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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

by Harold Arlen and E. Harburg


Judy Garland

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've 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,
High above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds 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?

Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz - 1939

As sung by Judy Garland at the Palace theater in New York City - 1951 (I was there in the balcony. The place was packed. The audience was devastated, when she finished and ran off there was absolute silence...until the standing ovation began and never ended.)

Judy's New York Times obituary



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