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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Saturday, 4 February 2012


One of the great funeral songs of all time — Big Bird sings It’s Not Easy Being Green at the memorial of puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, Sesame Street and a whole lot besides. 

They rarely come as touching as this. Hankies out, please!

4 comments on “It’s Not Easy Being Green

  1. Monday 6th February 2012 at 11:56 am

    Quite so, Jenny. You have moved me to post something else about this. Going up now!

  2. Monday 6th February 2012 at 11:29 am

    Ritual is, almost by definition, absurd on the rational level. That is its weakness in a secular context, and also its enduring strength, I think.

  3. Vale

    Sunday 5th February 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Love this. Van Morrison is almost impossible to cover – but Big Bird (and Kermit) manages.

    Can’t help reflecting on how easily we accept even the absurdity of a man dressed as a big yellow bird – and feel the emotion as sincere.

    Lesson there for all us ritualists perhaps?

  4. Saturday 4th February 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Sure beats “My Way!”

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