Hey Sandy

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"Hey Sandy" is a song by the American indie rock band Polaris which serves as the theme song for the Nickelodeon television show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. It's well-known by fans of the show and the band alike that its lyrics, which are not only nearly indecipherable in the first place, but also have generated considerable debate as to their meaning.[1]

Missing lyric[edit]

The full lyrics were a subject of speculation for several years until they were revealed to fans by band members and cast members of the show. One line, the third and the most difficult one to understand, was purposefully left a mystery by head songwriter Mark Mulcahy.[2][3] The song may have referenced the Kent State shootings and Sandra Lee Scheuer (being the eponymous "Sandy" of the song), although the actual meaning of the song is in debate.[4]

Nearly 20 years after the release of the song, Danny Tamberelli, who played Little Pete Wrigley, confirmed in a 2012 Reddit AMA that the missing lyric is, "Can you settle a sure bet?"[5] Incorrect translations of this lyric, however, can still be found on the closed captioning of Pete and Pete DVD sets.


The full album version of "Hey Sandy" contains an introduction with a man, Sorrell Booke, speaking the following words:

Jupiter, or Thor, is perfect. We need Atlas for our long-distance stuff. The Titan will be even better. They shouldn't have canceled Navaho. Wait 'til you see our submarines with Polaris.

Besides a reference to the band's name, this sound bite is in fact discussing United States ballistic missiles designed during the Cold War:

The initial sample is abruptly cut off and followed by another sample of a radio transmission, ostensibly from a military base:

Attention all personnel, this is CVTS. Base vehicle pre-count operations will start on my mark in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

Both samples are taken from "To The Moon: A Time-Life Records Presentation".

There is a cover version of "Hey Sandy" by the New Jersey band Mister Behavior, as well as by California math rock band Tera Melos on their covers EP Idioms, Vol. I


  1. ^ Ufberg, Max (October 3, 2014). "Why a Fake Band From a 1990s Kids' Show Decided to Tour This Year". Wired. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Lloyd, Robert (April 24, 2015). "Polaris rising: Mark Mulcahy's 'Pete and Pete' band comes to town". latimes. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Danton, Eric R. (July 8, 2016). "How Nostalgia for 'The Adventures of Pete & Pete' Revived Miracle Legion". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Hey Sandy by Polaris (Songfacts, 2017)
  5. ^ Hey Sandy by Polaris (Songfacts, 2017)

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