"It Don't Mean A Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)" as written by Duke Ellington and Irving / Mills....
What good is melody, what good is music
If it ain't possessin' something sweet
It ain't the melody, it ain't the music
There's something else that makes the tune complete
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
It makes no diff'rence if it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm ev'rything you got
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing

Lyrics submitted by ruben

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    General CommentNO ONE has posted anything about the Duke? Lame.

    The Duke > You
    spasticon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI spose in fairness this is in theory a song meanings site and a lot of Dukes best is just about the music rather than complex lyrics.

    However that being said, so many people write messages just to say "Wow this song is Excellent! I love it and I love the band!" it is rediculous that the Duke doesnt have any.

    Everything the Duke did had that swing.
    Comrade_Liaron May 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs Duke Ellington composed! I too love Ella Fitzgerald's version to it!
    Forgiveforgeton January 20, 2014   Link

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