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

    (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)

Transcribed from vocals by Ivie Anderson, recorded February 2, 1932.
From Duke Ellington: Reminiscing In Tempo, Columbia Legacy CK 48654.

Photograph of Duke Ellington as a young man.

Wat-dat-to,
Wat-dat-to,
Wat-dat-to,
Wat-dat-to, dat dat do, da da do.

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing,
It don't mean a thing, all you've got to do is sing,
It makes no difference if it's sweet or hot,
Just keep that rhythm, give it everything you've got!

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Wa da da do,
Wa da da do, da doh,
Whup de dittle ittle up,
Dat dat dat doh!

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!



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Published 10/1/00.

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