Ginger Sands offers a fresh, folk-influenced take on the song “Bein’ Green,” Kermit the Frog’s famous lament. Putting a new spin on the Sesame Street classic, this recording is included on her recent release, Back To The Garden.
The concept of being “green” has evolved dramatically since this song by Joe Raposo was originally introduced into the American Songbook. Earth Day 2013 is April 22. With current concerns about the environment, food security and sustainable living, the message of this song is more fitting than ever.
“Bein’ Green” playfully underscores the reality that change can be difficult, yet changes must be made if we are to live in a healthier society. As more businesses and institutions look to becoming more environmentally sustainable in their decisions and practices, one message remains loud and clear: “Being Green” is good for business.
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 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
(Lyrics by Joe Raposo)