Music by Christopher Cerf
Lyrics by Norman Stiles
Date 1986
Publisher Sesame Street, Inc.,
Splotched Animal Music Company
EKA Episode 2399
Sesame Street Do De Duckie With Ernie03:24

Sesame Street Do De Duckie With Ernie

Ernie and friends sing "Do De Rubber Duck."


"Do De Rubber Duck" is a reggae song sung by Ernie, who is joined by several other Muppets in the bathroom for a special dance.

In the song, Ernie is joined by Telly Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Kermit the Frog, Count von Count, Biff, Guy Smiley, Gladys the Cow, Hoots the Owl, and Elmo. Near the end of the song, Bert stands outside the bathroom door and listens in on the song, much to his surprise.

When this song was included on the Put Down the Duckie! album, the verses by Kermit, Guy Smiley, Biff and Hoots were excluded, and the backing track was re-recorded. Other albums featured the complete version with another re-recorded backing track.

In a 2016 article for Billboard, composer Christopher Cerf reflected on the segment:

I was on vacation [in 1986] with Henry Beard, who started National Lampoon. His stepdaughter, who'd grown up on Sesame Street, was there and said, “There’s a [style of] reggae music called ‘rubber-duck reggae.’ You should do that on Sesame Street.” When I got back, Norm and I wrote “Do De Rubber Duck,” a song about hygiene. We wrote the scene so all the Muppet characters gradually get in Ernie’s bathtub, except Bert, who can't get in the room. In recent years, it was decided this was a homosexual thing. I believe they took it off.[1]


  • Elmo sings only on the chorus and does not have a solo line.
  • On the Count It Higher VHS, the video has MTV-style captions that refer to "The Harder They Scrub" (referencing the 1972 reggae song "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff). In addition, when showing the video in the VHS, the Count mentions that one of the singers in there was him, and there were 247,561 bubbles in Ernie's bathtub.
  • Lyrics to this song were released in the original release of the "Count It Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street" VHS.
  • Noel MacNeal provided the puppetry for Oscar, with Caroll Spinney looping his voice later on.[2] Likewise, Kermit was puppeteered by David Rudman, and Jim Henson later looped his lines.[3] Also among the puppeteers is Michael Elizabeth Huston.




  1. "An Oral History of 'Sesame Street' Music: One Direction, 'Rubber Duckie,' and Not Eminem"
  2. Facebook communication from Noel MacNeal to G. Kieran. February 3, 2012
  3. Email communication from David Rudman to G. Kieran. July 16, 2013

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