Somewhere Over the Rainbow (album)

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released February 1981
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Willie Nelson chronology
Family Bible
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Always on My Mind

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is an album by country music singer Willie Nelson, released in 1981. It features 1940s pop standards arranged by Nelson. The album's acoustic jazz instrumentation was also meant to play tribute to one of his heroes, Belgian gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, who influenced Nelson's playing.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Mona Lisa" (2:28)
  2. "Exactly Like You" (2:22)
  3. "Who's Sorry Now?" (2:58)
  4. "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" (3:30)
  5. "Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon" (2:28)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Over the Rainbow" (3:33)
  2. "In My Mother's Eyes" (3:06)
  3. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (2:58)
  4. "It Wouldn't Be the Same (Without You)" (2:54)
  5. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (2:10)


  • Willie Nelson - guitar, vocals
  • Freddie Powers - guitar, vocals
  • Paul Buskirk - Tenor Guitar, Mandolin
  • Johnny Gimble - Fiddle

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 31
Canadian RPM Top Albums 23
Preceded by
Horizon by Eddie Rabbitt
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 2–16, 1981
Succeeded by
Feels So Right by Alabama