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May 10

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow….

We had a few days of intense rain last week that brought flooding and even mudslides in some areas. Sometimes after a good rainstorm, you might see a rainbow across the sky.

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Judy Garland sang the song, Somewhere Over The Rainbow in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland was an actress from my Mom’s generation. Her life story is a tragic tale that speaks to the perils of attaining childhood fame and the incumbent lack of maturity to handle it.

My favorite version of this sweet old tune is sung by Israel Kamikawiwo’ole, an Hawaiian native. Yeah, as my Hawaiian friend, Gregg would say, “Bruddah Iz” (Brother Israel) really gets it . In this rendition, Iz combines the dreamy lyrics of Somewhere Over the Rainbow with another song made famous by Louis Armstrong called, What a Wonderful World. Two very sweet songs gently grooved together with Kamikawiwo’ole’s rich voice and his little ukelele.

I was not able to find the suite by Iz, but for Chinese students you may listen to Somewhere Over the Rainbow here. and What a Wonderful World here.

Here are the lyrics;

“Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World”

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh oh

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, somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,
Oh why, oh why can’t I?

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Well I see trees of green and red roses too,
I’ll watch them 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 top
That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can’t I?

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2 comments

  1. Eva Shi

    Wonderful songs and rich voice, I like it !
    I also find the suite for both these two songs for Chinese students to enjoy.

    1. Teacher Kevin

      Thanks for your comment, Eva. I am pleased that you like the music and that you found a link to share. Unfortunately, my updated security settings will not allow links to be posted. Sorry.

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