Track Title:               I Got Plenty o' Nuttin
Album Title:               The Complete Verve Recordings, Disc 3 (Porgy & Bess)


Prime Artist:              Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong
Arranger:                  Russell Garcia
Lyrics by:                 Du Bose Heyward

Lyrics by:                 Ira Gershwin     (b. Israel Gershvin)
Music by:                  George Gershwin     (b. Jacob Gershvin)
Vocal:                     Ella Fitzgerald
Vocal:                     Louis Armstrong

Trumpet:                   Louis Armstrong
Producer:                  Norman Granz
Conductor:                 Russell Garcia
From the Show:             Porgy and Bess  1935 (S)
Lyrics:
I got plenty of nothing
And nothing's plenty for me
I got no car - got no mule
I got no misery

Folks with plenty of plenty
They've got a lock on the door
Afraid somebody's gonna rob 'em
While there out (a) making more - what for

I got no lock on the door - that's no way to be
They can steal the rug from the floor - that's OK with me
'Cause the things that I prize - like the stars in the skies - are all free

I got plenty of nothing
And nothing's plenty for me
I got my gal - got my song
(I) Got heaven the whole day long

- Got my gal - got my love - got my song


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The original lyrics from the show were more like:

Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin'
And nuttin's plenty fo' me
I got no car, got no mule
I got no misery

De folks wid plenty of plenty
Got got a lock on dey door
'Fraid somebody's a-goin' to rob 'em
While dey's out a-makin' more. What for?

I got no lock on de door, (dat's no way to be.)
Dey kin steal de rug from de floor -
Dat's okeh with me
'Cause de things dat I prize, like de stars in de skies,
are all free

I got plenty o' nuttin'
And nuttin's plenty fo' me
I got my gal, got my song
Got Hebben the whole day long

No use complainin'.
Got my gal, got my Lawd, got my song.

I got plenty o' nuttin'
And nuttin's plenty fo' me
I got the sun; got the moon; got the deep blue sea.
De folks wid plenty o' plenty
Got to pray all de day.
Seems wid plenty you sure got to worry
how to keep de debbil away, away.
I ain't a-frettin' 'bout hell
Till de time arrive.
Never worry long as I'm well,
Never gonna try to be good, to be bad,
What the hell? I is glad I'se alive!

Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin'
And nuttin's plenty fo' me.
I got my gal, got my song,
Got Hebben de whole day long.
No use complainin'.
Got my gal, got my Lawd, got my song.

Thanks to Lowell H. of Bellevue WA for these.


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