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'I'll Be There for You' ... crying over this sad version of 'Friends' theme

Jan. 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM ET

Well, this isn't exactly a fun romp in a fountain. Three young men have hit a viral nerve by performing a melancholy cover of "I'll Be There for You," the song best known as the theme for the 1990s sitcom "Friends."

Glenn Murphy, Oisin O'Callaghan and Ronan Scolard are seated at a piano in the video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday. After beginning with what sounds like the introduction to Journey's "Faithfully," the trio slap a big old Ross Geller frown on the rollicking theme song.

"So no one told you life was gonna be this way ..."

No, they certainly didn't. What happened to the clap-clap-clap-clap-clap? The Rembrandts, who performed the original version, and the cast of "Friends," who smiled and danced their way through it every week, promised something else, we thought. Unless you listened to the depressing lyrics. Thanks to Murphy, O'Callaghan and Scolard's stripped-down version, that's what we're forced to do.

"It's like you're always stuck in second gear. It hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year."

It's enough to make Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey want to drown each other in that fountain. Someone hurry up and play "Smelly Cat" to cheer us up.




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