For a-sweet boy, I will always remember


For a sweet boy I will always remember

For a sweet boy I will always remember

rainbow connection


Rainbow Connection

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Wikipedia-logoRainbow Connection” is a song from the 1979 film The Muppet Movie, with music and lyrics written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.[1] The song was performed by Jim Henson – as Kermit the Frog – in the film. “Rainbow Connection” reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1979, with the song remaining in the Top 40 for seven weeks total.[2] Williams and Ascher received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards.[3]

In 2020, “Rainbow Connection” was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry.[4]


Williams and Ascher, who had previously collaborated on several songs for the 1976 film A Star Is Born, were tasked with writing the songs for The Muppet Movie. For the song that became “Rainbow Connection”, Jim Henson told them that the opening scene should feature Kermit the Frog by himself, singing and playing the banjo. Williams and Ascher wrote most of the song fairly quickly at Williams’ house, but got stuck trying to think of appropriate words for the part in the chorus that eventually became the phrase “the rainbow connection”; they were looking for a way to tie in the chorus to the song’s theme of rainbows. As they sat down for dinner with Williams’ then-wife, Kate Clinton, they explained to her their predicament of looking for a phrase that would provide “a rainbow connection”, then realized, in the course of explaining the problem to her, that the phrase “the rainbow connection” would itself be a good fit.[5] Williams and Ascher used “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio as inspiration for the song.[6]

Williams has said that his favorite lyrics in the song are “Who said that every wish/ Would be heard and answered/ When wished on the morning star?/ Somebody thought of that/ And someone believed it/ Look what it’s done so far”, because they imply that “there’s power in your thoughts”.[5] He also noted that the lyrical phrasing was written specifically with Kermit’s speech patterns in mind.[7]

Critical reception and awards

Allmusic described “Rainbow Connection” as an “unlikely radio hit … which Kermit the Frog sings with all the dreamy wistfulness of a short, green Judy Garland[8] and went on to add that “‘Rainbow Connection’ serves the same purpose in The Muppet Movie that “Over the Rainbow” served in The Wizard of Oz, with nearly equal effectiveness: an opening establishment of the characters’ driving urge for something more in life.”[8] Others have similarly referred to “Rainbow Connection” as the film’s “I Want” song.[9]

Ascher and Williams received Oscar nominations at the 52nd Academy Awards for both the score of The Muppet Movie (lost to Bob Fosse‘s All That Jazz[10]) and for “Rainbow Connection”, which was nominated for Best Original Song.[11] The song lost to “It Goes Like It Goes” from Norma Rae, a win that some critics denounced.[12][13]

Legacy and other Muppet renditions

The song’s name has been used by a number of charitable organizations wishing to evoke its message, including a children’s charity similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,[14] a summer camp for seriously ill children,[15] and a horseriding camp for people with disabilities.[16] The name’s influence can also be seen from business names[17] to artificial Christmas tree products.[18]

The American Film Institute named “Rainbow Connection” the 74th greatest movie song of all time in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs.[19]

In 1996 in WhanganuiNew Zealand, a 21-year-old man burst into the radio station Star FM and took the manager hostage, demanding that Kermit the Frog’s rendition of the song be played.[20]

Kermit the Frog reprised the song on The Muppet Show in 1980 as a duet with Debbie Harry when she was a guest star. Jeff Moss and Ralph Burns also quoted the song’s intro as the intro to the instrumental, “carriage ride” rendition of “Together Again” that segued into the Muppet Babies song sequence, “I’m Gonna Always Love You” in The Muppets Take Manhattan. The song is also reprised by a large group of Muppets as the closing number in the 1985 special The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. Kermit also reprises the song in the 2011 film The Muppets, this time as a duet with Miss Piggy that leads into the entire Muppet group singing together. A shorter version of the song performed by tribute band “The Moopets”, along with Fozzie Bear, is also used in the film. The iTunes release of The Muppets soundtrack included a new version of the song as an exclusive bonus track, recorded by Steve Whitmire, the then-current performer of Kermit. The song was also reprised in the TV series The Muppets, in the 2015 episode “Pig’s in a Blackout”.

On April 25, 2020, Kermit released a new performance of the song (recorded by Matt Vogel) on social media to lift spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.[21]

On January 14, 2022, during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts, Spaceship Earth was joined by The Muppets in singing Rainbow Connection.[22]


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