Willie Nelson’s acoustic version of the song Rainbow Connection has always been my favorite rendition by any singer for the song. Originally written by the gifted singer-songwriter Paul Williams in 1979 for the Muppet Movie which was sung by Kermit the Frog being played by no other than the Muppets creator himself Jim Henson. But while the original concept of the song was meant to please and educate children, Nelson successfully brought it to the next level by adding some elements to make it more of something like we adults could also relate with at. It was actually, in my opinion, a song intended not only for the little ones but as well for anyone who looks to find for some comfort for what the song can actually best offer and impact.
The song begins by asking perhaps, in my opinion, one of the most honest, innocent of questions: “Why are there so many songs about rainbows, what’s on the other side?” The answer could be found in the lines of the song itself which said: “Rainbows are visions, but only illusions and rainbows have nothing to hide.” Rainbow Connection is a very hopeful song which encourages you to dream, to keep stargazing.
But while dreaming is something to keep you apart from reality, it is through the feeling and the belief in yourself that you were able to connect to it. As what the song says: “The lovers, the dreamers, and me.” It is to imply something about creating who you are destined to be.
Rainbows could be a best metaphor for your dreams, wishes, and desires as you journey through life. And until such time when your spiritual purpose--that familiar voice inside your head kept telling you to believe in yourself and chase your dreams--would be realized in the physical world; when the physical and spiritual connect in a state of joy, peace, and harmony, then that’s when you call it a rainbow connection.