I came across this yearning quote:
There is also a thought-provoking explanation by a present-day song-writer about why the evergreen 1939 song "(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow" is so powerfully evocative to many people:
Why did "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" get into our hearts and stay there?
In a sense, the song "manipulates" us to share in Dorothy's yearning for a wondrous place -- but one in which she knows she must ultimately leave to return to where she had begun her adventure.
I started to think if I knew of other songs from musicals that have this "yearning" motif. Here are five that came off my sleepy head at this moment of writing:
Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof)
The Way We Were (The Way We Were)
Try To Remember (The Fantasticks)
I Dream A Dream (Les Miserables)
And to wrap up on a cheery note: