Rainbow Connection

Album: The Muppet Movie Soundtrack (1979)
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  • Why are there so many songs about rainbows
    And what's on the other side
    Rainbows are visions
    But only illusions
    And rainbows have nothing to hide

    So we've been told
    And some choose to believe it
    I know they're wrong, wait and see
    Some day we'll find it
    The rainbow connection
    The lovers, the dreamers, and me

    Who said that every wish
    Would be heard and answered
    When wished on the morning star
    Somebody thought of that
    And someone believed it
    And look what it's done so far

    What's so amazing
    That keeps us stargazing
    And what do we think we might see
    Someday we'll find it
    The rainbow connection
    The lovers, the dreamers, and me

    All of us under its spell, we know that it's probably magic

    Have you been half asleep?
    And have you heard voices?
    I've heard them calling my name
    Is this the sweet sound
    That called the young sailors?
    The voice might be one and the same

    I've heard it too many times to ignore it
    It's something that I'm supposed to be
    Someday we'll find it
    The rainbow connection
    The lovers, the dreamers and me

    La da da di da da dum da duh da da dum di da ohhhWriter/s: Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Walt Disney Music Company, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 20

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaThanks Paul and friend. TOTALLY LOVE THIS SONG, am a dreamer at heart and love rainbows.
  • Kevin from Grapevine, TxIt is a wonderful song but I don't think the opening lyrics start out negative there is a double entendre at work. Rainbows have nothing to hide can be interpreted that they are open and truthful in a world full of deception. Also the fact that they are both Illusion and truth shows a wonderful duality.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThis song was nominated for Best Song at the 1979 Academy Awards {Lost to "It Goes Like Iy Goes" from the movie "Norma Rae"}!!!
  • Richard from Seattle, WaJim Henson sang this as Kermit the Frog. Who played the banjo as Kermit the Frog?
  • Richard from New York, NyI used to have music time every night with my little girl. We used to play her favorite songs, dance around and laugh like crazy. This song (Kenny Loggin's version) always ended with her throwing her arms around my neck, squeezing tight and kissing my cheek. I'd forgotten how special those moments were until I recently listened to the song again. Now that she's 19 and expressing her independence, I hope she lives with the sense of hope and adventure expressed in this song. And I hope I get to dance at her wedding to this special song.
  • Joy from Springfield, MoMy niece got married in Oct. 2009 in Ft. Collins, Colorado. My beloved brother passed away 7 years ago and loved the Muppets. Her "Father/Daughter" dance was Rainbow Connection and she danced with the younger of her brothers then the older brother. It was a very poignant moment. We all cried. It was the best part of the wedding reception.
  • Madison from Norway, MeI really like Paul Williams. I saw him with Melissa Manchester in NYC a few years ago and he sounded great.
  • Joycemorrison from Phoh my, this song has actually been playing in my head the last two weeks! i'd suddenly blurt out loud "someday we'll find it... the rainbow connection... the lovers, the dreamers and MEEEEE!" i never fully appreciated this song's wonder til now. me and my friend likes what it conveys. thank you for all the trivia. =)
  • Wayne from Billerica, MaPaul Williams himself sang this song on an episode of "Picket Fences" where he played the younger brother of the Zelda Rubenstein character. She had died and he sang it at her funeral.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdKenny Loggins sings this on his Return to Pooh Corner record. Of course no one sings like Kermit
    (why the heck did the Carpenters even sing it?)
  • K from Toronto, CanadaWhen Deborah Harry appeared on the Muppet Show she sang this song with Kermit. There's a clip of it on Youtube.
  • Jenni from Detroit, MiMy Drama Club has Kermit the Frog as our mascot. Before everyone of our performances, everyone included in the performance (cast, stage crew, director, coreographer, etc.) gather in a big circle backstage. We all sing this song. It is very special to me because of this. I love every version of it, but since the one we sing before our shows is by Kermit, that one has to be my favorite. <33
  • Lisa from Flower Mound, TxThis is such a great song. There are so many good versions of it; each one special. Of course, my favorite has to be the version that Judy Collins puts out.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NySome years ago, this song was used in a commercial. I do not remember what the commercial was for, but it showed old films of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. Even though "Rainbow Connection" is not intentionally about immigration, it is an appropriate interpretation. Immigrants came and come to this country to follow their dreams, to follow the rainbow to the country "where the streets are paved with gold".
  • Dennis from Anchorage, AkJim Henson sang this as Kermit. He also was the voice for Ernie on Sesame Street, who sang Rubber Duckie, which was actually a charting hit in about 1969 (maybe 1970). Henson is in the trivia books for having two hits with two different names not his own.
  • River from Sdfa, IcelandThe song is (atleast to me) about human curiosity.
  • Rin from Chattanooga, TnMe First and the Gimme Gimmes, the kings of punk covers, recorded a version of "Rainbow Connection" for their album Are A Drag.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrWith the help of John Denver, Paul Williams wrote "When The River Meets The Sea" in 1977 for Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas, a TV special that featured some of the rare Muppet Characters.
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaIt was fascinating to watch Kermit play the banjo, ride a bicycle and tap dance, but the best part of the movie was the reprise of this song at the end. Paul Williams also wrote "Old Fashioned Love Song" and all the music for a gangster movie with an all kid cast, "Bugsy Malone". He was a talented writer, singer, and actor. And who else could have written the song Miss Piggy sang when she first saw Kermit?
  • Tiffany from Dover, FlI saw many businessmen singing the first verse of it in a TV ad by probably IBM once.
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