"Funny you ask," she says about Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a song she has discussed with Liza Minnelli (Judy Garland, Minnelli’s mother, sang the song in the classic The Wizard of Oz).
"I’m questioning that whole sentiment, the idea that the dreams you dare to dream really do come true. They might come true, but you might have some scars and wounds you take with you that they don’t tell you. The rainbow isn’t attained without chasing your demons and your pain." (Akron Beacon Journal, September 12, 1996)
In her shows, Amos said, she often sings "Rainbow" right after "Me and A Gun," a song inspired by her experience with sexual assault.
"They made a lot of promises in that song, and they never happened, that whole pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," Amos said. "What about all the people who don’t win the lottery or never have any health problems? Sometimes you experience violence, and terrible things happen...
"I believe in rainbows and all of that. But there are darker colors - the rainbow contains every color. And it’s the shade that defines the light." (The Record, September 1, 1996)