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Ella Fitzgerald — Over the Rainbow
Album: Harold Arlen Songbook
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8.2

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Total ratings: 871









Released: 1961
Length: 4:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When all the world is a hopless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around
Heaven opens a magic lane

When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There's a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from your window pane

To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullabye

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?

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?
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From Queen to The Queen. Nice
Perfect launch into Friday night! 
Friday's are beer, pizza, and records and this Friday's spins will be All Ella! How does Bill do it?
My wife and I are huge fans, thanks for playing such wonderful music.
 idiot_wind wrote:

Hands down: the greatest voice God ever created. 

No one comes close.  


I can only assume you've never heard Kathleen Ferrier
Thanks for playing this occasionally.   Very nice to listen to in my home office with the snow coming down outside the window.
 RoaringMouse wrote:

sublime



The divinity in Ella's superhuman voice really struts its stuff with this song. 
Sooooo goood!!!
 thewiseking wrote:

Idunno, i agree Ella's voice is perfect but there is a lack of emotion and phrasing when she tackles the emotional stuff. It's as if she "can read" but does not quite understand what she is reading



I'm gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there.
sublime
Bliss ... 
Holy smokin' chromium.
Teary eyes and open heart
 cc_rider wrote:
A nine?! Really? What was I thinking? Solid 10.
 
I had the same thought.
    --- BEST Quote of the day:
"Listening to to that song reminds me of listening to Judy Garland when I was 8 years old.  I had such a huge crush on. her ...  

... until I found out she was older than my Mom!!" 

-- BillG   
A nine?! Really? What was I thinking? Solid 10.
c.
just wonderful. Thanks (again) Bill.

HNY everyone!
If this track is not 10/10 every time? Well may the gods all bow to Christ Allmighty !! That’s right suckers ... since He’s Christ - He can spell that title any way He pleases! Yo Bos
Glad to hear all the lyrics.

side note, almost not in the WOZ movie
God she is just amazing 
There can be none. Fabienne wrote:

Why?

I'm looking forward to your explanation! :D 

 


but is it memorex?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-IvTF0xUxM

 
 Fabienne wrote:

waaaaaaiiiiiiit {#Whisper} -  this Thursday he did it again - followed by Vienna Tang - Watershed - again {#Eek}

Bill must have some preferences {#Wink} 

Okay, and now wind of change by the german band "scorpions". This is the perfect moment for a toilett break *aneuropeantrauma* 

 
And again on a Wednesday...Auto Programmed {#Nyah}
 thewiseking wrote:
Idunno, i agree Ella's voice is perfect but there is a lack of emotion and phrasing when she tackles the emotional stuff. It's as if she "can read" but does not quite understand what she is reading

 
Very fair. Beautiful but somehow too perfect.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Hands down: the greatest voice God ever created. 

No one comes close.  

 
Jazz voice...no arguement after the pedantry.
There's a "broadway-style" outfit coming to town in a few months, doing a Harold Arlen show. Kind of not my thing but I think we'll take it in anyway.
Idunno, i agree Ella's voice is perfect but there is a lack of emotion and phrasing when she tackles the emotional stuff. It's as if she "can read" but does not quite understand what she is reading
 maxjboxer wrote:
Absolutely beautiful voice without the, now norm of hating the person in real life because of their enormous ego and irritating reality show.

 
What?
Hands down: the greatest voice God ever created. 

No one comes close.  
Just like Johnny Cash is the only soul on earth who can talk to me about my own personal Jesus, this is the only version of this song I can actually hear. 
Absolutely beautiful voice without the, now norm of hating the person in real life because of their enormous ego and irritating reality show.
my co-workers must be shaking their heads. Earlier I was listening to Curtis Mayfield's "If There's a Hell Below..."
 oneyet wrote:
Egrey wrote:
On this Friday afternoon Bill played Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Sade, and now this gem from Ms. Fitzgerald.  Time for me to pour myself an adult beverage and sink into a comfy leather chair.  {#Music}

 
And on this friday he did it again. {#Tongue} 

Followed by Vienna Teng.



 
waaaaaaiiiiiiit {#Whisper} -  this Thursday he did it again - followed by Vienna Tang - Watershed - again {#Eek}

Bill must have some preferences {#Wink} 

Okay, and now wind of change by the german band "scorpions". This is the perfect moment for a toilett break *aneuropeantrauma* 
 helgigermany wrote:
Awful!!!

 
Why?

I'm looking forward to your explanation! :D 
Awful!!!
Ella, you are stellar!
Think about the lyrics in terms of your own life and career. Inspires hope, positive thoughts and feelings. 'Why oh why can't I?' You can!
Just listen to how she slides up or down to the scored notes.  That's just tasty.
Good god!!!!!
This is just about perfect!
She sings it very, very well, indeed.

It just isn't my speed.
Ah, that voice...that voice...elegance, beauty and peace.

And I just looked at this set list..."wish you were here", "bring me home", "over the rainbow."  Particularly poignant today, as I learned this morning that an old friend passed away far, far, far before his time.
Never done better!
But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
Egrey wrote:
On this Friday afternoon Bill played Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Sade, and now this gem from Ms. Fitzgerald.  Time for me to pour myself an adult beverage and sink into a comfy leather chair.  {#Music}

 
And on this friday he did it again. {#Tongue} 

Followed by Vienna Teng.


An angel, she was an angel!!

Even on this piece of schlock, Ms. Ella is perfection.

I know, I know, but she has such a wonderful portfolio, this isn't even in her top 20. But she does do it proud.


This is absolutely fabulous.  One of the most amazing voices of the 20th Century combined with one of the finest songs!  There is something about the finest singers of the middle of the 20th century (Fitzgerald, Sinatra, Crosby, etc.) that seems to be largely missing today:  singing so richly and so entirely without irony.  Each song by one of the greats is like a gem.
 Coaxial wrote:
Amazing rendition. I feel for those that gave it a 2 or a 3. Me? I gave it a 9.
 
Some people simply have no soul, so to speak.  Ditto your 9.
I think if I get to heaven I'll be able to walk down the tree-lined street to a place with Ella singing this.
Oh my goodness. 10.
Working on the patio today. The sun is out and it's very comfortable. The day just went from really good to perfect.
What class!  Nice and refreshing to say the least!  Ahhhhhhhh!
Such a voice.
A 10 for the First Lady
Never heard this version before, but ... wow! Loved it.
Amazing rendition. I feel for those that gave it a 2 or a 3. Me? I gave it a 9.
 Egrey wrote:
On this Friday afternoon Bill played Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Sade, and now this gem from Ms. Fitzgerald.  Time for me to pour myself an adult beverage and sink into a comfy leather chair.  {#Music}

 
Yep, Bill keep giving us good reasons to drink! And to own comfy leather chairs.
Whatta voice!
On this Friday afternoon Bill played Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Sade, and now this gem from Ms. Fitzgerald.  Time for me to pour myself an adult beverage and sink into a comfy leather chair.  {#Music}
Second time in the last 30 minutes I've made this comment, but I LOVE Radio Paradise.
Not my cup of tea, but I never would have listened to it had it not been here.  For that... I'm appreciative.  Expanding my horizons.
Utter perfection!