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.
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be.
And there the world below can't bother me.
Up on the Roof (Gerry Goffin and Carole King)
All sides of my family made regular use of their tenement roofs. Spring, summer and fall, they played cards & music, read, swung on ropes, hid under canopies, raced pigeons, dried clothes, laughed, fought, made up. Extension cords allowed you to bring every electronic device to the roof except for your refrigerator and washer if you had one. Breathing the rarefied air on the roof, you laid your troubles down.