Over The Rainbow

Words & Music by E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen
Sung by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" 1939

  A     F#m  C#m7      A7       D Cdim C#m7-5 A7
Some - where over the rainbow, way up   high

  D     Dm A           F#7
There's a land that I heard of

 D9       E7   E7/6   A
Once in a lul - la - by.

 A      F#m  C#m7      A7       D   Cdim C#m7-5   A7
Some - where over the rainbow, skies are  blue,

 D  D9   A              F#7      D9
And the dreams that you dare to dream

       Bm7-5 E7/6   A    D9   A     
Really  do   come true.

E7      A        D9      Bm7-5   A    
Some - day I'll wish up - on  a star

     D       F#m       Bm7      Bm7/E  A6   D6  Cdim   A6
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me,

E7     A      E7/6       D9      A    
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,

 B7     B7/F#     Cdim    B7
Away a - bove the chimney tops,

        E7   Cdim   E7   E7/9
That's where you'll find  me.

A      F#m   C#m7     A7        D     Cdim  C#m7-5  A7
Some - where over the rainbow, blue - birds  fly;

 D    Dm6  A       F#7
Birds fly over the rainbow-

D9  Bm7-5     E7  E7/6  A   D9  A E7
Why, then, oh why can't I?  

E7  A    D9    Bm7-5         AM7
If happy little blue - birds fly

   D9      F#m     Bm  Bm7/E E7  E7-9  | A | D9 | BbM7 - Dm6 | AM7 |
Beyond the rainbow why, oh   why can't   I?

This is a replacement for a chart that has been on the site for years; it represents what I believe to be a more sophisticated and elegant way of playing the accompaniment than what I'd posted previously -- though that may also mean it is slightly less true to the original.

There is an intro verse which appeared on my previous chart, as recorded by Doris Day, which I had included mainly because I simply had never seen it nor heard it anywhere else; it never appeared in the movie. I still have it, and can forward it to you if you wish, but on reflection I don't think it added all that much to the song, itself, and it's not something that much of anybody "remembers" anymore since it's been recorded so rarely that probably only a very few have ever even heard it.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.