Who Sang It Ain't Necessarily So? Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1957-8
length: 6:35
trumpet: Frank Beach
piano: Paul Smith
conductor: Russell Garcia
double bass: Joe Mondragon
French horn: Vincent DeRosa
guitar: Tony Rizzi
trombone: Buddy Childers
violin: Victor Arno
vocal: Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
drums (drum set): Alvin Stoller
Some other versions of "It Ain't Necessarily So"

Lyrics
Sportin' Life:
It ain't necessarily so,

All:
It ain't necessarily so.

Sportin' Life:
De t'ings dat yo li'ble
To read in de Bible -
It ain't necessarily so.

Li'l' David was small, but oh my!

All:
Li'l' David was small, but oh my!

Sportin' Life:
He fought Big Goliath
Who lay down and dieth -
Li'l' David was small, but oh my!
Wadoo!

Ensemble:
Wadoo!

Sportin' Life:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Ensemble:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Sportin' Life:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Ensemble:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Sportin' Life:
Scatty way!

Ensemble:
Scatty wah!

Sportin' Life:
Yeah!
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale

All:
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale.

Sportin' Life:
Fo' he made his home in
Dat fish's abdomen -
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale.

L'il' Moses was found in a stream

All:
L'il' Moses was found in a stream

Sportin' Life:
He floated on water
'Till Ole' Pharaoh's daughter
She fished him, she says from dat stream.

Wadoo!

Ensemble:
Wadoo!

Sportin' Life:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Ensemble:
Zim bam boddle-oo!

Sportin' Life:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Ensemble:
Hoodle ah da waah da!

Sportin' Life:
Scatty way!

Ensemble:
Scatty wah!

Sportin' Life:
Yeah!
It ain't necessarily so

All:
It ain't necessarily so

Sportin' Life:
Dey tell all you chillun
De Debble's a villun
But 'tain't necessarily so.

To get into Hebbben
Don't snap fo' a sebben -
Live clean! Don' have no fault!
Oh, I takes dat gospel
Whenever it's pos'ple -

But wid a grain of salt!

Methus'lah lived nine hundred years,

All:
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years,

Sportin' Life:
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 -

All:
It ain't necessarily so!

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Overture
  • 2 Summertime
  • 3 I Wants to Stay Here
  • 4 My Man's Gone Now
  • 5 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin
  • 6 Buzzard Song
  • 7 Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 It Ain't Necessarily So
  • 2 What You Want Wid Bess?
  • 3 Woman Is a Sometime Thing
  • 4 Oh, Doctor Jesus
  • 5 Medley: Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine
  • 6 There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York
  • 7 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
  • 8 Oh, Lawd, I'm on My Way!

  • Release information
    label: Verve
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin