Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nostalgia Theater: Ernie Doesn't Want to Live on the Moon

Like most kids of my vintage, I grew up watching Sesame Street. Even far away in Saudi Arabia, I formed an early attachment to Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, and I especially consider the songs from that show the first "playlist" of my life. One number in particular that really stayed with me was a melancholy little ditty called "I Don’t Want To Live On The Moon."

First aired in 1978, the song is performed by ever-jolly Muppet Ernie in one of his more thoughtful moods, staring wistfully at the glowing orb in the nighttime sky. The song was written and composed by go-to Sesame Street music man Jeff Moss, and there's an undercurrent of sadness in the lyrics and the tune that makes it stand apart from other, catchier songs from the show.

As Ernie talks about his desire to visit various destinations such as the moon, the ocean, etc. he comes to the realization that all these places would keep him apart from his friends and family, and that would make him sad in the long run. That was a powerful message for me as a little kid, and it's at least part of the reason this song has managed to retain a place on my playlists to this very day. Watch it below:

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