Des’ree: You Gotta Be

This smooth motivational soul song by Des’ree from 1994 became a hit three times in the 90s and was later used to advertise the Ford Focus and an Australian bank. Now, Des’ree is not known for deep, intelligent lyrics 😉 and, in fact, she won a BBC contest for the worst song lyrics of all time for her hit “Life”, which rhymed “ghost” with “toast”. Here’s the list:

TOP 10 WORST LYRICS
1. Des’ree – Life
2. Snap – Rhythm is a Dancer
3. Razorlight – Somewhere Else
4. ABC – That Was Then But This is Now
5. U2 – Elevation
6. Toto – Africa
7. Oasis – Champagne Supernova
8. Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
9. Human League – The Lebanon
10. Black Sabbath – War Pigs
Source: BBC6 Music poll

But though her language is clichéd, it can be like sugar in your coffee, and everyone needs that from time to time. And, damn it, we do say this kind of stuff to make ourselves feel good. So be cool, baby, and, hey, don’t let anything get you down.

Des’ree: You Gotta Be

Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears
Stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry

You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day

Herald what your mother said
Readin’ the books your father read
Try to solve the puzzles in your own sweet time
Some may have more cash than you
Others take a different view
My oh my heh, hey

You gotta be…

Don’t ask no questions, it goes on without you
Leaving you behind if you can’t stand the pace
The world keeps on spinning
You can’t stop it if you try to
This time it’s danger staring you in the face
Oh oh oh, remember:
Listen as your day unfolds…

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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