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John Legend gives the Downton Abbey theme hilarious lyrics

By Huna A March 10, 2016
john legend adds lyrics to down abbey theme

The final season of Downton Abbey is currently airing in Australia. We’re a little behind the times down under, with the shows finale airing on Monday night in the US. 

To mark the ending of one of the most beloved TV dramas ever, John Legend stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the Downton Abbey theme song. 

The opening credits of Downton Abbey give viewers a tour of the grand Crawley estate set to a piano instrumental.

While Legend is an accomplished pianist, he’s also an Oscar winning songwriter. So of course, he had to add some lyrics to the famous opening tune.

john legend oscar downton abbey theme Clad in a tuxedo worthy of one of Lady Mary’s suitors, Legend gave a hilarious rendition that perfectly sums up all six seasons of Downton Abbey

He might be having a bit of fun, but Legend plays the entire thing totally straight-faced, earnestly singing lyrics like “Grandmamma is such a witch” and “let’s all ride horses and talk smack”. 

His voice is flawless, just listen to the note he hits when he sings “Mr Bates is a murderer but he’s a really nice guy.”

John captured everything about the series in his final lyrics, where he insults everyone’s least favourite Crawley Lady Edit. 

Check out the full video below.