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Nat King Cole Straighten Up And Fly Right Lyrics

Last updated: 01/26/2013 12:57:57 PM

A buzzard took a monkey for a ride in the air
The monkey thought that everything was on the square
The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off of his back
But the monkey grabbed his neck and said: "Now listen, Jack

Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.
Ain't no use in divin'
What's the use of jivin'
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top."

The buzzard told the monkey "You are chokin' me
Release your hold and I will set you free."
The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
"Your story's so touching but it sounds just like a lie.

Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top."

(instrumental interlude)

"Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top."

Thanks to Dave for submitting Straighten Up And Fly Right Lyrics.



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Great song | Reviewer: NKF | 1/25/13

Those are some great songs he songs he does, and he made a great way in that music era up with Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and many others, he was so ahead of his time with the wonderful lyrics and medley he provided. -NKF

Don't mess with perfection | Reviewer: Janet | 9/18/12

Now, I don't have any old NKC albums to verify the accuracy of these lyrics, but one click away you can see and hear NKC perform the song, and these are the lyrics.

It's what one can do with the song within the lyrics that gets amazing. When you listen to NKC do it, it's all very subtle, only a couple of notes, it's all in the delivery. No wonder jazz singers have not been able to resist the temptation to just let'er blow on some of the phrases - the basic tune just begs for artistic embellishments. But, for real results, one should never stray too far from the unassuming original melody of this classic.

Cool down, papa, don't you blow ... your... top!