The 5th Dimension Up Up and Away

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The 5th Dimension Up Up and Away

The 5th Dimension Up, Up and Away

Sunshine Pop

Here’s a little bit of sunshine pop music for a Summer day. (Sometimes it’s classified as psychedelic pop, but there’s nothing particularly psychedelic about this song IMHO.) “Up, Up and Away” was written by singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb (e.g., “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park, “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”). The 5th Dimension, with assistance from the studio musicians of The Wrecking Crew, recorded and released it in 1967 as a single backed with “Which Way to Nowhere” and on their 1967 album Up, Up and Away. The song was an international hit in 1967, going to #7 on the U.S. billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It was #1 in Australia, and #18 in Canada. The 5th Dimension won Grammy Awards for the single and the album that year for Best Pop Performance, Best Record of the Year, Other Pop/Rock&Roll/Contemporary Award. and Song of the Year.

The 5th Dimension, originally called The Versatiles, formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. Their repertoire was quite versatile, covering a number of genres. This included R&B, pop, soul, sunshine pop, and psychedelic soul. The original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, LaMonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They had hits with “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” Sweet Blindess, “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Working on a Groovy Thing,” and “One Less Bell to Answer,” among many others. There have been personnel changes over the years, and the group continues to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Up, Up and Away” by The 5th Dimension:

“Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars, together you and I

For we can fly,
(For we can fly)
up, up and away
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky

For we can fly,
(For we can fly)
up, up and away
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under the twilight canopy
We’ll search the sky for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us, keep the moon beside us

Love is waiting there, in my beautiful balloon
Way up in the air, in my beautiful balloon
If you’ll hold my hand, we’ll chase your dream across the sky

For we can fly,
(For we can fly)
up, up and away
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Up, up and away
Up, up and away
Up, up and away”

For others song by The 5th Dimension: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” and “Wedding Bell Blues.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to┬áchill out and listen to the featured song on the┬ástereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Up, Up and Away by The 5th Dimension.

2 Comments

  1. […] others songs by The 5th Dimension: “Up, Up and Away” and “Wedding Bell […]

  2. […] For other songs by The 5th Dimension: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In Medley” and “Up, Up, and Away.” […]

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