Heptune presents:

Ain't Misbehavin'

    (Razaf, Waller, Brooks)

Transcribed from vocals by Fats Waller, recorded August 21, 1938;
From Fats Waller, 1938, Chronological Classics 913.

Photograph of Fats Waller

No one to walk with,
All by myself,
No one to talk with,
But I'm happy on the shelf,
Ain't misbehavin',
Savin' my love for you, for you, oh, baby.

I know for certain,
The one I love,
I'm through with flirtin';
It's you that I'm thinkin' of,
Ain't misbehavin',
Savin' my love for you, ah, yes, yes, you.

Like Jacks* Horner,
In a corner,
Don't go nowhere,
What do I care?
Your kisses are worth waiting for,
Believe me!

Don't stay out late,
Ain't got no place to go,
Hey, I'm home about eight,
Just me and my radio, yes, yes
Ain't misbehavin',
Savin' all my love for you, for you, for you,
For you, for you, for you...

*Yes, Fats says "Jacks." It is not a typo.

Did you know?

    Andy Razaf, who wrote the lyrics to this song, was a prince of Madagascar!

Return to the Heptune Jazz and Blues Lyrics Page.
Published 10/1/00.

Fats Waller Resources:

Cover of Maurice Waller's biography of his father, Fats Waller.Fats Waller, excellent autobiograhy by son Maurice Waller.

Cover of Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941You can find transcriptions of what Fats Waller actually played in Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941, transcribed by Paul Posnak.

Look for Fats Waller sheet music, at sheetmusicplus, below:

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