Always Friends + ZOOM original 1972 theme song, including lyrics

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page originally published on 23 January 2017; latest edit: 23 June 2017

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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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ZOOM links:

articles:

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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”

Questions:
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 Discogs.com.

video published by Morrisman Smith, on 12 June 2012

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Always Friends (Jeri Dreifuss)

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

lyric transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 22 January 2017 — I’m uncertain only of the words of the third section, and welcome suggestions from all of you ZOOMers out there.

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(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

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tracklist:

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

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

season 1 (1972)

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Come on and Zoom (Newton Wayland) — lyric, season 1 version

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)

lyric transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 23 January 2017

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. doc
    Jan 24, 2017 @ 00:12:47

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