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where trouble melts like lemon drops

Mark_GreeneThis morning, my random brain came up a song sung by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole or Bruddah IZ. I originally heard it on ER when Mark Green died in Hawaii from a brain tumor in the 2002 show, “On the beach”. It was the last episode of ER I ever saw. A faithful watcher, the death of the beloved ER doctor left me so angry that I just stopped watching. Mark was my favorite character. It simply wasn’t ER without him.

Israel-Kamakawiwo’ole-Ukulele-Player-01The song played in his last scene was, “Somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world,” in Iz’s beautiful tenor, accompanied only by a ukulele. The Hawaiian style of music turned tornados into sandy beaches. In the context of ER, it was very sad. But the words tell a different story of hope and love. And, I guess in the end, that is what Mark generously left when he died. After hearing that song, I discovered Bruddah IZ and his music. He had several albums of music before his untimely death at the age of 38.

I think of my 3 years in Hawaii with mixed emotions. Of homesickness and hope in in a marriage which ended in divorce. Of sandy feet and waterfalls. Of leis and palm trees. Of pineapple and flea markets. Of a Navy wife’s cycle of lonely onshore and adjusting to him on shore. Surprisingly, I find weeding out the ‘old life’ easier these days. Memories I mostly have are with a gray shape of someone and myself.  Perhaps it is a happier life now that allows me to selectively filter out what was great about my island times. The rest to drop into Pele’s pool of searing lava and tears.

plumeriaHere’s to hoping your weekend has some good times to remember.

A plumeria flower in my hair,

zooey

 

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“Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What A Wonderful World”

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh oh

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,
Oh why, oh why can’t I?

Well I see trees of green and red roses too,
I’ll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue
And I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Singing, “How do you do?”
They’re really singing, “I…I love you.”

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more than we’ll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world world

Someday I’ll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can’t I? I? ….

 

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One comment on “where trouble melts like lemon drops

  1. Rory
    October 9, 2015

    This is one of my favorite compositions ever. Makes me cry, even without sad context. It’s just so darn hopeful.

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