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Wanted: 'All Things Considered' Theme Song Lyrics

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Wanted: 'All Things Considered' Theme Song Lyrics

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Wanted: 'All Things Considered' Theme Song Lyrics

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Listen to the Theme Song

'All Things Considered' Theme

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'All Things Considered' Theme (Phrase 1)

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'All Things Considered' Theme (Phrase 2)

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Variations on the Theme

Variation: Giant Steps

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Variation: Mission Impossible

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As Performed by A Capella Gospel Group Take 6

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Wanted: 'All Things Considered' Theme Song Lyrics

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As Performed by Improvisational Pianist Gabriela Montero

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The 'Morning Edition' Theme

Wanted: 'All Things Considered' Theme Song Lyrics

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'Talk of the Nation' Theme

This summer, the Spanish government is sponsoring a contest to come up with lyrics for the country's wordless national anthem, La Marcha Real.

Spain's contest made us realize there's another song lacking lyrics: the All Things Considered theme.

Don Voegeli wrote our current theme in 1973. He says his approach to it was strictly as an instrumental.

"I would never use words in a situation like this with writing a theme," Voegeli says.

But other NPR theme songs do have lyrics, such as the theme song for Morning Edition.

We think it's about time we had words to sing every afternoon when our theme music plays, and in the spirit of the Spanish contest, we're leaving it up to you.

A couple of guidelines: original content, no profanity and make the lyrics appropriate for a news program.

We will choose the winning entry in September.

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