Day 4 – A song that makes you Sad: Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy

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Whenever I hear Eva Cassidy sing it makes me sad.  It’s not her fault.  There is a pure and wistful tone to her voice which combined with the tragedy of her story pulls at the heart strings.  I think more than any other song this is the one that lends itself to that voice, and you can’t get any more wistful than Dorothy’s lyrics from The Wizard of Oz.

Eva Cassidy had a moderately successful career in her local state of Washington DC interpreting classic songs in her unique style.  Her talent was recognised, but she was hardly known outside her local area.  In 1993 she had a malignant cancerous mole removed.  Three years later, having felt that was all behind her, the cancer returned and she died tragically young in November 1996 at the age of 33.

Her material lay in obscurity for four years before this song started to be played on the Wogan Show following a tip-off from a producer.  Her story and appeal spread and five albums of her material were re-released posthumously becoming massive hits across the world.  She, of course, knew none of her own wider success.

The live version below is beautiful.

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I’ve 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.


Read about the 30 day song challenge here.