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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Crystal Espinoza

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Crystal Espinoza
English 102
Music as Poetry
Intended audience
- youth

"And the dreams that you dare to dream..."

"There's a land that I heard once in a lullaby."
Named "Song of the Century," by Recording Industry Association of America & National Endowment for the Arts
Adopted by American troops in Europe during WWII, as a symbol of the U.S.
Garland performed this song for the troops as a 1943 command performance
April 2005 USPS issued a commemorative stamp to recongnize E.Y. Harburg's accomplishments (stamp features, "Over the Rainbow"
Interesting Facts
Song was originally removed from the picture by the orders of MGM Chief Executive Louis B. Mayer & Producer Mervyn LeRoy; thought to slow the picture down.
Persistance of Associate Producer Arthur Freed & Garland's vocal coach, Roger Edends, they were able to reinstate the song.
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've 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,
High above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds 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?
Figurative Language
1) Repetion- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"..."blue birds fly"

2)Assonace- high, fly/drops, tops

3)Simile/Personification-"...[T]roubles melt like lemon drops"
Artist- Judy Garland better known as Dorthy Gale

Songwriter: E.Y. Harburg/music by Harold Arlen

Year of release:1939 with the Movie, The Wizard of OZ


Tone: longing/yearning/hopefulness

Significance of song's title:Somewhere far away, "over the rainbow," there may be a place like this that really exist

Theme/Message: There's a place where we all could dream about where everything's perfect
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