R is the Rainbow Connection


One of my all time favorite songs is sung by…

A frog?

Well…  Kermit is no ordinary frog.  I knew the Muppets long before Kermit made his appearance.  Ralph the Dog was on the Jimmy Dean show way back when.  I was just about a toddler, but I remember him.

I could post quite a bit about the Muppets and their contributions over the years.  The duet between Rudolph Nureyev and Miss Piggy in the sauna room where Nureyev is singing ‘I really can’t stay…’ and Miss Piggy is trying to convince him otherwise.  Swine Lake (from the same show).  Pigs in Space with Lance Hogthrob…

Ah, well.  I loved the Muppets.  But oddly enough, I didn’t encounter this song through a movie or their show.  I heard it on the radio back in the ‘eighties.  The singer was terrible (who expects a frog to sing well?) and the DJ said he’d love to hear Judy Collins do justice to it.

I don’t know about that.  Kermit, somehow, expresses for me the smile and the wishing and the determination.

Here’s the YouTube video from the movie CLICK HERE

…and here are the lyrics.

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
Someday we’ll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me

 

Who said that ev’ry wish
Would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star
Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it
Look what it’s done so far
What’s so amazing
That keeps us star-gazing?
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 it’s 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 calls 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
 

Songwriters: WILLIAMS/ASCHER
Rainbow Connection lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Best of luck to all – I’ll meet you at the Rainbow Connection!