Stairway To The StarsWords & Music by Mitchell Parish, Matty Malneck & Frank Signorelli*
Recorded by Glenn Miller, 1939 (#1)
Intro: Dm Fdim There's a silver trail of moonlight Em7 A9 Leading upward to the sky, Dm Fdim E7-5 And the night is like a velvet lullaby. E9 There's a heaven of blue, Bb7 A7sus4 A7 A7+5 And we'll go there, just you and I. Melody: D A7+5 Am7 G#7 GM7 Let's build a stairway to the stars, Gdim Bm And climb that stairway to the stars E9 Em7 A7+5 C7 B7 G#7 G7 With love beside us to fill the night with a song. D A7+5 Am7 G#7 GM7 We'll hear the sound of violins, Gdim Bm Out yonder where the blue begins; E9 Em7 A7+5 D6 Fdim C#7 The moon will guide us as we go driving along. Bridge: F#m B9 Bm Can't we sail away on a lazy daisy petal F#m B9 Over the rim of the hill? Em A9 Am Can't we sail away on a little dream Em7 F# Bb7 A7 A7+5 D And settle high on the crest of a thrill? A7+5 Am7 G#7 GM7 Let's build a stairway to the stars, Gdim C7 Bm A lovely stairway to the stars; E9 Dm7 G7+5 D6 B9 A7 A7+5 D6/9 It would be heaven to climb to heaven with you.
*The music to this song was composed under the auspices of bandleader Paul Whiteman by band members Malneck (violin) and Signorelli (piano) as part of a larger "serious" (i.e., concert) work entitled "Park Avenue Fantasy." Years before, he had previously sponsored another such "serious" work by George Gershwin called "Rhapsody In Blue." Some years later, Mitchell Parish added lyrics. (He was, and remains, the acknowledged master of the art of after-the-fact lyrics -- he did the same thing with "Stardust," "Sophisticated Lady" and "Don't Be That Way.")