What better way to open children’s eyes to the beauty of diversity (and, on the flip side, the ugliness of prejudice) than through a sweet ballad like this? I’ve always been amazed by Jim Henson’s ability to not only stay in the voice of Kermit and the other muppets but to emote so effectively at the same time. He is missed.
This song seems appropriate this week, when we’ve both crossed a racial barrier and reinforced a barrier against gays and lesbians. This song applies equally well to those who are green, black or brown and those who love the “wrong” people. Not to mention people who are too heavy or too thin, too short or too tall… in a word, too different.
As Kermit points out, there’s no such thing. We’re all beautiful.
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that
It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky
But green’s the color of Spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like an ocean, or important
Like a mountain, or tall like a tree
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful
And I think it’s what I want to be