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Sing-along version of "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppets' YouTube channel. (YouTube)

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The Rainbow Connection illustration by Norman Green from The Muppet Show: On Tour!

Crooned from a seemingly insignificant log in an otherwise normal swamp at the beginning of The Muppet Movie, one of the most enduring questions in Muppet history is asked, "Why are there so many songs about rainbows...?" The opening lines of "The Rainbow Connection", as sung by Kermit the Frog, take on an allegorical meaning left open to interpretation, but the question has sometimes been asked literally.

In The Muppet Show episode 509, Kermit and guest star Debbie Harry entertain a small number of examples before partnering up on their rendition of "The Rainbow Connection". The following is a list of songs about rainbows as performed by or connected to the Muppets.

Muppet songs

The Muppets

Sesame Street

  • "Nearly Missed" — Susan, Barbara Eden, Rosie O'Donnell, and Elmo are amongst those who "nearly missed the rainbow."
  • "Just Three Colors" — Big Bird and Oscar sing about how the three primary colors make up all the hues of the rainbow.
  • "The Paperclip" — Bert sings, "Anyone can look at a rainbow..."
  • "I'm So Blue" — "I'm a blue bird, that's been dreaming, of a rainbow I can follow..."

International Sesame Street

  • Abelardo, Pancho, and Lola sing about colors of the rainbow in Episodio 797.
  • Bert and Ernie sing "De Regenboog (The Rainbow)" on several Sesamstraat albums.
  • A boy sings about fruits in all the colors of the rainbow in a Sesamstraat song.


Songs covered by the Muppets

  • "Over the Rainbow" — The other famous rainbow song from The Wizard of Oz performed by Robin the Frog, and by Miss Piggy as part of a medley.
  • "Windy" — "Who's bending down to give me a rainbow..."

Non-Muppet songs

  • "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" by Judy Garland — mentioned by Kermit and Debbie Harry in The Muppet Show episode 509.
  • "Reading Rainbow Theme" — Kermit appears on the PBS series whose theme played before all 155 episodes.