The Lyrics of the Beautiful song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

From the Hit Musical Fantasy "The Wizard Of Oz" released on August 25, 1939 (USA)

The Song Writers were influenced by Nazi Maltreatment of Jewish People.
Further explanation follows below after the four photos.

Cowardly Lion (wants courage), Tin Man (missing a heart), Dorothy's dog Toto, Scarecrow (needs a brain)

The Wicked Witch (Margret Hamilton)

"Wizard of OZ"

A tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and Toto are wisked away in their house
to the Magical land of Oz. They follow the yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard.
Along the way, they meet a Scarecrow, then a Tin Man, and then a Cowardly Lion.
The Wizard asks the group to bring him the Broom of the Wicked Witch (Margret
Hamilton) to earn the Wizard's help in getting back to Kansas.

At the 2014 Oscars, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the
"Wizard of Oz" by having Pink sing "Over the Rainbow", but what few people realized
while listening to that incredible performer singing that unforgettable song, is that
the music is deeply embedded in the Jewish experience.

But perhaps the most poignant song emerging out of the mass exodus from Europe
was "Over the Rainbow". The lyrics were written by the youngest of four children born
to Russian Jewish immigrants. He grew up in a Yiddish speaking, Orthodox Jewish home
in New York. The music was written by a Cantor's son.

In writing it, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish consciousness - framed
by the pogroms (organized masssacre of a minority group) of the past and the Holocaust about
to happen - and wrote an unforgettable melody set to near prophetic words.

Read the lyrics in their Jewish context and suddenly the words are no longer about Wizards
and Oz, but about Jewish survival.
The Lyrics of "Over the Rainbow":

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?

End of Lyrics.

The Jews of Europe could not fly. They could not escape beyond the rainbow. The writer was
was almost prescient when he talked about wanting to fly like a bluebird away from the
"chimney tops". In the post-Auschwitz era, chimney tops have taken on a whole different meaning
than the one they had at the beginning of 1939.

The irony is for two thousand years, the land that the Jews heard of "once in a lullaby" was not
America, but Israel. The remarkable thing would be that less than ten years after "Over the
Rainbow" was first published, the exile was over and the State of Israel was reborn.

Perhaps the "dreams that you dare to dream really do come true."

Note: This article is by Courtesy of Mr. Joe Sikora, a fellow retiree (and friend for several decades) who emailed me a text version. You are Welcome to Forward this Article or address to others as well. God Bless America, hmf.

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