|Written by||Jeff Moss|
|Publisher||Festival Attractions Inc.|
Backfin Music Company
"I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" is a Sesame Street song sung by Ernie, who expresses his desire to visit the moon someday, but ultimately decides he doesn't want to live there. He also sings about wanting to travel under the sea and to a few other places, as long as he is able to return home to those he loves.
Originally recorded for the 1980 album The People in Your Neighborhood, the song was later made into an insert during season 15 (taped on November 10, 1983, and directed by Jon Stone). A new version was shot in season 25 as a duet between Ernie and Aaron Neville. Jim Henson's original vocal recording was mixed with Neville's recording, giving the impression that Jim Henson was still performing three years after he died. This version was also directed by Jon Stone and includes three clips from the original. (First: Episode 3242)
The original version was a rare instance where Ernie is seen in full-body puppet form. It took three puppeteers to perform Ernie: Henson performed Ernie's head and left hand, while another puppeteer worked Ernie's right hand, and another puppeteer operated Ernie's feet. This example of bunraku-style puppetry is one of the frequent uses of the chroma key technique. The effect was recreated for a live performance of the song for A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration at Lincoln Center, where Ernie dances and lounges on the moon in the final verse.
The song was also released as a book, I Don't Want to Live on the Moon, in 2001.
|The People in Your Neighborhood
Sung by Ernie. This original audio recording features a spoken introduction and portions of an alternate vocal take.
|Sesame Street (First: Episode 1910)
Sung by Ernie.
|Sesame Street (First: Episode 3242)
Sung by Ernie and Aaron Neville, interspersed with clips from the original segment.
Shawn Colvin and Ernie perform a soft folk cover of the song. A portion of Ernie's vocals were removed in the album release.
|Sesame Street - Episode 4031|
|Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary Book Panel Discussion|
Sung by Barón Púrpura.
|Iftah Ya Simsim (2015 revival)
|Love to Learn video
A country pop version performed by Ernie with Lennon & Maisy was released online in October 2016 as a part of the "Love to Learn" campaign. The video was directed by Marilyn Agrelo, and features animation by Maureen Boyle and produced by Mochimochi Land.
An animated lyric video, using the original segment audio, was published on the Sesame Street YouTube channel in March 2019. The video features animated cameos by Jim Henson as mission control, Slimey in a rocket ship, and the Martians in a shaky spacecraft.
|A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration|
|The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo episode 107
Sung by Dan + Shay
|The song has also been performed in the Sesame Street Live shows Around the World, 1-2-3 Imagine!, and Super Grover! Ready for Action (combined with "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in the latter).|
- Ernie made a reference to the song in episode 3909.
- The song is quoted in the underscore for "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" when Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu express their interest in returning home from their imaginary trip to the Moon.
- The Sesame Street Songbook (1992 and 2007 editions only)
- Documents provided by trusted source
- The Muppet Mindset: Interview with Muppeteer Pam Arciero