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Pittsburgh's rubber ducky: from 'Sesame Street' to Smithfield Street

Written by Jacob Quinn Sanders on .

It's ridiculous, the duck. The giant, absurd duck ducking its way upriver toward Pittsburgh. 

So many people are so excited and I have no idea why. 

Maybe it's as basic as childhood. As "Sesame Street." You hear that song in your head already, don't you? Ernie, all by his lonesome, singing to his cherished bathtime friend.

Suffice it to say that song's been stuck in my general cranial area. Twitter, Facebook -- anywhere on the Pittsburgh internets, really -- are full of images of and stories about that duck. People planning to see the duck. Or who loathe the duck. Or search themselves to comprehend the duck.

And all I can think of is that song.

So here it is again for the first time, reimagined for Pittsburgh. You're welcome?

Rubber ducky, you’re the one

You give yinzers lots of fun

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you

 

Rubber ducky, hi n’at

Without you our Three Rivers’re kinda flat

Rubber ducky, there ain’t nothin’ too jaggy ‘bout you

 

Every day when I

Drive ‘cross the ‘gheny and Mon

I see you smiling like the Pirates won

Big and yellow and tubby

(rub-a-dub-dubby)

 

Rubber ducky, you’re so great

We love you more than a Kennywood date

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you.

 

rubber-duck-giant original 

 

Rubber ducky, you’re the one

 

You give yinzers lots of fun

 

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you

 

 

 

 

 

Rubber ducky, hi n’at

 

Without you our Three Rivers’re kinda flat

 

Rubber ducky, there ain’t nothin’ jaggy ‘bout you

 

 

 

 

 

Every day when I

 

Drive ‘cross the ‘gheny and Mon

 

I see you smiling like the Pirates won

 

Big and yellow and tubby

 

(rub-a-dub-dubby)

 

 

 

 

 

Rubber ducky, you’re so great

 

We love you more than a Kennywood date

 

Rubber ducky, Pittsburgh’s awfully fond of you

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