You Get What You Give

Album: Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too (1998)
Charted: 5 36
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    Wake up kids
    We've got the dreamers disease
    Age 14 we got you down on your knees
    So polite, you're busy still saying please
    Frienemies, who when you're down ain't your friend
    Every night we smash their Mercedes-Benz
    First we run, and then we laugh 'til we cry

    But when the night is falling
    You cannot find the light
    You feel your dreams are dying
    Hold tight

    You've got the music in you
    Don't let go
    You've got the music in you
    One dance left
    This world is gonna pull through
    Don't give up
    You've got a reason to live
    Can't forget
    We only get what we give

    I'm comin' home baby
    You're tops,
    Give it to me now

    Four a.m. We ran a miracle mile
    We're flat broke,
    But hey we do it in style
    The bad rich
    God's flying in for your trial

    But when the night is falling
    You cannot find a friend (friend)
    You feel your tree is breaking
    Just then

    You've got the music in you
    Don't let go
    You've got the music in you
    One dance left
    This world is gonna pull through
    Don't give up
    You've got a reason to live
    Can't forget
    We only get what we give

    This whole damn world, could fall apart
    You'll be ok, follow your heart
    You're in harms way, I'm right behind
    Now say you're mine

    You've got the music in you
    Don't let go
    You've got the music in you
    One dance left
    This world is gonna pull through
    Don't give up
    You've got a reason to live
    Can't forget
    We only get what we give

    Don't let go
    I feel the music in you
    Don't let go
    Fly high, high

    What's real, can't die
    You only get what you give
    You only get what you give
    Don't give up
    Just don't be afraid to leave
    Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
    Fake computer crashes dining
    Cloning while they're multiplying
    Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
    Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
    You're all fakes
    Run to your mansions
    Come around
    We'll kick your ass in
    Don't let go
    One dance left
    Don't give up
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Comments: 36

  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesMinna from Joplin, Mo - no, she didn't write this song... Danielle Brisebois was a member of the New Radicals, but she had no involvement at all in writing this song... It was written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels
  • Swlinphx from Phoenix, AzOne of the lyrics is wrong, it is "you feel your tree is breaking, just bend"
  • Boston Don from Sacramento, CaDecent tune to an older someone who pretty much lost interest in new music at around the time when Stevie Ray Vaughan died and Guns 'n' Roses was well into its self-inflicted implosion. The song strikes me as Todd Rundgren meeting the post-surf Beach Boys circa the six or seven years from "Pet Sounds" to "Holland". Having just finished reading Brian Wilson's most recent memoir that came out in 2016, I wonder what he would have thought of this record in terms of both songwriting and production.
  • Bonnee from Grass Valley CaThe song has a stirring inspirational message but the whole thing is imploded for me when Alexander foolishly states that Biden & Harris would bring unity & normalcy to America. What a joke!! There’s nothing normal going on with those two idiots except their normal buffoonery. Sorry but its no surprise this guy quit early. He sure as hell is no Mark Foster.
  • Michael Ga from Atlanta, Ga UsaThis is one of those songs that I can play and replay and replay just like a Todd Snyder or Townes Van Zandt or John Prine tune. So very good
  • Luke from EnglandKBR61 are we supposed to take you seriously? Calling people braindead when you spell at a sewer level?
  • Kbr61 from IndianaI, hav HATED this song, wit-a-passion, for MANY, MANY yearz AND reazonz... Suffice-it-to-say...: this 'P.O.S.' song iz TOTALLY an 'anthem' for broken-brain LOZERZ, who make tha rest-of-the-world SUFFER, due to THEIR 'Narcisissm' annnd 'B.P.D.'!! Fokkin 'mental-cases'!!
  • Becker from Charlotte NcI'm 67 years old. This song came out when my son was 17, my daughter 14. This is 1 of my favorite my lifetime. It reminds me of growing up in Ridgewood NJ and being surrounded by people with more money than we had. I don't think my kids were all that enthralled with the song but that was probably because I liked it so much. And it's largely get what you give.
  • Dulany from MdThere isn't a doubt in my mind that this is a Todd Rundgren rip off. It is his style in tone, lyrics, vocal and instrumentation. Thought it might have been on the Nazz album at first.
  • Jim from GeorgiThe first time I heard this song I thought it was Mick Jagger singing. :-)
  • Tim from Chicago, Ill.You meant this isn't Todd Rundgren? Sounds just like him...not saying this is a rip-off, but sounds just like a song he did...
    40 years Adrian said...and I got a world class ear. I'm gonna listen to more New 'em.
  • Adrian from Shoreview, MnThis sounded so old-school, yet refreshing when it was released. Reminded me then, and still reminds me of "Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhNever heard this tune during the time it was released (no idea why). A couple years ago, sometime in the 00's while driving to work, it came on the car radio and I just flipped out. It was speaking to my soul. I wrote down a few words on a piece of scratch paper so I could look it up when I got home. Every once in awhile, when I'm changing channels on the radio, this song will be playing and it's always an incredible feeling to hear it. Btw, I just read in an article: Joni Mitchell described the song as "the only thing I heard in many years that I thought had greatness in it ..."
  • Minna from Joplin, MoI thought Danielle Brisebois, little Stephanie from ALL IN THE FAMILY wrote this song
  • Bec from Ft. Laud, Flthanks jerry, you hit a home run with that thought.
  • Emily from Ocean Springs, MsWhen I found out Gregg had worked on Underneath with Hanson, I rofld. I wonder if it was kind of a ha-ha funny thing when they collaborated...
  • Jessica from Gaithersburg, Mdi flippin love this song!!! its so upbeat and its just something you have to blast the volume to when it's on
  • N.i. from Baltimore, MdHis point is that Beck, Manson, and Love pose as rebels but are just as manufactured and part of corporate culture as any other artist. I'm not saying I agree with this point, but it's what the song is saying.
  • Juan from Ciudad De Mexico, MexicoMan, Beck Hansen is faking what? Perhaps his cowboy hat is made in China and that's just what Alexander is sayin.
  • N.i. from Baltimore, MdI should clarify my last message, because I'm not sure Beck is really a "controversial" artist, like Manson and Love are. Maybe "subversive" would be a better word. The point I'm trying to make is that Beck, Manson, and Love fall in one category, the Hanson brothers in an entirely different one. When the song accuses them of being fakes, I assume it's talking about their use of angst, anger, and violence to become figures of rebellion. Mentioning Hanson in the same breath undermines that point.
  • N.i. from Baltimore, MdThe line "Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson" has perplexed me for one reason: It sounds like the line should have been "Fashion shoots with Beck Hansen [Beck's full name]..." The Hanson brothers don't seem to fit with the other names, being a harmless teen pop act rather than controversial alt-rock icons like Beck, Manson, and Love. I wonder if that extra, crucial "and" between the names Beck and Hanson was originally intended to be there.
  • Erik from Bloomfield Hills, MiInsulting celebrities is all fun and good, but they should have done so in a separate song, it just ruins this one.
  • Michelle from Scranton, PaAlexander threw in the part where he insulted the celebreties to see wether the media would focus on the political issues the song addresses or if it would focus on the insults. obviously it was the insults. Maryilyn Manson said he was just upset his name was used in the same sentence as Courtney Love, not that he was offended by the threat at the end. Beck Hansen said he ran into Alexander in a supermarket and Alexander appologized to him, and said that he "didn't mean to get personal". Hanson has forgave him as well, being that they collaborated together.
  • Rockie from Oregon City, OrThis song was in another movie .
    It played @ the end of "surfs Up" .
    Rockie , Pocahontas , Ar.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesI diagree with Gregg Alexander's view that BECK is a fake I meant to say...
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesBy coincidence Beck's surnamne is Hansen! I disagree with Gregg Alexander's view tha the is a fake, but otherwise I like the song!
  • Lg from Jacksonville, Flthey're bashing MARILYN MANSON not MARILYN MONROE rhymes w/ hanson
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesI thought to myself when I saw the reference to more songs by one hit wonders, didn't they go on to have a second hit with "Someday We'll Know"?
  • John from Edinburgh, Scotlandbest pop song in the last thirty years
  • Jessie Ann from Purchase, NyThe video was filmed in the Staten Island mall. The vocalist Gregg Alexander.. is a Jehova's witness. Someday we'll know was released without permission from him, which is why the band broke up. Or it was released after they broke up, I don't remember. I grew up in staten island and had a chance to be in the video. heh. Oh, and this must be the most underrated band ever. Some of their songs are so original and so amazing. Look up the lyrics to "maybe youve been brainwashed too" they arent actually sung in the song, because they were forced to change them. Im still looking for a recording of it. gah.
  • Sen from Lemont, Ilsee what ppl dont know abot New Radiclas is there not a one hit wonder they had 2 singles you get what you give and somedy we'll know. Personally i think The New Radiclas are one of the best bands ive heard they should have been bigger then they were.
  • Julian from Anaheim, CaThis is my song on my myspace page.
  • Chrissy from ManchesterFabulous song.
  • Marlow from Perthwas there ever just the radicals before them?
  • Dave from Brisbane, AustraliaThis song became a big hit in Australia after mitsubishi used it in a commercial for cars, the commercial prompted radio stations to start playing it again, this was long after the band had broken up, for a while it was everywhere and everybody was humming it
  • Jerry from Palm Harbor, FlThe New Radicals broke up soon after their "hit" album was released when Alexander wanted to do more behind the scenes work rather than deal with the "fame" (which he really didn't get- though "Someday We'll Know" is a great song)
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