(Repeat as others sing Part 2)
Hello, birds on the wing
We’ve been waiting for spring*
(Repeat as others sing Parts 1 and 3)
djghdjfghj waiting in the winter and the cold
sjgdjfgdjg slumbering in burrows all alone
Now it’s time to wake up in the honey-sunny spring
Now it’s time to wonder when the bunnies start to sing**
(Repeat all parts sung together)
When this song is repeated at the end of the film, some lines change:
*”We’ve been living for spring”
**”Time for celebrating when the bunnies start to sing”
*Underlined words are my best guess at deciphering the lyrics, but I need your help to finish them. Comment with your own best guess, and we’ll complete the puzzle together.
“Hello, Sunshine” from The Tale of the Bunny Picnic
Why did I decide to start with The Tale of the Bunny Picnic? Partly because it’s springtime here in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., and I watch this movie every Easter. It’s dear to me for many reasons, which I’ll talk about more in later posts.
It’s definitely not as well-known as many other Henson projects, and I think it’s underrated. Some of the songs are still able to stir big feelings within me. This one, though, is kind of like a bunny-shaped marshmallow Peep—pure fluff with no substance, just fun. And that’s great! Anyone who says it’s a bad song for being fluff can fight me. Humans occasionally need songs that are pure sugary fun, hence the existence of pop music. Fluff is why we look at cat pictures on the Internet all day. It helps us deal with life.
This song is how I feel when spring really starts in earnest after five or six months of damp, drizzle, and gray. Each fall when it sets in, I shrug and think, “Meh. I can handle it.” Then on the first warm, sunny day we get, I think, “I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW I WANT TO LIVE OUT IN THE SUNSHINE FOREVER AND ALSO MAYBE I HAVE SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER.”
So “Hello, Sunshine” is for all of us who, for whatever reasons, love the Muppets and celebrating spring.
The songs of this film feel reminiscent of Fraggle Rock—that perfect combination of light, catchy, accessible to a young audience, poignant, and powerful—because they came from the same team of Philip Balsam, Dennis Lee, and Don Gillis who worked on the Fraggle Rock songs.