From A Little Hill, by Rich Paschall

Gonna build me a mountain
‘Least I hope I will.

Anthony Newley

One of the best-known songs from Act One of “Stop The World – I Want To Get Off” is Gonna Build a Mountain. Both Anthony Newley, the composer, and Sammy Davis Jr. starred in the show. They also both had success with the song by itself. Each has it in the cast album, of course, but also on their own individual albums.  So who sang it best?  You be the judge.

Gonna build a mountain
Gonna build it high

I don’t know how I’m gonna do it
I only know I’m gonna try (yeah yeah)

For an extended version, see Sammy Davis Jr. perform in a production of Stop The World here. As there is no performance video of Newley in the show, it seemed best to give their album versions above.

Many people have recorded the song. “Google” it or search YouTube and you will find various versions. Just for fun, here are The Monkees Live in 1967.

See Also: “STOP THE WORLD“, I Want To Get Off,  SERENDIPITY (teepee12.com), January 26, 2020.

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5 replies

  1. Reblogged this on rjptalk and commented:

    This well-known show tune was recorded by many. Here are a few. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over SERENDIPITY to hear versions from two stars of Stop the World, I Wanna Get Off.


  2. You know what? I’m gonna go with the Monkees version if only for the way that the word ‘mountain’ is pronounced.

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