Nasty Dan
Written by JEFF MOSS
Date 1973
Publisher Festival Attractions Inc
EKA Episode 1247

"Nasty Dan" is a song that was performed by Johnny Cash during SESAME STREET Season 5. He sang it to OSCAR THE GROUCH, who made occasional interjections.

A recording by Claude François managed to reach number 1 on the pop chart in France.







Oscar the Grouch with Johnny Cash Nasty Dan

(OSCAR THE GROUCH suddenly emerges from his TRASH CAN when Johnny Cash bangs his guitar on IT).

OSCAR - Who goes there?

Johnny Cash - You'll like this.

Johnny - Old Nasty Dan was the meanest man I ever knew
He'd stomp & scream & be real mean the whole day through

(OSCAR - Yeah?)

He'd frown a bunch
He ate nails for lunch
& he'd never laugh

(OSCAR - Wow! OSCARd like him!)

He'd growl & yell & I heard tell he never took a bath

(OSCAR - Wow.)



Was a nasty man!

(OSCAR - Yeah?)

Hard to understand that NASTY DAN

(OSCAR - Hmm.)

Now NASTY DAN was a nasty man the whole day long

(OSCAR - Good for him!)

He'd go where he could & he'd try real good to make things go wrong

(OSCAR - Oh yeah, yeah, yeah.)

He'd jump for joy when a little boy would trip & fall

(OSCAR - Really mean.)

& the only words that he ever said were "I don't like you at all."

(OSCAR - Yeah, right on!)


(OSCAR - Yeah.)

Was a nasty man

(OSCAR - Heh, heh, heh.)

Hard to understand that NASTY DAN


Johnny - Now here's the best part, it's about a girl named Nasty Pearl.

OSCAR : Oh, she sounds okay too!


Nasty Pearl was a nasty girl who met DAN somehow
She said, "You're like me, ROTTEN as can be, let's get married now."
So they went & they did & had a nasty kid & I must confess
That DAN pretty much leaves everybody alone now
& he doesn't bother anybody anymore
'Cause he just lives in his nasty old house
With his nasty old wife

(OSCAR - Yeah?)

& his nasty kid

(OSCAR - Yeah?)

In nasty happiness!

(OSCAR - Far out!)

he's a happy man!

(OSCAR - Yeah.)

Hard to understand that NASTY DAN


OSCAR - Wow, that was really great.

Johnny - You like that?

OSCAR - & say, aren't you Johnny TRASH?

Johnny - Cash.

OSCAR - Cash, Cash.

Johnny - Have a ROTTEN day.

OSCAR - Wow, there goes my kind of guy.

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