Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive

Album: The Very Best of Bing Crosby (1944)
Charted: 2
  • 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?

    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 to the minimum
    Otherwise pandemonium
    Liable to walk upon the scene

    To illustrate my last remark
    Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
    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 Writer/s: JOHNNY MERCER, HAROLD ARLEN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 23rd, 1945, exactly seventy five years ago today, Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters' "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's 'Best-Selling Retail Records' chart, for the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Rum and Coca-Cola" by The Andrew Sisters...
    According to Billboard, "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" was tied at #2 with "Don't Fence Me In" by Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters...
    The remainder of the Best-Selling Records' Top 10 on February 23rd, 1945:
    At#3. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" by Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers
    #4. "Rum and Coca-Cola" by Abe Lyman and His Orchestra
    #5. "Cocktails For Two" by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
    #6. "Candy" by Johnny Mercer withJo Stafford and The Pied Pipers
    #7. "I'm Beginning To See The Light" by Harry James with vocals by Kitty Kallen
    #8. "A Little On The Lonely Side" by Frankic Carle with vocals by Paul Allen
    #9. "Don't Fence Me In" by Sammy Kaye with vocals by Billy Williams
    #10. "I Wanna Get Married" by Gertrude Niesen
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