Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Song and Lyrics by Abbey Lincoln

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Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business’ by Abbey Lincoln. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Abbey Lincoln or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

Ain’t nobody’s business what I do
Get me a shotgun and shoot my baby
Ain’t nobody’s business if I do

There ain’t nothing I can do, or nothing I can say,
Some folks will criticize me.
So I’m gonna do just what I want to anyway,
And don’t care if you all despise me.

If I should take a notion
To jump into the ocean,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

If I go to church on Sunday
And I shimmy down on Monday,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

And if my friend ain’t got no money
And I say, “All right, take all of mine honey,”
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

If I lend her my last nickel
And it leaves me in a pickle,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

I would rather my gal would hit me
Than to haul right up and quit me.
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

I know that she won’t call no copper
If she gets beat up by her poppa.
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do, Lord no.
Well, it ain’t nobody’s business if I do.