Up on the Roof Lyrics - James Taylor

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publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Carole King, Gerry Goffin
release date: 1979-5
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 4:21
producer: Peter Asher
conductor: Arif Mardin
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
strings arranger: Arif Mardin
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
assistant mixer: George Ybara
assistant recording engineer: George Ybara
assistant recording engineer additional recording engineer: Lincoln Clapp
additional recording engineer assistant recording engineer: Michael O’Reilly
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
electric guitar: Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel
composer: Carole King
lyricist: Carole King, Gerry Goffin
When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I'm gonna climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space

On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below don't bother me
No, no

So when I come home feeling tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet
I get far away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat race noise down in the street

On the roof, that's the only place I know
Look at the city, baby
Where you just have to wish to make it
So let's go up on the roof

At night the stars, they put on a show for free
And darling, you can share it all with me
That's what I say
Keep on telling you that

The right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise
Just about trouble proof
And if this old world starts a getting you down
There's room enough for two up on the roof

Up on the roof, up on the roof, oh now
Everything is alright, everything is alright
Come on

Drop what you're doing tonight
And climb up the stairs with me and see
We got the stars up above us and the city lights below
Up on my roof now

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Company Man
  • 2 Johnnie Comes Back
  • 3 Day Tripper
  • 4 I Will Not Lie for You
  • 5 Brother Trucker
  • 6 Is That the Way You Look?
  • 7 B.S.U.R.
  • 8 Rainy Day Man
  • 9 Millworker
  • 10 Up on the Roof
  • 11 Chanson Française
  • 12 Sleep Come Free Me