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Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow
Single by Kylie Minogue
B-side "Santa Baby"
Released 25 December 2005 (2005-12-25)
Recorded 6 May 2005 (2005-05-06), Earls Court, London
Format Digital download
Genre
  • Pop
  • ballad
  • live
Length 2:43
Label Parlophone
Writer(s)
  • Harold Arlen
  • E.Y. Harburg
Producer(s) Steve Anderson
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
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"Over the Rainbow" is the first digital single by Kylie Minogue; released by Parlophone on December 25 2005, it was Kylie's first release after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The song is taken from the live DVD Showgirl which was recorded in early 2005 at London's Earls Court during her Showgirl tour. The B-side to the release is Kylie's version of the Christmas song "Santa Baby" which first appeared as the B-side to her single "Please Stay" in 2000.

In the official press release from Parlophone, the song was mistakenly titled "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", which led to confusion over the song's proper title.

Background and release

The song is a cover of the Judy Garland classic that appeared in The Wizard of Oz . Kylie performed the song on both the Showgirl and Homecoming tours to much applause. With The Times saying that Kylie "delivered a note perfect 'Over the Rainbow' with next to no musical accompaniment. The gig of the year? No doubt about it!".

The song is available to download on Kylie's website, iTunes and other digital outlets.

A promo CD was released in the UK and contained the live version of "Over The Rainbow" as well as "Santa Baby". This promo release was issued to radio stations only, although it has been sold on the internet. The promo CD's artwork featured a diamond shaped border around Kylie, which was the theme used for the releases of the Showgirl tour, who is seated on a sparkling moon, while the image given with the digital download is a close-up picture of Kylie without the diamond border.

Live performances

"Over the Rainbow" was performed on both the Showgirl and Homecoming tours in 2005 and 2006 respectively. In both cases, the song opened the fifth section of the show entitled "Dreams", where Kylie was flown over the stage from behind the set on a silver sequinned moon.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Over the Rainbow" (Live) 2:43
2. "Santa Baby"   3:23

Lyrics

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

Someday, I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh, why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why, can't I?

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