‘Father Knows Best’: Theme Song Titled ‘Waiting’ Originally Had Lyrics But Were Never Used

by Keeli Parkey
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The classic television show “Father Knows Best” was popular for its portrayal of an American family during the 1950s.

Accompanied by a dramatic and uplifting musical theme song, the intro of “Father Knows Best” introduces the viewer to the actors and offers a brief look at the tone of the show. But, did you know that the show’s theme song originally had lyrics?

Well, it did. However, according to IMDb.com, the lyrics were not used. The song also has a title, which is “Waiting.” It was written by Irving Friedman and Don A. Ferris.

The lyrics to “Waiting” are available on the “Father Knows Best” website. According to the website, the never-used lyrics were penned by Leon Pober.

Here are the lyrics to “Waiting”: “Waiting, for love to find us, is something worth waiting for. Someday, my arms will hold you, my lips will kiss you, forevermore. Yes, waiting, can be so lonely, yet somehow we’ll see it through. Knowing, there’s someone waiting right there just for you.”

It sounds like a sweet song, doesn’t it?

You can watch an intro for “Father Knows Best” below. Of course, the theme song does not have lyrics.

Here are a Few Other Things You Might Not Know About ‘Father Knows Best’

“Father Knows Best” was originally a sitcom that aired on NBC radio, according to IMDb.com. The first radio episode debuted in 1949. The show aired on Thursdays and 8:30 p.m. Five years later, the show started its run on television, but not on NBC. Instead, it first aired on CBS starting in October 1954.

Interestingly only Robert Young, who played James “Jim” Anderson, Sr., appeared on both the radio and television versions of “Father Knows Best.” The rest of the television cast included Jane Wyatt as Margaret Anderson; Elinor Donahue as Betty “Princess” Anderson; Billy Gray as James “Bud” Anderson, Jr.; and Lauren Chapin as Kathy “Kitten” Anderson.

The Anderson family is often seen gathering in the kitchen of their home to share meals and conversations. According to IMDb.com, the kitchen used for filming “Father Knows Best” actually had working appliances. In the mornings, members of the cast and crew would gather there to share coffee and pastries. The coffee and pastries were made on the kitchen set.

Even though “Father Knows Best” remains a beloved sitcom to this day, when it first debuted on television it did not do very well. In fact, CBS felt the ratings were so bad that the show was canceled. Luckily, NBC saw some promise in the show, and “Father Knows Best” moved to that network. It stayed at NBC for three years before it was canceled again in 1958. Then, it moved back to CBS where it stayed until 1960.

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