Who Sang Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive? Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson Plays the Harold Arlen Song Book cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1959
length: 2:02
bass: Ray Brown
piano: Oscar Peterson
drums (drum set): Ed Thigpen
lyricist: Johnny Mercer
composer: Harold Arlen
Gather 'round me, everybody
Gather 'round me while I'm preachin'
Feel a sermon comin' on me
The topic will be sin and that's what I'm ag'in'
If you want to hear my story
The settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right
You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And 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's
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'd better accentuate the positive")
("Eliminate the negative")
("And latch on to the affirmative")
Don't mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)
(Bring gloom down to the minimum)
(Have faith or pandemonium's)
(Liable to walk upon the scene)
You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, don't mess with Mister In-Between

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 As Long as I Live
  • 2 Come Rain or Come Shine
  • 3 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  • 4 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • 5 I've Got the World on a String
  • 6 That Old Black Magic
  • 7 Let's Fall in Love
  • 8 Stormy Weather
  • 9 Over the Rainbow
  • 10 Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
  • 11 The Man That Got Away
  • 12 Ill Wind