Who Sang Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive? Thomas Quasthoff

Thomas Quasthoff The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2007-3-2
length: 3:53
producer: Till Brönner
orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin
mixer: Arne Schumann
recording engineer: Adrian von Ripka and Tobias Lehmann
vocal: Thomas Quasthoff
piano: Alan Broadbent
guitar: Chuck Loeb
bass: Dieter Ilg
membranophone: Peter Erskine
arranger: Steve Gray
trumpet: Ruud Breuls and Axel Schlosser
alto saxophone: Fiete Felsch
solo trumpet: Till Brönner
Lyrics
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, hmm?

(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) down to the minimum
Otherwise (otherwise) pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate (well illustrate) my last remark (you got the floor)
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they say (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

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York
  • 2 Watch What Happens (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
  • 3 Secret Love
  • 4 You and I
  • 5 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  • 6 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (My Fair Lady)
  • 7 Can't We Be Friends?
  • 8 "Smile" (Final Theme From the Motion Picture "Modern Times")
  • 9 They All Laughed (Shall We Dance)
  • 10 My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms)
  • 11 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
  • 12 In My Solitude

  • Release information
    label: Deutsche Grammophon
    country(area): [Worldwide]
    format: CD
    script: Latin