Paper Route - Paperboy
Paper Route plays while the titular character is on his paper route delivering papers in Paperboy. The song was written by Hal Canon. Many home console adaptations of the game use this song.
The song switches between the keys of C and F, then D and A later on. The chord progression then repeats and an organ solo is played. The song is known for its use of a cowbell every beat.
While the Commodore 64 doesn't use the original arcade version's music, the in-game tune is reminiscent of the song. The title sequence plays the same song thrice as fast, making it sound like a different song. Mark Cooksey wrote the tune, and explained it on his website:
While Cooksey wrote an original tune for this version, he arranged the arcade original's soundtrack for both the Amiga and Genesis/Mega Drive versions, also ported by Elite Systems.
The song was watered down for the 2A03 and only uses the first part of the song after the intro. The NES version transposes the tempo of the song from C to G, and plays at 128 BPM. It was arranged by Nick Eastridge, the game's programmer, and implemented into his sound driver, which was tuned at approximately 450Hz. Due to a programming error in the song, one of the square channels slightly goes off sync more and more with each loop of the song.
The song plays pretty close to the original, though the intro is slightly different and the organ solo was omitted. Mark Cooksey went on to arrange the Amiga and Genesis versions.
The song plays pretty close to the arcade original, except the intro is played a little differently. The song plays at about A=450Hz, much like some of other Mark Cooksey's work. Mark Cooksey later went on to arrange the song for the Genesis version. The game credits the audio coding to Richard Frankish, so he may have been responsible for the sound driver rather than Cooksey.
Similar to the NES version, Nick Eastridge, the game's sole programmer, arranged the Paper Route theme from the arcade original for the Game Boy. However, it is a different arrangement than what is heard in the NES version, but still plays the same portion of the song that the NES version does.
The song has not yet been ripped in the GBS format.
The song plays pretty close to the arcade version, although the intro was arranged a little bit.
Because the Game Boy Color was developed by Digital Eclipse and not Eastridge Technology like the Game Boy original, the game, and thus, the music is a completely different arrangement. The Game Boy Color version's arrangement is closer to the arcade original, and plays the whole song, but still had to be watered down for the Game Boy's DMG-CPU-B. The game's soundtrack was arranged by Digital Eclipse programmer Kevin Choong, which appears to be one of his few credits for audio.
Brentalfloss wrote these lyrics for his album What If This CD... Had Lyrics?
[Spoken intro] Don’t you know me? I’m your paperboy. Throwing bundles of newspaper joy, This neighborhood’s a loony bin I’d rather throw the news in Compton If you live here, you’re probably crazy Lock your dog up, stop that baby! I’m on duty, it’s all about discipline Please don’t strike me with that rolling pin I sometimes miss when I throw Sorry I broke your window Can’t maneuver on a drainage ditch Cars don’t stop here, they’ll just hit a bitch [Instrumental break] Can’t stop riding, it’s just what I do My bike pedals are glazed with superglue I’m on my bike, perpetually I lay in bed, bike lays with me On this side street, rules are strict and tight New subscribers, paint your house white I have nightmares, shaking at the wheel Then I wake up and do it for real Now faulty aim may occur, sorry I threw The paper at a car and killed your father Now it’s Sunday, I am done, I’m out Fuck these nutbags, fuck this paper route I’m gonna get a job at Wal-mart.