Always Friends + original 1972 ZOOM theme song and mail-in request rap, including lyrics


page originally published on 23 January 2017; latest edit: 5 April 2018


1973 Playgrounds (LP)-original cast of ZOOM, Good Fortune Enterprises GFE 90001973-always-friends-l-dreifus-playgrounds-orig-cast-of-zoom-playground-records-pl-2002

Always Friends (Jeri Dreifuss) — from the 1973 LP Playgrounds, Good Fortune Enterprises ‎GFE 9000; recorded by members of the original ZOOM cast, and produced by Rupert Holmes; ZOOM was an educational TV show produced by WGBH-TV in Boston and aired on PBS



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Disagreement as to songwriting credit for “Always Friends”

  • L. Dreifus — (with one “s”) on the 1973 (US) single Playgrounds PL-2002, featuring A-side “This Old Man”
  • Jeri Dreifuss
    • A copyright date of 29 November 1973 (Good Fortune Enterprises, Ltd.) and the songwriter credit “Jeri Dreifuss” are given in an entry on page 2613 of the section of the Catalog of Copyright Entries covering current and renewal registrations of music for the period July-December 1973.
    • on the B-side label of the 1975 single Mooncrest (UK) MOON 43, featuring A-side “This Old Man”
    • on the B-side label of the 1976 single Miami (UK) MIA 407, featuring A-side “This Old Man”

Who is Jeri Dreifuss? Jeri Dreifuss is the writer of the words and music of this song, according to the copyright entry linked to above, and the B-side labels of the 1975 and 1976 UK singles listed above. So why is the songwriter given as “L. Dreifus” on the 1973 US single Playgrounds PL-2002? Jeri Dreifuss may be a pseudonym of Liza Dreifuss, and “L. Dreifus” might reflect a misspelling, or an alternate spelling, of the surname of the latter.

Who is Liza Dreifuss? According to the Wikipedia page on Rupert Holmes, producer of the Playgrounds album, “In 1969, Holmes married childhood friend Elizabeth “Liza” Wood Dreifuss, an attorney.”

Who are the vocalists on the recording? Original Zoom cast members Nina Lillie (lead) and Kenny Pires are the vocalists, according to the video of the full album Playgrounds posted at YouTube by Musicvegan01, which was removed from YouTube shortly after this page was published, and consequently replaced here by another video featuring the full album (see below, following the “Always Friends” lyric). I don’t know where the video creator obtained this information from, because I haven’t found vocalist credits among the images of the album cover (front and back), inserts (posters?), labels, and booklet displayed at this page on the Playgrounds album at

video published by Morrisman Smith, on 12 June 2012


Always Friends (Jeri Dreifuss) — lyric transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 22 January 2017

We didn’t want to say goodbye
To each other, so we tried
In our hearts to find a way

That we wouldn’t have to close the door
On each other — We were sure
In our hearts that we should stay

We really do belong a team
And we had the simple dream
That we wouldn’t have to break apart

And so, even as the music ends
We remain just like the start
Always friends

I never want to say goodbye
To a friend — I don’t know why
Other people think it’s fine

To say “Guess we’ll call it all a day”
No, we won’t let that be us
There’s so much of you that’s mine

So, seems like we were meant to be
And I guess the world can see
Nothing can be done to change this heart

And so, even as the music ends
We remain just like the start
Always friends


(below) 1973 LP Playgrounds, Good Fortune Enterprises ‎GFE 9000; recorded by members of the original ZOOM cast, and produced by Rupert Holmes

full album, posted on 9 October 2016, by Phil John



side 1
Playground In My Mind – 0:00
Rock Island Line – 2:07
When The Saints Go Marching In – 4:45
Simon Says – 6:42
This Old Man – 9:15
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – 11:24
So Long At The Fair – 13:45
The Laughing Song – 16:45

side 2
You Can Be A Band – 19:21
Bingo – 22:10
Ig-Pay Atin-Lay – 24:39
Funky Mac Donald [sic] – 27:37
Always Friends – 30:34
I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – 33:17
If We Only Had Love / What The World Needs Now – 35:10


Zoom cast_season 1 (1972)_1

Come On and Zoom (Newton Wayland) — ZOOM intro/theme song

season 1 (1972)


Come On and Zoom (Newton Wayland) lyric, season 1 version —  transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 23 January 2017; minor edit on 6 August 2017

Come on and zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom
You gotta zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom
Everybody’s doin’ it, everybody’s movin’ it
Everybody’s havin’ a ball, yeah!

So won’t you zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom?
Come on and zoom-a zoom-a zoom-a zoom

I’m Joe
I’m Nina
I’m Kenny
My name’s Tracy
I’m Tommy
I’m Nancy
I’m Jon

Who are you?
What do you do?
How are you?
Let’s hear from you!
We need you!

We’re gonna zoom, zoom zoom-a zoom
Come on and zoom-a zoom-a zoom-a zoom
Come on, give it a try
We’re gonna show you just why
We’re gonna teach you to fly high!

Come on and zoom!
Come on and zoom zoom!
(Repeat last two lines)


Original ZOOM mail-in request rap, season 1

The video provider suggests that the rap/number performed in the clip below served as the “ending” of season 1 episodes. By season 2, five of the original cast members had been replaced, so they wouldn’t have used this after season 1. My sometimes imperfect memory doesn’t recall that this rap only and always appeared at the end of an episode during the first season, but that may have been the case. I haven’t yet identified its title, or its author. I think there was also a patter, song, or frequent reminder about including a S.A.S.E with your letters sent to ZOOM, but I’ve forgotten how it goes. The words to the original mail-in request rap, transcribed by doc (me), can be found below the video.

I imagine that some parents wouldn’t have been thrilled to hear a song that encouraged their children to get out of bed “in the middle of the night” to write about an idea they’d just dreamed up in a letter to a TV show. At least they weren’t instructed to drop the envelope into the mailbox down the street at 2 A.M.


ZOOM season 1 mail-in request rap — transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliffe) on 27 July 2017; latest edit: 27 September 2017*

Say you wake up in the middle of the night
You got an idea that’s outta sight

So you jump out of bed, look around your room
You gotta write it down and send it to ZOOM

Or say you’ve just seen something on this show
Or someone cool you just gotta know

Write it all down, don’t make a mess
And don’t forget your name and address

Include a stamp so we can drop you a card
Then dip your note in a bucket of lard

Joe doesn’t know what he’s talking about
You put it in an envelope, without a doubt

Then take your typewriter, pencil, or pen
And if you make a mistake you gotta do it again

Write ZOOM Z-double-O-M
Box 3-5-0
Boston MASS 02134


* While relistening in late October 2017 to the mail-in request rap, I found that in the second line sung by Nancy she seems to sing “a envelope” instead of the grammatically correct “an envelope.” However, I eventually decided to leave the spelling as is for two reasons: 1.) I might be mishearing the words, and 2.) It’s difficult to believe that had she sung “a envelope” that WGBH would have let that fly uncorrected in every episode of the first season.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. doc
    May 09, 2018 @ 22:43:34



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