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Sesame Street: I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon


ERNIE: Goodnight, Bert. Boy, look at that moon. Isn’t that pretty? Did you ever think you might
like to visit the moon? Well, I did. [MUSIC PLAYING] [SINGING] Well, I’d like to visit
the moon on a rocket ship high in the air. Yes, I’d like to visit the moon,
but I don’t think I’d like to live there. Though I’d like to look down
at the Earth from above, I would miss all the places
and people I love. So although I might like it
for one afternoon, I don’t want to live on the moon. I’d like to travel
under the sea. I could meet all the
fish everywhere. Yes, I’d travel under the sea,
but I don’t think I’d like to live there. I might stay for a day there
if I had my wish. But there’s not much
to do when your friends are all fish. And an oyster and clam
aren’t real family. So I don’t want to
live in the sea. I’d like to visit the jungle,
hear the lions roar, go back in time and meet a dinosaur. There’s so many strange places
I’d like to be, but none of them permanently. So if I should visit the moon,
well, I’ll dance on a moonbeam and then I will make a wish on
a star and I’ll wish I was home once again. Though I’d like to look down
at the Earth from above, I would miss all the places
and people I love. So although I may go, I’ll be
coming home soon because I don’t want to live
on the moon. No, I do want to live
on the moon.

28 Replies to “Sesame Street: I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon”

  • As an adult now, I like to sing this to my son. Though every time I do I end up having to step aside and cry. I miss my mom and hometown, I'll never be able to go back and it kills me inside.

  • في 2009 تم مشاهدة هذا المقطع وانا في أمريكا .. الآن في 2019 رجعت لأمريكا وحبيت أجدد الذكرى

  • Headcannon: Bert is actually awake and smiling when Ernie sings, and he secretly loves Ernie singing even though he mostly pretend that he's annoyed

  • As an adult, this song literally brings tears to my eyes. When I have my first baby, I'm gonna sing this to him/her every night👣💚

  • From The Best of Ernie and Bert (1988) and Sesame Street's 25th Birthday: A Musical Celebration (1993).

  • This is a awesome and wonderful song, I'm 30 now but I will always treasure theses songs that brought me joy to my childhood and to the rest of the world =) Thank you Sesame Street and Jim Henson

  • Well i'd like to visit the moon
    on a rocketship high in the air yes id like
    to visit the moon
    but i dont think id like to live there
    so id like to look down at the earth from above
    i would miss all the people and places i love
    so although i might like it for one afternoon
    i dont wanna live on the moon
    id like to travel under the sea
    i could meet all the fish everywhere
    Yes id travel under the sea
    But i dont think id like to live there
    I might stay for a day there if i had my wish
    but theres not much to do
    when your friends are all fish
    and an oyster and clam are not real family
    so i dont want to live in the sea
    id like to visit the jungle
    hear the lions roar
    go back in time and see a dinosaur
    theres so many strange places id like to be
    but none of them permanantly
    so if i should visit the moon
    well id dance on a moonbeam and then
    i will make a wish on a star
    and ill wish i was home once again
    though id like to look down at the earth from above
    I would miss all the places and people i love
    so although i may go ill be coming home soon
    cause i dont want to live on the moon
    no i dont
    want to live
    on the moon

  • I Don't Want To Live On The Moon Lyrics
    Well I'd like to visit the moon on a rocketship high in the air.
    Yes, I'd like to visit the moon, but l don't think I'd like to live there.
    Though, I'd like to look down at the earth from above,
    I would miss all the places and people I love,
    So although I might like it for one afternoon,
    I don't wanna live on the moon.
    I'd like to travel under the sea.
    I could meet all the fish everywhere.
    Yes, I'd travel under the sea,
    But l don't think I'd like to live there.
    I might stay for a day there if l had my wish,
    But there's not much to do when your friends are all fish,
    And an oyster and clam aren't real family,
    So l don't wanna live in the sea.
    I'd like to visit the jungle. Hear the lions roar.
    Go back in time, and meet a dinosaur.
    There's so many strange places I'd like to be,
    But none of them permanently,
    So if I should visit the moon, well I'd dance on a moonbeam and then.
    I will make a wish on a star, and I'll wish I was home once again.
    Though, I'd like to look down at the earth from above,
    I would miss all the places and people l love,
    So although l may go, I'll be coming home soon,
    Cause l don't want to live on the moon.
    No, I don't want to live on the moon.

  • Such rich and intelligent writing! Looking back I cannot believe the quality of music they had for a kids show. Jim (who was not much of a singer) got to perform some gems: "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" and "Being Green" are two classics. Notable mention to "This Frog" and "The African Alphabet"

  • Jim Henson did such a fabulous job performing this beautiful song much better than the In My Neighborhood version. No wonder future audio releases of this song featured this recording. I tell you, Jeff Moss writes some of the most poignant songs out there, next to We Are All Earthlings.

  • This was my favorite childhood song and to this day I will love Aaron Neville made this waaaaay better though

  • Looking at the comments that are attempting to explain the meaning of the song, I feel compelled to put in my own two cents.

    I think the intent is a "the grass is always greener" sort of thing. Ernie wishes to go to the moon, but once he gets there, he wishes on a star to be home soon. Fame, popularity, wild experiences… they may seem fun or exciting in the moment, but they're no replacement for real connections with friends and family. It's difficult to understand this until it's too late.

    This is the sort of song that's written with real emotion behind it. The type that comes about when the writer has a personal connection to the work. While kids will get a well-executed "No place like home" message, the nuance shines through for an adults, who can relate to it on a deeper level.
    I believe that's why people here are calling it a "dark" or "sad" song. It's meaningful. And sometimes true meaning can hurt more than anything.

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