E. Y. Harburg

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Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Edgar Yipsel Harburg (8 April 18964 March 1981), born Isidore Hochberg and known primarily as E. Y. Harburg or Yip Harburg, was an American lyricist who worked with many well-known composers. He is most famous for his lyrics for The Wizard of Oz (1939), including those of "Over the Rainbow".

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Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow it over the hill and stream
Look, look, look to the rainbow
Follow the fellow who follows a dream.
  • Without your love
    It's a honky-tonk parade
    Without your love
    It's a melody played in a penny arcade.

    It's a Barnum and Bailey world
    Just as phony as it can be
    But it wouldn't be make-believe
    If you believed in me.

    • "It's Only a Paper Moon" (1933) (co-written with Billy Rose)
  • 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?
  • We're off to see the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
    You'll find he is a whiz of a Wiz! If ever a Wiz! there was.
  • Life is short, short, brother!
    Ain't it the truth?

    And there is no other
    Ain't it the truth?
    You gotta rock that rainbow while you still got your youth!
    Oh! Ain't it the solid truth?
    • "Ain't It the Truth" originally written for Cabin in the Sky (1943), but pulled from the show, and later included in Jamaica (1957) - Lena Horne version
  • On the day I was born,
    Said my father, said he
    I've an elegant legacy waiting for ye.
    Tis a rhyme for your lips
    And a song for your heart
    To sing it whenever the world falls apart.

    Look, look, look to the rainbow
    Follow it over the hill and stream
    Look, look, look to the rainbow
    Follow the fellow who follows a dream.

  • So I ask each weepin' willow
    And each brook along the way,
    And each lad that comes a-whistlin' Tooralay
    How are things in Glocca Morra
    This fine day?
    • "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
  • When the idle poor
    Become the idle rich
    You'll never know
    just who is who
    or who is which.
  • No matter how high or great the throne,
    What sits on it is the same as your own.
    • As quoted in The Americans (1970) by David Frost, p. 181

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