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Necessity

Writer(s): Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg
From the play, “Finian’s Rainbow”
From the CD Frank Sinatra In Hollywood (1940-1964) Disc 4, track 11, 14

What is the curse that makes the universe so all-bewildering?
What is the hope that just provokes the hoax they call God’s children?
What is the jinx that gives the body and his brother
And everyone around, the run-around?
Necessity, necessity, that most unnecessary thing, necessity,
What throws the monkey wrench in a fellow’s good intentions,
That’s the old invention, necessity.
My feet want to the dance in the sun, my head wants to rest in the shade.
The Lord says go out and have fun, but the landlord says the rent ain’t paid.
Necessity, it’s plain to see, what a lovely old world this silly old world could be.
But man, it’s all in a mess on account of necessity,

My feet want to the dance in the sun, my heads want to rest in the shade.
The Lord says go out and have fun, but the landlord says the rent ain’t paid.
Necessity, it’s so plain to see, what a lovely old world this silly old world could be,
But man, it’s all in a mess on account of necessity,

Note: There is also a “scat” version of this by Sinatra, and a “duet version” with Ella Fitzgerald together with Sinatra.

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