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 for 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 (mostly) revealed to fans by band members. One line, the third one 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]

On the DVD set, the subtitles render the third line as "Can you settle to shoot me?", but are not claimed to be an official interpretation of the song's lyrics.

On the DVD commentary for season 2 of The Adventures of Pete and Pete, one of the show's creators, Chris Viscardi, mentions the missing lyric and says, "I've actually become very passionate about keeping that line a secret." There has been a lot of speculation about the missing line, and most people guess that it was originally kept a secret because Pete & Pete was a family show.

Additions[edit]

The full album version of "Hey Sandy" contains an introduction with a man 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 Navajo. 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...

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

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