Essay on The Song Over The Rainbow

1166 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
The song Over The Rainbow is a very iconic song sung by Judy Garland in the late 1930s. This song was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz that is most likely where it gained most of its popularity and praise. The song has also had a very unique cover done by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole in 1993. This cover of the popular ballad was and is loved by many. This cover also includes a verse from the song What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong. Although songs that are covered have mostly the same lyrics, and somewhat similar chord progression, the songs can also differ in many different ways. The original version of Over The Rainbow has a very slow and sort of majestic feel to it. It feels as though Garland is standing on top of a mountain watching the sunset. The song seems to be directed towards Dorothy in the movie The Wizard of Oz when she is feeling sad or upset. The song portrays the message that everything will be better some day, sometime in the future. I take the phrase “Somewhere over the rainbow” as saying something along the lines of “Somewhere else in this world”. This portrays the message that everything will get better because it shows that Dorothy can have hope that one day, eventually, those blue skies and white clouds will come her way. The message of the song could also be taken as a way of saying follow your dreams. Garland says that “And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”, I think that this means that as long as you believe in your dreams…

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