Written by Tony Geiss
Date 1989
Publisher Ephemeral Music
Sesame Street Inc.
First Episode 2710
Sesame Street Elmo's Song

Sesame Street Elmo's Song

Elmo, Big Bird and Snuffy sing "Elmo's Song."

"Elmo's Song" is a Sesame Street song from Season 21. Elmo writes his own song and sings it for Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus, who then wish that they had their own songs. Elmo lets them insert their own names into the lyrics, resulting in "Big Bird's Song" and "Snuffy's Song." In those versions, the other two characters provide the backing vocals. The sketch ends with Elmo calling for Gordon and Gabi, so that they can have their own songs. Most releases cut this ending.

A variation of "Elmo's Song" is used as the opening theme for "Elmo's World." An instrumental version of the song is also used in the opening theme for Sesame Amigos.

Elmo and Cookie Monster performed a duet of the song in the CD-ROM game, Music Maker.

In 2018, an animated lyric video of the song was made and shared on the Sesame Street YouTube channel. The video stars Elmo, Big Bird, and Snuffy with Grover conducting. Audience members include Telly Monster, Ernie, Bert, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster. (YouTube) A side-by-side comparison with the original version was uploaded in 2020. (YouTube)

Elmo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sang a verse of the song in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was later covered by Elmo and Lil Nas X in episode 103 of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo.


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