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(Best if sung by Jim Henson as Ernie)

 

Rubber Duckie you're the one,
You make bathtime lots of fun,
Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of you
Vo-vo-dee-o!

Rubber Duckie, joy of joys,
When I squeeze you, you make noise,
Rubber Duckie you're my very best friend it's true.

Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who's cute and yellow and chubby!
Rub-a-dub-dubby!

Rubber Duckie you're so fine,
And I'm lucky that you're mine,
Rubber Duckie, I'd love a whole pond of,
Rubber Duckie, I'm awfully fond of you!

Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who's cute and yellow and chubby!
Rub-a-dub-dubby!

Rubber Duckie you're so fine,
And I'm lucky that you're mine,
Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of you!

 

Words and music by Jeff Moss

first broadcast on February 25, 1970

Here's another lovely version that was done by the Tapestry Choir of Maleny, Australia.

 

Little known facts about Rubber Duckie

The 'famous' rubber-duck-squeaking solo in the original version of the song (for the very first Sesame Street album) is squeaked by the song's creator, Jeff Moss.

The rubber duck is considered a percussion instrument by the Boston Pops.  Apparently unwilling to pay musicians to play a second instrument, duck squeaking was limited to the percussion section when the cast played this song with the Boston Pops (Big Bird, conductor).

There are several versions of this song, including a cover by Little Richard and a five-version cd in German, containing a dance remix

Rubber Duckie is a bona-fide hit: in August of 1970 it made the Billboard Top 40 chart for pop/rock and stayed on for 7 weeks, peaking at number 16!

Ernie's Duck's birthday is on January 13th.

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