You Get What You Give

The New Radicals

About You Get What You Give

"You Get What You Give" is a 1998 song by the New Radicals. It was an international hit, the first and most successful single from their album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too. It reached number 30 on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay in January 1999, number 36 on the overall Hot 100 and number eight on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. It also reached number five in the United Kingdom, number four in Ireland, and number one in Canada and New Zealand.


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1999
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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
Can't forget

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The New Radicals

New Radicals (stylized as Иew Radicals) was an American alternative rock band formed in 1997 in Los Angeles. The band was centered on the duo of Gregg Alexander (lead vocals, guitar, songwriting, production) and Danielle Brisebois (keyboards, percussion, backing vocals), and augmented by session and touring musicians. The band released only one album, 1998's Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, an alternative rock album heavily influenced by the rock and soul of the 1970s, containing—among radio-friendly modern rock tracks and love songs—strong criticism of corporate America. The band is known for their debut single "You Get What You Give". The song topped the charts in Canada and New Zealand, became a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, and was in the top 40 in t… more »

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Written by: Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels

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7 facts about this song

Release and Chart Performance
The song "You Get What You Give" was released as a single in November 1998. - It reached the top of the charts in Canada and New Zealand, hitting number two in the United Kingdom and Ireland. - It was the first single from their album, "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" and the band's most successful song.
Music Video
The music video for "You Get What You Give" was shot in the Staten Island Mall in New York. - It features lead singer Gregg Alexander, who is running through the mall while various chaotic events take place.
Influence and Legacy
The song is often listed as one of the greatest one-hit-wonders of all time. - Rolling Stone and MTV both named "You Get What You Give" as one of the best pop songs of all time. - This song has been covered by artists like Felix Cartal and David Guetta, demonstrating its influence on the pop and dance music genres.
Lyrical Significance
The song is known for its uplifting lyrics, promoting the belief that one can overcome adversity. - However, it was controversial for Alexander's spoken rant near the end of the song, calling out various popular musicians of the time by name.
Band Break-up
Despite the song’s success, The New Radicals broke up shortly after its release. - The band only released one album, and following the success of "You Get What You Give," Alexander disbanded New Radicals to focus on songwriting and production work for other artists.
In Popular Culture
"You Get What You Give" has been used in several films and television series, including "Surf's Up," "Click," and "The Music of My Life." - It was used in numerous political events, most notably when President Joe Biden chose it as his walk-off song during his 2021 Presidential Inauguration.
Critical Reception
Critics praised the song for its catchy melody and meaningful lyrics. - Billboard named it the number one "one-hit wonder" of the 1990s. - It was even featured in the VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s," ranking at number 37.

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