It’s Not Easy Being Green

Charles Cowling


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!

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Jenny Uzzell

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.


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?

gloria mundi

Sure beats “My Way!”