Songs About Rainbows
As a child, the song Rainbow Connection was one of my favorite “kids” songs (I tended to prefer the songs from my Mom’s record collection, and after awhile, my own rock/pop records). I loved the Muppets and their movies and television series, how could I not? Sesame Street and I were “born” in the same year. At the time, Rainbow Connection was the only song I knew about rainbows, even though the song promised there were so many more. I would find more to love later, odes to rainbows and color schemes, as I grew.
Songs with colors, they grew and grew as I did, becoming a theme of sorts that I collected, and built mix tapes with. I had favorites, reds and blues and violet songs that I would string together sometimes, or mix in-between black and white melodies. They would make a musical rainbow, bright and bold, much like the rainbow tee shirts I wore in junior high, that connected across my chest and down each arm. If you were alive in the late seventies and early eighties you’ll know the tee shirts I mean.
So, with a rainbow of colors in mind, here are my top five songs about rainbows:
“Ride the rainbow to the other side,
catch a falling star and then take a ride;
to the river that sings,
and the clover that brings good luck to you,
it’s all true.”
“She talks to birds,
she talks to angels,
she talks to trees,
she talks to bees;
she don’t talk to me.
Talks to the rainbows,
and to the seas.
She talks to trees;
she don’t talk to me.”
“She comes in colors everywhere,
she combs her hair,
she’s like a rainbow.
colors in the air,
she comes in colors.”
“Birds fly over the rainbow,
oh why can’t I?”
1. Rainbow Connection :: Weezer, Featuring Hayley Williams
from the album, Muppets: The Green Album
“Why are there so many songs about rainbows,
and what’s on the other side?”