Party of Five Theme Song

1994–2000

Let’s continue with the nineties theme.

Among the careers, this show helped launch include Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. But we’re not here for them.

We’re here simply for the theme song, and its theme song, as with nearly all successful 90s shows, is an integral part of the show. For Party of Five, the theme song is “Closer To Free” by the band BoDeans from Wisconsin. While it is true that “Closer To Free” is what they are best known for, they have been around (and still are) since 1983.

“Closer To Free” is originally part of their fifth and 1993 release, Go Slow Down. It is also of course included in the official soundtrack of Party of Five, which had 15 songs.

Wait!

Party of Five had a rare and different opening that featured a different song. Early episodes used “Climb on (A Back That’s Strong)” by Shawn Colvin from her album Fat City as the intro song. The song was only used on network airings so you cannot find it on DVDs. The song is also part of the aforementioned soundtrack.

Below is an original opening sequence from season one featuring “Closer To Free”.

Here is  Party of Five – Season 1 Opening

Party of Five theme song lyrics (“Closer To Free”)

Everybody wants to live,
Like they wanna live and everybody wants to love
Like they wanna love
And everybody wants to be
Closer to free
Everybody wants respect, just a little bit
And everybody needs a chance, once in a while
Everybody wants to be
Closer to Free
Everybody one
Everybody two
everybody free
Everybody needs to touch
You know, now and then
And everybody needs a good, good friend
Everybody wants to be
Closer to Free
I said everybody one
Everybody two
Everybody Free
Everybody wants to live
Like they wanna live and everybody wants to love
Like they wanna love and everybody wants to be closer to free
Yeah, closer to free
Closer to free.

Below, and I’m glad they caught this on tape, is one of the rare Shawn Colvin openings.

Party of Five theme song lyrics (“Climb on (A Back That’s Strong)”)

Oh, my soul
Sometimes we don’t know what to do
We work so hard
Being tough on our own
But now it’s me and you

Let’s give it up, sad bones
‘Cause we all fall on hard times
But you don’t have to stand up all alone
Just put your hand in mine

Climb on a back that’s strong
Hey, hey, you can get what you want
Climb on a back that’s strong

If you could save me
A place in heaven
With a clean, well-lighted room
I’ll muscle up to Armageddon
And I’ll wave to you, darlin’
Be home soon

And if you could show me
The story of love
I would write it
Again and again
And then you could be
The woman you need
If you just let me be
The man that I am

Climb on a back that’s strong
Hey, hey, you can get what you want
Climb on a back that’s strong

Oh, I don’t know
Sometimes we try too hard to see
But we got one down now
And one more to go
That’s when you say to me, hey

Climb on a back that’s strong
Hey, hey, you can get what you want
Climb on a back that’s strong

Climb on a back that’s strong
Hey, hey, you can get what you want
So climb on a back that’s strong, oh yeah

Climb on a back that’s strong
Hey, hey, you can get what you want
Climb on a back that’s strong

Climb on, oh yeah
You can get what you want
Climb on a back that’s strong, whoa, yeah

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