It Ain't Necessarily So

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Paul Leroy Robeson ( /ˈroʊbsən/ ROHB-sən April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American singer and actor who was a political activist for the Civil Rights Movement. Although Robeson achieved artistic and financial success, the Spanish Civil War effectuated his deprecation of his commercial career in order to proselytize against Fascism and social injustices. Consequently, his advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government would bring retribution and public condemnation during the the age of McCarthyism. He was blacklisted, and to his financial and social detriment, he remained recalcitrant and against the direction of US policies. Health reasons later is his life forced him to retire privately, but he remai… more »


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It ain't necessarily so
It ain't necessarily so
The things that your preacher
Is liable to teach ya
It ain't necessarily so

Li'l David was small, but oh my 
Li'l David was small, but oh my 
He fought Big Goliath
Who lay down an' dieth 
Li'l David was small, but oh my 

Oh, yes, Jonah, he lived in de whale
Yes, Jonah, he lived in de whale
Now he made his home in
Dat fish's abdomen
Yes, Jonah, he lived in de whale

Li'l Moses was found in the stream
Li'l Moses was found in the stream
He floated on water
Till Ol' Pharaoh's daughter
She fished him, she said, from dat stream

Oh, yes, Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
But who calls dat livin'
When no one will give in
To no man what's nine hundred years 

I'm preachin' dis sermon to show
It ain't nece-ain't nece
Ain't nece-ain't nece
Ain't necessarily so

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Written by: Dorothy Heyward, Du Bose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

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