Over The Rainbow
Melody Gardot Lyrics


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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

Someday 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 then, oh, why can't I?





If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh, why can't I?

Overall Meaning

Melody Gardot's rendition of "Over The Rainbow" is an emotive take on the classic tune from The Wizard of Oz. The first verse conjures a magical image of a faraway place, a land that's only been heard of in a lullaby. The portrayal of a place that exists only in the realm of imagination is aptly tied to the lyrics in the second verse. While the skies over the rainbow might be blue, what really pulls at the heartstrings is the notion that the dreams you dare to dream can actually come true if you believe in them. These lines speak to the childhood innocence that is lost when we grow older and our dreams become more grounded in reality.


The singer's wistful longing for a place where troubles melt away at the drop of a hat, where everything seems possible, is echoed in the third verse. There's a sense of escape from the mundane, where one can dream big and lofty. The lyrics paint a beautiful picture of a place where one can be free from worry and live life to the fullest. The final verse captures the singer's despair at not being able to attain that place. The parallel drawn between happy bluebirds flying over the rainbow and the singer's own helplessness to do so speaks volumes.


Line by Line Meaning

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There is a place far beyond our reach.


There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby
Years ago I heard of a magical place that only existed in a dream.


Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
The sky is always blue in this heavenly land.


And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true
In this magical land, all your dreams and aspirations come true, no matter how impossible they may seem.


Someday I'll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
One day, I'll make a wish, and when I wake up, all my problems and worries will be left behind.


Where troubles melt like lemon drops Away above the chimney tops That's where you'll find me
In this magical land, all your troubles will disappear, like melting sugar in tea, and that's where I'll be.


Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly Birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh, why can't I?
How come, even though bluebirds can fly into this magical land, I'm still grounded?


If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow Why, oh, why can't I?
If these small and frail creatures can make it into the land of dreams, then why can't I, a person with purpose and deams?




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Yip Harburg, Harold Arlen

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Comments from YouTube:

Isabelle Frost

I love Melody's version of "Over the Rainbow". Her velvety and husky voice wraps you up like a soft blanket! Wonderfully jazzy!

Ken Nickels

she has a rare vibrato that can bring one to tears ... the beautiful string arrangements are also stellar.

Pierre Bourges

Your voice is liquid gold. Thank you.

Emanuel Ruggeri

I cry every time I hear this version. But tears of joy because of the simple artistic arrangement and angelic voice. The voice from the music Gods...

Claire Amer

Heard it on the radio today and loved it! Very cheerful with a twist! What a happy song 🎼💜👍🏻well done

J G

If you're going to cover a classic, make it your own, make it new, make it special, Gardot has done ALL of that, the superb original now has a happy and upbeat tone, and a sexy little samba. Really wonderful.

Сильвер Алый

Увидев название мирового хита в Её исполнении, можно не сомневаться - Вы услышите абсолютно новое и очаровательное прочтение! 👏💐

Pedro Motilla

Simply, irresisteble.... what a nice voice, what a nice version, it drove me to the stars...

Douglass Holdings

She has such a beautiful voice. Great songs to sit by the fireplace and enjoy your loved ones company!

Xavier L.

I love this song. great version! a rest for my spirit

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