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Sunday, 7.24.05:  Accentuate the Positive

Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton

I spent a good part of the day tackling that stack of Bing Crosby sheet music. We'll sell them as a collection of 35, rather than one by one.

Along the way, I found a few that brought back some old memories.

This is one my parents used to sing to me:

Gather 'round me, ev'rybody,
Gather 'round me while I preach some,
Feel a sermon comin' on me.
The topic will be sin and that's what I'm "agin."
If you wanna hear my story
Then settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin' the attitude of doin' right.

You've got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the pos-i-tive,
E-lim-my-nate the negative,
Latch on to the affirmative,
Don't mess with Mister In-between.

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum,
Bring gloom down to the minimum,
Have faith or pandemonium
li'ble to walk up on the scene.

To illustrate my last remark,
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the Ark,
What did they do
Just when ev'rything looked so dark?

"Man," they said, "We better ac-cent-tchu-ate the pos-i-tive,
E-lim-my-nate the negative,
Latch on to the affirmative,
Don't mess with Mister In-between."

No! Don't mess with Mister In-between.

Ha-ha! I love this song.

 

Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen

From the movie "Here Come the Waves" with Bing Crosby and Betty Hutton (1944)

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