The Rainbow Connection…to Cthulhu

The Rainbow Connection, a classic song from the original Muppets Movie sung by Kermit while drifting along in his swampy home, seems like a nice little ditty about dreaming and being imaginative.  That is, until you realize that it actually reads like something written by H.P. Lovecraft!

I first saw this at Dragoncon as part of the DCTV: Watch it here

As the video shows, this song is actually an insidious prayer to the Old Gods.  Let’s take a look at the lyrics:

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side? (Reference to the Dreamlands? Or perhaps the Vale of Pnath?)
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it (a reference to the sanity shredding nature of the old gods?)
I know they’re wrong, wait and see. (How? Via the Necronomicon, perhaps?)
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me. (Another reference to the Dreamlands)

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star? (When the stars are right…)
Somebody thought of that
and someone believed it, (Cultists?)
and look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see? (a warning?)
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
we know that it’s probably magic…. (And now we outright say we’re dealing with magic!)

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices? (Nyarlathotep calls!)
I’ve heard them calling my name. (He calls for you!)
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa (Is it “la” or “iÄ”?)

As you can see, this song is swimming in Cthulhulian references.  And let us consider the songwriter for a moment – The Rainbow Connection was written by none other than Paul Williams, the man who played Swan in Phantom of the Paradise!  He also wrote the music for that damned film, including the insidious “For the Hell of It” and of course, the Faust cantata!

Can there be any doubt that this was a subtle message to fellow cultists hidden in the auspices of a children’s movie?  And what of the singer of the song…a green creature with only the vaguest resemblance to an earth frog while walking and talking like a human…batrachian with bulging eyes, like a Deep One!

Take a look at this…can you tell the difference?

Deep One
Kermit the "Frog"

The stars are right!  Beware!


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