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Super Mario Bros. Theme Song Has Lyrics, Believe It Or Not

The Super Mario Bros. theme is one of the most recognizable pieces of music in video game history. What most people don't know, though, is that the theme has actual lyrics, too.

In 1985, fans of the Japanese radio show Takao Komine All Night Nippon came up with lyrics to the iconic theme. Nintendo immortalized their efforts by releasing a vinyl record of the theme with these sung lyrics. Here's a performance of the song from the "Mario and Zelda Big Band Live" concert in 2003:

Here are the translated lyrics for "Go Go Mario," in case you're curious:

Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, runningGo save Princess Peach! Go!Today, full of energy, Mario runsToday, full of energy, jumping!Today, full of energy, searching for coinsToday, keep going, Mario!Get a mushroom - it’s Super Mario!Get a flower - it’s Fire Mario!Goomba! Troopa! Buzzy Beetle! Beat them all!Mario is always full of energy and strong!Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, runningGo and beat the Koopa tribe, go!Today, full of energy, Mario runsToday, full of energy, jumping!Today, full of energy, searching for coinsToday, keep going, Mario!Get a star - become invincible!Quickly, go save Princess Peach!Lakitu! Blooper! Cheep Cheep! Beat them all!Mario is always full of energy and strong!Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, runningHe’s made it to the castle and gets fireworks!Lightly sidestepping the Hammer Bros.Show the last of your power, Mario!It’s been a long journey but it’s nearly at an endYou’ve done it, you’ve done it! You’ve defeated Bowser!Princess Peach says “Thank you”Mario’s got a great big heart!Mario’s adventure is over for now, butMario’s dream lives forever...

Yeah, they're not great lyrics. It's pretty much just a narration of things that happen in Mario games. The best thing I can really say about the lyrics is that they match the cheerful tone of the music.

Rather than trying to politely ignore that "Go Go Mario" ever happened, Nintendo is embracing it. As reported by RocketNews24, the song is part of an update to the Joysound karaoke machines in Japan. Instead of simply showing the lyrics from the song, the karaoke video for "Go Go Mario" also features a montage of footage from various Mario games, including Super Mario Bros. 3 to this year's Super Mario Maker . Here's a short clip from the montage released by Joysound:

Pete Haas

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.