Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy Lyrics


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Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
In the land that I've heard of once, 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
Oh, way above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Oh, way above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true





If happy little bluebirds fly above the rainbow, oh
Oh, why can't I?

Overall Meaning

Eva Cassidy's rendition of "Over the Rainbow" is a powerful and emotional interpretation of the classic song. The lyrics describe a place "somewhere over the rainbow" where dreams really do come true and where troubles melt away. The singer yearns to go to this place where blue skies and happy dreams are waiting. The lyrics are a poignant and poetic representation of the human desire for hope and happiness, and the belief that these things can be found if one keeps dreaming and hoping.


The song's opening lyrics invite us to dream of a place that feels surreal and otherworldly. "Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, in the land that I've heard of once, once in a lullaby", creates a sense of wonder and longing. This leads into the chorus, where the song becomes a call to action. "And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true." encourages people to dream and pursue their desires, no matter how far away they may seem. The concluding lines of the song, "If happy little bluebirds fly above the rainbow, oh, why can't I?", are heartbreaking in their yearning for a better life.


Line by Line Meaning

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
Somewhere, above the sky, across the rainbow, a magical place exists.


In the land that I've heard of once, once in a lullaby
The magical land that once existed in the singer's dream, now exists only in her imagination.


Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
The singer's dreamland is a happy and peaceful place.


And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true
The artist encourages the listeners to have courage to pursue their dreams, as they can come true in the magical land beyond the rainbow.


Someday I'll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far behind me Where troubles melt like lemon drops Oh, way above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me
The artist dreams of escaping her troubles and worries and finding solace in the dreamland across the rainbow.


If happy little bluebirds fly above the rainbow, oh Oh, why can't I?
The singer wishes to experience the happiness and freedom that she imagines the little bluebirds experience while flying over the magical land beyond the rainbow.




Lyrics © CONSALAD CO., Ltd., O/B/O DistroKid
Written by: Yip Harburg, Harold Arlen

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@oakbank214

Who is still listening to this in 2024 ❤

@marydwyer3241

Lost my brother in 2019 to brain cancer. Been playing this song ever since😢.

@olwinmcdonald563

I am 💗

@joerowlinson4498

Me too at 81.Joyful

@MrVaug

@@marydwyer3241Lost my mother to cancer, we played this at her funeral 💔

@Christian-fk9xg

i am

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@benefitpartnersdirect2065

I graduated from high school with Eva and had the privilege of seeing her live before she died. So, so good. An amazing talent and also a very humble and sweet lady. A tragic loss....

@laurieelliott1969

That is so cool, this will play when I go to heaven. Love rainbows and what God made. Gonna fly like a bluebird and troubles fly away.

@bryanrendleman2001

She was the most amazing singing talent to ever perform.

@AngelaDoyle-jh9gn

How privileged you are to have known such amazing talent.

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