A thought provoking take on a classic song

John Fisher and I present a weekly radio programme on Radio Jcom – Poets Corner, a couple of weeks ago John read out a very interesting piece that he had found on the internet which suggests that the lyrics of Somewhere Over the Rainbow are in fact more to do with the Jewish experience in Europe rather than a tale of witches, a tin man and a wizard.


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?