It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

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"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album Mama Said
Released June 6, 1991
Format CD single, 12" single, 7" single
Genre Soul, funk rock
Length 3:55
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"Always on the Run"
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
"Stand by My Woman"

"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" is a song recorded, written, and produced by American musician Lenny Kravitz for his second studio album, Mama Said (1991). Released as the album's second single in June 1991, the song is a mid-tempo ballad, musically inspired by Motown, Philly soul, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The horn line at the end is actually performed by the Phenix Horns from Earth, Wind & Fire. "That song just came out one day, and I knew it had a classic vibe. And I still love that song very much today", Kravitz said in an interview for in 2000.[1] The line is based on a Yogiism, or quotation from Yogi Berra: "It ain't over 'til it's over."[2] It was his first Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 of his career, and his highest peak in the chart.

English singer Mutya Buena's 2007 song "Real Girl" contains a sample from "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over".

Chart performance[edit]

"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" is Kravitz's most successful single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart to date, peaking at number two behind Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". It was also popular in the United Kingdom, where it reached number eleven.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Jesse Dylan, features Kravitz and his band performing the song. It also featured a violin section, which performs the main song riff. In the studio, Kravitz actually plays all the instruments, apart from the string and horn sections. Different kinds of background lighting colors were featured in the video.


Track listings and formats[edit]

CD single and 12" single
  1. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – 3:55
  2. "I'll Be Around" – 2:52
  3. "The Difference Is Why" – 4:48
7" single
  1. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – 3:55
  2. "The Difference Is Why" – 4:48



  1. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Grammy Awards!". Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  2. ^ See Examples of Yogiisms.
  3. ^ "Mama Said > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over –". Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 54, No. 12, August 24, 1991". RPM. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Chart Stats – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 55, No. 3, December 21, 1991". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15.