I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (1922)
(w) B. G. De Sylva & Ira Gershwin (m) George Gershwin (I) Revue George White’s Scandals of 1922 by Cast. (P) Paul Whiteman Orchestra (R) 1951 film An American in Paris by Georges Guetary
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 Heaven.
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 today! You’ll find it nice,
The quickest way to paradise.
When you practice, 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 ev’ry day. (With a new step ev’ry day!)”