Giving Up
Gladys Knight & The Pips Lyrics

Givin' up is hard to do
When you really love someone
Givin' up is hard to do
When you still depend upon

His warm and tender touch
His kiss and his caress
That used to mean so much
And bring you happiness
(Givin' up) oh, Lord, is hard to do
I try, but it's just no use
(Givin' up) whoa, Lord, it's hard to do
I tried, but I can't break loose

The light of hope burns dim
But in my heart I pray
My love, my love, my love and faith in him
Will bring him back someday

(Givin' up)
But, it's just no use
(Givin' up)
No, I can't break loose

Whether he knows or not
He really needs me, too
Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord he's all I've got
And giving up

Is so hard to do
(Givin' up)
Oh yes it is
(Givin' up)
Is so hard to do
(Givin' up)
Oh yes it is
(Givin' up)
I just can't break loose
(Givin' up)
No, no, no, no
(Givin' up)
I just can't break loose
No, no, no

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Written by: VAN MCCOY

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Comments from YouTube:

Bree K.

Donny Hathaway was truly a genius! The way he re-arrangement this song and made it his own is amazing!

Giordani Jean-Baptiste

He made this song his own

douglas d Bird

Donny just killed it .. damn his voice

Bernard Sharah

This is one of my all time favourites and yet it is rarely (if ever) mentioned in her discographies. There is so much emotion conveyed in this song. Gladys gives it everything she's got.

Joyce Turner

Yes i totally agree this is 1 of my favorites by Gladys and 1 of her best but she hardly get any recognition for it.

Geoff Peters

One of the most meaningful tracks ever recorded......


Giving Up was my first musical introduction to the passionate, dramatic and hormone fueled emerging teen years. As such, it was an epiphany, and still tugs at my gut!


This song has a sacred spirit of a love that should have been. It goes to the deep part of the soul . Gladys Knight's best song by far.

Sharon Snail

My first introduction to Gladys Knight in 1964.
When she sings "Lord he's all I've got" I was lost to the voice and captured forever.
My one regret is that I've never seen her live :0(

Gale Gibbs

I agree with the other pollster. I saw her and the Pups back in the day. They were a class act indeed.

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