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Written by Joe Raposo
Date 1973
Publisher Jonico Music Inc.
First Episode 0516

Sesame Street Cookie Monster And The Ballad Of Casey Macphee

Cookie Monster in "The Ballad of Casey McPhee."

"The Ballad of Casey McPhee" is a Sesame Street song sung by a Lavender Anything Muppet (Jerry Nelson) about a train engineer named Casey McPhee.

Casey, who is portrayed by Cookie Monster, is entrusted with the job of delivering cookies, milk, ice cream and a tanker of fudge sauce to children's parties on the other side of the mountain. When an avalanche blocks the train tracks, Casey fights the urge to munch on his delectable cargo and instead eats the snow in his path, delivers the desserts and is declared a hero.

Cookie Monster has also appeared as Casey McPhee in The Sesame Street ABC Book of Words and The Perils of Penelope and he also drove a train in a popular Beat the Time sketch where Cookie Monster must bring in three things that rhyme with "rain" to win a cookie.

According to his relatives, then-producer Robert Cunniff was directly involved in The Ballad. They commented:

โ€œAnd the avalanche! I had forgotten that. Very complicated to do it in the live studio the way they shot this stuff in those days. (Real smoke and mirrors and Vaseline before digital!)"[1]โ€


  • In addition to composing, Joe Raposo provides backing vocals as well.
  • The last few seconds of the song (minus vocals) were used as a musical tag for a few street scenes, specifically in episodes 2030, 2049, and 2461.



See also


  1. โ†‘ "Robert Cunniff Memorial Help Needed", Muppet Central Forum, post on January 29, 2008.