"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" as written by and E Harburg Harold Arlen....
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star, wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops is where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?

Well, I see trees of green and red roses too
I'll watch then bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Well, I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white and the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself, what a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying, "I, I love you"

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than we'll know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops is where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?


Lyrics submitted by Cait, edited by piroozho

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" as written by Harold Arlen E.y. Harburg

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    General Commentwow im surprised people haven't said more about this song... it's absolutely beautiful. Definetly one of the most relaxing songs I've heard. I really like his rendition...
    LifeInEveryWordon June 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti find this song horribly depressing. when i listen to it, i feel like he's sayin, "i wanna get outta here and go to this 'wonderful world'...coz this one isn't so wonderful..."
    Someday I'll wish upon a star
    Wake up where the clouds are far behind....me
    Where trouble melts like lemon drops
    High above the chimney tops
    That's where you'll find me

    Oh, Somwhere over the rainbow
    Blue birds fly
    And the dream that you dare to
    Why oh why can't I
    guitar_girl1on January 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is the music that was played in the background in the ER episode where Dr Greene died, although i havn't had this song in relation to any personal tragedy, it is still deeply upsetting.
    ladafumon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was a girl singing at first.

    That said, beautiful voice. I don't hear this as a depressing song... I hear it as hope for a better future. The past kicks us down but we'll all get back up. It's never over until your in the ground.

    RIP: BRUDDAH IZ!
    Shastasheenon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentas snow_bubble23 the same story man!
    first in meet joe black? then in 50 first dates
    after listen twice i was decided to find it
    when i heard this on my comp i was jumping
    i have it! i have it! ...

    it song for me means a kind of saying "good bye"
    cause he is saying "what a wonderful world" like he reminds every thing he have lived
    and also says "High above the chimney tops
    That's where you'll find me"
    with a very peacefull voice

    very nice song
    SergIo (c.)on January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTheres nothing about death in either original, so unless its more than the sum of its parts, it seems to me more realisitic version of both - it does sound kind of sad - but remember the lyrics from both are optimistic. Like the person said - its about dreaming to be in a wonderful world, and seeing at the same time the world is wonderful.
    KeasbyKnightson February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is great. To me it is about a new beginning. We considered this for our wedding song because for us "Somewhere over the Rainbow" isn;t saying that there has to be something better than this life, but that our love for one another will take us over the rainbow. For us it takes us to a better place and reminds us that things are better since we have the two of us. I guess like most songs it can be interpretted many different ways
    tboanson July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHAHAHA It's great how the person who submitted these lyrics actually typed the right amount of ooo's. hahaha...even if you forgot "K, this one's for Gabby"

    this song is absolutely beautiful. I love the simple sound of the ukulele with IZ's voice. Good lyrics too, even though kamakawiwo'ole didnt write them. I have never met a person who does not love or at least appreciate this song...

    Even though I think the lyrics may be about hope for a good afterlife or something spiritual like that, I like to think of of it like some things here on earth in this life may be tough, but when the good times do come, they will seem so much sweeter. The author is saying that this is the life we have, positive and negative, I love it for what it's worth
    MasonCon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis version is amazing!
    I first heard in 50 first dates and loved it straight away.
    It's gorgeous and his voice just makes me want to listen to it 20 times every time!
    It's also one of those songs that can cheer me up when i'm down. It helps me to realise that theres something good on the other side waiting for me to find and not just dark clouds following me all the time.
    Ellieeee16on December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song brings tears to my eyes thinking about what a beautiful and magical place Hawaii is... Aloha spirit.. on my second trip to Maui we felt like things weren't going our way, our car rental screwed us over, and we were so pissed about everything because we spend any money we have each year just to get there. as we were left walking along the road a random lady picked us up, and she was so friendly and asked us where we needed to go. as soon as that was established she turned up the radio which was playing this very song - which has always spoke to me about Hawaii. Just reconfirming my love for the islands, and a total representation of the aloha spirit. she wouldn't accept any money from us and said to pass it on.
    2 days and i'm back in hawaii!! ALOHA
    hangloosejon April 23, 2008   Link

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