“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole



“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Oooo, oooooo,ooooo,ooooooo
oooo,oooo
Ooooo,oooo,oooo
Oooooo,ooooo,ooooo,ooo,
oooo,oooo,ooo

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullaby

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dream of
Dreams really do come true

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
Blue birds fly
And the dream that you dare to
Why oh why can’t I

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 brightness 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
See friends shakin hands saying
‘How do you do?’
They’re really sayin,’I, I love you.”

I hear babies cryin
And are lost in hope
They’ll know much more than we’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Oh, 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…I

Ooooo,oooo,ooooo,ooooo,oooo,oooo……

Sometimes, listening to a feel-good song during a funeral is better than hearing very sad songs about death and dying. You can choose the piece performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole entitled “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Even if this song is not his original composition, his unique twist of adding the ukulele really makes the song stand out.

Stressing out too much during the funeral and thinking about funeral prices or cremation costs can easily take away the meaning of holding the memorial. But songs like this can help people pause for a minute and realize that memorials are all about honoring the life of the deceased people. This song may not necessarily be about death. But the meaning of it is treasuring what is important in life. And that is why the lyrics relate well to those who have lost a loved one.

The song tells the people that death is not the end of a voyage. It is merely a continuation to a greater journey that lies ahead. But because this journey is so much different than the life that you have now, you must treasure everything that you have so you won’t have regrets. And someday, when it will finally be your time to cross over that rainbow in heavens, you can look back at life and say that you have served your time well.

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