"Joy To The World" as written by Daniel Martin, Trad and Isaac Watts....
Jeremiah was a bullfrog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him a-drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine

Singin' joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

If I were the king of the world
Tell you what I'd do
I'd throw away the cars and the bars and the war
Make sweet love to you

Sing it now, joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

You know I love the ladies
Love to have my fun
I'm a high life flyer and a rainbow rider
A straight shootin' son-of-a-gun
I said a straight shootin' son-of-a-gun

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the world
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls...


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"Joy to the World" as written by Brian Scott Bennett

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    General CommentA brilliant song... so liberating. =)

    I have to disagree about the claim that the song has "no meaning", although I can agree that almost anybody can relate to it. The song has soo much meaning; it's incredible.

    Strange enough, apparently the song was INTENDED to be 'nonsensical'. According to wikipedia, "Axton [the song writer] wanted to convince his record producers to record a new melody he had written and the producers asked him to sing anything for words. He sat down and put these words to the tune."

    Now, either I am simply over-analyzing the song [which is a silly proposition =)] or Axton was more musically inclined than the site credits him for. If you read the lyrics and listen to how they are projected, you can't possible believe it was written to accompany the melody. It has so much passion; you can really understand and relate to the 'hippie' idea whether you experienced during the time period or not.

    The song was released in 1974 during the epidemy of the 'Hippie Era' during the Vietnam War [1965-1973]. Ironically, the original band was active from 1968 to 1975; obviously the war very much influenced the band.

    What I love most about the song is how it is delivered... any song can have good lyrics but if it is sang without emotion, it is essentially meaningless. I love this song because you can feel the energy of the band, and it's a wholelotta fun. =D

    ...About the religious references... it's an interesting perspective. I realized that Jeremiah was a significant figure in the bible [although I highly doubt he was a 'bullfrog' ;)], but I never connected the 'king of the world' to 'god'. I don't believe that the bands' objective was religious, but it's a neat theory.

    ...now I'm feeling silly for all of this analyzation. The song really speaks for itself =)

    "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me" --love it!
    miichellemabelleon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always loved this song because it's just so bouncy and happy and CATCHY! Don't know about the religious aspect of the lyrics (certainly possible, but I'm the least knowledgeable person around when it comes to that sort of thing) but it has such a positive message, you know? Everyone can sing along and be joyful.

    Not to mention, it's the song Scully chooses to sing to Mulder in 'Detour' on The X-Files...
    xanyaon December 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe bufo alvarius toad of the southern united states contains dmt and bufotenin which are both psychadelic tryptamines and when extracted toad venom is consumed it leads to, well you know- this song
    nmustaphaon January 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentzagwert777...are you serious? Drugs?
    It's about experiencing joy and happiness, when you love everything around you, even Jeremiah the bullfrog.
    Johnny0225on February 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about enjoying life!
    TheGraduateon October 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone ever notice hor the lyrics to this song make no sense whatsoever, but everyone can relate?

    It's like the guys on cloud nine, just exclaming his happiness for life.
    AshyPoo01on May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentVery True. If You're sad, just think of Old Jerimiah, and you'll feel better. I mean think of a bullforg drinking wine. its just happy. For me this song is just a vocalization of the good things in this world, and the urge to take away the unproductive things, like war, alcohol and polutants.
    carbon_based_lifeon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song to sing really loud to when walking down crowded streets :) ...but maybe thats just me! lol
    *mLe*on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJerimiah Cooper is a bullfrog, I'll tell you that much. And you can never understand a word he says because he can't spell!
    deja_vu_dreamson June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYes this is a fun song to sing loud in crowds, every one just seems to have to join in. I got to see them in concert a few years ago and they left the stage for a bit with out having sung this song, and every one in the audience started singing it, they came back out and were like "So every one now its time for the frog song!" That was one hell of a fun concert, gosh, I would have been in like eighth grade at the time and have been out of high school for two years, so its been a while but WOW lol.
    MayorMenleyon December 10, 2004   Link

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