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I Love Trash
Written by JEFF MOSS
Date 1970
Publisher Festival Attractions, Inc.

"I LOVE TRASH" is OSCAR THE GROUCH's GREATEST, MOST POPULAR song ever. It was 1st sung back in Sesame Street Season 1. The song was re-taped several times as the OSCAR puppet evolved continuously. 1 tradition is, whenever OSCAR sings "I LOVE TRASH", his signature song he is always shown singin at his TRASH CAN & nowhere else.

In a Season 29 episode OSCAR sang "GROUCHES LOVE TRASH" a very slightly altered variation of this song to his niece IRVINE. In episode 3891 his old friend Felix the GROUCH sang a clean variation called "I Love Cleaning" while OSCAR sang "I LOVE TRASH". Yet another variation occurs when OSCAR's TRASH CAN was grown to a larger size & the lyrics were adjusted to accommodate (a clip can be seen in Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars & Street Forever!).

OSCAR also sang this song in Here Come the Puppets!, accompanied by BRUNO THE TRASHMAN who was wearin his rollerskates. OSCAR also sang the song during an appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show. He also sang this song on A Capitol Fourth.

Steven Tyler also recorded a new version for the album of Elmopalooza.

K.d. lang sang this song when she guest starred on The Jim Henson Hour episode about GARBAGE.

Telly, Zoe & Grover each sing a verse of the song (with changed lyrics to suit their respective personal interests) in the CD-ROM game, The Three GROUCHketeers.

A very brief portion of the song was also sung by a group of socks in Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic, during OSCAR's imagination sequence where Sesame Street is completely turned into a vast GARBAGE dump.

On Plaza Sésamo, a Multimonstruo who loves TRASH, performed a rock version of this song.

At the Jim Henson's Musical World concert on April 14th, 2012, Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Gordon, Bob, Susan, Leela, Gina, Alan & Maria all sang the song.

Stephen Colbert, OSCAR THE GROUCH & BIG BIRD sang the opening of"I LOVE TRASH" together on The Colbert Report[1]

TRASH mentioned in this songEdit

  • A sneaker that's tattered & worn. It's all full of holes, & the laces are torn. Given to OSCAR as a newborn baby by his MOTHER.
  • Some newspaper 13 months old with smelly, old fish wrapped inside.
  • A clock that won't work.
  • An old telephone.
  • A broken umbrella.
  • A rusty trombone.

LyricsEdit

"I LOVE TRASH"Edit

Oh, I LOVE TRASH!
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty!
Yes, I LOVE TRASH
If ya really wanna see somethin' TRASHY look at this! (OSCAR grabs an old tattered sneaker from the inside of his TRASH CAN.)

I have here a sneaker that's tattered & worn!
It's all full of holes & the laces are torn!
A gift from my MOTHER the day I was born!
I LOVE it because it's TRASH!

Oh, I LOVE TRASH!
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty!
Yes, I LOVE TRASH!
Here's some more rotten stuff! (OSCAR grabs an old smelly newspaper from the inside of his TRASH CAN.)

I have here some newspaper 13 months old!
I wrapped fish inside it; it's smelly & cold!
But I wouldn't trade it for a big pot a gold!
I LOVE it because it's trash!

Yes, I LOVE TRASH
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty!
Yes, I LOVE TRASH
Now look at the rest a this junk!! (OSCAR gets an old clock, telephone, & trombone each from the inside of his TRASH CAN.)

I've a clock that won't work!
& an old telephone!
A broken umbrella, a rusty trombone!
& I am delighted to call 'em my own!
I LOVE 'em because they're TRASH!

Oh, I LOVE TRASH
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty! (OSCAR takes the broken umbrella off the side of his TRASH CAN & he puts it inside his TRASH CAN.)
Yes, I LOVE, I LOVE, I...LOVE TRAAAAAAAAASSSSSSH! (OSCAR ducks right back down into his TRASH CAN)

NotesEdit

[Spoken]
Just look at it all! What a beautiful junky mess of rotten, rusty, mangy, musty, crummy, beautiful TRASH!!

"GROUCHES LOVE TRASH" versionEdit

OSCAR (spoken): Okay now, IRVINE, listen up. I'm going to remind you what it means to be a GROUCH!

(sung)

Oh GROUCHES LOVE TRASH!
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty!
Yes WE LOVE TRASH!

IRVINE: Heh!

I have here a sneaker that's tattered & worn!
It's all full of holes & the laces are torn!
A gift from my MOTHER the day I was born!
I LOVE it because it's TRASH!

(Throws the worn, torn sneaker behind him & the sound of a cracked window is heard)

Oh WE LOVE TRASH!
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty!
Yes WE LOVE TRASH!

I have here some newspaper 13 months old!
I wrapped fish inside it; it's smelly & cold!
But I wouldn't trade it for a big pot a gold!
I LOVE it because it's TRASH!

(Throws the fish wrapped in newspaper behind him & IRVINE starts to sing, well sing in baby words)

Oh WE LOVE TRASH!
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty!
Anything ragged or rotten or rusty!
Yes WE LOVE, WE LOVE, WE..LOVE TRAAAAAAAAASSSSSSH!

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ProofEdit

  1. OSCAR THE GROUCH & BIG BIRD on The Colbert Report

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