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It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Lyrics

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald


It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It don't mean a thing all you got to do is sing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It don't mean a thing all you got to do is sing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)

It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
It don't mean a thing all you got to do is sing
(doo-ah)
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
Don't mean a thing all you've gotta do is swing
It don't mean a thing all you've gotta do is sing
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, dooooo-aaaaah)
Don't mean a thing
Comments/Interpretations
by hanna moses on 5/14/2008 11:30pm
my choir sing the original song and this song is not real
LIER
LIER
U GUYS SHOULD BE SUED 4 LIEN
by Wister on 5/16/2008 2:51pm
we are doing an adaptation in our school choir along with stuff from the beatles, its so cool, we all love it!! Go Malvern St James!
xx
by Ellen Dunlea on 6/24/2008 10:55pm
These aren't the right lyrics, I sang this in a jazz combo, and these aint right!
by maya on 7/15/2008 11:38pm
this is ella's version... there were a lot of different ones like duke ellington's and louis armstrong's. they all had there own.
my chorus sang a different arrangement too, but that doesnt mean that a singer can't adapt the song and make it his/her own. otherwise a hell of a lot of music would sound alike, right?
by C.J. on 8/4/2008 2:01pm
Ella's version is fine with me. That's the one I always remember.
The great lady.
by Madalyn on 9/5/2008 5:46pm
I love this song we sing it in choir at school!
by Samantha Pearl Lish on 10/3/2008 8:47pm
whats a song?
by MadCoCo on 10/3/2008 8:50pm
This song is awsome! I love jazz, and I'm glad they have the lyrics. I lost my old lyrics from school in my brothers room! :)
by loopo on 10/15/2008 6:04pm
This ones good
by Pouse on 11/7/2008 8:18am
this is NOT the real song. LIARS!!!!!!!
by pirate on 11/8/2008 6:13pm
My choir sang this song to for the all county choir and these lyrics are not right at all!!
by brittany Rawson on 11/20/2008 7:57am
I love this song
by lolcats.com on 12/15/2008 4:48pm
what are the original lyrics? can i have a hyperlink plz?
by hussah on 12/31/2008 8:47am
whats up withall the haters these are ella's lyrics they are right and most of you probably sang louis armstrongs shortened version!!! DUH!!
by little la on 1/5/2009 12:23am
You all need to get over it there are many version to this song.
I don't think it really matters if its different this is just the way Ella put her style on it.
If i was going to sing it,
i would sing it this way. :)
I LOVE ELLA!
by Leexii on 1/8/2009 5:32pm
wrong wrong wrong wrong
then again there are MANY versions to this song
by Anaika Philogene on 1/27/2009 11:30pm
All the verisons are good simple because it shows how different each singer was and still how good they truly are.
by Amanda Masi on 2/3/2009 8:51am
i love this song. it is just soo good
by your momma on 2/24/2009 10:41am
its all gay shes a faggit
by omg on 2/24/2009 10:44am
i hear this to much i can sing it in my sleep
by er-bear¢¾¢¾ on 2/28/2009 8:51pm
hey these arent event the real lyrics. i sang thing is my choir class and no it wasnt louis armstrongs shortened version so shut up.
by blanko on 3/10/2009 6:49pm
every person on here callin them liers are dumb. every one has diffrent lyrics to the same song. duhh read a book y dnt u
by rosie on 3/17/2009 6:21am
guys just enjoy the great music that these talented people put together all those yrs.ago. I sing in a jazz band and we always do our own thing. How else can a musician demonstrate their talant and get their own identity.
by Camille on 3/25/2009 9:49am
Original Lyrics

What good is melody?
What good is music?
If it aint possessing something sweet

Now it aint the melody
And it aint the music
Theres something else that makes this tune complete, YES

It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing
Well it dont mean a thing all you got to do is sing

It makes no difference if its sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm ev-ry-thing you got YES

It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing

It dont mean a thing
It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing boy

(Ba ba doo dah doo)

I said it dont mean a thing and all you got to do is sing

(La la la)

Now it makes no difference if its sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm ev-ry-thing you got OHH
It dont mean a thing boy, if it aint got-a-that-a-swinga

(Ba boo ba doo)
by people-person on 4/3/2009 2:28am
these aint the right lyrics!
by !@#$ on 4/15/2009 6:23pm
your website is fraud i did this song in a chorus show and its different orig visersion
by he he on 5/31/2009 1:41pm
these arent right we sang this song a million times in music class and i KNOW this is wrong....and i needed these 4 music class:( guess i cant get em from here!
by BB on 8/2/2009 8:39am
I'm guessing you know nothing about Jazz, if you did you would realise there is no such thing as a right or wrong version. Only your personal opinion on what you like. It's probably a good idea to research a genre of music before commenting on it?
by OMG on 9/27/2009 9:57pm
This is sooo stupid to fight about and the people who are trying to say this is wrong are like 12 and probally don't know anything about Jazz and that when they do it for choir they change the song to adapt it for the choir so of course it is not original. It's only original if your singing it the way Duke Ellington and Mills wrote it. COME ON PEOPLE, lets not be stupid.
by tothamorons on 10/28/2009 7:50pm
this is jazz and as maya said everyone puts their own feeling, thoughts, philosophy on it...you must have never seen a good jazz musician or vocalist...i have seen several multiple times and even the same artist will change it up a little for every show...get over your rigid rules of right and wrong and realize that music is art and art morphs all the time
by BJW on 11/5/2009 7:13pm
This song is awesome!!! Last year i had this song in my play. It got a standing ovation!!! I absolutely LOVE this song!!! It's awesome. and yeah,it DOES have the right lyrics!!!
by truemoment342 on 1/14/2010 4:14pm
really. WRONG LYRICS. jeez.
by angel on 2/9/2010 6:01pm
not the real scat in the middle the rest is so totally right and it is a good song well the real version im scat singin it at school so tat real cool huhuhuhhu?
by dameionecholes on 2/10/2010 7:24pm
i like your sogs.
by lauryn on 2/17/2010 7:00pm
in 4th grade i cant believe i remember this but we sang this song and a bunch of other jazz songs. It was so awesome.
by love story on 2/22/2010 5:43pm
love it!
by sabrynna on 1/10/2011 8:53pm
omg this song is awsome but its so much dirferent from chours the orginal is much harder
by loveydoo on 2/5/2011 7:04pm
this song rocks
by SwingJazzLover on 2/27/2011 10:26pm
OMG is right.

This song is great.
by SwingJazzLover on 2/27/2011 10:30pm
hana Moses is a big baby. She should learn to deal with things and enjoy things.
by BieberFever on 3/16/2011 4:39pm
wheres the, sing sing sing sing everybody start to sing, by singing lada la woah ho ho ho ho ho...etc.
by birde29 on 4/11/2011 7:49pm
it is ok but i like the other verison better

sorry
by aaliyah on 4/14/2011 5:52pm
my commemt is thatella is a great scat singer and this is the best song yet




congrats
by Sheain, on 9/6/2011 8:37pm
I like this song
by Jade on 9/7/2011 6:36pm
I like this song
by DIPSHIT on 11/6/2011 10:22pm
whats with all u dumb ass shitters....jazz standards are redone by many artists in their own style..n in there own lyrics...
by 3022516 on 2/9/2012 1:28pm
i love this song
by Lauren Strickland on 2/9/2012 4:06pm
I am in a 5th grade choir and i have a solo, NOT RIGHT LYRICS!!!!
by SONAE on 3/1/2012 7:38pm
HATERS
by frgrf on 9/18/2012 9:37pm
I hate how theres no karaoke on youtube of ella only the puppinni sisters really there not the one who invented it!! :(
by Big Joe Chapp on 10/4/2012 1:22am
U all r wrong this is one part music. All u kids that say the site is lying. Is cause u are use to 3 part music :+]
by Emma on 11/26/2012 6:50am
There are different versions of this song guys, most of it is improv.
by Dobgold on 2/12/2013 2:01am
Hanna Moses should be "sued" for her piss poor spelling. Actually she should be drawn and quartered and then burned at the stake.
by Lauren on 2/26/2013 10:58pm
Cool!
by smith on 3/21/2013 12:03am
the song ROCKS!!!!we're singing it at school,and it is sooooo catchie
by Ihatehaters on 3/26/2013 3:00pm
Ya'll haters be hatin. I sing in my jazz band and he wanted me to search up these lyrics. There is no right or wrong way!!!! Music is music. You always have to make it your own. Im singing this song an octave higher because that's my style. So stop ya'll hatin on my girl ella and just accept that this is her way of singing it. Or i will find you
by Poppy on 4/14/2013 8:44am
People have different styles of music so why do you say that there is wrong lyrics because there are so many different versions of this song. so why do you say Ellas wrong? I don`t understand. Ella might have different versions of the same song, it might of been a toataly different person.



There is no right or wrong LIRICS!!!
by fjdkal; on 4/29/2013 4:34pm
this song sucks
by YOUR ASS on 6/18/2013 7:25am
ya'll are dumb.. there are different adaptations of this song. if you listen to the 1954 recording of ELLA FITZGERALD she sings THESE LYRICS
by faith on 2/9/2014 4:41pm
no she dont
by Megan on 2/25/2014 1:12am
This is the cooles song if ever seen I sing it all the time at my choir I just love jazz music I love it.


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