|Music by||Paul Jacobs|
|Lyrics by||Josh Selig|
|Publisher||Sesame Street Inc.|
The "Ballad of the Sad Café" is a Sesame Street song performed by some Anything Muppet cowboys, horses and cows about a western saloon that the cowpokes hang out when they feel sad. Once they get a good cry out, they all decide to head over to the Happy-Cow Lounge.
- Performers include Jerry Nelson (the magenta cowboy), Louise Gold (the green cowgirl), Martin P. Robinson (Buster the Horse), David Rudman (the blue cowboy), Pam Arciero (Kathleen the Cow) and Camille Bonora (the lavender cowgirl).
- The song shares a name with the short story "Ballad of the Sad Cafe" by Carson McCullers.
- Three of the Anything Muppet cowpokes in this segment also appeared as backup singers in "Tall Tale."
- Elmo's Lowdown Hoedown (1998)