Nat King Cole - Straighten Up And Fly Right Lyrics




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 his back,
The monkey grabbed his neck and said,
"Now listen, Jack..."

Straighten up and fly right,
Straighten up and stay 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 in 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'll 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.

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

Ain't no use in divin'
Ain't no good in jivin'
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down, papa, don't you blow - your - top.

Fly right!





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  1. anthony

    Ay you just went trew a red light!

  2. Driip FN

    Who else is here in December 2019?💯💯💯💯

  3. Shilpa Mukherji

    Nat king Cole was Ray Charles's favourite artist

  4. cai

    Bandingo himself

  5. tracey hayward

    Pure Class

  6. Uriah Mann

    Mafia 2?

  7. Cassandra Santos

    I heard this on Tales From The Crypt!

  8. Dom Brunelli

    Nat was THE MAN!

  9. Neusa Angélica

    I’m here from Maya Angelou

  10. Lisa Bullock

    Now I know where that saying comes from smilexo 😍

  11. Harrison Gilberti

    Love this song so much, but I gotta say, his recording of "When I Fall In Love" really kits me.

  12. Deahra Shelton

    To my son Mutherfucka.😎👑🍷

  13. GamerGiraffic

    All I hear in hard time...

  14. Alex Burford

    WHAT A FUN SONG!!!!! :D
    One of President Kennedy's Favorites!!!!! Imagine seeing the Kids on "American bandstand" dancing to this in the 1940's Style of Swing Dancing!!!!!

  15. TheDarknessRi3es

    Fallout 76, anyone?

  16. Zachary DeAngelis

    This was in my 2018 Marching Band show, flight. Go Wakefield Warrior Marching Band!

  17. Pinky Monroe

    Psyche brought me here. I haven't heard this in awhile.

  18. McAvoy Afton

    Human Leather Shoes for Crocodile Dsndies by Caravan Palace brought me here.

  19. Megha Singhania

    107 HAVE NO SENSE OF GOOD MUSIC!!!

  20. eddie morris

    Fav. MALE singer - of ALL TIME !

  21. ATMABRAHM

    to all of the dope smokers in California!

  22. Zuzz

    "That's some catch that Catch 22"

  23. Jayee Padilla

    I love the Andrew Sisters Version But this is Great

    Der Panzer

    Jayee Padilla I mean this where the Andrew sisters got it from

  24. Jazziz Café

    En 1943 Nat King Cole e Irving Mills compusieron "Straighten Up and Fly Right", inspirados por un viejo cuento sobre animales oído en un sermón, el tema fue interpretado por el King Cole Trío y se convirtió en el tema más popular de la formación. Desde entonces, han sido innumerables los artistas que la han interpretado: Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Nnenna Freelon o Robbie Williams entre muchos otros. #classicmonday #jazzvocals

  25. Matthew B.

    Racism was not in their minds

  26. mexton

    Timeless Masterpiece

  27. Sahasrahla

    Tuskeegee Airmen brought me here

  28. Matthew Bulger

    Is It True The Late Nat"King" Cole Was The Very First Singer To Be Signed By Capitol Records When It Started In 1942? I Await Your Answer And Reply. Do You Think This Song Should Be An Anthem To Promote Air Travel Safety?

  29. redstrype101

    Catch22 any1? .. Song kinda runs deep being from New Orleans

  30. Jadeisscary Rawr

    Mr.Ford class of 2019🙌

  31. Bebop review

    Is this song about Heroin? The monkey on your back I've heard many times in reference to the hold of Heroin. The lyric 'Straighten up and fly right' or 'The buzzard told the monkey, you're choking me' all a reference to drug abuse.

  32. Grahamm5790

    Catch 22

  33. Mr Maxxx

    Nat king Cole tore this cut up,a incredible talent

  34. LAZZYDEMON

    My Math teacher would ALWAYS play this while where doing assignments...mmm the good old days.

  35. Giulio Cigni

    Catch-22?

  36. 4_- mohammed

    Catch 22 brought me here

  37. Gabriel McGuoirk

    Catch-22

  38. Robert Lawless

    Netflix catch-22 brought me here

  39. Hodl Wise

    Catch-22 brought me here lol

    lil nibba 4

    Me too it's a great story

  40. Eliška Makovská

    Loved this song on Catch-22

    The Soviet Union

    That's some catch

    Mr Charles

    It’s the best one there is.

  41. Jorge Ortiz

    Catch 22 brought me here

  42. johnhardman3

    I have a two-disc issue of the N.K.C. trio recordings from the '40s and this sounds somehow different from the version on the disc, although it's not that important.
    I prefer Cole in the "Trio" stuff on piano rather than with full orchestra or (worse) with big bands that drowned him out. He was said to have hated his voice.

  43. Bradley William Busch

    This song is ironic to the point of madness: the irresponsibility of the roaring twenties caused the great depression that triggered WW2

  44. darko hunter

    Mafia two I always tried to find this song

  45. SOSAY

    Whos from 2019? ;)

    Hodl Wise

    I'm from late 80s, here in 2019. 😗

    SOSAY

    Hodl Wise u must be trippin on shrooms cuz I’m lmfao

  46. Game Traveller

    I had to sing this at my meusec clas

  47. Melody Sanger

    REMEMBERING NATHANIEL COLES "NAT KING COLE"
    (MARCH 17, 1919 – FEBRUARY 15, 1965) [02/15/2019]

  48. james mc Donald

    2019 Anyone 👍

  49. Brandon Kratz

    my favorite Nat King Cole song

  50. communism gaming

    Buzzard isn that a helicopter ?

  51. Sean Gosa

    The movie "Ray" brought me here

  52. Dawn Parker

    Had a dream about this song. It was one of my grandmother's favorites. Today is the anniversary of her passing in the 80's

  53. sillent killer

    Now you fund this song in fallout

  54. robby slade

    Zachary Levi instagram

  55. Short Stuff

    Ha, ha remember my dad singing this at times to me at bedtime along with Chattanooga choo choo

  56. Matthew Zelie

    Sampled beautifully by Gramatik in 2018's "What's the Use in Jivin'?"...of course this original will always be the best though.

  57. Marcus Messias

    Ipirokaaa

  58. The G.O.A.T

    My 7 year old brother loooves this song

  59. Hunter Bolton

    Fallout 76 brought me here NKC kept me here

  60. Kristel Caballero

    Cool down papa!! :) what a song!!

  61. Joel Smart

    Fallout 76 is lit bro

  62. Coach Blocker Dominate the Trenches !

    Classic

  63. PhantomJedi 1998

    Fallout 76 anybody?

    Con Bonz x

    it's a different version but I didn't even hear this on there!!!! I knew this song before. I'm a Nat KIng Cole fan <3

  64. TIPY ANA MARIA KRANEVITTER

    UN GENIO EN EL:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

  65. cstmrsking

    Peerless

  66. Jack Pardun

    My generation sucks...

    Trent Newberry

    Shut up!

  67. Vanessa Riley

    WE'LL AAALRIIGHT!! <3

  68. Dash

    <|°_°|>

  69. Ian Macdonald

    This should be in the Witcher 3

  70. Mattes Cog

    So glad that my dad was always playing good music around the house. Something reminded me of the title of this song. After I don't know how many yrs. I'm listening to it again. Thanks, dad. Memories of you and from you will always be waiting to be triggered from the back of my mind.

  71. BlurryCat

    Heard this song in fallout 76

  72. C Manifest

    Take 6 brought me here

  73. Jackie Lendel

    I’m here from This Is Us

  74. Jack Sandberg

    The Right Stuff

  75. K Y

    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 his back
    The monkey grabbed his neck and said, "Now listen, Jack..."


    Straighten up and fly right
    Straighten up and stay right
    Straighten up and fly right
    Cool down, papa
    Don't you blow your top
    Ain't no use in diving
    What's the use in jiving?
    Straighten up and fly right
    Cool down, papa
    Don't you blow your top

    The buzzard told the monkey you are choking me
    Release your hold and I'll 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."

  76. Patman The Great

    Dude didn’t the Andrew Sisters song this?

    Anja Guillory

    Yeah andrew sisters did a cover which is featured om fallout76

  77. dig bick nibba

    Im here from fallout 76

  78. OcuLus LABS

    Fallout 76

  79. DADDY

    Why isnt music like this a thing anymore😔🙁

    DemonicRemption

    +END ME

    Because music these days is a product, not an art form.

    DADDY

    DemonicRemption that was the best way you could have said it

    Mattes Cog

    Agreed. Commercialized.

  80. Kelpy G.

    It’s catchy, but I like his songs like autumn leaves, smile, walking my baby back home, and of course unforgettable and merry Christmas.

  81. Falconhowie

    Tuskegee airmen Elite

  82. MegaVIDEOPOWER MegaVIDEOPOWER

    The whole Trump Administration ...fly right

  83. nope nope

    fallout 76

  84. Caden McBride

    fallout 76

  85. SoullessSwag

    Fallout 76 bois

  86. HomersIlliad

    Anyone here from Fallout:76 yet?

    Crazando anonymous

    HomersIlliad me 😅, this is a good song

  87. TheVis

    If this isn't on the fallout 76 radio..

  88. GCSteelFixing

    Dead man tell no tales; They were wrong lol

  89. Nuns Wit Gunz

    Fallout 76 brought me here

  90. Unicorn Gundamgamer

    I came here because my school needs to sing this

  91. cB557

    Destiny 2, from an item's flavor text.

  92. Numbskull

    did a boy with a hair that looks like a leaf and has the ability to put nuts and bolts on stuff brought you here?

  93. masked german

    this was made a long time ago and I'm mcloving it

  94. paul smith

    A wise mantra. Control of self or others if survival depends on it? What did the lyrics of this song mean to the writer? What do they mean to you?

  95. Barry Schlesinger

    My dad Paul loved this son. Used to sing it to little Barry 1919-2005 RIP

  96. DIO ZA WARUDO

    Who’s here because the Watsons go to Birmingham 1967 ,I think I forgot the date

  97. Lorca Simons

    happy birthday.