“Steppin’ Out With a Star”

Lyrics

(Kermit) Just hand me my cufflinks
And straighten my tie
Just drench me in rich cologne and don’t ask me why
Go on and pluck me a boutonniere
(Fozzie) You’re moving up and walk on air
(Kermit) Stepping out with a star and feeling high

Come polish my wingtips
And call for the car
I’ll sweep her right off her feet wherever we are
(Gonzo) A satin collar and velvet vest
(Kermit) I never settle for second best
Stepping out with a star, sad times bye-bye

Have I got style
Have I got taste
On someone else, I swear, this savoir faire would be such a waste

Come toss me my top hat
I’m ready to fly
Busting into the upper crust as easy as pie
Just watch my dreams come true
This is something I was born to do
Stepping out with a star—that star is you

(Fozzie) Have you got
(Kermit) Have I got class
(Fozzie) Have you got chic
(Kermit) Have I got chic
(Fozzie) To think that you and me were nobody, why, only last week

(Kermit) I’m ready to fly!
At least I could try

Just watch my dreams come true
This is something I was born to do
(Fozzie, Gonzo, and Kermit) Stepping out with a star—bye, bad times
Stepping out with a star—hey, good times
Stepping out with a star and feeling high… yeah!

 

Music and lyrics by Joe Raposo


“Steppin’ Out With a Star” from The Great Muppet Caper

This song always has me feeling daydreamy—that feeling of getting gussied up for a special event where you know you’ll see a special someone. But it never occurred to me until watching the movie for this blog that all Kermit’s talk of fancy things in this song is happening against the backdrop of the Happiness Hotel. Fozzie plucks a flower for a boutonniere but then tosses it because it’s dead; Kermit gazes dreamily into an imagined image of Piggy a filthy mirror; he hops off the bed as it springs dangerously back up into the wall. And I guess that’s kind of the point of the song: a special person can make you feel like you’ve got everything.

After this song is one of my favorite scenes in any movie ever: John Cleese and Joan Sanderson as Neville and Dorcas, the painfully posh and proper married couple living at 17 Highbrow Street. Against a backdrop of Baroque music, Dorcas drones on about the disappointing weather while Neville nods along, stopping only to mention the pig climbing up the outside of the house. Later, Neville stalks after Piggy and Kermit through the house, then confronts them in the bathroom closet with a fire iron. British to the bone, he simply cannot be impolite, even to intruders in his own home, and so hides the fire iron behind his back and says, “Ah. Sorry… Uh, don’t think me rude, but is there in fact anything I can do for you, at all?”

Even as a kid I was able to appreciate a bit of the absurdity of this scene, and I only loved it more as I got older. What makes it truly great is that these actors played dire enemies Basil Fawlty and Mrs. Richards in the “Communication Problems” episode of Fawlty Towers.

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