Well, you can file this one under: "I can't believe I didn't think of it first!"
One of the Internet's countless creative minds (who goes by the apt username "cookiewaits") has postd a mash-up video of the Tom Waits' "God's Away On Business" set to clips of Cookie Monster from "Sesame Street" singing along. Watch below (via Videogum).
Why is this brilliant? First of all, Cookie Monster and Tom Waits have the same graveled growl of a voice, so obvious points for that.
Second of all, the clips match up with the song wonderfully, and there's an pecuilar joy in watching Cookie Monster's Muppet mouth flap up and down in absolute unison with Waits' vocals. Not to mention the Cookie Monster scenes are a riot in and of themselves, specifically when learning how to use an extremely dated computer and when he's sitting in a big yellow chair in a library, clad in a smoking jacket and ascot.
And last, but not least, this is dark. Like super dark. "God's Away On Business" is one of those classic Waits songs rife with abject hopelessness and here's everyone's favorite cookie-eating puppet singing along without a care in the world.
Nailed it. Way to go, Internet.