Dottie West performs "Paper Mansions"

"Paper Mansions" is a song recorded by American country music artist by Dottie West. The single was first a 45 RPM. It was released in February 1967 as the first single from her With All My Heart and Soul album (which sold quite well). This song was West's last Top 10 hit of the decade as a solo act. This song is an example of one of the few songs not written by West herself. The song was the last single released in 1967 and became a Top 10 hit in 1968, reaching No. 8 on the Hot Country Songs list on Billboard's chart.It didn't do as well on Cashbox's chart, only making the Top 15 there, at No. 13.


This song is one of West's better-known hits from the 1960s. This was virtually impossible to find on any Dottie West album until 1996, when RCA records released a compilation album of all her hits under RCA titled The Essential Dottie West. Lynn Anderson released a recording of this song on her album Promises, Promises.

Dottie West - Paper Mansions lyrics


Don't build for me no paper mansions that only stand until you've gone

You've paint the nasiest futures of anyone I know

You always leave me holding on to pretty words that glow

You've built a thousand mansions out of dreams that seemed so strong

But they're always made of paper not of stone

Don't build for me no paper mansion that I can never call my own

For love can't live in paper mansions that only stand until you've gone

[ piano ]

You've always been a dreamer dear and I'm a dreamer too

But I guess I've had too many of the time that don't come true

So don't build me no mansion with paper walls so thin

That only stand until you leave again

Don't build for me...

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