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Why is Blue, Blue?
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Music video title card.

Performed by

Garry Scale as Johnson
Katrina Sedgwick as McDuff
Doug Scroope as Diesel
Angela Toohey as Squeaky

Music by

Chris Neal

Lyrics by

John Patterson

Recorded

1992, The Living Room, Sydney

Why is Blue Blue? is a song about Johnson's thoughts and doubts about the world outside the bedroom. McDuff, Diesel and Squeaky also sing along during the chorus. Its original release was on An Afternoon with Johnson and Friends. The first verse and chorus made an appearance in Bringing up Baby. A music video was later produced for Songs from the Toybox using clips from the aforementioned episode. An edited version of the song appeared on an ABC compilation album, ABC for Kids Spectacular.

The song was performed by Garry Scale as Johnson, Katrina Sedgwick as McDuff, Doug Scroope as Diesel and Angela Toohey as Squeaky, with music by Chris Neal and lyrics by John Patterson.

Lyrics

Verse 1

I'm just a small toy elephant

All pink and stuffed and fat

I spend all day in one small room

You might not think much of that

But when I sit inside my house

Having morning tea

All the thoughts inside my head

Sneak out and question me.

Chorus

Why is green, green?

Why is blue, blue?

I don't know why

So I'm asking you

What's outside the window?

or behind that closed door?

What's the world really made of?

What are we here for?

Chorus

Why is green, green?

Why is blue, blue?

I don't know why

So I'm asking you

What's outside the bedroom?

Or beyond the backyard?

I simply don't know, and I've thought really hard.

Verse 2

I'm just a small toy elephant

Well-padded, round and slow

But I have lots of questions

There's a lot that I don't know

And when I sit inside my house

My first thought is the worst

If I think just one more thing

My head will surely burst!

Chorus

How do the letters make the words that we see?

What are the numbers that come after 3?

Why is a nose never shaped like an ear?

Why was our Michael much smaller last year?

Chorus

Why is green, green?

Why is blue, blue?

I don't know why

So I'm asking you

What's outside the bedroom?

Or beyond the backyard?

I simply don't know, and I've thought really hard.

Verse 3

I'm just a small toy elephant

Fluffy, short and wide

I've never studied history books

I've never been outside

But when I sit inside my house

There's one thing that I know

If I think a thought a day

I'll definitely grow!

Chorus

If flies really fly

Then fleas, do they flea?

Is salt really salty?

What comes after C?

How do stars shine?

Are they glued to the sky?

How do you get older?

Why do things die?

Chorus

Why is green, green?

Why is blue, blue?

We don't know why

So we're asking you

What's outside the bedroom?

Or beyond the backyard?

We simply don't know, and we've thought really hard.

Verse 4

He's just a small toy elephant

All soft and squashed and pink

A very wise young elephant

He loves to sit and think

And when I sit inside my house

Having morning tea

All the thoughts inside my head

Sneak out and question me

Chorus

Why is green, green?

Why is blue, blue?

We don't know why

So we're asking you

What's outside the bedroom?

Or beyond the backyard?

We simply don't know, and we've thought really hard

Chorus

Why is blue, blue?

Why is green, green?

How many things

Remain to be seen?

We think and we wonder

We puzzle and then

We ask all these questions all over again!

Appearances

Trivia

  • The song was cut down in its music video form, most likely due to an unsufficient amount of content available to fit the remaining song lyrics.
  • On ABC for Kids Spectacular, the song is shortened from 5 minutes and 30 seconds to 1 minute and 52 seconds, most likely due to time constraints.

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