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Written by George Gershwin

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At the premier for The Aviator

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 ev'ry day.

Verse Two

Ev'ry 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 (x2)

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