Why are there so many songs about rainbows
What's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide

So we've been told and some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong, wait and see

Someday we'll find it, the Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it
Look what it's done so far

What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing
What do we think we might see?

All of us under its spell
We know that it's probably magic

Have you been half-asleep and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
It may be one and the same

I've heard it too many times to ignore it
It's something that I'm supposed to be

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la


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    General CommentMan, you guys are thinking too deep for such a sincere song...its just about dreaming, thats all...Kermits a cutie, he would never sing about things too deep for our innocent simple brains...lol. I love Kermit...hes the most adorable green frog I have seen yet. Besides, I dont think this song is sad at all...its more hopeful. Dont try to squash my childish dreams!
    NataliesADDICTIONon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the begining he is saying that people think of rainbows as illusions, but Kermit the philosopher doesn't believe this. "I know they are wrong wait and see"

    Kermit then talks about how someone came up with the idea of wishing on a star and then asks what has it done so far? Then he tells us in a question. He tells us that it "keeps us stargazing". We are hoping to see a shooting star and make a wish. This is our dream.

    Our dream is to be able to have what we want (make a wish) magically. He says that it is like a spell and even though we know that it is just magic (has no basis in reality), we none the less still hope to see that shooting star and make our wish.

    He then talks about hearing voices. He asks if the voice he hears is the same as the one that sailors hear. Now, you may think Kermit is referring to the muses who suckered sailors into their doom.

    I think he is talking about the voices sailors hear that calls them out to the pleasure of the sea. As in, "the sailor heard his calling; to sail the seas."

    Kermit then says that he cannot ignore it, that it is real and not imaginary. What I think he is saying here is that he is destined to be a lover and a dreamer (in a sense like we all are.)

    And that is what I think he is saying overall here. That dreaming is not real and we are told that dreams are not real, but dreams are as real as love (feelings) and somehow Kermit is connected to them (they are all related).

    Of course this song was sung by a muppet so who knows, but it is still pretty deep and a beautiful song.
    mikeb26on July 02, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationYou know, there's something about the Muppets that just makes ya wanna stand up and scream ''YAAAAAAAY!'' and flail your little green arms around. But seriously, this song has made me shed tears and sing from the heart on many occasions. And I've always wondered, ''Why ARE there so many songs about rainbows? What IS on the other side?'' Well, this is my theory:

    Why are there so many songs about rainbows?
    And what's on the other side? - My thoughts: This is an innocent question.

    Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
    And rainbows have nothing to hide - My thoughts: This is the answer for those who think too hard about every little thing and don't have fun with their imagination.

    So we've been told and some choose to believe it
    I know they're wrong, wait and see
    Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
    The lovers, the dreamers, and me - My thoughts: Basically, Kermit knows to look beyond the rainbow and dream.

    Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
    When wished on the morning star?
    Somebody thought of that and someone believed it
    Look what it's done so far

    What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing
    What do we think we might see?

    All of us under its spell
    We know that it's probably magic - My thoughts: Everyone decides to conform to common beliefs. But one person decided to be different. Soon, people started to follow the non-conforming and realized the beauty of dreaming outside of the lines.

    Have you been half-asleep and have you heard voices?
    I've heard them calling my name
    Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
    It may be one and the same

    I've heard it too many times to ignore it
    It's something that I'm supposed to be - My thoughts: I believe that the voices being heard are the sounds of adventure. You've all seen The Muppet Movie, right? All the Muppets setting out on an adventure to follow their dreams, you know? Well, that could be what the voices represent, like how aventure calls sailors to the sea.Kermit hearing the voices is probably his heart letting him know that he needs to get up outta the swamp and start on his aventures. It's ''something I'm supposed to be''.

    Well, this is my first post and I hope I made it a little easier for... Just One Person. (A true Muppet fan would understand this reference) :)
    DespicMikon June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the lyrics should be taken too seriously, just Kermit singing a bit half-dreamily. A bit like "Over The Rainbow".
    vincentliuon February 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow...isnt this sorta deep for kermit to be singing?
    goodriddance4on May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me cry when I hear it
    crick23on June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdude, i love the sarcasm in this song. it starts off where kermit totally disses rainbows and says that they are wastes of time, quite shocking. than all of a sudden... BOOM he says "HA" i love rainbows and i will find a connection one day. its beautiful.
    as for stargazing, i know why we do it. it is awesome, it is relaxing and it rocks. the other night i thought i found a new constellation, only to find it was already discoverd. but i promise, one day i'll find soemthing new. i think i'll write a song about side front porches, stargazing, pushbrooms and fireflies. all the important things in life
    irisheyes4683on June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI know its a muppets song.. but i think its so beautiful... Peter Cincotti did a version of this song that was very elegant.
    ReneaAlbyon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentya i know eh i love kermit he is my idol... NO not my idol but i'm a fan!anyway this song kicks little green froggy butt! lol my wishes onstars never came true :(
    gracie411on May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk, this is the first time people on this site have actually made me laugh. Well, that's not true really. But this is the first time I'm laughing with you guys.

    Anyways, this song is bombs. Kermit sitting on that lilly pad cranking it out. He's no joke, and he's definetly my favorite philosopher. He might have to work on his range though if he wants to go far with his singing career. I also think the song would be helped if Animal through in a drum loop.
    Foundation4lifeon June 11, 2006   Link

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