by Joe Raposo

It’s not 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 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 a mountain
Or important like a river
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
Listen to Kermit the Frog sing the beautiful, bittersweet “Bein’ Green” here. Written by Joe Raposo in 1970, “Bein’ Green” has been covered by music royalty, including Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Van Morrison, Tony Bennett, and Ray Charles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe Raposo (1937–1989) was a composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist, best known for his work on the children’s television series Sesame Street, for which he wrote the theme song, as well as classic songs such as “Bein’ Green” and “C is for Cookie.” He also wrote music for television shows such as The Electric CompanyShining Time Station and the sitcoms Three’s Company and The Ropers, including their theme songs. (Read more at