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EmpressPixie's avatar

They are very pretty and are most often seen after the rain. That association has given them the position of being the treat at the end of something bad. After a bad storm, you get a rainbow. It associates them with luck (you don’t always get one) and other good things. It also puts them in a strong position to become a metaphor.

Sometimes people sing about good things.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

`cause its pretty!!!!

Mr_M's avatar

Because corny songs sell.

Les's avatar

You know, I’ve always wondered this. And along the same lines, what’s on the other side? And are they visions? Or only illusions?

veneziana's avatar

I don’t know but I will have to check with the lovers and the dreamers.

zephyr826's avatar

thanks for the earworm! ; )

aprilsimnel's avatar

Because no one’s been clever enough to come up with a good song about frogs and pigs together yet, so it’s the old fallback – rainbows. Another blasted bloody song about blasted bloody rainbows. Hmpf.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

Because when God flooded Earth and Noah built an ark to save all of the animals then after it rained he promised never to flood Earth again then a rainbow came up!! And they all lived happily ever after!!! Am I right am I right?

toleostoy's avatar

@LouisianaGirl: I’ve heard that story too. I am not so sure about the happy ending, but there was drunkenness and nakedness.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

@toleostoy oh I just like saying, “And they lived happily ever after!!!”

SeventhSense's avatar

Like Louisiana says and we all like someone who keeps their word….and they are a sign of light

loser's avatar

Because rainbows have nothing to hide.

marinelife's avatar

Rainbows represent hope after difficulties, dreams of a possible better life or place. All that and they have an unmatched ethereal beauty. The stuff of songs.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’m sure someday we’ll find it (the rainbow connection)

Bluefreedom's avatar

Rainbows are symbolic of something beautiful and special and because they last for such a short duration of time and they’re not seen that often, the occasion to experience one is profound each time it happens.

The ability for singer/songwriters to put these natural phenomena into songs just adds to the already magical allure that they provide for us.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

There aren’t actually that many songs specifically about rainbows themselves, that is, the atmospheric visual phenomena. Quite a few with “rainbow” in the title, but not really as a part of the subject. Like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” isn’t about the rainbow itself, it’s more about the “somewhere over the” part.

Knotmyday's avatar

I think it’s partially due to the sweet sound that calls the young sailors. It might be one and the same.

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