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Up On The Roof

by Luke Cissell



An instrumental (strings) cover of the hit song by Carole King & Gerry Goffin first recorded by The Drifters in 1962, this version of "Up On The Roof" was a winning selection in the Goffin King Foundation ISO Booth Quarantine Cover Contest.

"The music video was shot during quarantine on the roof of my apartment in downtown Manhattan, a love letter to the world during this time of fear and isolation."—LC youtu.be/awyMxsnIFkM


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 stars
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 feeling tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet
I get away from the hustling crowds
And all that rat race noise down in the street
On the roof's the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
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 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


released August 1, 2020
Music and lyrics by Carole King & Gerry Goffin
Art by Melissa Haas Hinton
Arranged and performed by Luke Cissell
Silver Squid Music (ASCAP)


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"Luke Cissell has carved out a unique space for his art. While his compositions (and performances) bring to mind the bold, idiosyncratic feel of the Kronos Quartet or John Zorn, he seems irresistibly drawn to worlds miles outside of traditional – and non-traditional – classical and jazz music."
—Chris Ingalls, PopMatters
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