Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

This song was played as an openingsdance on a wedding where I served long time ago. It was a wedding of a son of a banker with an atmosfere which made me think of the one in the film Festen. It’s a very sweet song and I was directly flabergasted when I heard it for the first time.

I don’t know why it’s a hit now in iTunes France after seven years (I think it “flew over” from Germany and Austria), but it’s a good reason to post here, because it’s a great melody to hum or sing for your (little) guests full of hope.



Oooooooo… Oooooooo… Oooo… Oooo… Oooo…
Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high,
And the dreams that you dreamed of,
Once in a lullaby.
Oh, somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly,
And the dreams that you dreamed of,
Dreams really do come true.


Someday, I’ll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where trouble melts like lemon drops,
High above the chimney top,
That’s where you’ll find me.
Oh, somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly,
And the dreams that you dare to.
Oh why, oh why can’t I..?


Well, I see trees of green and red roses too,
I’ll watch them bloom for me and you.
And I think to myself: What a wonderful world..!
Well, I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white,
And the brightness of day.
I like the dark and I think to myself:
What a wonderful world..!


The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people passing by.
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, ” I…I love you!”
I hear babies cry, and I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more than we’ll know.
And I think to myself: What a wonderful world..!


Someday, I’ll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where trouble melts like lemon drops,
High above the chimney top,
That’s where you’ll find me.
Oh, somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
And the dreams that you dare to,
Oh why, oh why can’t I..?

From Wikipedia

Over the Rainbow” (often referred to as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) is a classic Academy Award-winning ballad song with music by Harold Arlenand lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. It was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz, and was sung by Judy Garland in that movie. Over time it would become Garland’s signature song.

About the singer Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole

Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (Hawaiian pronunciation: [kaˌmakaˌʋiwoˈʔole]; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) was a Hawaiian musician.

He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” was subsequently featured in several filmstelevision programs, and commercials.

Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the last 15 years.[1]

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