You Will Never Hear The Song “Over The Rainbow” The Same Way Again.

“Over the Rainbow” (often referred to as “Somewhere over the Rainbow”) is a ballad, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. It was written in 1938 for the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939) and was sung by actress Judy Garland, in her starring role as Dorothy Gale.

About five minutes into the film, Dorothy sings the song after failing to get her aunt and uncle to listen to her relate an unpleasant incident involving her dog, Toto, and the town spinster, Miss Gulch. This prompts Dorothy to walk off by herself, musing to Toto, at which point she begins singing.

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high. There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where troubles melt like lemon drops, high above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh why can’t I?”

What seems a fairly straight-forward song is actually quite a bit more complex.

Watch as composer Rob Kapilow explains some of the intricacies of the song. It will give you a whole new appreciation for this magical song!

“Words make you think thoughts, music makes you feel a feeling, but a song makes you feel a thought.” –Yip Harburg

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