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"When the River Meets the Sea" is a song originally written for the Muppet television special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. It is sung by Alice and Emmet Otter in remembrance of Emmet's deceased father. The song is reprised at the end of the special with the addition of Charlie, Harvey, and Wendell.

John Denver and Robin the Frog performed it on the album John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.

Over a decade later, Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold performed the song as part of Jim Henson's memorial service. The song was performed again by Robin, Elmo, Kermit, Gonzo, Rowlf, Sal and Paul Williams during the closing medley on The Muppet Show Live.

Justin Bohon (as Emmet) and Kathy Fitzgerald (as Alice) also performed it for Rosie's Broadway Extravaganza benefit.

Kermit and Robin performed the song with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 23, 2011.

Lyrics[]

Alice: When the mountain touches the valley
All the clouds are taught to fly
Thus our souls will leave this land most peacefully
Both: Though our minds be filled with questions
In our hearts, we'll understand
When the river meets
Alice: The sea (Emmet: Meets… the sea)

Alice: Like a flower that has blossomed
In dry and barren sand
Emmet: We are born and born again most gracefully
Alice: Plus the winds of time will take us (Emmet: Ooh…)
With a sure and steady hand
When the river meets the sea (Emmet: Meets… the sea)

Both: Patience, my brothers
And patience, my son
In that sweet and final hour
Truth and justice will be done

Alice: Like a baby when it is sleeping
In its loving mother's arms
What a newborn baby dreams, is a mystery
But his life will find a purpose
And in time, he'll understand
When the river meets the sea

When the river meets the almighty sea

Reprise[]

Alice: When the mountain touches the valley
All the clouds are taught to fly
Thus our souls will leave this land most peacefully (Jug band: Ooh…)
Jug band: Peacefully
Alice, Emmet: Though our minds be filled with questions (Jug band: Ooh…)
In our hearts, we'll understand
All: When the river meets the sea (Emmet: Meets… the sea)

All: Patience, my brothers
And patience, my sons
In that sweet and final hour
Truth and justice will be done

Alice: Like a baby when it is sleeping (Jug band: Ooh…)
In its loving mother's arms
What a newborn baby dreams, is a mystery
Jug band: A mystery
All: But his life will find a purpose
And in time, he'll understand
When the river meets the sea

When the river meets the almighty sea

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