Listen to Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Gonna Build a Mountain’ from Julia, Season 1, Episode 6

The late American singer, songwriter and dancer Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Gonna Build a Mountain‘ was played on the new HBO drama Julia this week — Julia, Season 1, Episode 6, “Breads“.

The drama, of course, follows the life of celebrity chef Julia Child. It stars Sarah Lancashire as Julia Child, David Hyde Pierce as Paul Child, Bebe Neuwirth as Avis DeVoto and Fran Kranz Russell Morash.



As for Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Gonna Build a Mountain‘, the song was first released in late 1962 on the singer’s What Kind of Fool Am I and Other Show-Stoppers studio album, after being written for the musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off a year earlier.

The track is a Christian-based song that talks about his goal of building a huge mountain from a small dream, and then leaving behind his son on earth to continue to pursue that dream after he dies.

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

Listen to Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Gonna Build a Mountain‘ as heard on this week’s episode of Julia in the video, and on the singer’s What Kind of Fool Am I and Other Show-Stoppers album.

You can watch Julia on HBO.

 

Michelle Topham