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The "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song" is the song that is sung at the beginning of every SpongeBob SquarePants episode. It is performed by Painty the Pirate and a group of kids. Other versions were made for special events and episodes.

Versions

Normal version

Painty: Are you ready, kids? [Seagulls sounds can be heard in the background]
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain!
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain!
Painty: Ohhhhhhhh...! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: If nautical nonsense be something you wish,
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Ready?
Painty and Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: SpongeBooob... SquarePaaaaaaants! A-ha-ha-ha-ha!
[SpongeBob plays his nose like a flute. We hear the seagulls again and the song ends]

"Christmas Who?" version

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Spongebob Christmas Who? Intro

Painty: Ready for Christmas, kids?
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain!
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain!
Painty: Ohhhhhhhh...!
Choir: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Choir: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Choir: If nautical nonsense be something you wish?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Choir: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Choir: SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants! The SpongeBob Christmas Special!
Fa la la la la la la la la la la la la...

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie version

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Theme Song

Pirates: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Pirate Choir: SpongeBob SquarePants...
Pirates: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
Pirate Choir: SpongeBob SquarePants...
Pirates: If nautical nonsense be something you wish,
Pirate Choir: SpongeBob SquarePants...
Pirates: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
Pirate Choir: SpongeBob SquarePants...
Pirates: SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants
SpooongeBooob SquaaarePaaaants...
Pirates: SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants
SpooongeBooob SquaaarePaaaants...
Pirates: SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants
A Pirate: SpoooongeBoooob... SquaaaarePaaaaaaants!

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack version

This version was later used for Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants, with clips from various SpongeBob episodes used.

Square Roots The Story of Spongebob Squarepants Part 1 HQ06:35

Square Roots The Story of Spongebob Squarepants Part 1 HQ

Painty: Are you ready, kids?
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain.
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN!
Painty: Ohhhhhhhh......!
Avril Lavinge: ''Are you ready kids?! I said, 'are you ready'?!
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB! SQUAREPANTS!
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he? SPONGEBOB! SQUAREPANTS!
If nautical nonsense be something you wish... SPONGEBOB! SQUAREPANTS!
...then drop on the deck and flop like a fish! SPONGEBOB! SQUAREPANTS!
SpongeBob (SPONGEBOB!)... SquarePants! (SQUAREPANTS!) SpongeBob (SPONGEBOB!)... SquarePants! (SQUAREPANTS!) SpongeBob (SPONGEBOB!)... SquarePants! (SQUAREPANTS!) SpongeBob... (SPONGEBOB!) ...SquarePants!

"What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" version

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Who bob what pants? Theme

Painty: Are you ready, kids?
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain.
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN!
Painty: Ohhhhhhhh...!
Painty: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Kids: WHOBOB WHATPANTS!
Painty: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
Kids: WHOBOB WHATPANTS!
Painty: If nautical nonsense be something you wish,
Kids: WHOBOB WHATPANTS!
Painty: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
Kids: WHOBOB WHATPANTS!
Painty and Kids: WHOBOB WHATPANTS! WHOBOB WHATPANTS! WHOBOB WHATPANTS!
Painty: WhoBooob... WhatPaaaaaaants! A-ha-ha-ha-ha!

[SpongeBob plays his nose like a flute. We hear the seagulls heard at the start and the episode starts]

"Truth or Square" version

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SpongeBob Theme in Stop Motion

Painty: Are you ready, kids?
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain.
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN!
Painty: Ha-ha-ha! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Now, if nautical nonsense be something you wish,
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Oh!
Painty and Kids: SpongeBob! (SQUAREPANTS!) Come on. SpongeBob! (SQUAREPANTS!) Everybody. SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob... SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: A-ha-ha-haaa!

[SpongeBob plays his nose like a trombone. We hear seagulls and the episode starts]

"Squidward Tentacles," "Patrick Star," and "Eugene Krabs" versions

"Brand New Premieres" version (advertisement)

SpongeBob Episode EVERY Saturday in June 201100:31

SpongeBob Episode EVERY Saturday in June 2011

Painty: Ohhhhhhhh......!
Painty: Who's kicking off summer with brand new premieres?
Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: You'll be laughing so hard, you'll end up in tears!
Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: You won't be believin' what SpongeBob will do!
Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: Each Saturday morning, it's brand-spankin' new!
Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty and Kids: BRAND NEW SQUAREPANTS! BRAND NEW SQUAREPANTS!
Kids: Brand neeeew... SquarePaaaaaaants!
Painty: Don't miss a brand new SpongeBob! Every Saturday morning in June on Nick!
Gary: Meow.

2012 McDonald's advertisement version

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SpongeBob 2012 McDonald's advertisement

Announcer: Are you ready, kids?
Animals and Kids: Yeah!
Announcer: Who likes to practice karate?
Animals and Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Announcer: And who likes to jellyfish everyday?
Animals and Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Announcer: Here's some milk, now eat some fruit!
Bird: Fruit, fruit! Milk and fruit!
Announcer: Now play your nose just like a flute!
[SpongeBob plays his nose flute while the kids are going "toot"]
Everyone: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!


"It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" version

Its a SpongeBob Christmas instrumental intro00:44

Its a SpongeBob Christmas instrumental intro

Painty: Ready for Christmas, kids?
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain.
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: AYE-AYE, CAPTAIN!
Painty: Ohhhhhhhh......!
Kids: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Kids: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Kids: If nautical nonsense be something you wish?
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Kids: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
SpongeBob SquarePants!
Kids: Fa la la la la la la la la! Fa la la la la la la la la! Fa la la la la la la la la! SpongeBob SquarePants! Fa la la la la la la, Christmas!

Literal Version

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Spongebob Literal (High Quality)-0

A literal version (describing what goes on in the video) was made as a Nickelodeon commercial. It goes as such:

Painty: My mouth looks weird!
Kids: Sure does, Captain!
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: WE'RE YELLING, CAPTAIN!
Painty: Dooooown...
Painty: Here is a pineapple, where are the shells?
Kids: Here comes a man hand!
Painty: Taking a bath so he no longer smells!
Kids: Bubble title!
Painty: Multiple SpongeBobs on multiple ships...
Kids: Here's the title again!
Painty: What's with this fish? And what's with his lips?
Kids: Let's try a tiki title!
Painty: That looks painful! Lots of spinning! Must be dizzy! SpongeBob loses his pants...! There they are! Sometimes his nose sounds like a flute!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Version

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The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water - Rap Battle (HD with video)

Burger Beard: Are you ready, kids?
Seagulls: Aye-aye, Captain.
Burger Beard: Uh, What did you say? There's sand in my ears and I can't hear you.
Seagulls: Aye-aye, Captain.
Burger Beard: Ohhhhhhh.........!
(Scene switches to cartoon and Burger Beard becomes Painty the Pirate)
Painty: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Seagulls: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
Seagulls: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: If nautical nonsense is something you wish,
Seagulls: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
Seagulls: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
Painty: Ready?
All: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! (Bubbles: Stop it!)
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! (Bubbles: That's enough!)
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! (Bubbles: Silence!)
[Rap Battle is sung]
Painty and Seagulls: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!

SpongeBob Anthem Music Video

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SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob Anthem Music Video Nick

Karaoke version

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SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song (Karaoke Version) Nick

Nick Stars vs. Nick Noises

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SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song Battle Nick Stars vs. Nick Noises Nick

International versions

See the international page.

"Unreal Estate" versions

In "Unreal Estate," three different parodies of the theme song play as SpongeBob and Squidward go house hunting.

Banana house

Painty: Ohhhhhhhh, who lives in a banana under the sea?
Kids: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
SpongeBob: [slips on a banana upon opening the door]

Hot pepper house

Painty: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, who lives in a hot pepper under the sea?
Kids: SPONGEBOB! SQUAREPANTS!
SpongeBob: [screams as he's on fire while Hans puts him out with an extinquisher]

Chicken parmesan hero house

Painty: Ohhhhhh, who lives in a chicken parmasean hero under the sea?
Kids: SPONGEBOB! SQUAREPANTS!
SpongeBob: [opens his door to Hans poking his large belly] He he!

"The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" version

Uses the same exact footage as the "Truth or Square" version, with the exception of Painty the Pirate and Bikini Atoll.

SpongeBob SquarePants 🎤 Theme Song Reimagined in Stop Motion Nick00:52

SpongeBob SquarePants 🎤 Theme Song Reimagined in Stop Motion Nick

Painty: Are you ready, kids? [Seagulls sounds can be heard in the background]
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain!
Painty: I can't hear you!
Kids: Aye-aye, Captain!
Painty: Ohhhhhhhh...! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: If nautical nonsense be something you wish,
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: Ready?
Painty and Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painty: SpongeBooob... SquarePaaaaaaants! A-ha-ha-ha-ha!
[SpongeBob plays his like a trombone but it sounds like a flute. We hear seagulls and the episode starts]

April Fools/Rock Version

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Rare Spongebob Intro April 1st 2017 Part 1

On a April 1, 2017 airing of "Funny Pants," a rock version of the theme song plays, with differences being that it is foggy, less colored and has cilps from "Krabby Road."

Trivia

  • Derek Drymon makes a comment about the SpongeBob theme song: "Steve's idea was to try to make the most annoying song you can, to—so when Saturday morning, when kids turn the TV on and parents are trying to sleep, you have this pirate screaming in the other room for the kids to jump on the floor."
  • The song is based on the sea shanty "Blow the Man Down."
  • Captain Maggot of Emilie Autumn's musical group likes to sing this song.
  • In the version used for Square Roots version, Avril Lavigne sings it.
  • A stop-motion opening with CeeLo Green performing the theme was only seen in "Truth or Square."
  • "SquidBob TentaclePants" had an opening, but later on, it was switched back into the normal theme song.
  • In the first movie, it was a real song.
  • When SpongeBob plays the trombone in Truth or Square, it was similar to Pinky Dinky Doo when Mr. Guinea Pig played trumpet every time someone was about to say the "Great Big Fancy Word."
  • In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, when Burger-Beard the Pirate begins reading the story to some talking seagulls, the seagulls begin to sing the theme song, but Burger Beard orders them to stop before they can finish, threatening them with death. In the end of the movie, having accepted defeat, Kyle, a younger seagull, asks him if they can sing it. They put a hat on Burger-Beard and a picture frame around him, and Burger-Beard reluctantly agrees to lead them in singing the song. The scene then becomes animated with Burger-Beard replaced by Painty the Pirate, and audio from the TV version of the theme song is used.
  • In some other countries, the intro footage is different. (Ex: the French version has a bubble of SpongeBob, a face of him and his name in French too)
  • In the Albanian, European Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, and Macedonian versions, it uses footage in which no text is to be seen.
  • After Season 1, the animation in Season 2 was changed to digital ink and paint. Despite the transition to HD in Season 9, the song remained cel animated and in standard definition until "Lame and Fortune." Starting with that episode, there was a new theme song in high definition.
  • On August 5, 2015, in tweets by Vincent Waller on Twitter, it was confirmed that a 16:9 HDTV/widescreen version of the theme song was in the works.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
    • On June 30, 2016, in a tweet by Vincent Waller, it was confirmed that the 16:9 HDTV/widescreen version of the theme song has been finished and was set to be publicly released in July 2016.[11][12][13][14]
    • On July 9, 2016, the widescreen version of the intro has been shown for the very first time.[15]
  • There are at least six production images featured in the protective case of The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom.
  • The theme song has been very popular when reversed as many have found the lyrics showing it has inappropriate lyrics in reverse.
  • Painty's first lines were lines that Stephen Hillenburg had to say to kids when he worked as a fake sailor at the Orange County Marine Institute. However, Hillenburg said, "ye," instead of "you."[16]

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References


Music (VTE)

Albums
Original Theme HighlightsThe SpongeBob SquarePants MovieThe Yellow AlbumThe Best Day EverSpongeBob's Greatest HitsIt's a SpongeBob Christmas!Music from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Songs
Theme SongA Day Like ThisAll You Need is FriendsThe Alphabet SongAttitude of GratitudeBack in EncinoBarnacles!Beats by BobBeautiful DreamerBee Line for the Tree LineThe Best Day EverBikini BottomBikini Bottom - Rock BottomBossy BootsThe Bubble SongCampfire Song SongCha-ChingChristmas Eve JittersChristmas Is MineClarinet WizardDead EyeDoing the SpongeDoin' the Krabby PattyDear FriendDon't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)Down the WellThe Dragon is HereElectric ZooEverybody Loves the SpongeEmployee of the MonthFishin' for MoneyFrozen Krabby Patty SongFueling the BusThe F.U.N. SongGary Come HomeGive It All You GotGive Jellyfish Fields a ChanceGood-Bye, AtlantisGoofy Goober RockGoofy Goober SongThis Grill is Not a HomeHappy Birthday, Squidward!He's FlyingHey All You PeopleHey, Mean Mr. BossmanHigh Seas ChantIt's High Time We Went on TourHo Ho HoedownHot FruitcakeI Can't Keep My Eyes Off of YouI Wrote ThisIdiot FriendsIf I Could Talk to MoneyI Will Trap SantaI Love Krabby PattiesIf Only I Could Join YouThe Jellyfishing SongJust a KidKrabby Patty Jingle (song)Kung Fu RockThe Krusty Krab PizzaLivin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the MoonlightLoop de LoopMeatball, MeatballMr. Krabs' SongMusical DoodleMy Tighty WhiteysNever Give UpNow That We're MenOcean ManOh, Krusty KrabOh, My KarenPlankton's SongPatrick StarPretty Ribbons and BowsPrehibernation (song)Prince Paul's Bubble PartyPlankton Jams the SignalRidin' the HookRipped PantsRubber Hose RagRap BattleThe Road SongSandy's SongSailing Over The Dogger BankSanta Has His Eye on MeSanta Won't Let You DownSnowflakesSo Long, Bikini BottomSpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of EnergyThe SpongeBob History SongSpongeBob ScaredyPantsSquidward's SongSquidward's Tiki LandSqueeze MeSuperiorSurreptitiously MineSurfin' SummerSandy SquirrelSquidward's BackSweet VictoryScurvy Ain't For the Likes of MeThat's the RodeoThank Gosh It's MondayThumbs SongTeamworkTogetherThey'll Soon DiscoverTruth or Square Theme SongsTexasThat's What Friends DoUnder My RockUnderwater SunThe Very First ChristmasWe've Got ScurvyWhen Worlds CollideWhere's GaryWe're the Ghouls of the Briny DeepWet, Wet ChristmasWho Am I?Who Wants to Race Me?You Will Obey!You Better SwimYou're Old

Short Songs
4-PlyAyCookie, Wookie, Teddy BearIt's All About You GirlIndoorsFor He's A Jolly Good RookieSquidly's 7 SongsBirthday Song for SquidwardBikini Bottom National AnthemI'm PatrickOff to WorkWe're Gonna Be PiratesPearl's Me DaughterThe Striped Sweater SongBest Friends Forever RingSanta's Coming TonightBrush, Brush, Brush My TeethWelcome Home, SandyLife on the PrairieEat at The Krusty KrabLaundry Song

Other
Associated production music

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