“Climbing Up the Golden Stairs”


Advice for getting into heaven. The listener is warned against bribing Peter, and is told of the sights on the Golden Stairs. Chorus: "Then hear them bells a-ringing, 'Tis sweet I do declare, To hear the darkies singing, Climbing up the golden stairs."

Cross references


  • Vernon Dalhart & Carson J. Robison w. Adelyne Hood, "Climbing up de Golden Stairs" (Conqueror 7176, 1928)
  • Frank Welling & John McGhee, "Climbing Up the Golden Stairs" (Champion 15567, 1928)
  • Kanawha Singers, "Climbing Up de Golden Stairs" (Brunswick 205, 1928)
  • [John Wallace "Babe"] Spangler & [Dave] Pearson, "Climbing Up the Golden Stairs" (OKeh, unissued, 1929)


  1. Randolph 301, "Climbin' Up the Golden Stairs" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7779
  3. BI, R301


Author: unknown (credited on Kanawha Singers recording to "Heiser")
Earliest date: 1928 (recordings, Vernon Dalhart et al, Kanawha Singers)
Found in: US(So)