Something's Gotta Give

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"Something's Gotta Give" is a popular song with words and music by Johnny Mercer in 1954. It was published in 1955. It was written for and first performed by Fred Astaire in the 1955 musical film Daddy Long Legs, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1955 as Best Original Song, losing to "Love is a Many Splendored Thing". The song playfully uses the irresistible force paradox – which asks what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object – as a metaphor for a relationship between a vivacious woman and an older, world-weary man. The man, it is implied, will give in to temptation and kiss the woman. The song's lyrics echo the plot of Daddy Long Legs, in which a reserved man in his 50s (Astaire) falls in love with a woman in her early 20s (Leslie Caron). 


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2005
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Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 

When an irresistible force such as you 
Meets an old immovable object like me 
You can bet just as sure as you live 

Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 

When an irrepressible smile such as yours 
Warms an old implacable heart such as mine 
Don't say no, because I insist 
Somewhere, somehow, someone's got to be kissed 
So, en garde, who knows what the fates might have in store? 
From their vast mysterious sky? 
I'll try hard ignoring those lips that I adore 
But how long can anyone try? 
Fight, fight, fight, fight, fight it with all of our might 
Chances are some heavenly star-spangled night 
We'll find out just as sure as we live 

Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 

Fight fight fight it with all of your might 
Chances are that some heavenly star-spangled night 
We'll find out just as sure as we live 
Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 

Something's got to give 
Something's got to give 

Aww, let's tear it up !

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Johnny Mercer

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records. more »

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