You Can Get It If You Really Want

Jimmy Cliff

About You Can Get It If You Really Want

"You Can Get It If You Really Want" is a famous late rocksteady song written and performed by the Jamaican reggae singer songwriter Jimmy Cliff. A version was recorded by Jamaican singer Desmond Dekker, becoming a hit in its own right as a single released in a number of markets, reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It was classified as number 27 on the 1970 Year-end Chart in the UK.


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1972
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You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want 
But you must try, try and try, try and try 
You'll succeed at last, mmh, yeah 

Persecution you must fear 
Win or lose you're about to get your share 
Got your mind set on a dream 
You can get it though hard it may seem now

You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want 
But you must try, try and try, try and try 
You'll succeed at last, I know it

Listen, Rome was not built in a day 
Opposition will come your way 
But the harder the battle, you see 
Is the sweeter the victory now

You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want 
But you must try, try and try, try and try 
You'll succeed at last

You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want 
You can get it if you really want 
But you must try, try and try, try and try 
You'll succeed at last

(You can get it if you really want) I know it
(You can get it if you really want) don't I show it  
(You can get it if you really want) don't give up now
(You can get it if you really want) keep on trying

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Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers on 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican musician, singer and actor. He is the only currently living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. more »

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Written by: JIMMY CLIFF

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
"You Can Get It If You Really Want" was written by the renowned Jamaican singer and songwriter Jimmy Cliff. This reggae single is one of his most recognized works.
Release and Reception
The song was originally released by Desmond Dekker & The Aces in 1970. It was a huge hit and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.
Jimmy Cliff's Version
Despite writing the song, Jimmy Cliff did not initially release the song himself. He released his own version later in the same year, which can be found on his album "Cliff Hanger."
Inspirational Theme
The song's lyrics encourage perseverance and optimism, with the main phrase "You Can Get It If You Really Want, But You Must Try, Try and Try, Try and Try, You'll Succeed At Last."
Movie Soundtrack
Jimmy Cliff's version of this song is featured in the 1972 Jamaican crime film "The Harder They Come." Cliff stars as the main character in the film, and the song is a significant element of the soundtrack.
Notable Live Performances
The song has been performed at many important events, including the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.
Recognition and Impact
The song has had a lasting impact and is regarded as a classic in the reggae genre. In 2012, Sight & Sound Magazine's critics' poll ranked "The Harder They Come" with the song in its soundtrack as the twelfth best film ever made.
Cover Versions
Over the years, several artists have covered this iconic song, including Stiff Little Fingers, The Selecter, and The Specials demonstrating its enduring popularity.
Song Duration
The original version of the song by Desmond Dekker is approximately two minutes and 37 seconds long.
Cultural References
The song has been referenced in many forms of media over the years, including in an episode of the popular British comedy series "Only Fools and Horses."

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