Up On The Roof - The Drifters
Song Lyrics / Chart History / Artist Information

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a songwriting team in 1990)
  • Originally recorded by The Drifters
  • The Drifters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988
  • The original version of the song went to #5 on the Top 40 charts in 1962
  • It was the Drifters 11th Top 40 hit
  • Carole King did a cover of the song in 1970, but it never charted
  • In 1979 James Taylor took the song to #28 on the charts
  • In 1993 Neil Diamond covered the song on his album of the same title, but the song never reached the Top 40

A sample of this song as performed by Oracle is available by clicking on either of the links below.  The RealAudio file will stream to your computer rather quickly assuming you have the RealAudio player installed.  The MP3 file must download completely first, but is of a higher audio quality.

Streaming RealAudio Download MP3

Other songs by The Drifters performed by Oracle:

Other songs by Carole King Performed by Oracle:

Other songs by James Taylor performed by Oracle:

Other songs by Neil Diamond performed by Oracle:

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
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now

When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof (up on the roof)

At night the stars put on a show for free
And, darling, you can share it all with me
I keep a-tellin' you

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof)
And if this world starts getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof (up on the roof)
Up on the roo-oo-oof (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, baby (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, honey (up on the roof)

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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