It Ain't Necessarily So
Words:Ira Gershwin
Music:George Gershwin
Performed By:  Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
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Track Title:               It Ain't Necessarily So

Album Title:               The Complete Verve Recordings, Disc 3 (Porgy & Bess)
Prime Artist:              Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong
Arranger:                  Russell Garcia
Lyrics by:                 Ira Gershwin     (b. Israel Gershvin)

Music by:                  George Gershwin     (b. Jacob Gershvin)
Vocal:                     Louis Armstrong
Vocal:                     Ella Fitzgerald
Trumpet:                   Louis Armstrong

Producer:                  Norman Granz
Conductor:                 Russell Garcia
From the Show:             Porgy and Bess  1935 (S)


Lyrics:

Sportin' Life:
It ain't necessarily so,

All:
It ain't necessarily so.

Sportin' Life:
De t'ings dat yo li'ble
To read in de Bible -
It ain't necessarily so.

Li'l' David was small, but oh my!

All:
Li'l' David was small, but oh my!

Sportin' Life:
He fought Big Goliath
Who lay down and dieth -
Li'l' David was small, but oh my!
Wadoo!

Ensemble:
Wadoo!

Sportin' Life:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Ensemble:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Sportin' Life:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Ensemble:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Sportin' Life:
Scatty way!

Ensemble:
Scatty wah!

Sportin' Life:
Yeah!
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale

All:
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale.

Sportin' Life:
Fo' he made his home in
Dat fish's abdomen -
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale.

L'il' Moses was found in a stream

All:
L'il' Moses was found in a stream

Sportin' Life:
He floated on water
'Till Ole' Pharaoh's daughter
She fished him, she says from dat stream.

Wadoo!

Ensemble:
Wadoo!

Sportin' Life:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Ensemble:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Sportin' Life:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Ensemble:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Sportin' Life:
Scatty way!

Ensemble:
Scatty wah!

Sportin' Life:
Yeah!
It ain't necessarily so

All:
It ain't necessarily so

Sportin' Life:
Dey tell all you chillun
De Debble's a villun
But 'tain't necessarily so.

To get into Hebbben
Don't snap fo' a sebben -
Live clean! Don' have no fault!
Oh, I takes dat gospel
Whenever it's pos'ple -

But wid a grain of salt!

Methus'lah lived nine hundred years,

All:
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years,

Sportin' Life:
But who calls dat livin'
When no gal'll give in
To no man what's nine hundred years?

I'm preachin' dis sermon to show
It ain't nessa, ain't nessa,
Ain't nessa, ain't nessa -

All:
It ain't necessarily so!
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