Stairway To The Stars

Words & Music by Mitchell Parish, Matty Malneck & Frank Signorelli*
Recorded by Glenn Miller, 1939 (#1)


          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.

There's a heaven of blue,

         Bb7                  A7sus4    A7    A7+5
And we'll go there, just you and  I.


 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.


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.")

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.