"It ain't necessary so,
It ain't necessarily so--
De t'ings dat yo' li'ble
To read in de Bible--
It ain't necessarily so.
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale,
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale--
Fo' he made his home in
Dat fish's abdomen--
Oh Jonah, he lived in de whale.
Methus'lah live nine hundred years,
Methus'lah live nine hundred years--
But who calls dat livin'
When no gal'll give in
To no man what's nine hundred years?
I'm preachin' dis sermon to show
It ain't nessa, ain't nessa,
Ain't necessarily so!"
[Ira Gershwin, part of his lyrics to the
song "It Ain't Necessarily So" (1935)]