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Surprisingly, The Nanny had two theme songs. One was used for the pilot episode only; it was “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” which was performed by Gwen Verdon—one of Broadway’s biggest starts in its “golden” era.
The second and more popular theme song, which was used in the remainder of the series, is entitled “The Nanny Named Fran.” It was written and performed by Ann Hampton Callaway—a successful American singer, composer, lyricist and actress. This is what she looks like; she is now 51 years old (2010).
“The Nanny Named Fran” is also included in the album Sibling Revelry, a joint album by the sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway.
Click here for a legal download of “The Nanny Named Fran.”
The Nanny theme song lyrics
She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do, where was she to go
She was out on her fanny.
So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield’s door,
She was there to sell make up but the father saw more,
She had style, she had flair, she was there,
That’s how she became the Nanny.
Who would have guessed that the girl we described
was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?
Now, the father finds her beguiling, watch out C.C.,
The kids are actually smiling, such joie de vivre
She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan.
The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran.
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