Accentuate the Positive (lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen) 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 reviewin' the attitude of doin' right. You've got to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive E-lim-mynate 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 a minimum, Have faith or pandemonium's li'ble 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-mynate the negative, Latch on to the affirmative Don't mess with Mister In-between."" No! Don't mess with Mister In-between. Or so they say. Whatever the case, I have to say that Johnny Mercer was one darn good lyricist. JO copyright Johnny Mercer JO OCT98
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