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"I'm Popeye The Sailor Man" is Popeye's signature theme song, written by Fleischer Studios composer Samuel "Sammy" Lerner for the sailor character's animated debut in 1933. The earliest cartoons opened to another song, "Strike Up The Band", then Popeye would make his entrance as he sang his theme song. In time, cartoon openings would begin with a few notes from "The Sailor's Hornpipe", then segue into an instrumental version of Popeye's main theme. It also became customary for Popeye to end the feature by singing the last few verses of the song, often in a variation that would suit the episode's subject.

Another key role of the song is that of being played as a faster, instrumental fanfare to signal Popeye's strength boost upon eating his spinach.

"I'm Popeye The Sailor Man" became so associated with the character that every screen or radio incarnation of his adventures has included the theme, the live-action film included. The song has also been subject to numerous parodies.


Lyrics

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm one tough Gazookus
Which hates all Palookas
Wot ain't on the up and square.
I biffs 'em and buffs 'em
And always out roughs 'em
But none of 'em gets nowhere.
If anyone dares to risk my "Fisk",
It's "Boff" an' it's "Wham" un'erstan'?
So keep "Good Be-hav-or"
That's your one life saver
With Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm strong to the finich
Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.

Trivia

  • The introductory song "Strike Up the Band" originally appeared in the 1930 Fleischer Studios cartoon of the same name. [1]

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