KS THE MAN WHO SMILED TOO MUCH #03 Stairway to Paradise


 

Stairway to Paradise (I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise)

(Ira Gershwin e Buddy DeSylva / George Gershwin)

1922

[Composta per la serie di varietà George White’s Scandals, spettacoli di varietà di grande successo di pubblico prodotti da George White, le esecuzioni più celebri restano due: quella di Georges Guétary inclusa in An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951) e quella di Sarah Vaughan (1958). Il testo è un inno alla danza, celebrata come la strada più breve per raggiungere la felicità. Ma è anche una canzone che sottolinea la potenza irresistibile del desiderio assoluto di gioia, divenuto una forma di disciplina quotidiana: l’allenamento a essere felici. Anche mentre si dorme: When you’ve learned to dance in your sleep / You’re sure to win out. E a condizione di lavorare sulla propria anima: If you work it into your soul / You’ll get to Heaven. Anima, psiche, spirito, soggettività: la canzone infine consiglia di abbandonare la psicoanalisi e darsi alla danza!]

 

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 do,
Simply say as you go…

I’ll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step every day!
I’m going to 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 busy;
Dance with Maud the countess, or just plain Lizzy:
Dance until you’re blue in the face and dizzy.
When you’ve learned 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.

I’ll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step every day!
I’m going to 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.

I’ll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step every day!
I’m going to 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.

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