Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive Lyrics

Harold Arlen


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen
album: Track 7 in album Harold Sings Arlen (With Friend)
release date: 1966-3
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length: 2:43
conductor: Peter Matz
vocal: Harold Arlen
arranger: Peter Matz
lyricist: Johnny Mercer
composer: Harold Arlen

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Harold Arlen Harold Sings Arlen (With Friend) cover art
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You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate 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
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate his 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, accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, do not mess with Mister In-Between
Do you hear me?

Oh, listen to me children and-a you will hear
About the elininatin' of the negative
And the accent on the positive
And gather 'round me children if you're willin'
And sit tight while I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right

You've gotta accentuate the positive
Eliminate 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
Otherwise pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they say
Say when everything looked so dark

Man, they said we better accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, don't mess with Mister In-Between


Track Listing


Vinyl 1
  • 1 Blues in the Night
  • 2 Little Biscuit
  • 3 Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
  • 4 A Sleepin' Bee
  • 5 In the Shade of the New Apple Tree
  • 6 Hit the Road to Dreamland
  • 7 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  • 8 My Shining Hour
  • 9 Today I Love Everybody
  • 10 House of Flowers
  • 11 For Every Man There's a Woman
  • 12 That's a Fine Kind o' Freedom