When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

Album: Greatest Hits (1986)
Charted: 1 2
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  • When the going gets tough
    The tough get going, tough, tough, huh, huh, huh
    When the going gets tough, the tough get ready

    Tough, tough, tough

    Yeah, oh, do da do da
    I got something to tell you
    I got something to say
    I'm gonna put this dream in motion
    I Never let nothing stand in my way
    When the going gets touch
    The tough get going

    I'm gonna get myself 'cross the river
    That's the price I'm willing to pay
    I'm gonna make you stand and deliver
    And give me love in the old-fashion way woh

    Darlin', I'll climb any mountain
    Darlin', I'll do anything

    Oh (oh) can I touch you (can I touch you)
    And do the things that lovers do
    Oh (oh) want to hold you (wanna hold you)
    I gotta get it through to you, oh

    When the going gets tough
    The tough get going
    When the going gets rough
    The tough get rough
    Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
    Oh baby

    I'm gonna buy me a one-way ticket
    Nothin's gonna hold me back
    Your love's like a slow train coming (slow train coming)
    And I feel it coming down the track (woh)

    Darlin', I'll climb any mountain
    Darlin', I'll do anything
    Oh (oh) can I touch you (can I touch you)
    And do the things that lovers do
    Oh, (oh) want to hold you (wanna hold you)
    I gotta get it through to you (oh)
    'Cause when the going gets tough
    The tough get going
    When the going gets rough
    The tough get rough

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (oh hit it)
    Oh oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Touch me baby oh oh

    Darlin', I'll climb any mountain
    Darlin', I'll swim any sea
    Darlin', I'll reach for the heaven
    Darlin', with you lovin' me
    Oh (oh)

    Oh, can I touch you (can I touch you)
    Do the things that lovers do (can I touch you)
    Oh, want to hold you (wanna hold you)
    I gotta get it through to you

    When the going gets tough
    Going gets tough
    Going gets rough
    Going gets rough

    When the going gets tough
    Going gets tough
    Going gets rough
    Going gets rough

    When the going gets tough
    Going gets tough
    Going gets rough
    Going gets rough
    When the going gets toughWriter/s: BARRY JAMES EASTMOND, BILLY OCEAN, ROBERT JOHN LANGE, WAYNE ANTON BRATHWAITE
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 6

  • Chris from SomewherePete from Austrailia, I can answer that. It was the British Musicians Union who had the video banned, because Danny DeVito was NOT an actual saxophone player, nor was he a member of said union, who, as I recall, were VERY strict when it came to rules and infringements.
  • Sioraf from Macroon, IrelandIt's Jewel Of The Nile. Aptly, a band called The Nubians also performed a song for the film (the Nubians were a people to the south of Egypt who were constantly at war with the Ancient Egyptians until they were defeated and assimilated).
  • Patrick from Naarden, Netherlands@ Tony: Internet Movie Database says it's Jewel of the Nile, check http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089370/soundtrack
  • Tony from Canberra, AustraliaI have a CD called All Time Greatest Movie Songs which says the song is from Romancing the Stone not Jewel of The Nile. Anyone know which is correct
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaHow come this song never made Blenders Top 50 Worst list? Billy Ocean was CHEATED.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australia i heard Billy had fun with the chorus ,instead of saying "going gets tough" he said "go and get stuffed" hmmm ya never know ......also when Danny Devito pretended to play the sax in the video...some muso's union kicked up a stink, how Danny shouldn't have faked playing it

    God knows why?????
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