Over the Rainbow


“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Judy Garland (1939)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

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

Some day I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
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?
Some day I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
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?

46 thoughts on “Over the Rainbow

  1. Lovely song to help banish the dark clouds that have plagued us lately.
    May I suggest an idea? What if we devoted one thread to publicizing our favorite charities and individuals/organizations who work to make a better society. Not necessarily well known; share a story about a local person/group who makes a positive difference in your community.
    After the last four years of political nastiness and the recent tragedies, let the sunshine in. Good people, good deeds. Merry Christmas everyone.

  2. Excellent idea sjwny, let this thread be it. I’ll start with Habitat for Humanity, my favorite charity. Of course, that’s due to the first politician I ever worked for, Jimmy Carter, who popularized Habitat. Don’t care what folks say, I’m proud of him.

  3. My daughter has a room in her house that is totally made up with a Wizard of Oz theme. When my wife and I visit (Columbus) we sleep in that room. Posters, sheets, pillow cases, still framed photographs are all over the walls. Even the guest bathroom is decked out in Wiz gear…including the damn shower curtain! The only picture breaking up total Wizard domination is a framed copy of Richard Avedon’s portrait of John, Paul, George, and Ringo…I focus on that one.

  4. Craig, I still admire Jimmy Carter because of his honest words about the Palestinian plight in The Region.

    Also, my long-time buddy, who I met in the army 42 years ago, lives in rural Connecticut and has for 34 years. He knows Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist whose daughter was murdered by the Newtown madman. Here’s an excerpt from my friend Greg’s email to me:

    “I learned today from a radio colleague that the daughter of a jazz musician we know was among the victims in Newtown on Friday. Jimmy Greene had just started teaching at Western CT State College in Danbury this semester, and I guess had taken up residence in Newtown for a convenient commute. I helped spread the word on this fine saxophonist’s talents when he was a student under Jackie McLean at the Hartt School at Univ. of Hartford.”

  5. Oregon Democrat,
    Over the Rainbow defined the woman. Always wondered if that song was as close to reclaiming Frances Gumm that Judy Garland ever got.

  6. Yeah, Craig, no problem…the song I linked was written for his daughter some time back…this is rough just thinking about this over and over, but it’s hard to move away from the thought process, guns, murders, my friend’s friend’s loss of his child….

  7. My favorite ways to help others are The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (for us two-legged animals) and The Ten Lives Club (for our four-legged pals.)
    FreeClinics for all is just a decent thing to do. A few dollars can make the difference between life and death for someone.
    The Ten Lives Club works to find good homes for older kitties, especially with older people. It’s a win-win situation.

  8. Volunteering -- Craig has set up this site for comment -- the hours put into this work is immense and to be congratulated. Not only time but also his wealth. I have a great deal of respect for someone who puts so much effort in a voluntary capacity to assist in the healing and promotion of the society in which he lives. This is positive citizenship at its best.

    Apart from working for reward, volunteering is an important part of the social glue. I have found this part of my life possibly the most rewarding. For those not familiar with my own little piece of the internet, I run two sites dedicated basically to family reunion in a historical context. One site is a blog chronicling the Australian mounted forces from 1899 to 1920 while the other site is a discussion forum where the real work of family reunion takes place.

    An example of this occurred when I posted a photograph and bio of a fellow from an old magazine cutting -- it was an interesting exercise to me. For the reader who wrote to me, this was the first time he had ever seen his father as his last memory was as a child in 1932. His mother and two sisters died of influenza and as a small child he was placed in an orphanage because his father could no longer look after him. He was 7 at the time, and that was the last time he was hugged by anyone for a further 7 years. By the time this fellow grew up, his father was dead and he had no family memorabilia. Through luck his son searched the net and came across this pic and told me the story. It was hard to keep dry eyes.

    We try to put this period into context so the good folks of Oz can understand what their relatives went through during this tumultuous period. If you are interested in soldiers stories, we have a column called “WHAT ABOUT IT, JACK?” which places a specific story into some sort of context. The stories are generally entertaining as they were told about a decade after the war but they deal with some interesting historical issues, such as the original Mademoiselle from Armentières other enduring war images.

    Volunteering has always been a way of life and the rewards are so great and enduring.

  9. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) -- 100% of all donations go to relief projects -- the overhead is covered by a special collection at United Methodist churches every March called, “One Great Hour of Sharing.”

    Operation Kindess is a no-kill pet shelter where I’ve volunteered in the past (when I was able to drive that far). I’d love to be able to do that, again.

  10. Salvation Army, They do a lot of good in my neighborhood even if they can be a pain in the ass sometimes. Years ago I started my tradition, what ever the amount I had decide to spend per family member, I would drop an equal amount in their kettle.

    Jack

  11. The Russian Rivers Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are the best charity.

    They raise money and give out grants. I think the first order was in SF and now there are groups in quite a few cities. The Russian River Chapter is one of the oldest and most fun.

  12. A place called spay and neuter, They provide low cost services and will spay or neuter stray cats for free. They will even help you catch them.

    Jack

  13. Coach Small, She has decided to turn some abandoned lots on her block into community gardens. She is probably out there this morning with her lopping shears

    Ms Coats, who said “enough” one day and on her own with little help from anybody became an advocate for her block improvement. So far she has gotten the city put her block on the list for new curbs and side walks and has there attention about an abandoned house that is falling down.

    Jack

  14. Then there is Terry and his wife Kim. A couple of years ago they started a block watch club. Their organization is one of the few in the city that has been able to cross the cultural divide between Hispanics and Anglos.
    The other day he called me and needed the number of my renter. It seems that one of his watch member observed some prowlers and called it in. The police caught them and they had a backpack full of electronics. If he could have found the owner then the police could have held the men. I found out that Terry’s group had created 2 phone trees one in English, one in Spanish to get the word out in case of an emergency. They were using both that day.

  15. Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, clothing to homeless people, 365 days a year, for as long as I can remember.

    PAWS, Norwalk, CT rescues homeless animals & places them in new homes for more than 50 years…

    And this time of year, the annual WICC(our local Bridgeport radio station) Holiday Fund for Children…

  16. Our favorite big charity is UNICEF… they provide help to children worldwide. LOVE the work they do in war torn areas.

    My favorite local charity is my little library. In times of economic hardship, libraries see their usage go way up.

    Rick gives support to several local hiking and trail maintenance groups.

    We both support the Humane Society of Greater Nashua NH. All three of our kitties come from there.

  17. Craig if you like the song on ukulele you’ll love my favorite version from IZ.
    IZ was from the great state of Hawaii so this is also in honor of the late great Senator Inouye…

  18. I give to a number of charities, all of which I believe are either underfunded, or serve causes that are under-appreciated, or whose missions are misunderstood.

    In the last category, my candidate this year, the one I offer is, the Anti-Defamation League.

  19. Our local Mission (fits into that misunderstood category mentioned by Flatus. They provide food and shelter for the addicted homeless in our community. Tough work.

  20. Move On,

    Sierra Club,

    Nature Conservancy,

    Save the Children,

    The Heifer Project,

    IRAC. IRAC fights for religious pluralism and justice (and wins) against the netanyahu government in the Israeli courts.

  21. Fabulous interview with Rebecca Peters who led the battle for gun safety in Australia with Amy Goodman Democracy Now. Answers to many questions people are raising and stats to back up the choices.

  22. And we still maintain our Backyard Habitat that is open to anyone who needs some solitude or wants to explore. Toot’s family has taken over trail maintenance and care of the nesting places.

  23. Tooth Taxi, sponsored by Oregon Education Association Choice Trust and Oregon Dental Foundation…

    This is a sophisticated dental lab on wheels providing free dental care and services to children throughout Oregon…

  24. Jack -- re: Salvation Army. Her indoors has been a volunteer in one of their local charity shops for over a decade. She is at the sharp end of community poverty and care. Every Tuesday, like clockwork, she puts in her hours. Having worked there myself when the need is great and volunteers few, I can vouch for the fact that no two hours ever are the same but the personal rewards are far greater than the pay. ;-)

  25. Salvation Army does good work. I stick money in their red kettles almost every time I go to the Mall or grocery store and never begrudge them being in front of the stores.

  26. I just heard about Senator Inouye’s death. I guess, it is a bit appropriate that I make this comment on a page about a rainbow knowing that Germanic mythology says rainbows are the path for the dead to the afterlife.

    As much as I disagreed with the gentleman, it is sad to hear of someone passing. After the last couple weeks of hearing stories about Virginia Foxx’ elevator escapades, it was heart-warming to read your story, Craig.

  27. I’ve taken to giving cash going in and snacks for the bell-ringer on the way out. Guess which direction gets me the most heartfelt “God bless you!”

  28. Okay, back to business. Did everyone see this Moyer’s video a couple of days ago with Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith explaining the fiscal cliff? I have to agree that we should allow ourselves to go over this cliff (or perhaps, it is a sidewalk curb).

  29. nice catch jaslf, i’m a big fan of Bartlett & Smith, the Bartles & Jaymes of journalism

    btw, just in case it bears repeating my threads are always open, no one need hesitate to change the subject

    and with Christmas day a week out i’m easing into holiday mode, so do that voodoo you do so well. i’ll be reading and joining in occasionally

  30. Thanks for your patience with my bad temper, again. The massacre really put me in a really bad mood. I think I understood Mr. Paranoid’s rage perfectly. I’m guessing that his mind just went on loudspeaker, and he wanted some justice. In this case, I figure that justice as vengeance popped into his mind and into his post. I got that feeling too for a second. Maybe it’s a guy thing.

    Anyway, enough of my pop psychology and unlicensed mind reading. Suffice it to say, if after learning about the Sandy Hook massacre I’d bumped into Charlton Heston on the street, I’d have clawed his weapon from his cold dead hands. Grrr.

    I think I’m sane again now. Sort of. Thanks again for your continued patience.

  31. Well, it’s been a long and winding day. Time to wrap it up and take it home. Everyone be careful out there.

  32. Take This Deal and Shove It
    by Taylor Marsh

    As for Pentagon cuts, they’re hidden under a unicorn in an addendum you’ll find after a wild goose chase.

    Okay, so it’s not that opaque. Obama’s new deal calls for $100 billion in defense cuts, while his cave on Social Security is $30 billion more than that.

    See Dean Baker’s post on the chained CPI if you don’t believe me.

  33. Obama could not negotiate his way out of a paper bag…We should not be surprised…

  34. My two favorite charities are The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, for our badly injured military personnel , and the Imus Ranch for Kids With Cancer. With both, 100% of your donated dollar goes to the cause. Administrative costs are covered by the people who started these charities. I’ve always found both to be truly admirable.

  35. Means testing for medicare is a big mistake and a step backwards in the fight for single payer.

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