My kids are 10 and 14, so I hadn't heard Elmo's voice in quite some time. But it all came rushing back the minute I started watching this video of him singing about the joy of reading books and the power of imagination with the help of Cookie Monster and Pharrell Williams on a recent episode of "Sesame Street."
The clip begins with the Grammy-winning artist sitting on an infamous Sesame Street stoop and rocking a pageboy cap while reading a big hardcover tome about pyramids with Elmo.
Then the C. Monster suddenly comes strolling onto the scene and he's all, "Hi, Pharrell Williams! What you doing here?"
"The Voice" judge happily explains that he and Elmo are "just traveling around the world." But Cookie isn't buying it.
"How can you travel the world and not go anywhere?" he wants to know.
So Pharrell being Pharrell, he immediately hops up and breaks into song in order to convince the skeptical blue ball of fur that you can, in fact, go anywhere, without leaving your chair, by reading a book.
And yes, that is actually the first line of the catchy jam—which, by the way, is called "B is for Book" because this is Sesame Street, after all, where C is for Cookie and A is for....Well, I don't actually know what A is for, but you get the idea.
"You can be anything," Pharrell sings. "A pirate, a king—just grab a book, just grab a book."
"Pull a sword from a stone, and wind up on a throne," he continues, as Elmo and Cookie start snapping and shimmying along. "Fly to the stars, and have a picnic on Mars."
"Whoa! Book do that?" Cookies asks. "Me mind blown."
Ours too, because isn't Mars basically like a big, cold, dusty desert? I mean, I guess you could have a picnic there. But, like, why would you want to?
Still, the tune is pretty awesome, so if you want to see the trio get down, check out the video above. But just know that you will probably find yourself humming the bouncy chorus for the rest of the day, so don't say we didn't warn you.