"I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along"

I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along - Rowlf the Dog and Kermit the Frog

I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along - Rowlf the Dog and Kermit the Frog

"I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along" is a duet performed by Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog in The Muppet Movie. After Miss Piggy apparently abandons Kermit at the Terrace Restaurant, he wanders to the bar and meets the pianist, Rowlf, who commiserates with Kermit as they sing about the difficulty of living both with and without women. At the end of the song, Rowlf notes that, "It's not often you see a guy that green have the blues that bad."

This is a rare pairing of the two characters, because Jim Henson performs both voices. In order to achieve the duet, the two tracks were recorded separately by Jim, and then combined.

The version of the song that appears on the The Muppet Movie contains some lyrics that were cut from the final version of the film. In addition, some of the opening dialogue is different.

Although the song's legal title (as registered with ASCAP) reads "Something", records and sheet music all show it as "Somethin'".



Rowlf: Evening. Rowlf... Rowlf the dog here. Sit yourself down.

Kermit: Kermit. Kermit the Frog.

Rowlf: Pleased to meet you. I'm no Heifetz, but I get by.

Kermit: Well, well that's very nice. (sniffle)

Rowlf: Let me guess, broken heart, right?

Kermit: Does it show?

Rowlf: Listen, when you've been tickling the ivories as long as I have, you've seen a broken heart for every drop of rain, a shattered dream for every falling star.

Kermit: Exactly. She just walked out on me.

Rowlf: Yeah, typical. That's why I live alone.

Kermit: You do, huh?

Rowlf: You bet. I finish work, I go home, read a book, have a couple of beers, take myself for a walk, and go to bed.

Kermit: Nice and simple.

Rowlf: Stay away from women, that's my motto.
Kermit: But I can't.
Rowlf: Neither can I, that's my trouble.

Rowlf: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em.
There's somethin' irresistible-ish about 'em.
We grin and bear it 'cause the nights are long.
I hope that somethin' better comes along.

Kermit: I see what you mean.
It's no good complainin' and pointless to holler.

Rowlf: If she's a beauty she'll get under your collar.

Kermit: She made a monkey out of old King Kong.

Both: I hope that somethin' better comes along.

Rowlf: Ah, but what could be better
Than a saucy Irish setter
When puppy love comes on strong?
Or a collie that's classy, a laddie needs a lassie.
A lover and wife gives you a new leash on life!

Kermit: (spoken) Was that "a new leash on life"?

Rowlf: (spoken) Oh yeah, sorry 'bout that....2, 3, 4.

Kermit: I don't mean to scare ya, my friend but I bet ya,
Come Father's Day, the litter bug's gonna get ya.

Rowlf: The urge is righteous, but the face is wrong.

Both: I hope that somethin' better comes along.

Kermit: Still, it's fun when they're fetching,
And agree to see an etching
That you keep at your lily pad.
There is no solution, it's part of evolution.

Rowlf: The pitter patter of soles
The little feet of tadpoles.

Kermit: (spoken) Uh, Rowlf, tadpoles don't have feet.
Rowlf: (spoken) Oh. Sorry about that...2, 3, 4.

Kermit: There's no limitation to mixin' and matchin'.

Rowlf: Some get an itchin' for a critter they've been scratchin',
A skunk was badgered the results were strong.
I hope that somethin' better,

Kermit: I hope that somethin' better,

Both: I hope that somethin' better comes along.

Insolent waiter: Phone call for Kermit the Frog. You Kermit the Frog?
Kermit: Yeah.
Insolent waiter: Phone.
Rowlf: It's not often you see a guy that green that has the blues that bad.


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