Andy Griffith's death Tuesday at the age of 86 left many whistling, whether deliberately or absent-mindedly, the cheerful ditty from"The Andy Griffith Show" in honor of an actor who personified a simpler time in America.
It's doubtless one of the more recognizable theme songs in all of TV history. But did you know that the infectious tune comes with equally irresistible lyrics?
Don't blame us if you end up singing it all day long, but here's how the song starts:
Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at the fishin' hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don't you rush away.
Although the theme song to the show is whistled, the fishing imagery -- or should we say fishin' imagery -- comes courtesy of the opening sequence. It features Sheriff Andy Taylor, played of course by Andy Griffith, and son Opie, who was played by Ron Howard: Father and son, fishing poles in hand, are seen heading down to their favorite fishin' hole.