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Theme Song

Jay Livingston (l) and Ray Evans (r) circa 1985.


The Mister Ed theme song is arguably the best known work of the great composing duo of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The two are also responsible for such tunes as Silver Bells, Que Sera Sera, and the Bonanza theme.

Director/producer Arthur Lubin was sold on the song in 1960 and had it recorded in Rome by an opera singer. The results were so terrible, only the music was used to open the first six episodes. Livingston was brought in to sing the lyrics as a stop-gap measure until a professional singer was hired. However, producers were so pleased with Livingston's vocals that they never replaced him.

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A horse is a horse
of course, of course
and no one can talk to horse, of course.
That is, of course,
unless the horse
is the famous Mister Ed.

Go right to the source
and ask the horse,
he'll give you the answer that you'll endorse;
He's always on a steady course.
Talk to Mister Ed!

People yakkity yak a streak
and waste your time o' day.
But Mister Ed will never speak
unless he has something to say!

A horse is a horse,
of course, of course
and this one'll talk 'til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?
Well listen to this,
I am Mister Ed!