hill the joker and the queen, the tables turn if you get what I mean, stand down with 27 men, what fire is coming over me?
I fell down, down to the bottom of a cold sea
And the church bells ringing in the middle of a gunfight
And I walk like a ghost among the living and the born free
Neena coming neena coming for you
Got a sign from the rider of the wondering road
To a run down farmers field
Where I’ll wait for the girl who waited for me, she said
By the crowd up or the tree
Fast hill the joker and the queen, the tables turn if you get what I mean, stand down with 27 men, what fire is coming over me?
I fell down, down to the bottom of a cold sea
And the church bells ringing in the middle of a gunfight
And I walk like a ghost among the living and the born free
Neena coming neena coming for you

I fell down, down to the bottom of a cold sea
And the church bells ringing in the middle of a gunfight
And I walk like a ghost among the living and the born free
Neena coming neena coming for you
Hell, no, son
Ain’t gonna get the gun
Seen a lotta things
And they’ve only just begun
‘Cause the minute they speak
Is the minute that I run
Ten clicks south to the border station

I said, “Hey, hey, son
I’m gonna get you sprung
Just keep on looking
For the sally port punk”
‘Cause the minute he speaks
Is the minute that you run
Fresh set of wheels
And I’ll see you at the don

Past thirty second
And the bakers got a bun
Sweatin’ that my Neena’s
Gonna get attention
Living on the lam is like living on the sun
Gotta to make it to Ysidro
Where I’m gonna be done

Finally, below, the official opening sequence of Terriers.

Castle Theme Song

Castle, as in that ABC show that stars Nathan Fillion and the (quite) hot Stana Katic.

Below is the official but very short opening of Castle.

Below is a very cool homemade remix of the song.

No official information is available for this song, however, I’ll go out on a limb and say that it was done by a composer named Robert Duncan, simply because he is credited in the show’s IMDb page. It makes sense though, because Mr. Duncan in a known composer for television and film, and composed music for shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Unit.