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"Henry the Octopus" is the first Henry song with two versions. The original version appeared in Here Comes A Song and Wiggle Time. The re-recorded version appeared in Wiggle Time (re-recording) with different lyrics.

Original Songwriters: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field

Origins

Inspired by Tony Henry, a drummer from The Cockroaches, Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, and Anthony Field wrote a song about a friendly octopus named Henry.

Production

  • Greg does the lead vocals while Rosemary Richardson provides the backing vocals. Anthony Field also provides the voice of Henry the Octopus.
  • The TV Series version of the theme song is the same as the 1998 version but ends with Henry saying "Hi, everybody, or as we say in octopus language, Breebop!"

Song Credits

1992/1998 Original Version

  • Music, Lyrics, Arrangement & Original Idea: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field
  • Publisher: EMI Music

1998 Instrumental Version

  • Music & Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field
  • Publisher: EMI Music

TV Series 1 Version

  • Music & Lyrics: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Original Idea: ?
  • Publisher: EMI Music/Wiggly Tunes

Musicians

1992 Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Rosemary Richardson
  • Additional Vocals - Anthony Field
  • Bass/Chief Kabasa Player - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt
  • Tambourine/Tin Whistle - Anthony Field
  • Xylophone - Jeff Fatt

1998 Original Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Mark Punch
  • Henry's Voice - Jeff Fatt
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay

1998 Instrumental Version

  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay

1998 Karaoke Version

  • Backing Vocals - Mark Punch
  • Henry's Voice - Jeff Fatt
  • Bass: Murray Cook
  • Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt
  • Drums - Tony Henry
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay

TV Series 1 Version

  • Lead Vocals - Greg Page
  • Henry's Voice - Jeff Fatt
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook, Anthony Field
  • Piano - Jeff Fatt
  • Drums - Paul Hester

Taiwanese Version

Listen

08 Henry the Octopus

Song Lyrics

1992 Version

Henry the Octopus

Lives in our backyard swimming pool

Henry the Octopus

With his underwater school  

He came to our house on holidays

Moved eight times and decided to stay

He put on his hat and his eight-legged pants

And showed us all, the tentacle dance  

Henry: Would you care to tentacle dance?  

Henry the octopus

Lives in our backyard swimming pool

Henry the Octopus

With his underwater school  

Henry loves to cook for his friends

His marvelous talent well it had no end

He will bake, roast and fry

His favorite dish, the octo-pie  

Henry the octopus

Lives in our backyard swimming pool

Henry the octopus

With his underwater school  

Henry: Now listen in, everybody.  

Henry has a message for you

Listen in and don't feel blue  

Henry: You're all welcome here, grown-up or kids, enrolment fee, is just ten squids.  

Henry the Octopus

Lives in our backyard swimming pool

Henry the Octopus

With his underwater school.

1998 Version

Henry: Breebop! Hi, everybody! I'm Henry the Octopus.

Greg & Backing Singer: Henry the Octopus

Lives down in the deep blue sea

Henry the Octopus

He's a friend to you and me  

Henry has a great big band

Playing on the ocean sand

He'll sing you all an octopus song

He'd like you to sing along  

Henry: Sing along, everybody!  

Henry the Octopus

Lives down in the deep blue sea

Henry the Octopus

He's a friend to you and me  

Henry: Oh! Hi, everybody!  

Henry loves to cook for his friends

His marvelous talent, well it has no end

He will bake, roast and fry

His favorite dish is seaweed pie  

Henry the Octopus

Lives down in the deep blue sea

Henry the octopus

He's a friend to you and me  

Henry: Now listen in everybody. Oh!  

Henry has a happy smile

He'd like you all to stay for a while

He'll put on his shoes and his 8-legged pants

He'll show you all the tentacle dance  

Henry the Octopus

Lives down in the deep blue sea

Henry the octopus

He's our friend to you and me  

Henry: Bye-bye, everybody. See you later! Yup!

TV Series 1 Theme Version

Greg: Henry the Octopus lives down in the deep blue sea.

Henry the Octopus. He's a friend to you and me.

Henry: Hi everybody, or as we say in octopus language: Breebop.

Video Performances

Album Appearance

Gallery

Video

The Wiggles - Henry the Octopus02:02

The Wiggles - Henry the Octopus

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