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“When this old world starts getting me down and people are just too much for me to face / I climb way up to the top of the stairs and all my cares just drift right into space”

Art of Quotation

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I found a paradise that’s trouble-proof
And if this world starts getting you down
There’s room enough for two up on the roof

songwriters: Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Recorded in 1962 by The Drifters.

“Up on the Roof” is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded in 1962 by The Drifters: released late that year, the disc became a major hit in early 1963

Gerry Goffin would cite “Up on the Roof” as his alltime favorite of the lyrics he’d written. After Carole King suggested that he write lyrics for the tune which had occurred to her while she was out driving, with King suggesting “My Secret Place” as the title, Goffin kept King’s suggested focus of a haven modifying it with his enthusiasm for the movie musical West Side Story which contained several striking scenes set…

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