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A Good Day for Rainbows

Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what's on the other side?

A few droplets of water, a little light, a bit of magic, and there you have it: A rainbow — symbol of peace, love, hope, and pride — is born. Here, some favorite pictures of rainbows, dazzling in the distance and forever untouchable.

MARANA, ARIZONA, USA Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images MARANA, ARIZONA, USA "No sign of morning coming, You’ve been left on your own, Like a rainbow in the dark"
— "Rainbow In The Dark," Dio, 1983
BRITTANY, FRANCE Alain LECOCQ/Sygma via Getty Images BRITTANY, FRANCE "But I see your true colors, Shining through, I see your true colors, And that's why I love you, So don't be afraid to let them show, Your true colors, True colors are beautiful, Like a rainbow"
— "True Colors,” Cyndi Lauper, 1986

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KAUAI, HAWAII, USA Blueroomuwp KAUAI, HAWAII, USA "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"
— “Rainbow Connection,” Kermit the Frog, 1979
VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBEZI RIVER, AFRICA Image Source VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBEZI RIVER, AFRICA "Somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly, Birds fly over the rainbow, Why then, oh why can't I?"
— “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Judy Garland, 1939
KATHMANDU, NEPAL kapulya KATHMANDU, NEPAL "She comes in colors everywhere, She combs her hair, She's like a rainbow"
— “She’s a Rainbow,” The Rolling Stones, 1967
ALAGOAS, BRAZIL Jaim Simoes Oliveira ALAGOAS, BRAZIL "We believed we’d catch the rainbow, Ride the wind to the sun, Sail away on ships of wonder"
— “Catch the Rainbow,” Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, 1975
KENYA, AFRICA Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us KENYA, AFRICA "Red and yellow and pink and green, Purple and orange and blue, I can sing a rainbow, Sing a rainbow, Sing a rainbow too"
— “I Can Sing A Rainbow,” Peggy Lee, 1955
Summer Weather - Rainbow - British Airways Plane - London
Sunset Rainbows Over the Skyline of New York
Lewis Whyld/PA Images/Getty Images; Gary Hershorn/Getty Images JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, USA Prisma by Dukas/UIG via Getty Images JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, USA "I see a rainbow rising, Look there on the horizon, And I'm coming home"
— “Rainbow,” Stargazer, 1976
NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA "There's a rainbow in my heart, That reminds me of how we parted, And I know that my love is gone forever, But deep down in my heart I'll love her forever"
— “Rainbow ‘80,” Gene Chandler, 1994
NEW JERSEY, USA teajuicestudios NEW JERSEY, USA "I looked behind a silver cloud, I found a pretty rainbow there, I walked out to the rainbow’s end, And found a rainbow love"
— “Rainbow Love,” Roy Oribson, 1974
DOLOMITES, ITALY TomasSereda DOLOMITES, ITALY "Well you know I’m sorry but, If I live to see the seven wonders, I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end, I’ll never live to match the beauty again, The rainbow’s end"
— “Seven Wonders,” Fleetwood Mac, 1987
FAROE ISLANDS JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images FAROE ISLANDS "You hold tight to your umbrella, Well, darlin', I'm just tryin' to tell ya, That there's always been a rainbow hangin' over your head"
— “Rainbow,” Kasey Musgraves, 2018
LAKE MEAD, NEVADA, USA Al Schaben/LA Times via Getty Images LAKE MEAD, NEVADA, USA "I know there is a rainbow for me to follow, to get beyond my sorrow, thunder precedes the sunlight, so I’ll be alright, if I can find that rainbow’s end"
— “Rainbow (Interlude)," Mariah Carey, 1999
A large rainbow shines over Angels Gate and the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor as a storm moves out
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Brian van der Brug/LA Times/Getty Images; Larry Knupp/EyeEm/Getty Images DUBLIN, IRELAND mikroman6 DUBLIN, IRELAND "Make me rainbows, Make me spring in the snow, Make me beautiful music wherever I go"
— “Make Me Rainbows,” Ella Fitzgerald, 1967
BEIJING, CHINA Lintao Zhang/Getty Images BEIJING, CHINA "The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, Are also on the faces of people going by, I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do, They're really saying I love you"
— “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong, 1967
LENK, SWITZERLAND Fredy Jeanrenaud/EyeEm/Getty Images LENK, SWITZERLAND "I can see a rainbow, In your tears as the sun comes out"
— “Rainbow,” Sia, 2017
HAIKOU, CHINA VCG/VCG via Getty Images HAIKOU, CHINA "Look for the rainbow in every storm, Find out for certain love's gonna be there for you, You'll always be someone's baby"
— “Goodbye,” Spice Girls, 2000
CHARLESWORTH, UK Photos by R A Kearton CHARLESWORTH, UK "Standing in the garden waiting for the sun to shine, Hand me my umbrella when she says she wish she was mine, Everybody does think a thing it didn't come, Instead of watching rainbows I'm gonna make me some, Instead of watching rainbows I'm gonna make me some"
— “Watching Rainbows,” The Beatles, 1969
GRASSAU, GERMANY Lennart Preiss/Getty Images GRASSAU, GERMANY "Every fool has rainbow be, But he never seems to find, The reward that should be waiting, At the end of the line"
— "Every Fool Has a Rainbow," Merle Haggard, 1983

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