Bein' Green

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"Bein' Green"
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Kermit the Frog singing "Bein' Green" in episode 219 of The Muppet Show
Song by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)
Published1970
Songwriter(s)Joe Raposo

"Bein' Green" (also known as "It's Not Easy Bein' Green") is a song written by Joe Raposo, originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show (in the episodes "Peter Ustinov" and "Peter Sellers"). It later was covered by Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and other performers. Bein' Green is considered the signature song of Kermit the Frog.[1]

Background[edit]

In the Muppets version, Kermit begins by lamenting his green coloration, expressing that green "blends in with so many ordinary things" and wishing to be some other color. But by the end of the song, Kermit recalls positive associations with the color green, and concludes by accepting and embracing his greenness.

Cover recordings[edit]

Memorial[edit]

The song was sung by Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) at the two memorial services for Jim Henson in 1990.

In politics[edit]

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson used the song as an example for his environmental policy, saying that Kermit was wrong and it is easy to be green.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Any Way You Look at It, Kermit Loves 'Bein' Green'". 7 September 2020.
  2. ^ Footage screened at "Sesame Street: Lost and Found" event at Museum of the Moving Image, November 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Centenary | 1916". Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. ^ Nichols, Michelle (23 September 2021). "In U.N. Climate push, UK PM disputes Kermit: 'It is easy to be green'". Reuters.

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