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Released late that year, the disc became a major hit in early , reaching number 5 on the U. In addition to the hit appeal of the "second Drifters" lineup, "Up on the Roof" epitomized the urban romantic dream as presented by New York City Brill Building writers:. 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 Gerry Goffin would cite "Up on the Roof" as his all-time favorite of the lyrics he'd written. After Carole King suggested that he write lyrics for the tune which had occurred to her while she was out driving, with King suggesting "My Secret Place" as the title, Goffin kept King's suggested focus of a haven, modifying it with his enthusiasm for the movie musical West Side Story which contained several striking scenes set on the rooftops of Upper West Side highrises. The melodic title riff was used in the Drifters version of "Under the Boardwalk", which is heard before the chorus of the song. The Kenny Lynch version, which largely replicated the Drifters' original, was the more successful, reaching number 10 in the UK.
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