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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole — Somewhere/Wonderful
Album: Facing Future
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Released: 1993
Length: 5:02
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullaby (Ai)

(Oh) Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dream of,
Dreams really do come true (ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)

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 top
That's where you'll find me

(Oh) Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why, oh why can't I (hai hai, ai ai ai)

Well I see trees of green and red roses too
I watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the bright bliss of day I like the dark
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I, I love you

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than we'll know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world (urld urld, urld urld urld)

Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

(Oh) Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dare to,
Why, oh why can't I (hai hai, ai ai ai)

Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ah Ah Eeh Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
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Mr Kamakawiwo'ole makes a great song spectacular
 jp33442 wrote:
 thewiseking wrote:
Tiny Tim was better.
 Are you fucking kidding
          



 nitsirk90 wrote:
Always makes me ask "Who is Gabby?"
 
Probably  Gabby Pahinui, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist.
 thewiseking wrote:
Tiny Tim was better.
 Are you fucking kidding me

Aloha R.P
Mahalo ~ for this one
so Sweet!
Tiny Tim was better.
Always makes me ask "Who is Gabby?"
most lovely!
 xc_para_puravida wrote:

Yes, it's true indigenous populations have suffered dramatically as they've been force-fed crap, junkfood introduced by the so-called "developed" world while their native habitats have been converted to sugar plantations, pineapple farms and million-dollar coastal properties for the "white" exploitative class. Biology demonstrates that native peoples' metabolic systems can't cope with the alcohol, sugar, processed food and chemically-laden meat of the industrial food model - and other folks aren't doing too well eating that crap either. Ergo, this man died young! Despite that he sings with the voice of an angel proving he, at least, was above the evil and greed which helped form him!
 

and we can see this trend amongst all natives of the Americas.   Except for hard alcoholics who are skinny, as soon as they start to eat some sugar, they get fat really quick.
 hbs47 wrote:
Is this the only song he recorded??
 
Maybe you overlooked his discography?  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Absolutely love this song. The simple arrangement, the ukulele, and his voice make this so enjoyable. RIP
Is this the only song he recorded??
Song transports me to Manoa.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
I'm happy with this until the daft rappy bit at the end.  Don't know what that's all about, but my ears don't approve.
 
That little part at the end makes me smile a bit, eases me out of the sadness and melancholic reflection of those lost over the years this song always brings to me. 

Beautiful. The whole thing is just beautiful.
So simple.  A voice and a ukulele.  That's it.  Yet such a pure, excellent arrow straight to the heart of everyone who listens to it.  Seldom is there music that's better than this.   As another poster stated, the musical embodiment of a contemplative prayer.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Years ago I was in an ABC store in oahu. Wife was shopping for awhile. Long enough I noted this playing over and over. I ask the guy working there does that not get on your nerves after a while? He just look at me like dear lawd kill me now. I felt for him.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Played this at my mom's funeral, couple months ago. A real tear jerker.   
 
Ain't it tho? Hope you and yours are well, idiot_wind.

Long Live RP!! And memories of the dearly Departed, including Is.
Wonderful, we played this at our wedding, every time I hear it, I pause and enjoy. 
Thank you RP
This song is essentially a prayer. Relax and enjoy!
Makes me feel bubbly inside:)
Some covers deserve an 11.  This is one.
Hooray for the new player!!!

This came on right as I needed to leave for a meeting.  I hit pause, and now that I'm back in my office, I'm loving it.

I needed this song today.
Always wondered who did this version. Most excellent interpretation.
Played this at my mom's funeral, couple months ago. A real tear jerker.   
a modern day Tiny Tim. Even worse, actually.
I'm happy with this until the daft rappy bit at the end.  Don't know what that's all about, but my ears don't approve.
 poetdancer wrote:
When I gave birth (an emergency C-section) the anesthesiologist put on his CD. Have loved it ever since.
 
{#Good-vibes}
It's not possible to write enough positive things about Iz and his masterpiece. The world slows down and my vision gets blurry when this plays.
such
beauty
in such an animal
as
we
{#Heartkiss}
When I gave birth (an emergency C-section) the anesthesiologist put on his CD. Have loved it ever since.
{#Hearteyes}
epic
Eva Cassidy version is also wonderful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rd8VktT8xY

Got married to this
 grahamdillabough wrote:
Wonderful.  I had to stop and listen. 

If the numbers could go higher than 10, I would have to say 10 squared!  And I don't care how overplayed it is.

 
My feelings too!  His voice is/was unmatched.  If you (or anyone) is inclined to learn more about Bruddah Iz, there is an excellent documentary about his life, music, weight and health issues, fame, family, and most chilling, his death and funeral.  He was the 3rd person in Hawai'i to ever get a "state funeral" and the first not to be in government. State flags at half-mast, a convoy of semi trucks and everyone blaring their horns....the dumping of his ashes into the Pacific....all very chilling and well deserved respect.  And after he died (June 26, 1997) this track took off (originally released in 1993 I think) and became what it is today, going platinum in 2005.

And it's a bittersweet track for me;  I played this at my mom's funeral in 2008 and then at my dad's in 2015. 

Long Live RP!


Such a beautiful song.
This is a beautiful song and playing, also a favorite
Love this version...
The pure humanity of art reveals the searingness of everyday life can be calmed, sent away for us to return, renewed, to live life as if life is all we have.  The Sun Also Rises.
makes me smile so immensely.  there is hope after all.  what a good, good man.
Thanks, Iz. You make me happy in a world gone mad. Love you.
 
 moi aussi, or at least feel a little "human" 

rpdevotee wrote:
This song makes me cry...

 


This song makes me cry...
Wonderful.  I had to stop and listen. 

If the numbers could go higher than 10, I would have to say 10 squared!  And I don't care how overplayed it is.
A guilty pleasure.
Great timing!

It's snowing outside and its around 10 degrees! 
 colt4x5 wrote:

He was a gifted artist.

He was a Native activist in an age when that is taking a personal risk.

"The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral." (Wikipedia)

That's all I can think about when I hear it. 
 

 
Fantastic!
 dave6 wrote:
great song, great singer, but he's dead and was hugely obese which probably killed him. that's all I can think about when I hear it. 😥
 
He was a gifted artist.

He was a Native activist in an age when that is taking a personal risk.

"The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral." (Wikipedia)

That's all I can think about when I hear it. 
 
great song, great singer, but he's dead and was hugely obese which probably killed him. that's all I can think about when I hear it. 😥
Best mike check in history..
...and keep your hands off my wife's ukulele!
 helgigermany wrote:
not my taste!

 
As you see below.. . mine neither {#Evil}
 sirtezza wrote:
I’m starting a petition to have every ukulele in the world destroyed!!  Who’s in?

 
Me!{#Frustrated}
not my taste!
`olala
 thewiseking wrote:
If there's a hell, this will be playing there on an endless loop

 
Good luck to 'em.  I hope it cheers them up a bit during their torment.
If there's a hell, this will be playing there on an endless loop
mahalo for playing this nice tune!!!
 expertTexpert wrote:
Well, he has a nice clean voice, but the song itself isn't anything more than two touching tunes smooshed together.
It's pleasant, but there are things that are a lot more moving, to me, anyway. (For instance, JB's The Pretender is the same idea of despair and perseverance.)

If you're loving it, good on ya. But we all have our preferences. 

 
I read a story about this song, or heard a piece on the radio ... I forget, but I do remember learning that this was not planned and was sort of spontaneously thrown together tongue-in-cheek.  He knew he was getting the lyrics all wrong, but didn't care, since it was not intended for release.  My lasting impression was that he pretty much agreed that it was a trifle and that people might be (and probably should be) annoyed that there wasn't much attention to detail.
I was blessed to get to know Brother IZ as he is know in Hawaii, you could feel the true Aloha spirit from this very large man. We all do miss him his music last for ever and keeps his spirit alive I know he is playing with the angels now!   Mahalo for playing Bill
I hate this song... so slow and whining, repetitive and anything but "relaxing". It does just the contrary to me, makes me feel like shaking him so he would stop or give more energy... 2, because he has a nice voice and maybe we can hear it better on a different song. 
Sunny, with a touch of rain, right Bill? 
Don't make fun of fat people.  It only makes them eat more.  This guy had a beautiful voice.
Well, he has a nice clean voice, but the song itself isn't anything more than two touching tunes smooshed together.
It's pleasant, but there are things that are a lot more moving, to me, anyway. (For instance, JB's The Pretender is the same idea of despair and perseverance.)

If you're loving it, good on ya. But we all have our preferences. 
{#Sunny}{#Dancingbanana} Lekker number, he makes me feel slim.


 nutrod42 wrote:

I'm with you. How hard would it have been to get the lyrics right? 

 
Of for goodness sake! Isn't this a "mash-up?" So it's the lyrics from two songs and the artist has a lot of leeway to fit them together as he thinks best.
For the record its not a ukelele he is playing, its a full sized guitar.

Its just he was so massive it looked small. 
Don't fight the smile Stingy-baby.  That's your soul bloke.
 Stingray wrote:
Why I always have to smile in a weird way, when hearing this?

Frankly?

I think its big bag of  bull!

 

That's okay, Stingy. You're a teeny-weeny bag o' bull.
 emersonrp wrote:
I can't be the only one irritated that he knows like a third of the words to "Rainbow", all mixed in from different verses, and just sings them wrongly over and over?

 
I'm with you. How hard would it have been to get the lyrics right? 
Yeah....no.
When I bought an ukelele this was of course my first attempt. But it is impossible to come close to the great atmosphere that Israel creates with this, simply magic!
This gets a 20
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
My son's just said 'What's that.... it's a bit shit!'...... and I have to agree.


And has someone photoshopped the album cover or is he really that porky?

 
Boy_Wonder, yes, he "was" that porky, yes. RIP

The song is not shit, but a unique cover/approach that has been extremely overplayed, especially since his passing, used in saccharine soundtracks and overdubs in the most embarrassing manner. Still, not shit.


"Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me"
One day soon... #HawaiianIndependence
So many other great songs by Bruddah Iz, I wish you would play those instead of this overplayed one, such as 'Opae E.
I was surprised to learn this version came out in 1993. I first heard it second hand in the late 2000s.
My son's just said 'What's that.... it's a bit shit!'...... and I have to agree.


And has someone photoshopped the album cover or is he really that porky?
Entered our St. Patrick's Day wedding reception to this song.......SMILES!
Cannot listen to this song any longer without it tearing my heart out. This was the last time I held my Mom's hand and sang with her, to this song. She is with Isreal over the rainbow I am sure singing along with him.

A nice story with a tie to this song:

https://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/24/schmitz-christmas-iowa

 


Heh, the other one the bands all really like to do is "Brown-Eyed Girl."  I heard so many versions of that while I was there, it got to be funny after a while.  {#Lol}
 


rich95969 wrote:
Stay out of tourist areas and it shouldn't be an issue. I've been to Hawaii several times, and multiple islands, without ever hearing this song, that I recall. Rent a house for the real experience; it's as cheap as a hotel, you have more privacy, and the food is better (of course, it helps to have a wife who's a great cook, although I look more and more like Bruddah Iz every day! :-)
 

juanos wrote:
This is probably one of the reasons I wouldn't go to Hawaii.  I like this song a lot to be spoiled by  something like that. .. well also because I can't aford it right now {#Angel}


Shaken_Bake wrote:
Just returned from my first visit to Hawaii, an absolutely blissful 2-1/2 weeks, but they sure do play this song a lot; every airport hula trio, every maitai lounge singer, every slack key wannabe, every hotel lobby and elevator, has their own version.  Don't get me wrong, Bruddah Iz has the patent on it, but it loses a lot when you have to hear a dozen different versions not as good as the original!  Aloha.

 


 



 


Bought this album based on hearing on RP, and also during a trip to Hawai'i.  Was definitely a worthy purchase.  The first track brought tears to my eyes, and the rest of the album did not disappoint, either.  An amazing artist, gone too soon.  {#Notworthy}
Who's chopping onions here? incredible!
Perfect.

Such a beautiful little bright, soft, buzzy, moment this morning becasue of this song. And then poof....it will be gone.


 Ballzak wrote:
What a wonderful rendition.
And best when heard very infrequently!

 
Exactly.


 JHZ wrote:

check out Keith Jarrett playing it during a solo piano performance at La Scala (also title of the album).

 
Thanks for the reminder that I need to listen to that recording again. There is so much music that could, under the right circumstances, fit in with the flow here, including the La Scala performance. It will not happen, I suspect, but I also recommend this to anyone. Period.
Why I always have to smile in a weird way, when hearing this?

Frankly?

I think its big bag of  bull!


The most amazing song on this CD is Hawai'i '78 Introduction. Sounds lame but....
I am occasionally asked to make a tribute DVD with old photos when a friend or loved one passes away and I use this song along with others. Now my wife can't hear this song without thinking of someone dying. It's funny but it's not. Yeah it is.{#Cry}
 emersonrp wrote:
I can't be the only one irritated that he knows like a third of the words to "Rainbow", all mixed in from different verses, and just sings them wrongly over and over?

 
full of sound and fury.  signifying nothing.  {#Shhh}
What a wonderful rendition.
And best when heard very infrequently!
 emersonrp wrote:
I can't be the only one irritated that he knows like a third of the words to "Rainbow", all mixed in from different verses, and just sings them wrongly over and over?

 
Have you seen the size of him? He can fucking sing it how he wants.
 emersonrp wrote:
I can't be the only one irritated that he knows like a third of the words to "Rainbow", all mixed in from different verses, and just sings them wrongly over and over?

 
I read (via Wiki) that this was a one-take recording that was not rehearsed, but just "off the cuff" ("...originally recorded in a spur-of-the-moment demo session in 1988, and was done in a single take...") -- I feel that we are all tremendously lucky it was caught on tape. His voice and playing are so pure... {#Meditate}  {#Sunny}  {#Good-vibes}

Who cares if the lyrics are imperfect? So are we all!

Thanks!


I can't be the only one irritated that he knows like a third of the words to "Rainbow", all mixed in from different verses, and just sings them wrongly over and over?
"Palo manei kiki bobo"

Joe Isuzu 
never ever play this again.  shred all copies.
What the fuck???
Stay out of tourist areas and it shouldn't be an issue. I've been to Hawaii several times, and multiple islands, without ever hearing this song, that I recall. Rent a house for the real experience; it's as cheap as a hotel, you have more privacy, and the food is better (of course, it helps to have a wife who's a great cook, although I look more and more like Bruddah Iz every day! :-)
 

juanos wrote:
This is probably one of the reasons I wouldn't go to Hawaii.  I like this song a lot to be spoiled by  something like that. .. well also because I can't aford it right now {#Angel}


Shaken_Bake wrote:
Just returned from my first visit to Hawaii, an absolutely blissful 2-1/2 weeks, but they sure do play this song a lot; every airport hula trio, every maitai lounge singer, every slack key wannabe, every hotel lobby and elevator, has their own version.  Don't get me wrong, Bruddah Iz has the patent on it, but it loses a lot when you have to hear a dozen different versions not as good as the original!  Aloha.

 


 


a delightful comfort song, pierces even the most armored heart.
 gvan wrote:
This song is like eating sugar coated sugar. Please play some Nick Cave!

 

I like 'em both, although this song makes me feel like I'm at a wedding and Nick Cave makes me feel like I'm in an alley filled with dumpsters and junkies.

again, I like 'em both 
Nice pic! That's Ooh-Ahh Point!
This song always reminds me of the Sean Connery movie Finding Forrester. 
Personally, I love this. Long Live Izzy.


{#Heartkiss}
This song is like eating sugar coated sugar. Please play some Nick Cave!
This is probably one of the reasons I wouldn't go to Hawaii.  I like this song a lot to be spoiled by  something like that. .. well also because I can't aford it right now {#Angel}


Shaken_Bake wrote:
Just returned from my first visit to Hawaii, an absolutely blissful 2-1/2 weeks, but they sure do play this song a lot; every airport hula trio, every maitai lounge singer, every slack key wannabe, every hotel lobby and elevator, has their own version.  Don't get me wrong, Bruddah Iz has the patent on it, but it loses a lot when you have to hear a dozen different versions not as good as the original!  Aloha.

 

Many an advertising agency has ruined many great songs in exactly the same way. Bastards. 

 
Shaken_Bake wrote:
Just returned from my first visit to Hawaii, an absolutely blissful 2-1/2 weeks, but they sure do play this song a lot; every airport hula trio, every maitai lounge singer, every slack key wannabe, every hotel lobby and elevator, has their own version.  Don't get me wrong, Bruddah Iz has the patent on it, but it loses a lot when you have to hear a dozen different versions not as good as the original!  Aloha.

 


Just returned from my first visit to Hawaii, an absolutely blissful 2-1/2 weeks, but they sure do play this song a lot; every airport hula trio, every maitai lounge singer, every slack key wannabe, every hotel lobby and elevator, has their own version.  Don't get me wrong, Bruddah Iz has the patent on it, but it loses a lot when you have to hear a dozen different versions not as good as the original!  Aloha.
Long ago, in a land far, far away, I had a motorcycle with a KNUI "Radio Maui" sticker pasted right next to my Pearl Harbor Submarine Base parking sticker.  Was fiercely proud of it every time those jarheads waved me through the Kam Highway gate.

Hawaiian music has the uncanny ability to reflect the sunny personality of the islands.  Aina aloha. 
So glad to have a PSD button...
{#Cry}
Shhh

 
crazyossi wrote:
I don`t know whats so special with this tune - its only boring !!!
 


 crazyossi wrote:
I don`t know whats so special with this tune - its only boring !!!
 
Kanuffen wrote:
Such an incredible voice from a guy who was so incomprehensibly obese.....  enchanting!
 
Shallow and cruel.  Please stop.
I don`t know whats so special with this tune - its only boring !!!
 GrooVy wrote:
Most amazing melodic sounds and a voice to groove right along with this music! 

Israel, if you read this, any chance we met in Hermosa Beach wed night 1st week of April, 2010? You were 1 kewl cat but i didn't know when you were telling me about your music that you were this good! You looks the same as i remember but the photo misses out on your great smile! Please let me know as i am happy to know that the doctors that I help with were able to be of good assistance. =) Stay Groovy and as happy as i remember you. Here is to your great health & happy smile!

Your GrooVy friend,

 -Dr. GrooVy Yasperifa

P.S. Thanks for asking, but i located the dog i showed you photos of and was telling you about. =) 
 
Not too likely you met the real Iz, he passed away in 1997.

Absolutely wonderful tune.
Saw a lot of posters for this guy when I was in Hawaii last week. They seem to love him there. Did not expect him to sound like this…
My brother married his life partner in Hawaii "to this tune." {#Angel}
Most amazing melodic sounds and a voice to groove right along with this music! 

Israel, if you read this, any chance we met in Hermosa Beach wed night 1st week of April, 2010? You were 1 kewl cat but i didn't know when you were telling me about your music that you were this good! You looks the same as i remember but the photo misses out on your great smile! Please let me know as i am happy to know that the doctors that I help with were able to be of good assistance. =) Stay Groovy and as happy as i remember you. Here is to your great health & happy smile!

Your GrooVy friend,

 -Dr. GrooVy Yasperifa

P.S. Thanks for asking, but i located the dog i showed you photos of and was telling you about. =) 
This will be in the Soundtrack of my family's life. We have been spending our summer vacations in Maui for the past decade plus with our children....we put IZ in the cd player the moment we land and we listen until til the day we leave. Magical!