You Can Get It If You Really Want
Jimmy Cliff Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "You Can Get It If You Really Want" by Jimmy Cliff encourages listeners to never give up on their dreams, despite facing various obstacles in the process. The song expresses the idea that if one tries persistently, they can ultimately achieve success regardless of their background or circumstance. The songwriter begins the piece with the assertion that "you can get it if you really want", a line that is repeated several times throughout the song, emphasizing the importance of believing in oneself and putting forth effort to achieve desired goals.


In the following verse, the songwriter acknowledges that there may be difficulties along the way, and that one may encounter opposition while pursuing their dreams. However, the message of the song is that the harder the challenge, the greater the sense of satisfaction that comes with overcoming it. The repetition of the phrase "try and try" underscores the message that persistence is key, and that giving up is not an option.


Overall, the song is a hymn to the human spirit and the idea of "never say never." It encourages people to remember that the path to success is often thorny and winding, but it is important to retain faith and trust in oneself even when things seem difficult.


Line by Line Meaning

You can get it if you really want
Anything is achievable if you have the determination


But you must try, try and try, try and try
You have to make repeated attempts and not give up easily


You'll succeed at last, mmh, yeah
Ultimately, you will achieve success


Persecution you must fear
You should be cautious and prepared to face opposition


Win or lose you're about to get your share
There will be both successes and failures along the way


Got your mind set on a dream
You have a clear and specific goal in mind


You can get it though hard it may seem now
Achieving your goal may be difficult, but it is possible


Listen, Rome was not built in a day
Things take time to develop and come together


Opposition will come your way
Challenges and obstacles will arise on your path


But the harder the battle, you see
The more difficult the struggle, the greater the sense of achievement


Is the sweeter the victory now
Success is more gratifying after overcoming significant challenges


(You can get it if you really want) I know it
The singer is confident in the message that anything is possible with hard work and determination


(You can get it if you really want) don't I show it
The singer's own life is evidence of the validity of the message


(You can get it if you really want) don't give up now
Don't lose heart or quit because the goal is within reach


(You can get it if you really want) keep on trying
Keep working hard and don't give up until you achieve success




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JIMMY CLIFF

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@cormoran1971

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

Look here

Persecution you must bear
Win or lose you've got to get your share
Got your mind set on a dream
You can get it, though harder they 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 hotter the battle you see
It's 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

I know it
Don't I show it?
So don't give up now
But keep on trying



@The.Joy.Of.Life.Is.Life.Itself

~●~ L y r i c s ~●~


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



~●~



All comments from YouTube:

@learningwithharry4996

I listened to this daily during one of the hardest grinds of my life out of crippling poverty into a dream job.

"You succeed at last..."

And I did. Thank you Jimmy.

@TAMBOFABIO

I'm happy that you overcame that difficult moment, you are stronger now.

@albertdesalvo7273

Congratulations!👍😃

@paullangland8787

I saw "The Harder They Come" movie by accident at an art cinema in San Francisco at its premiere, 1973. Hardly anyone had heard of reggae in the USA. Afterward seeing the film, and in a delighted shock, I was so LIT that I ran over to Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, near the art cinema. I ran to a swing set nearby and swung wildly while wildly singing the soundtrack as best I could at the top of my lungs for a LONG time! I was screaming too!
God Bless, Jimmy Cliff and the band. The introduction of reggae and Jamaican music to me. XOXO

@pb7353

Nice share: thanks :)

@justpetey

Nice share indeed!

@devadelegend2592

No matter how hard it may get. Know that u is unstoppable.

@JkComedy444

Ayyyeeee

@jplee4592

You to my Brother, and Thank You Sir! Much Love!

@enochofori4883

2024 and I'm here getting my inspiration from Jimmy

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