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 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,
Away 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?


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    General CommentSomewhere over the Rainbow


    At the 2014 Oscars, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the "Wizard of Oz" by having Pink sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", with highlights from the film in the background. But what few people realized, while listening to that incredible performer singing that unforgettable song, is that the music is deeply embedded in the Jewish experience.
    It is no accident, for example, that the greatest Christmas songs of all time were written by Jews. For example, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was written by Johnny Marks and "White Christmas" was penned by a Jewish liturgical singer's (cantor) son, Irving Berlin.
    But perhaps the most poignant song emerging out of the mass exodus from Europe was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". The lyrics were written by Yip Harburg. He was the youngest of four children born to Russian Jewish immigrants. His real name was Isidore Hochberg and he grew up in a Yiddish speaking, Orthodox Jewish home inNewYork. The music was written by Harold Arlen, a cantor's son. His real name was Hyman Arluck and his parents were fromLithuania.
    Together, Hochberg and Arluck wrote "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", which was voted the 20th century's number one song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
    In writing it, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish consciousness - framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen - and wrote an unforgettable melody set to near prophetic words.
    Read the lyrics in their Jewish context and suddenly the words are no longer about wizards and Oz, but about Jewish survival:

    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Way up high,
    There's a land that I 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
    Away above the chimney tops
    That's where you'll find me.
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Bluebirds 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?

    The Jews of Europe could not fly. They could not escape beyond the rainbow. Harburg was almost prescient when he talked about wanting to fly like a bluebird away from the "chimney tops". In the post-Auschwitz era, chimney tops have taken on a whole different meaning than the one they had at the beginning of 1939.
    Pink's mom is Judith Kugel. She's Jewish of Lithuanian background. As Pink was belting the Harburg/Arlen song from the stage at the Academy Awards, I wasn't thinking about the movie. I was thinking about Europe's lost Jews and the immigrants toAmerica.

    I was then struck by the irony that for two thousand years the land that the Jews heard of "once in a lullaby" was notAmerica, butIsrael.The remarkable thing would be that less than ten years after "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was first published, the exile was over and the State ofIsrael was reborn. Perhaps the "dreams that you dare to dream really do come true".
    inostuffon October 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI was in a performance of this, and it was the most amazing experience of my life. So many very special friendships came out of it and I cried my eyes out when we'd finished performing! This song will always have a very special relationship with me. :) I LOVE EVERYONE FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ!
    songster100on November 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much! I also love this movie!
    musicfreak177on May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSame ! Its .. Great !
    ~mallowuvsugaron November 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI loved this song as a little kid because it always reminded me of how some people want to escape their troubles and go to a magical land of happiness like Oz.

    Minus the Wicked Witch.

    :P But I love this song still, I listen to it when I'm having a bad kinda makes me feel better for some strange reason..
    Schlafon December 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentahhhh, what a great some , makes me homesick he he ,

    " If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow . . . Why, oh why can't I? "
    AliRoseon March 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJudy Garland is classic.
    kmk_natashaon March 25, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionSure, the grass is always greener over the rainbow. The songwriter is facing "clouds" and "troubles" in his/her current location but that may always be the case. Wherever you go, there you are!
    lyricalONEon July 06, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIf it is like the Jews and Israel, that is because it is like all human longing. It is the longing that takes Dorothy on her transcendent journey. We say she is the soul, or is the American people. She is also like Hillary, a bit. But this is one of the best Lyrics of all time, on a very short list. Think heaven, think Platonic realm of the intelligible, where she completes her soul through her journey, contradicting Judy Collins, who says "there is no way to stand Kansas when you've been to Oz." Indeed, there is no place like home. Now lets go get that broom!
    mmcdonaldon December 23, 2016   Link

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