“It ain’t necessarily so” from Porgy and Bess

This video is made up of 2 songs from Porgy and Bess: Summertime and It ain’t necessarily so.

It ain’t necessarily so comes in at about 5 minutes into this video … so if you just want to hear that one, scroll until you reach it. But if you can find 8 minutes and 19 seconds to sit back and enjoy all of it … just do it!

From Porgy and Bess by George and Ira Gershwin.

Here are the lyrics from the two songs:

Summertime

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’

So hush little baby

Don’t you cry

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It ain’t necessarily so
It ain’t necessarily so
De things dat yo’ liable to read in de Bible
It ain’t necessarily so

Li’l David was small but oh my
Li’l David was small but oh my
He fought big Goliath who lay down and dieth
Li’l David was small but oh my

Oh Jonah he lived in de whale
Oh Jonah he lived in de whale
For he made his home in dat fish’s abdomen
Oh Jonah he lived in de whale

Li’l Moses was found in a stream
Li’l Moses was found in a stream
He floated on water ’til ole Pharaoh’s daughter
She fished him she says from that stream

It ain’t necessarily so
It ain’t necessarily so
Dey tell all you chillun de debble’s a villain
But ‘taint necessarily so

To get into Hebben don’ snap for a sebben
Live clean, don’ have no fault
Oh I takes de gospel whenever it’s pos’ble
But wid a grain of salt

Methus’lah lived nine hundred years
Methus’lah lived nine hundred years
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
It ain’t necessarily so

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