It Had to Be You
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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It had to be you, it had to be you.
I wandered around and finally found the somebody who
Could make me be true, could make me feel blue,
And even be glad just to be sad thinkin' of you.

Some others I've seen might never be mean
Might never be cross or try to be boss,
But they wouldn't do.
For nobody else gave me a thrill.
With all your faults, I love you still,
It had to be you, wonderful you,
It had to be you.

It had to be you, it had to be you.
I wandered around and finally found somebody who
Could make me be true, could make me be blue,
And even be glad just to be sad thinkin' of you.

Some others I've seen might never be mean
Might never be cross or try to be boss,
But they wouldn't do.

For nobody else gave me a thrill.
With all your faults, I love you still.

It had to be you, wonderful you





It had to be you.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Harry Nilsson's song "It Had to Be You" express a deep, heartfelt longing for a special someone who can make the singer feel true emotions - both happy and sad - and who can provide a thrill like no other person can. The lyrics suggest that the singer has searched far and wide for a partner who could help them feel those things, but only found that person when they came across their beloved.


The repeated line "it had to be you" not only emphasizes the inevitability of the singer's love for this particular person, but also suggests that they feel as if they have finally found their soulmate. The lyrics also acknowledge the flaws and imperfections of this special someone - noting that they might not always be as kind, gentle or understanding as other people, but that those flaws are also part of what makes them so unique and irresistible to the singer.


Ultimately, the song conveys a sense of deep devotion and emotional vulnerability, as well as a recognition of the fact that true love isn't necessarily about finding someone who is perfect in every way, but rather someone who makes us feel the way that we were always meant to feel.


Line by Line Meaning

It had to be you, it had to be you.
Out of everyone, it had to be you. There's no doubt about it.


I wandered around and finally found the somebody who
I searched all over until I met the person who was right for me.


Could make me be true, could make me feel blue,
You inspire me to be honest and vulnerable, even when it's painful.


And even be glad just to be sad thinkin' of you.
You make me so happy that even thinking of you when I'm sad brings me joy.


Some others I've seen might never be mean
I've met other people who are never cruel or unkind.


Might never be cross or try to be boss,
They might never get angry or try to control me.


But they wouldn't do.
None of them would be right for me like you are.


For nobody else gave me a thrill.
No one else excited me the way you do.


With all your faults, I love you still,
Even though you're not perfect, I still love you completely.


It had to be you, wonderful you,
You're the one who was always meant to be in my life, amazing as you are.


It had to be you.
It could only ever be you.




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Isham Jones, Gus Kahn

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