On this week’s Tuesday Tunes I would like to feature not singer or a band but a particular song that is dear to my heart. This song was a lullaby my father regularly sing while putting baby Aya to sleep.
This song was originally written in 1939 for the film The Wizard of Oz. About five minutes into the film, Dorothy sings the song after failing to get her aunt and uncle to listen to her relate an unpleasant incident involving her dog, Toto, and the town spinster, Miss Gulch. Dorothy’s Aunt Em tells her to “find yourself a place where you won’t get into any trouble.” This prompts Dorothy to walk off by herself, musing to Toto, “Some place where there isn’t any trouble.’ Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It’s not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It’s far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain…” at which point she begins singing.
There are plenty of versions of Over the Rainbow since Judy Garland in the wizard of Oz. It seems to be a favourite for people to reinterpret the music. This version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is by far my favourite.
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 dream that you dare to, why, oh why can’t I? I?