Ain't Nobody's Business

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Ain't Nobody's Business  (1922) 
by Porter Grainger
"Ain't Nobody's Business" ("'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness") is an eight-bar vaudeville song written by pianist Porter Grainger. First recorded in 1922, many versions followed, with various textual variants. The version below is Grainger's original, copyrighted in 1922.

There ain't nothin' I can do, nor nothin' I can say,
That folks don't criticize me.
But I'm gonna do just as I want to anyway
And don't care if they all despise me.

If I should take a notion, to jump into the ocean,
Ain't nobody's business if I do.
Rather than persecute me, I choose that you would shoot me,
Ain't nobody's business if I do.

If I should get the feelin', to dance on the ceilin',
Ain't nobody's business if I do.
If I get me best companion, drive me right into the canyon,
Ain't nobody's business if I do.

If I dislike my lover, and leave him for another,
Ain't nobody's business if I do.
If I go to church on Sunday, then cabaret on Monday,
Ain't nobody's business if I do.

If my friend ain't got no money, and I say "Take all mine, honey",
Ain't nobody's business if I do.
If I give him my last nickel, and it leaves me in a pickle,
Ain't nobody's business if I do.

After all, the way to do is do just as you please,
Regardless of their talkin'.
Often times ones that talk will get down on their knees
And beg your pardon for their squawkin'.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923. It may be copyrighted outside the U.S. (see Help:Public domain).