I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise Lyrics

George Gershwin


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Arthur Francis, B.g. Desylva, George Gershwin
album: Track 6 in album Complete Piano Works
release date: 1989-2
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length: 0:42
piano: Dag Achatz
composer: George Gershwin
arranger: George Gershwin

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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 Impromptu in Two Keys
  • 2 Rialto Ripples (Rag)
  • 3 The Man I Love
  • 4 Swanee
  • 5 Nobody but You
  • 6 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
  • 7 Do It Again
  • 8 Fascinating Rhythm
  • 9 Oh, Lady Be Good
  • 10 Do Do Do
  • 11 Somebody Loves Me
  • 12 Sweet and Low Down
  • 13 Clap Yo' Hands
  • 14 My One and Only
  • 15 S'Wonderful
  • 16 I Got Rhythm
  • 17 Who Cares?
  • 18 Strike Up the Band
  • 19 That Certain Feeling
  • 20 Liza
  • 21 Prelude I
  • 22 Prelude II
  • 23 Prelude III
  • 24 Merry Andrew
  • 25 Three-Quarter Blues
  • 26 Promenade
  • 27 Rhapsody in Blue