Sunday, November 14, 2010

Judy Garland: Over The Rainbow

This is a clip from The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 classic adapted from L. Frank Baum's famous stories about Dorothy and her dog, Toto. I have seen this fim numerous times, and I still find it and its signature song inspiring.

It's a story about their quest to return home from Oz. Along the way they meet both friend and foe, and learn many important lessons, including the importance of individuality, courage and imagination. The signature song in its earnest simplicity reveal the best part of the human character, including hope, freedom, imagination and faith in the magical mystery of life. Not everything can be explained by Science and Reason.

Lyrics by: E.Y. Harburg.
Music by: Harold Arlen

Over the Rainbow

The song was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939), and was sung by Judy Garland in that movie. Over time it would become Garland's signature song.

Over The Rainbow
By Judy Garland

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?

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