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​Jazz (Ain't Nothin' But Soul)

This song is by Betty Carter and appears on the compilation album I Can't Help It (1992).

Jazz is makin' do with 'taters and grits
Standin' up each time you get hit
Jazz ain't nothin' but soul

Jazz is livin' high off nickels and dimes
Telling folks 'bout what's on your mind
Jazz ain't nothin' but soul

Trumpets, cussin, saxophones
Rhythm, makin' love
People wearin' fancy clothes
It's the voice of my people

For me, jazz is all the truth to be found
Never mind who's puttin' it down
Jazz ain't nothin' but soul
Jazz ain't nothin' but soul
Jazz ain't nothin' but soul

Trumpets, cussin, saxophones
Rhythm, makin' love
People wearin' fancy clothes
It's the voice of my people

For me, jazz is all the truth to be found
Never mind who's puttin' it down
Jazz ain't nothin' but soul