720 in the Books cover
720 in the Books cover

720 in the Books Lyrics Meanings
by Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz
1992
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720 in the Books Lyrics

When the rhythm gets to rockin' on the swing side
And the cats condescend to lend an ear
When the beatniks start to gather 'round the ringside
There's a certain thing they always want to hear
Seven-twenty, seven-twenty in the books

What's the tune they like the best
When the jive becomes deluxe?
What's the number one request?
Seven-twenty in the books

When the band begins to play
You should see the dirty looks
If the leader doesn't say
Seven-twenty in the books

It's something that you'll approve
Gets you right in the groove
To keep in step
You really gotta be hep Just be like the kangaroo
Or the fishes in the brooks
Ev'rybody's jumpin' to
Seven-twenty in the books

It's something that you'll approve
Gets you out of the groove
To keep in step
You really gotta be hep

Just be like the kangaroo
Or the fishes in the brooks
Ev'rybody's jumpin' to
Seven-twenty in the books

Seven-twenty
Seven-twenty
Seven-twenty
Let's keep jumpin' to seven-twenty in the books

Writer(s): HAROLD ADAMSON, JAN SAVITT, JOHN WATSON
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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I am assuming as a singer that " Seven-Twenty in the books" must refer to the bands' play list book. When the band leader says " let's play # 7-20 ", Everyone knows immediately what tune it is referencing . Am I right? I hope so, as I have a bet with my musician/ composer husband!

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