Who Sang Straighten Up and Fly Right? Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef The Golden Flute cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1966
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop/Modal
length: 3:29
piano: Hugh Lawson
drums (drum set): Roy Brooks
oboe & flute & tenor saxophone: Yusef Lateef
Some other versions of "Straighten Up and Fly Right"

Lyrics
The buzzard took the monkey for a ride in the air
The monkey thought that ev'rything was on the square
The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back
The monkey grabbed his neck and said, "Now, listen, Jack
Straighten up and fly right, straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and fly right, cool down papa, don't you blow your top
Ain't no use in divin'. What's the use of jivin'?
Straighten up and fly right, cool down papa, don't you blow your top"
The buzzard told the monkey, "You're choking me
Release your hold and I'll set you free"
The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
"Your story's touching, but is sounds like a lie"
Straighten up and fly right, straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right, cool down papa, don't you blow your top

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Road Runner
  • 2 Straighten Up and Fly Right
  • 3 Oasis
  • 4 (I Dont Stand) a Ghost of a Chance With You
  • 5 Exactly Like You
  • 6 The Golden Flute
  • 7 Rosetta
  • 8 Head Hunters
  • 9 The Smart Set

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