Aretha Franklin - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive Lyrics

Gather 'round me, everybody
Gather 'round me, while I preach some

The topic will be sin
And that's what I'm agin'
If you wanna hear my story
Then settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewing
The attitude of doing right

You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with mister inbetween

You got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
And have faith, or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my 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

Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with mister inbetween

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Aretha Franklin Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive Comments
  1. lotus barron

    Reminds me of Sam Cooke! ☺️❤️

  2. James Darling Jr

    When Columbia Records signed her and showcased her singing standards, Critics denounced her product. Although Atlantic Records gave us, "The Queen Of Soul" rightfully so, This is classic! She could sing anything!!!

  3. Scott Free

    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, hmm?

    (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) down to the minimum
    Otherwise (otherwise) pandemonium
    Liable to walk upon the scene

    To illustrate (well illustrate) my last remark (you got the floor)
    Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
    What did they say (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

  4. janice janelle

    I sang this song in a chorus concert and I love it.

  5. Lubus Maximus

    Sure enough, each remark, what did you do? Hang on baby.......trumpets baby, we've got to hang on, aaaaaahhhhhhh baby dont mess with Mr. I between,
    Bernie 2020

  6. Mr. Muzic

    Sing it Re-re!!!

  7. SS sagemode

    This has to be my favourite rendition of the song

    Paul Rogers

    Dr John does a good version also


    Ella Fitzgerald's is my fav, but this is a very close second. This here is a bit more carefreely upbeat, which is nice.

    Marlene Banks

    @Elgoog Yeah, Ella got it all over all of them.

  8. Angeline 1106

    Rip Aretha you were my inspiration and a big inspiration to many others also

  9. Adam Parker

    Rest in Peace.

  10. Sunrise Sunset

    My favorite Aretha

  11. xlxfjh

    This song is not suited to her style.

  12. Toni Siret

    Masterclass in phrasing, & ornamenting a melody.

  13. Johnlindsey289

    On the record, on the QT and very hush hush

  14. Melanie Robinson

    Brilliant XX

  15. K JH

    Don’t mess with Mr In between love it!

  16. Alexandria payne

    Anyone who went to Pocono trails fat camp knows

  17. medre maria

    love this song😍😍💞💞💓

  18. Mitaka Rupau

    Fallout 4

  19. Sandra Akama


  20. Jo Giese

    What a great positive message to get on this special birthday❗️

  21. Robin Miguel Santiago Apreza

    sorry ir i sound dumb but, What means "dont mess with mister in bettewen"?

    Oscar L

    Asumiré que hablas español.
    Quiere decir que si acentúas lo positivo, eliminas lo negativo, tomas lo afirmativo. Lo que queda, ni positivo ni negativo, no te metas con eso porque solo da problemas. Una traducción congruente, mas no literal, diría: "No te metas con lo que queda en medio"

    No te preocupes por sonar tonto. Muchos aquí solo hablan un idioma, querer aprender mas de otro nos pone ya delante de aquellos con una sola lengua :)

    Robin Miguel Santiago Apreza

    @Oscar L muchisimas gracias, ya sabia la mayoria de la letra pero esa parte era la que mas me dejo medio picao.

    Fiona Fotherby

    dont mess with God's will?

  22. Miss Yvonne

    Wikipedia gives some background on the origin of one of the most popular song in the 1940s, “Accentuate the Positive”.

    In 1944, singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer came to hear of one of the Sermons of the Reverend M. J. Divine (better known as FATHER DIVINE), Founder of the International Peace Mission Movement and Fulfiller of Scripture Prophecy of the Second Coming of the Christ for the Christian world and the Coming of the Messiah for the Jewish world. Rev. Divine became well-known to the public in 1931 while carrying on HIS Work and Mission in Sayville, Long Island, New York.

    The Rev. Divine’s Sermon subject was “Accentuate the positive to eliminate the negative."

    Mercer said, "Wow, that's a colorful phrase!” (according to John Gilliland, Pop Chronicles the 1940’s and Bob McKenzie, “40’s Sounds Return to Radio”). He went back to Hollywood and, together with songwriter Harold Arlen ("Over The Rainbow"), wrote "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive", which Mercer recorded himself with the Pied Pipers in 1945. It was also recorded by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters that same year. Other artists recording the song include Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Page with Jo Stafford, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler with Bing Crosby, Tami Gunden, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Thomas Quasthoff with Till Bronner.

  23. Amanda Lorianne Romeo

    She sounded so different when she was younger


    Heavy years of cigarette smoking changes your vocal tone. That's what happened to her voice. Also to Whitney Houston too.

    Brad Schuh

    Amanda Lorianne Romeo agreed 😁

  24. G. Saint Louis D'Dean Hardin

    Me., Dr. John and Queen Rese d'FRANKLIN (as in BEN) ALL say the same thing..... put the first three words of the title and youtube into your search block and see HOW MANY OTHERS AGREE!

  25. G. Saint Louis D'Dean Hardin

    The Queen (descendent of Ben?) says the same thing.........

  26. Judy Schaffer

    ABSOLUTE -ALLY !! :) What a JOY to experience this listening/loving
    musical rendition by the incredibly beautiful ( in every way) Aretha Franklin !!!! What a gift she shares with us ...wrapped up all bubbly in heart and soul ! THANK YOU, dear Mrs.Franklin!!!! :)

  27. Vincent Wright

    Whether you need a pick-me-up at the end or at the beginning of the year, I can think of no better single song to recommend to you than this one wonderfully sung by none other than the SPLENDID Ms. Aretha Franklin herself: "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive"

    #AccentchuateThePositive #AccentuateThePositive #ArethaFranklin #Yearnalism #Attractionese

  28. Bryony Tuijl

    For Averil

  29. Bri Sam

    My acro solo song

  30. Gary Clayton

    What a smoking trumpet solo...

  31. William

    This better be in Fallout 4 lol Dem badass.

  32. Grace Delaney

    Fave big band song aretha only makes it better :)

  33. MsDDRey

    From the middle 8 to the end some of those notes & runs nearly make me weep they're so damn sweet. And the power. Never forget the power in that voice. My Queen.

  34. daisies&roses

    i always loved this song but never heard it from her til just now! totally blowing my mind :) :)

  35. Juan Carlos Hernández

    Muy bonita Canción! C:

  36. Corrinne Cone

    omg, yes!!!

  37. gone.

    My class and I we sing this song at school (woodlands elementary)

  38. Caitlin Berger

    We got one person messing with Mr Inbetween

  39. Stuart Gardner

    WOW YEAH did she ever belt that one out -- magnificent! Thanks so much for posting this!

  40. Melanie Link Taylor

    wonderful both singer and song

  41. joy keezer

    Great Song! Live it!

  42. Mellow Motif

    Wow. Aretha at her best :)))

  43. Oliver Beard

    We do tap to this song at my school, its such a good song!

  44. Natalie Thompson

    This is one of my choir songs its cool when my choir sings it but she sings it way better.

  45. Israr Abdur-rahman

    i bet you the dislike is a KKK member

  46. missfireable

    this is a good song but sometimes i dont accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative

  47. mark alan


  48. ValBee

    @MrLebeau1685 this is going to be my daily song. :-)

  49. emiliobatiste

    @comicalk I guess you both mean that Columbia wanted to made her sound like Dinah with the production but I'm sorry: Aretha sounds just like ARETHA at her best.

  50. Gerry Lebeau

    what a great way to start a new day with this song and a cup of my cheap coffee !! I'm so glad Aretha's health is getting better. Thank you so much for uploading this song on youTube guys.

  51. Celticswynd

    @drwinkle101 If she did not sing Soul songs, would we have ever heard of her?

  52. melissangel4va

    Best version yet!!

  53. Gary

    WOW, a great classic with a great voice.

  54. reenester

    Great Version of this song ! Thank You for posting. I needed to hear this at a time when things for me are not going well.

  55. crackie10

    On a sunny sunday, when I wake up at 10:30 AM. this is the first thing I wanna hear. This makes me really happy!

  56. logan johnson

    WTF..... This is the song i sing in chrous. Its sortof gay. Just saying!!

  57. Jackolackolack

    Wonderful :) Johnny mercer is my great grandfather :) love to hear people sing his songs so wonderfully

  58. Sarah Anderson

    we are singing this in choir for 9th grade

  59. IndianaJonny

    Wow. That just made my day!

  60. Phil Seymour

    I had this album in 1962 and loved it. Her version of this song has stuck with me ever since. Thanks for finding and uploading this happy tune.

  61. drwinkle101

    She was only 20 and already a good jazz singer, the way she dances her voice around the beat.

  62. darknluv

    Goosebumps AND a positive message hahaha omg u betta sang Aretha! lol um<3

  63. tomorrowsmystery

    luv the way she sings it, but it's not the original