On Rainbows, Kermit, and … Russians???

Kermit-1Who could NOT love Kermit the Frog?  Remember seeing Kermit singing The Rainbow Connection in The Muppet Movie?  WHAT???  You don’t remember Kermit the Frog???  Oh woe, woe, and thrice times woe! (Did I do it okay, Roger?) Well here … check out the original of Kermit singing the song in the movie, and then we can proceed.

Brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?  It’s actually one of my favourite songs and resides high on every playlist on my phone and ipod, though what I listen to is the version sung by the Carpenters.  Well … to get on with this story … no, first I must show you the lyrics so you understand where I am coming from:

♫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 wishes would be heard and answered when wished on the morningstar?

Someone thought of that and someone believed it.

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 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.

La-da-da, de-da-da-do

La-da-da-da-da-de-da-do ♫

 

Okay, so now to the point of this post.  The other day, as I was going about my house chores and singing (terribly off-key and with only half the lyrics right … I once mistook the line “Hey, I’ve looked” for “Help me Agnes”) and I found myself, quite unbidden and without conscious thought, singing the following lyrics …

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♫Why are there so many thoughts about Russians and who’s on the other side?

Russians are visions, but only illusions, and Russians 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 Russian connection.

The Sessions, the Kushners and Trump. ♫

 

Mind you, this came completely unbidden, without malice aforethought … it just popped out of my brain/mouth as I flapped the towels for rolding. I ask myself, and you, dear readers … have I been spending too much time on the ‘dark side’?

My apologies to Kermit the Frog, the late Jim Henson, songwriters Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher … I meant no harm.

A bit of history, to try to make amends for my faux pas …

The song was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, though it didn’t win either; instead it reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, appeared in every subsequent Muppets film, and has been covered dozens of times. And it all started with Jim Henson’s voice in a swamp.

On March 27, 1996, a New Zealand man invaded a radio station and held its manager hostage. His main demand? That the station, Star FM, play “Rainbow Connection.” Before the song could be played, police retook the station and arrested the man. “Who said that every wish would be heard and answered when wished on the morning star,” indeed.

And still my favourite is the one done by the Carpenters, released in 2001:

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14 thoughts on “On Rainbows, Kermit, and … Russians???

  1. Haven’t got enough bandwidth to look at the YouTube’s of the Rainbow song, but I do remember it. Kermit was and is an ambassador to the world. It is wonderful when film makers can put a message out to every country (with translations or subtitled), that brings people to think about and realise core values.

    As for the Russians and corruption… I think the Russians are secretly laughing at the gullibility of DDT and his minions. We live in a terribly fractious world community. The Russians love Russia and the Americans love America, but there is no love, each for the other. Like a bad personal relationship, secrecy, deception, lies, dishonesty, and hatreds mar any ability to resolve differences.

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    • Awww … I’m sorry you couldn’t watch the video … it brought a huge smile to my face!!! That song is just so uplifting! We all need more of Kermit & Rainbows and less of the ugliness that we are faced with from the moment we awaken until we close our eyes at night. My friend H listens mostly to dark music and I simply cannot … my music can be sad sometimes, but most of what is on my playlist is more uplifting, upbeat … when I go walking and listening to tunes, I need to put the darkness of the world OUT of my mind for just a bit … we all need to do that.

      And yes, I am sure the Russians are laughing at DDT … and probably the rest of us as well. Putin always seems to have that little smirk, and I generally think he must be thinking of the many ways in which he has manipulated the idiot Trump to do his bidding. Sigh.

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