Over The Rainbow

Written by: 
H. Arlen, E. Harburg
1 Nov 1984

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Birds fly high.
There's a land that I dreamed of once
In a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Skies are blue,
And all 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.
Away, across the chimney tops,
Where troubles melt like lemon drops:
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high,
Birds fly over the rainbow;
Why, why can't I.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Away, across the chimney tops,
Where troubles melt like lemon drops:
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high,
There's a land that I dreamed of once,
In a lullaby.

sitenote:
John's version of the Judy Garland standard started out as a sort of joke on a keyboard riff. Ironically it went to number 17 in the British charts and even number two in Sweden.
Classic song from The Wizard of Oz (1939) written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. It was the most famous song of the 537 that Harburg (1896-1981) wrote. He might seem a strange choice for John Martyn but apparently John knew the film. Also they both share left wing views for which Harburg was blacklisted by senator Joseph McCarthy's committee during the early fifties.

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