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Ain't Got Rhythm
Phineas and Sherman singing "brand new generation"
Phineas and Sherman singing the song.
Song by Phineas Flynn and Sherman "Swampy" feat. Martin Olson [1]
Album: Phineas and Ferb
Genre(s): Rock
Length: 1:57 (episode)

2:16 (album)

Sherman/Phineas chronology
Previous: "Fabulous" (Phineas)
None (Sherman)
Current: Ain't Got Rhythm
Next: You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart (Love Händel)
The Ballad of Badbeard (Phineas)
Video
Phineas and Ferb Music Video - Ain't Got Rhythm 802:08

Phineas and Ferb Music Video - Ain't Got Rhythm 8


Episode version
Phineas and Ferb - Ain't Got Rhythm02:17

Phineas and Ferb - Ain't Got Rhythm


album version

Ain't Got Rhythm is a song sung by Phineas Flynn and Sherman (aka "Swampy") from Love Händel. The song describes Swampy's reasons for not wanting to be a part of a Love Händel reunion concert, with Phineas eventually winning him over. It was sung in the Tri-State Area Public Library in "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together".

The song is also on the Phineas and Ferb Soundtrack and is one of the creators' favorites. In "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown", Ain't Got Rhythm was the 8th favorite song chosen by Phineas and Ferb fans. Ain't Got Rhythm is also one of the eight songs that was re-released in the Phineas and Ferb Karaoke Soundtrack.

Lyrics

Phineas: So you're saying that you don't have rhythm
But listen what you're doing right there!
With that stamp and a book
You've got a real nice hook
Sounds to me like you've got rhythm to spare

Sherman: I have no idea what you're talking about
I've got as much rhythm as that chair
What happened to me was a tragedy
But I don't have to be a millionaire

Look, I got a sweet deal going on here
I got all the books that I can read
All these sweet old ladies and this carpet from the 80's
What more could a librarian need?

Woman: Ssh!

Sherman: Besides, I ain't got rhythm
No, I ain't got rhythm
Said I ain't got rhythm
I ain't got rhythm!

Phineas: You're kidding me right, y-you're kidding me
Don't you see what you were doing right then?
That's a wicked groove you were starting to move
Mister, you got rhythm times ten

Sherman: I think perhaps that you're not listening
I find it tedious to repeat
It's no big crime,
I just can't keep time
I'm telling you I lost the beat

I don't need my face on T-shirts
Or hit a power-chord guitar
They were screaming my name
I guess it's a shame
But I don't need to be a rock star

Besides, I ain't got rhythm
No, I ain't got rhythm
Said I ain't got rhythm
I ain't got rhythm!

I ain't got rhythm
Phineas: Sounds like rhythm to me!
Sherman: No, I ain't got rhythm
Phineas: Seems like they all agree!
Sherman: Said I ain't got rhythm
Phineas: But you're laying down
Sherman: (I ain't got rhythm!)
Phineas: Some funky syncopation!

Sherman: I ain't got rhythm
Phineas: But you got that beat!
Sherman: No, I ain't got rhythm
Phineas: Look at them, they're stomping their feet!
Sherman: Said I ain't got rhythm
Phineas: It's time for you to rock
Phineas and Sherman: A brand new generation
Library patrons: Brand new generation
Sherman: Gonna rock a
Phineas and Sherman: Brand new generation
Sherman: Because I ain't got rhythm!

Woman: (sigh) Would you just go join the band?

(Music style switches to a swing tune)

Library patrons: Ain't got rhythm!
Sherman: Hey, hey!
Library patrons: Ain't got rhythm!
Sherman: Hey, look at...!
Library patrons: Ain't got rhythm!
Sherman: Look at that trick!
Library patrons: Ain't got rhythm!
Sherman: Check it out! Look at me!

(Drum solo)

Sherman: Hey, I got rhythm!

(On the soundtrack Phineas's first line "So you're saying that you don't have rhythm" changes to "You keep saying that you don't have rhythm". Also, it's a little slower. This version is also used in the Foot Stomp Mash Up in "Druselsteinoween")

Gallery

Banging books on the table
The image gallery for Ain't Got Rhythm may be viewed here.

Background information

  • Error: Near the end of the song, Swampy's earring switches ears for a second.
  • Nominated for the 2008 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. It lost to a song with an unprintable name from Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  • While Phineas mentions that Swampy is "layin' down some funky syncopation," all of Swampy's notes fall on the beats, and he puts stress on downbeats.
  • The first part of the song, before the start of the letter, is based on the first rhythmic cells (in order 1, 2 and 3) (which are used to teach music in primary school).

Continuity

Songwriters

BMI Work #11432277

References

See Also

Previous:
Fabulous
Songs Next:
It's Your Anniversary Jingle
Previous:
Queen of Mars (9th)
"Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown" Next:
I Love You Mom (7th)
Previous:
Phinedroids and Ferbots (#24)
Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack) Next:
You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart (#26)
Previous:
Phinedroids and Ferbots (#28)
Phineas and Ferb-ulous: The Ultimate Album Next:
You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart (#30)

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