Hello Everyone:
I was looking up Kermit’s famous song when I came across this rare find of Lena Horne and Kermit singing “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”.

“Legendary singer and actress Lena Horne left a legacy of fighting for equality. In the process, she taught people it’s OK to be who they are.She often conveyed this message through her craft, as she did in 1973 when she sang “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green” with Kermit the Frog on a 1973 Sesame Street show. (watch the video below)No doubt that Lena was also trying to communicate to kids of color when she sang to Kermit that “green can be big like an ocean … or tall like a tree.” Eventually, Kermit comes to the conclusion that green “is what I want to be.”

The legendary Horne left a legacy of great work in the arts, and also a empowering message of love, equality and self-acceptance.”  

Paraphrased from Amanda Winkle, an author/blogger for Jacksonville.com on May 9, 2010, the day Lena Horne passed away at age 92.


Lena Horne and Kermit sing “Bein’ Green”
Green means:
Spring, growth, nature. grass, lush, fresh, hope, youth, inexperience, money (US), Saint Patrick’s Day
Lyrics by Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets
It’s not that easy being green
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 that 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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Camille Mitchell
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