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I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

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Written by Jeff Moss
Date 1978
Publisher Festival Attractions Inc.
Backfin Music Company
EKA Episode 2243
Sesame Street I Don't Want to Live on the Moon02:39

Sesame Street I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."

"I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" is a Sesame Street song sung by Ernie, who expresses his desire to visit the moon someday, but ultimately decides he doesn't want to live there. He also sings about wanting to travel under the sea and to a few other places, as long as he is able to return home to those he loves. This segment was also an opportunity to see Ernie in full-body puppet form.

Ernie later sang this song with Aaron Neville. (EKA: Episode 3300) Jim Henson's original vocal recording was mixed with Aaron Neville's recording, giving the impression that Jim Henson was still performing three years after he died. This version was directed by Jon Stone [1] and includes three clips from the original.

Ernie once again sang this song, with Shawn Colvin, in the 1998 special Elmopalooza.

Bob, Rosita, and Telly Monster sang this song in a 2003 episode of Sesame Street.

An all new version of this song performed by Steve Whitmire and combined with Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star can be found in the Sesame Street Live presentation of Super Grover! Ready for Action.

Bob McGrath also sang this with Christopher Cerf on piano at a panel discussion at the Brooklyn Public Library on November 21, 2009. In a Plaza Sésamo insert, the Barón Púrpura sings the song. (YouTube)

The song was also released as a book, I Don't Want to Live on the Moon.

The tune was used as underscore in "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" when Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu express their interest to return home from their imaginary trip to the Moon.


Sesame Street Aaron Neville And Ernie Sing Don't Want To Live On The Moon02:22

Sesame Street Aaron Neville And Ernie Sing Don't Want To Live On The Moon

Aaron Neville and Ernie's version of the song.

  • It took three puppeteers to perform Ernie in this song: Jim Henson performed Ernie's head and left hand, while another puppeteer worked Ernie's right hand, and another puppeteer operated Ernie's feet. This example of bunraku-style puppetry is one of the frequent uses of Alternate Puppetry Techniques.


Audio (original version)
Audio (Aaron Neville version)
Audio (Shawn Colvin version)
Video (original version)
Video (Shawn Colvin version)

See also


  1. The Muppet Mindset: Interview with Muppeteer Pam Arciero

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