Written by Joe Raposo
Date 1985
Publisher Jonico Music, Inc.
First Episode 2208

"When Bert's Not Here" is a Sesame Street song sung by Ernie.

Ernie has trouble going to sleep, because Bert went to attend a pigeon festival with Bernice the Pigeon, and he sings about how lonely he feels when Bert is not around, and what usually happens around him as a result. At the end of the song, Ernie feels better from expressing his feelings and peacefully falls asleep.

A montage of various clips from Ernie and Bert sketches plays at the song's bridge, including Bert teaching checkers to Bernice, Ernie "friend-watching" Bert, Ernie planning for a flood, and "But I Like You."

Non-Muppet performances

  • Justin Hayford covered the song on his 2001 album A Rare Find: Forgotten Gems from the American Popular Songbook.


  • This segment was directed by Richard Hunt and was taped on January 2, 1986.[1]



See also


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