I've always had my suspicions about what Kenny is saying in the South Park theme song, but as I watched the show over the years, I noticed that his mumblings began sounding different. It wasn't until I looked into the matter a little more closely that I realized what he says from season to season changes.
Well, not EVERY season. Kenny has had a total of five different "verses" in the South Park theme song, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to how they're broken up.
While the iconic intro track has stayed the same, more or less, over the years, you might not be able to recognize the song when it first debuted in the show's pilot.
Originally written by Les Claypool, who is probably one of the greatest bassists of all-time and the founder/lead singer of Primus, the pilot's intro track was a more slowed-down version of the South Park theme we all know and love today. The BPMs were ultimately amped up for the broadcast and, over the years, tweaks have been made to the theme song over all, not just Kenny's mumbled verses.
What does Kenny say in the South Park theme song?
(Just a heads up about these lyrics — they're obviously very filthy so if this kind of stuff offends you, you may wanna stop reading.)
Unaired Pilot: Our town is bigger dammit, right down to the little granite.
S1-S2: I like girls with big fat t-----s, I like girls with deep v-----s!
S3-S5: Hey, I got a 10-inch p---s, use your mouth if you wanna clean it.
S6 (when Kenny was dead and replaced with Timmy): Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, livin' a lie TIMMY!
S7-S10: Someday I'll be old enough to stick my d--k up Britney's butt!
S10 Episode 8-Present: I like f-----g silly b-----s and I know my p---s likes it.
You may want to ask yourself why such obviously talented writers and performers like Trey Parker and Matt Stone would do something so juvenile, and to understand that, you have to look at South Park as a whole, especially in the climate in which it aired.
There was nothing else like it on TV at the time, and the two comedians were constantly trying to push the envelope in terms of what could be broadcast in such a tightly restricted network environment.
South Park got away without censorship because Kenny's voice was so muffled.
Kenny's lyrics, while vile in many cases, also were never censored because his voice was so muffled that no censorship was needed. This must've tickled Matt and Trey pink, much like they obviously were when the word "s--t" was allowed on cable TV on any show that aired after a certain time.
South Park's time slot allowed them to freely use the word, and in the first episode that aired with the new FCC ruling, the show's creators put a "s--t" counter on the screen that would rack up another number whenever a character said the word.
One episode had a notable change to the theme song.
Although the theme's more or less stayed the same over time, there have been some changes to it, along with one-off episodes featuring all new songs. Like the "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" special track that goes like this:
Goin' down to South Park
Gonna have myself a time
Michael and Henrietta:
Death and sadness everywhere
Loneliness and degradation
Goin' down to South Park
Gonna take my woes with me
Nightmares every night
Posers spouting "Let's go shopping."
Heading out to South Park
'Cause I cannot unwind
I Like spiders, loss and rain
I'm only happy when I'm in pain
So I'm goin' down to South Park... to die! (echoes at the word "die")
There have also been remixes of the songs, slight lyrics changes for other characters, 3D animated versions of the intro, and other visual changes that highlight how the show was first animated (paper cut-outs with stop motion). A lot of care has been taken to keep the intro feeling familiar, but fresh, over the years.
Do you have a favorite South Park theme song? Or does it all generally sound the same to you? Also, now that you know what Kenny says, does it make you think any differently of the young pervert who's always getting himself killed?
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