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Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by Mark Saltzman
Date 1985
Publisher Instructional Children's Music Inc.,
Jonico Music Inc.,
Sesame Street Inc.
First Episode 2268

Sesame Street A New Way to Walk

The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk."


Destiny's Child A New Way to Walk

The song, performed by Destiny's Child, featuring Elmo, Grover, and Zoe.

"A New Way to Walk" is a Sesame Street song celebrating the joy of pedestrianism and the individual, as performed by The Oinker Sisters, with Ivy Austin singing the lead vocal.

The original 1980s version was spoofed in the style of an MTV music video (filmed in front of a black background), with MacTV VJ Old MacDonald introducing the song ("for fans of good music and pork bellies"). It also features MTV-style captions that refer to "Deutsche Hamaphone Records" at the beginning of the video.

A new version was filmed in 1993, intercutting the Oinker Sisters with shots of children in the park, and prominently featured tap dancing by Savion. As with early all-star epics like "Put Down the Duckie" and "Monster in the Mirror", a raft of celebrities also appeared, including Bill Irwin and David Shiner (interacting with Savion), Maya Angelou, Garth Brooks, Ruth Buzzi (as Gladys Ormphby), Michael Chang, John Goodman, Kevin Kline, Cheech Marin, the Neville Brothers, Rosie O'Donnell, Bert (footage from "Doin' the Pigeon"), Marisa Tomei and Sally Jessy Raphael. (First: Episode 3233) When this version was used in the special Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration, Raphael was omitted and some alternate shots of the Neville Brothers are used to compensate.

The song was later covered in 2002 by Destiny's Child with Elmo, Zoe and Grover. (First: Episode 3984)

Other versions


  • The 2002 version, adapted by Belinda Ward, was directed by Ted May and was taped on November 29, 2001.[1] John Tartaglia choreographed the section involving the characters dancing in full-body.[4]




1993 remake:

Sesame Street Live:

Destiny's Child:



  • Dance Along! (1990, introduction removed, intercut with framing material)

Celebrity version:

Miles, Gabi and Destiny's Child version:

Destiny's Child version:



Celebrity version:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Documents provided by trusted source
  2. Sesame English "Exercise Emergencies" credits
  3. Sesame Street Jam credits
  4. John Tartaglia on Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, July 10, 2020.