Sunday, July 24, 2011

still thinking about music and songbirds

still can't get enough of music and songbirds. i was strumming the old guitar yesterday when out of the blue there was this whisper in my inner ear -- the wizard of oz. immediately my fingers struggled to try to make out the chords for one of my favorite songs in that classic movie. the song is called "over the rainbow".

hummed it. whistled it. still my fingers can't quite get to make the song roll out of my daughter's trusty guitar. so, what's the next best thing to do?

well, if one's memory does not serve one well, Google will. and you tube too.

and i'm glad i did the research. i always thought that it was the original singer, judy garland, who has the best version of it. yet, i found these two equally beautiful gems. i was surprised. two of the best rock guitarists of all time did their own renditions of this fascinating song which music was written by harold arlen and poetic lyrics by e.y. harburg.

this one is by eric clapton: (just paste the link on the address bar)

this one is by jeff beck:

and these are its beautiful lyrics:

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?

now, my fingers remember the song again. i become a songbird and i fly over the rainbow in my mind.

another happy, blessed day.  thank you, o Infinite!


bani said...

heard the one by eric clapton! one of my favourites too! absolutely love the lyrics!! =)

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Beautiful song my brother, I agree with you Judy does the best version by far.

Sing bird sing the Gods are waiting to hear some love.

In Lak ech' brother Sito, love and light...

sito saguid said...

thanks for dropping by, bani. like you, i am captivated the lyrics and the melody. i am actually trying to find out more now about the composer and the lyricist. they might have some other collaborations waiting to be enjoyed.

sito saguid said...

brother, this song is truly an inspired creation both in melody and lyrics. one could not help but imagine traveling over the rainbow and finding a place full of wonder and love.