Got To Give It Up

Album: Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye (1977)
Charted: 7 1
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  • I used to go out to parties
    And stand around
    'Cause I was too nervous
    To really get down

    But my body yearned to be free
    I got up on the floor and found
    Someone to choose me

    No more standin' along the side walls
    Now I've got myself together, baby
    And I'm havin' a ball
    Long as you prove it
    There's always a chance
    Somebody watches
    Might wanna make romance

    Move your body, ooo baby, you dance all night
    To the groove and feel all right
    Everybody's groovin' on like a fool
    But if you see me, top down, let me in
    Baby just party high and low
    Let me step into your erotic zone

    Move it up
    Turn it 'round
    Ooo shake it down

    You can love me when you want to babe
    This is such a groovy party baby
    We're here face to face
    Everybody's swingin'
    This is such a groovy place
    All the young ladies are so fine!
    You're movin your body easy with no doubts
    I know what you thinkin' baby
    You wanna turn me out
    Think I'm gonna let you do it babe

    Keep on dancin'
    Got to give it up
    Keep on dancin'
    Got to give it up
    Keep on dancin'
    Got to give it up
    Keep on dancin'
    Got to give it up
    Keep on dancin'
    Got to give it up
    Keep on dancin'
    You got to get it
    Got to give it up
    Keep on dancin'
    Got to give it up Writer/s: Marvin P Gaye
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenAll that chatter in the background always reminds me of "The In Crowd" or "Soul Finger."
  • Markantney from BiloxeMar 2018

    Dayle, if you're a certain age (see "OLD":)) and heard the extended versions of songs, typically that's what you prefer but if you don't have a history with the Extended Version, you'll probably prefer the shorter version(s). Extended versions normally just have the verses repeated slightly different than the initial verses, with a little more instrument breaks. Backintheday, the extended version were what was used in the "Da Clubs", "Discos", and "Street and House Parties. I am that certain age (see "OLD") so I only buy extended versions.
  • Dayle Vickery from Orange Park, FlI want to download this song (and yes, I'm paying for it!) but what's the difference between the 4 min song and the other one I've seen that's 6 mins called GOT TO GIVE IT UP PART 1" - what's the difference?
  • Don from B G, KyJustin Timberlake does a great cover of this song on the 2008 FASHION ROCKS show. Youtube has it up.
  • Don from B G, Ky"Got To Give It Up Part 1", as sung by Marvin Gaye, is in the movie soundtrack of the film BARBERSHOP (2002). Also, Justin Timberlake did a nice cover version of this song at some televised event. I think it was FASHION ROCKS 5 in 2008.
  • John from Nashville, TnMarvin Gaye didn't want to record a disco song, but did so to please the top brass at Motown. Gaye made the song autobiographical because he said that he'll give the people what they want on his terms.
  • Marina from Seattle, WaGreat song...and Aaliyah's cover version is actually quite good too.
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