I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise Lyrics

George Gershwin


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: George Gershwin, B.g. Desylva, Arthur Francis
album: Track 14 in album Rhapsody in Blue / The Gershwin Songbook / Who Cares? (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Conductor Andrew Litton)
release date: 1987
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length: 2:30
conductor: Johnny Green
performing orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra
vocal: Georges Gu├ętary

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All you preachers
Who delight in panning the dancing teachers,
Let me tell you there are a lot of features
Of the dance that carry you through
The gates of Hea-ven.

It's madness
To be always sitting around in sadness,
When you could be learning the steps of gladness.
You'll be happy when you can do
Just six or seven;

Begin to day!
You'll find it nice,
The quickest way to paradise.
When you practise,
Here's the thing to know,
Simply say as you go...

[Chorus]
I'll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step ev'ry day !
I'm gonna get there at any price;
Stand aside, I'm on my way !
I've got the blues
And up above it's so fair.
Shoes ! Go on and carry me there !
I'll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step every day.

Every new step
Helps a bit ; but any old kind of two step,
Does as well. It don't matter what step you step,
If you work it into your soul
You'll get to Heaven.
Get bu-sy ;
Dance with Maud the countess, or just plain Lizzy:
Dance until you're blue in the face and dizzy.
When you've learn'd to dance in your sleep
You're sure to win out.

In time you'll get Saint Vitus dance,
Which beats the latest thing from France.
Take no chances on this Paradise ;
Let me give you advice.

[Chorus: x 2]

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Rhapsody in Blue (original Jazz Band version)
  • 2 Swanee
  • 3 Nobody but You
  • 4 Do It Again
  • 5 Clap Yo' Hands
  • 6 Strike Up the Band
  • 7 Sweet and Low Down
  • 8 Somebody Loves Me
  • 9 Bidin' My Time
  • 10 'S Wonderful / That Certain Feeling
  • 11 Do Do Do / Lady Be Good
  • 12 The Man I Love
  • 13 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
  • 14 Embraceable You
  • 15 Fascinatin' Rhythm
  • 16 Who Cares?
  • 17 My One and Only
  • 18 Liza
  • 19 I Got Rhythm