Somewhere over the rainbow

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Somewhere over the rainbow
Somewhere over the rainbow
The song "Over the Rainbow" (music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg) was written to
showcase Judy Garland's talents in the star vehicle movie The Wizard of Oz, and it became her lifelong theme
song. She would forever be called upon to sing it in all her public appearances.
The song's plaintive melody and simple lyrics depict a pre-adolescent girl's desire to escape from the
"hopeless jumble" of this world, from the sadness of raindrops to the bright new world "over the rainbow." It
expresses the childlike faith that Heaven will magically "open a door" to a place where "troubles melt like
lemon-drops".
Along with Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the song was adopted by the American troops in Europe in
World War II as a symbol of the United States, the faraway land that, after long years of war, seemed like a
dream beyond the rainbow. Modern listeners may be unaware that the song had an introductory stanza, as this
was not sung in the film by Garland.
The song has come to epitomize the gesture of the rising octave, which makes its opening so distinctive.
Sight-singing instructors and other musicians use the song as an example and a reference point for hearing the
interval
Lyrics: The song is often referred to as Somewhere Over The Rainbow, however the actual title of the song is
simply, Over The Rainbow.
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
One day 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 oh why can't I
Da qualche parte oltre
l'arcobaleno,
in alto lassù,
c'è una terra di cui sentii parlare
una volta in una ninna nanna...
Da qualche parte oltre
l'arcobaleno
i cieli sono blu,
e i sogni che si fanno
diventano davvero realtà...
Un giorno esprimerò un
desiderio su una stella
e mi sveglierò dove le nuvole
sono lontane dietro di me,
dove i problemi si sciolgono
come gocce di limone
sulle cime dei camini...
E' lì che mi troverete.
Da qualche parte oltre
l'arcobaleno
gli uccelli blu volano,
gli uccelli volano oltre
l'arcobaleno,
allora perchè? Perchè io non
posso?