Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive

1944 – Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer

Gather ’round me, everybody
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 reviewing
The attitude of doing right

You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with mister inbetween

You got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith, or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale
Noah in the ark,
What did they do
Just when everything looked so dark?
Man, they said, we better

Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with mister inbetween
Don’t, don’t mess with mister inbetween

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