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The People in Your Neighborhood (song)

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Peopleinyrnbhood
Written by Jeff Moss
Date 1969
Publisher Festival Attractions, Inc.

"The People in Your Neighborhood" has been performed on Sesame Street many times, sung by many different characters. The song focuses on occupations, with each variation focusing on different jobholders (usually portrayed by Anything Muppets). Bob originated the song and performed the majority of versions on the show. Occasionally, it has been performed by other members of the human cast, such as David, Maria, or Olivia. Every so often, a variation would be performed by Muppet characters such as Ernie or Placido Flamingo.

The version heard on most albums is the postman and firefighter version.

Bob also sang this song with celebrities such as Martina Navratilova, Barbara Walters and Ralph Nader in The Sesame Street Special, as well as in episode 4031. The song was also performed in the Sesame Street Live shows A Sesame Street Mystery: The Case of the Missing Rara Avis and Elmo Makes Music.

Versions

Picture Singers / EKA Description
PIYNPostmanandFireman
Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0023
Postman (Jim Henson) and Fireman (Frank Oz)
Peopleneighborhood-garbagemanbarber
Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0045
Garbage Man (Jim Henson) and Barber (Frank Oz)
PIYNGrocerDoctor
Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0045
Grocer (Jim Henson) and Doctor (Frank Oz)
Teachersinyrnbhd

Newsdealerinyrnbhd
Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0276
Teachers (Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson) and Newsdealer (Jim Henson)
PIYN-LibrarianPlumber
David and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0718
Librarian (Jim Henson) and Plumber (Richard Hunt)
PIYN-PilotNurse
Maria and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0884
Pilot (Jerry Nelson) and Nurse (Fran Brill)
PIYN--LifeguardCarpenter
Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 0951
Lifeguard (Fran Brill) and Carpenter (Jim Henson)
PIYN-ElevatorOperatorandPharmacist
Bob, Linda, and the Anything Muppets
Season 8
Elevator Operator (Frank Oz) and Pharmacist (Jerry Nelson)
PIYN-MilkmanPainter
Maria and the Anything Muppets
Episode 1193
Painter (Olga Felgemacher) and Milkman (Jim Henson)
PIYN-Unknown
Maria and the Anything Muppets
Episode 1255
Motorperson and Telephone Repairman
Dentistsinyrnbhd
Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 2244
Dentist (David Rudman) and Bus Driver (Jim Henson) (Remake)
PIYNWasington
Bob (in 1700's outfit) and the Anything Muppets
Episode 2640
Candlemaker (Richard Hunt) and Saddler (Kevin Clash) with George Washington (Jim Henson) and a Horse (Martin Robinson)
Ben-Cheese
Ben Stiller, Telly Monster, and the Anything Muppets
Episode 3812
Cable Guy (Joey Mazzarino), Letter Carrier (Stephanie D'Abruzzo), and Cheese (Ben in costume)

Street Scenes/Stories

Picture Singers / Episode Description
PIYNNight
Hoots the Owl and the Anything Muppets
Episode 2619
Night Watchman, Baker, Actress, Firefighter and Policeman
2621i
Young Bob and the Anything Muppets
Episode 2621
Fire Fighter (Martin P. Robinson) and Letter Carrier (Camille Bonora)
2687c
Bob
Episode 2687
Archaeologist
4008scene1
Big Bird, Gina, Ms. Camp, Lulu and a Horse
Episode 4008
Veterinarian, Horse, and Letter Carrier
4136g
Chris and an Anything Muppet
Episode 4136
Gym Teacher, Salesperson (Joey Mazzarino), Dancer, and a job at Hooper's Store
People in Your Neighborhood - Olivia and David
Olivia, David, and a Fat Blue Anything Muppet
Sung in front of Hooper's Store. Brief clip included in the timeline from The Street We Live On, but incorrectly cited as 1974 (as Olivia wouldn't first appear until 1976).

Specials and Other

Picture Singers / Production Description
Martinanavratilova
Bob, Barbara Walters, Martina Navratilova and Ralph Nader
Sesame Street, Special
News Correspondent, Tennis Player, and Consumer Advocate
Shalom6-11
Yoav, Jeremy Miller, and the Natives of Israel
Shalom Sesame: Chanukah
Miller, Blacksmith, and Olive Crushers
RosieSS18
Roberta Flack and the Muppets
The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Postman (Joey Mazzarino)
PlazaSesamoPIYN
Maria, Abelardo Montoya, Lola, Pancho, Multimuppet, and Multimonstruo
Plaza Sésamo
Episode 918
Postman and Fireman

The CTW Archives also list these versions:

Episode 0106
Bob and the Anything Muppets
  • Milkman and Garbageman
Episode 0139
  • Baker and Shoemaker
Episode 0234
Bob and the Anything Muppets
  • Butcher and Zookeeper
Episode 0696
  • Oil Man and Street Cleaner
Episode 0817
Bob and the Anything Muppets
  • Crossing Guard and Waiter
Episode 0875
Bob, an Anything Muppet and Grover
  • Fisherman and Farmer
Episode 0892
Maria and the Anything Muppets
  • Florist and Electrician
Episode 0901
  • Moving Man and Hot Dog Vendor
Episode 0913
Bob and the Anything Muppets
  • Repairman and Clock Maker
Episode 0965
  • Cleaner and Shoemaker
Episode 1002
  • Exterminator and Window Washer
Episode 1019
  • Veterinarian and Taxi Driver
Episode 1028
  • Park attendant and Garage mechanic
Episode 1061
  • Babysitter and Photographer
Episode 1161

Non-Muppet performances

Notes

  • When Ralph Nader performed the song with Bob during his special guest appearance in The Sesame Street Special, Nader insisted on singing the grammatically correct "the people whom you meet each day", rather than the original "the people that you meet each day." The producers agreed to this change, but in the end the original lyric was used.[1]
  • This song was once referenced in The Electric Company. When Big Bird visits Fargo North and gets help translating his scrambled message, he then asks Fargo how to get to Sesame Street. Fargo tells him to find a bus driver, to which Big Bird answers "I know the bus driver. He's a person in my neighborhood."

Variations

  • In a street scene from season 29, Big Bird gives a tour of the street to a family potentially moving in. He sings a variation of the song, naming the different "Places in Our Neighborhood."
  • In an episode from season 30, Bob sang a variation of this song about the letter Z being "A Letter in your Alphabet."
  • "The Computers in Your Neighborhood" was sung by Elmo, which was released on video as Computer Caper. The song asks where computers can be found, and Elmo learns from Farley and Mrs. Turow that they are in libraries and schools.
  • On the program Let's Get Ready!, a dalmatian sings a variation called "Who Helps You When There's an Emergency?" to Grover and Rosita, backed by some kids off-camera. They sing about the work of the teacher, the fireman, and the doctor.
  • The song was incorporated in a Sesame medley at the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards, where the cast sings about Soap opera actors, cooking show hosts, talk show hosts and game show hosts.
  • At the Jim Henson's Musical World concert, Bob and the Sesame Street cast sang the song which featured a new verse about the conductor.

Releases

Audio
Publications

See also

Sources

  1. Borgelnict, David Sesame Street Unpaved page 150

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