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Written by Ringo Starr
Date 1969
Source Abbey Road
Publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing

"Octopus' Garden," one of the few Beatles songs written by Ringo Starr, has been covered by the Muppets several times.

It was first performed by two Anything Muppets in Sesame Street Episode 0019. In this version, a green Anything Muppet (Jim Henson) sings lead vocals with backup from a blue fish (Frank Oz) and a yodeling clam (voiced by Joe Raposo). The segment teaches how to count to eight by counting each of an octopus' legs.

The song was sung again on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970 by a Muppet diver (Henson) and a clam (Jerry Nelson). An octopus (Oz) constantly interrupts the performance with a bunch of bad puns (and gets his comeuppance from a gigantic, hungry clam). A clip from the animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, is used in the sketch.

The song was performed again by Robin, Kermit, and Miss Piggy on episode 312 of The Muppet Show.


  • The clam puppet that appears in the Sesame Street and Ed Sullivan versions are the same, but with different eyes.


Audio (Sesame Street version)
Video (The Muppet Show version)
Video (Ed Sullivan show version)

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