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Written by Stephen Stills
Date 1967
Publisher Cotillion Music Inc.; Richie Furay Music Inc.; Springalo Toones; Ten-East Music
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"For What It's Worth" is performed by an opossum and a chorus of woodland animals on episode 221 of The Muppet Show. The song was originally released as a single by the band Buffalo Springfield. When it became a success, they included it on a 1967 re-release of their self-titled 1966 debut album.

The sketch features three inept Whatnot hunters (including Gramps and George the Janitor, in a rare second season appearance) terrifying the woodland animals as they carelessly shoot their guns on their way through the woods. In the end, the hunters only manage to shoot a motorcycle, a tractor, and a cement truck, but the animals remain vigilant.

Two of the verses to "For What It's Worth" were rewritten in order to transform the popular anti-war song song into an anthem against hunting, but no one has ever been officially credited for these additional lyrics.

Many of the animals used in this number were recycled from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, only this time without their clothing: the Old Lady Possum puppet was reused for the lead singer (voiced by Jerry Nelson), while a fox (Harrison), badger (James), possum (Will), rabbit (George), and muskrat (Nat) appeared in the background. Other animals include a deer, a mouse, a toothless beaver, and a weasel.

This song marked the first time several of these puppets were used on The Muppet Show. The deer, in particular, was built specifically for this number.

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