Shake a Hand
LaVern Baker Lyrics


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Just leave it to me, now don't you ever be changed,
Just give me a chance and I'll take care of everything.
Your troubles I share, I'll let you know when I'll be there.
I'll take care, take care of you, any place and everywhere.
Shake a hand, shake a hand, a-shake a hand if you can.
Shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.

Be truthful to me and I'll be truthful to you.
But I'm in love, I'm in love with your soul, and I don't now just what to do.
So let's call it a day, I've said all I've gotta say
Except, oh yeah, baby, you gotta learn how to pray and shake a hand every day.

Be truthful to me and I'll be truthful to you.
But I'm in love, I'm in love with your soul, and I don't now just what to do.




So shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.
Shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.

Overall Meaning

In LaVern Baker's song Shake a Hand, the lyrics are about an offer of support and commitment to a loved one. The first verse talks about the singer's willingness to take on any problem that her loved one may have, and that she will be there to support them through it all. The chorus then urges the listener to shake a hand if they can, which can be interpreted as an invitation to connect with others and offer support.


The second verse continues with the theme of truthfulness and love, but the singer admits to being unsure of what to do in some situations. The song ends with the repeated call to shake a hand as a way to show respect and form connections with others.


Overall, the song has a positive message about the power of compassion and connection, and the importance of being there for each other through life's adversities.


Line by Line Meaning

Just leave it to me, now don't you ever be changed,
Have confidence in me and don't alter yourself, I will handle everything.


Just give me a chance and I'll take care of everything.
Permit me an opportunity and I will handle and resolve every situation.


Your troubles I share, I'll let you know when I'll be there.
I will be available to share your worries and notify you of my forthcoming.


I'll take care, take care of you, any place and everywhere.
I'll support and care for you wherever you may be, without exception.


Shake a hand, shake a hand, a-shake a hand if you can.
Engage in goodwill by shaking hands with others, if possible.


Shake a hand, shake a hand, shake a hand if you can.
Encourage others to also join in extending a friendly gesture by shaking hands, if they can.


Be truthful to me and I'll be truthful to you.
If you are honest with me, I will be honest with you in return.


But I'm in love, I'm in love with your soul, and I don't now just what to do.
I am enamored with your essence, but uncertain of how to proceed.


So let's call it a day, I've said all I've gotta say
Let us end this conversation or discussion, as I have expressed everything I needed to convey.


Except, oh yeah, baby, you gotta learn how to pray and shake a hand every day.
Although, baby, it is essential to learn to pray and consistently extend a friendly gesture by shaking hands.




Lyrics © REGENT MUSIC CORPORATION, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: JOE MORRIS

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