There is a song they sing on SS, Ernie sings it in the bathtub. Most of the lyrics are just the words “rubber duck” repeated over and over. But it has a really catchy melody. Is this song using the melody from another song, a popular, ‘adult’ song perhaps, so that when I get caught singing it by someone in the grocery store I can tell them it is something other than the ‘Rubber Duck Song?’
Rubber duckie, you’re the one!
You make bathtime lots of fun!
I think this is a song that’s unique to Sesame Street. There’s a Sesame Street songbook (I have one at home), and this song is in it. You can probably get a copy off Amazon or eBay. I think the actual title is “Rubber Duckie.”
Any chance it was “Put Down the Ducky” instead of “Rubber Ducky”? Lots of guest-stars, jazz number, Ernie trying to play the sax and the ducky squeaking and interfering? Mr. Hoots (leader of the band) telling him his problem is that he has to “put down the ducky if you wanna play the saxophone”?
Quite often Sesame Street will do songs that are spoofs of real songs, so they sound very similar but are not exactly the same song. So when you hear one it might sound very familiar for that reason. I know the song you are talking about and while I can’t place a specific song it spoofs, it might have a borrowed style or format of another song.
For example, other songs like this are “We All Live In A Capital I” Which spoofs “Yellow Submarine” or “C Drives Me Crazy” which spoofs Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy.” So it is probably not just using an existing song but could be very very similar to one.