If you were looking for the article about the episode, then see "Suction Cup Symphony."

"The Suction Cup Symphony" is a song that was composed by Gary Stockdale. The song plays in the episode of the same name.


"The Suction Cup Symphony" is an orchestral piece consisting of a piano in the episode only, strings, flutes, a timpani, bass drums, cymbals, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, a triangle, and a snare drum. In the episode of the same name, the only instruments shown are: two violins, two cellos, a timpani, a piano, a harp, two flutes, tubas, and three trumpets. Also in the episode, additional sound effects are provided by SpongeBob and Patrick, an example being Patrick's screams while SpongeBob gives him an X-ray.

The piece starts off with short and strong notes being attacked. It follows the main theme, composing of a piano, strings, woodwinds, and brass. A short musical phrase plays, which then follows with several other musical phrases. A popular rearrangement of the piece itself plays at mainly F major.

Role in episode

In the episode that this piece plays in, SpongeBob and Patrick start to make sound effects throughout the piece and while practicing before the symphony performance:

  • Patrick examining his tongue and making strange noises.
  • Patrick using a workshop hammer as a reflex hammer and SpongeBob timing the reflex.
  • SpongeBob dropping a brick onto Patrick's foot, which causes Patrick to scream.
  • SpongeBob dropping an anchor onto Patrick's foot, which causes a more exaggerated result than the brick did.
  • SpongeBob putting on a rubber glove and squeezing a rubber duck, leading to Patrick's noises
  • Patrick screaming by becoming shocked by X-rays.
  • SpongeBob operating a laughter machine with Patrick feeling calm and relaxed.
  • Patrick reading magazines and his "hmm" commentary.
  • SpongeBob swirling his seat upwards and touching Patrick's brain.
    • Tickling Patrick's brain causes him to laugh.
    • Smashing Patrick's brain causes him to stick his eyes out and make a high-pitched flatulent noise
    • Smashing Patrick's brain again causes a lower-pitched flatulent noise.
    • Pressing two fingers on the sides of Patrick's brain causes him to burp.

All of these sound effects are repeated multiple times before the grand finale: SpongeBob coming out of a timpano, expanding Patrick with a sphygmomanometer, which expands another timpano, popping it and letting Patrick float around like a balloon, and lastly Patrick opening his mouth to release the air and deflating to end the performance.

Much to Squidward's surprise, the audience ends up loving the performance and gives him a round of applause.


  • In some countries, "The Suction Cup Symphony" is played one semitone higher, thus playing in F♯ major instead of F major. This is because some episodes are played in PAL speed instead of NTSC speed.
Music (VTE)

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Short Songs
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