Who Sang It Ain't Necessarily So? Lena Horne

Lena Horne Porgy and Bess cover art
Release information
Writer(s): Dorothy Heyward, Du Bose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Release Date: 1959
Genre: Jazz Pop
length: 3:03
Some other versions of "It Ain't Necessarily So"

Lyrics
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 dat 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

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 A Women Is a Sometime Thing
  • 2 Summertime
  • 3 Oh, I Got Plenty of Nothin'
  • 4 I Wants to Stay Here
  • 5 Bess, You Is My Women
  • 6 It Ain't Necessarily So
  • 7 Street Calls: Strawberry Women / The Honey Man / Crab Man
  • 8 My Man's Gone Now
  • 9 Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
  • 10 There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York

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