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Soap Opera Theme Songs That Had Lyrics: What Is Your Favorite?

Some of our favorite daytime soap opera theme songs from the past, and present, have lyrics. Some days, when we actually got to watch closing credits on broadcast television, the long versions of these themes would play and we could sing along. In some cases, the songs were performed on the soaps themselves, like Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris singing "(You Take Me Away To) Another World" or Gina on Y&R singing that shows theme, based on "Nadia's Theme." Below we offer a sample of some of the best from live performance to clip reels fans have posted on YouTube (with lyrics). Which one was your favorite?

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS "Nadia's Theme"


Gone, dreams of the past
Gone with a love that moved too fast
Gone, bright shiny days
Gone in a young and restless haze
Why did we love, then run away
So little time, so much left to say
And now, it’s gone

Young and restless friend
You’ll never pass this way again
So drink, the summer wine
Reach for the stars
While you have time
Your restless heart
It will lead the way
So dream your dreams and live for each day
While you are young

ONE LIFE TO LIVE "One Life To Live"


Here's what you do when you don't find the rainbow's end, this time
Here's where you go when it looks like the rain won't end, don't cry

There's always tomorrow, where you can have a second chance
And after tomorrow, all that you have to remember

Here's what you do when you think nobody cares, for you
Look in my eyes and see there's an answer there, it's true

We'll find tomorrow, a place for us, I know because
Time only knows
How long forever's going to last
And we don't even need to ask

Let's live today
And find someone to share it with
'Cause we only have one life to live

I'll give you tomorrow
Let me be the one to share it with
And each day that follows
'Cause we only have one life to live

One life to live, one turn around
One life, one life to live
One turn around
One life, one life to live
One life to live, one life

THE EDGE OF NIGHT "The Edge of Night"


Seem as though a harmony
Is hard to find
Always on my mind.
And frustrated days
Pass without sight.
The Edge of Night,
Half dark, half light.
As we watch our hearts
Tryin' to hold a tenderness
That we once had
Halfway glad, and halfway sad.
The Edge of Night,
Half dark, half light.
And do you think we might wake up some day?
And be aware of all the games people play.
Living circles of unendin' strife,
As we look for life.
And nothin's wrong, and nothin's right.
The Edge of Night,
Half dark, half light.
Watchin' all the lonely hearts
Passin' out of sight.
The Edge of Night.

SEARCH FOR TOMORROW


When tomorrow comes, what will it bring?
Will it be winter, or will it be spring?
Will a prayer be answered?
Will the sun rise for you?
Be it pleasure or sorrow, we'll search for tomorrow.

Tomorrow, tomorrow.

PASSIONS "Breathe"


I would hold the hand of the one who could lead me places
And kiss the lips of the one who could sing so sweet
And I would fly on a wings of a bird I knew could take me highest
Breathe in, breathe out
You keep me alive
You are the fire burning inside
Breathe in breathe out
You keep me alive
You are my fire, my passions for life

I would dance with the feet I knew could always follow
And take the road that had the straightest line
You do all of these things for me
You are all, and then some

Breathe in, breathe out
You keep me alive
You are the fire burning inside
Breathe in breathe out
You keep me alive
You are the fire burning inside of me
You are my passion for life

ANOTHER WORLD "(You Take Me Away To) Another World"


I’ve always seen myself as a reckless gambler
Risking all that I have whenever I could
But then one day it happened
You appeared like from a dream
And we moved in sync like dancers
With our hearts in harmony

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

All my life I’ve been called a hopeless romantic
Waiting for my prince to take me away
But when I found you I felt different
Than I’d ever felt before
Suddenly I was taking no chances
By walking through your door

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

GUIDING LIGHT "Hold On To Love"


When we are soul-to-soul
Lost in each other
Baby don't worry
It's gonna be all right
Hold on to love
'Cause love is all we have
And love will find a way
To see us through the night

And when we're far apart
Torn from each other
Keep thinking of me
You know we must be strong
Hold on to love
Cause love is all that we need
And love will find a way
If we just hold on

And I know somehow
Some way
Our day will come
Never give in to the darkness
'Til the dawn
Hold on

And if we lose our way
We'll find each other
I reach out and touch you
And all my fear is gone
Hold on to love
'Cause love is all that we need
And love will find a way
If we just hold on

GUIDING LIGHT "Only Love"


Everybody wants truth
Everybody wants hope
Everybody clings to sex like soap on a rope
Everybody gets low
Everybody gets high
Everybody’s feet are on the ground and head’s in the sky

Try letting go Try letting go

Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
We know

Everybody feels good
Everybody feels bad
Nobody wants to loose what they’ve already had
Take it on faith
Take it on loan
Take it any way you get it
Who wants to be alone

Try letting go Try letting go

Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
We know

You’ll never know till you try
Open your heart let your spirit fly

Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
Only love can save the world Only love can save the world

15 comments:

  1. My favorite is the Passions Soap Opera Theme Song!!!

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  2. I think its a toss up between another world and one life to live. I loved singing along with them! loved the passions theme too it was just very catchy. all the themes are great but yeah another world and one life are my faves

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  3. Though I do like the OLTL theme, I loved the Kati Mac theme to GL - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bfwvQS6BJI. I still sing aling with it watching GL clips. :)

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  4. What about Roberta Flack singing "Hold on to Love" the theme from GL?

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  5. As a complete song, Another World, but as a short intro theme, One Life To Live.

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  6. Another World wins this battle hands down.

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  7. Our three Dutch soap operas all had theme songs with lyrics.

    Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa5ajBbB_vA
    The theme song has gone through some changes through the years but today it's still recognizable. The melody is a little different, but they still use the same lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRNgpVEXzZk

    Onderweg Naar Morgen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxQ1x8-_ESs
    Just like GTST, this theme song has gone through some changes. At some point they started using an instrumental version. Later they changed it completely. This was when the show had a complete make-over. ONM was canceled in 2010.

    Goudkust
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF1BM8nK5tI
    It started with lyrics but at some point they started using an instrumental version. The show was canceled in 2001 (after 5 years).

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  8. To me, OLTL is the most iconic theme song. It just reminds me of the golden era of soaps. As a standalone song though, AW is hard to beat.

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  9. Many good ones, but I'm gonna have to go with Passions as well. They get the edge, because like with so many things, they even took their wonderful theme song and turned it into a laugh-out-loud-funny campfest of self-parody once.

    Youtube link:

    Breathe In, Breathe Out .. Breathe In, Breathe Out

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  10. VERBOTENE LIEBE with "Forbidden Love". No doubt about that. Best. Soap Opera. Theme. EVER!!!

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  11. Don't forget "Never Too Young"!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQIXUUtN-WM

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  12. Loved OLTL and The edge of Night!

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  13. How could you overlook the recent Snoop Dog reconceptualization of the OLTL theme? That was very special, because it was written by a true soap fan FOR the soap fans.

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  14. The last theme for GL only reminds me of how the network sabotaged the show.

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  15. I have never been one to see soaps, I dont have the patience to wait for days and weeks for the results of an issue, but I could not keep away from ANOTHER WORLD. I loved Carl Hutchins, and The relationship between vicky and ryan.jensen and paul valley. I was a teen when I saw it, and only like for a year. Never got to see the end. But today I woke uo reminded of their song and I cant believe I found it here and I remembered it.

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