You Got What It Takes
Marv Johnson Lyrics


You don't drive a big fast car
You don't look like a movie star
And on your money we won't get far
But baby, you got what it takes, to satisfy
You got what it takes to set my soul on fire
Whoa-oh, oh yeah
You got what it takes for me

Now you don't live in a beautiful place
You don't dress with the best of taste
And nature didn't give you such a beautiful face
But baby, you got what it takes, to satisfy
You got what it takes to set my soul on fire
Whoa-oh and whoa-oh whoa yeah
You got what it takes for me

Now when you're near me, ooh-wee
My head goes around and around
And when you kiss me, oh yeah
My love comes tumblin' down, you send me

You don't live in a beautiful place
You don't dress with the best of taste
And nature didn't give you such a beautiful face
But baby, you got what it takes (yeah yeah), to satisfy
You got what it takes to set my soul on fire
Whoa-oh, and a-whoa-oh
You got what it takes for me

Now when you're near me, little girl
My head goes around and around
And when you kiss me, oh yeah
My love comes tumblin' down, you send me

You don't live in a beautiful place, no
You don't dress with the best of taste
And nature didn't give you such a beautiful face
But baby, you got what it takes, to satisfy
You got what it takes to set my soul on fire
Whoa-oh, oh yeah
You got what it takes for me

Oh yeah
You got what it takes
Don't need no money
Baby, you don't need no car
Come on, you know you got a-what it takes for me, little girl
You got what it takes for me
Yes, baby
You got what it takes for me, oh yeah

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Tyran Carlo, Gwen Fuqua, Berry Gordy Jr.

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ohyesitsyouagain

These comments are cracking me up. He’s not saying “you’ll do” and the lyrics aren’t “abusive.” He’s saying despite not checking all the boxes of being the perfect girl, he likes her and accepts her anyway. I never saw the song any other way.

Linda Branigan

P.S.
ohyesitsyouagain
Love your handle!

Linda Branigan

ohyesitsyouagain
The theme is very similar to Jimmy Soul's, "If you want to be happy." Today, PC, marginalization, objectifying, body shaming(includes face) would ban this song, or at least make a big fuss. These called, "fun" with no cursing, no lewdness,
and a driving beat that was great to dance to.
(primarily the jitterbug.
So, where did everyone's sense of humor go? Obviously, if they had one, it would produce uproarious
laughter, of music today.

scoopmcg

the song is incrediblely hooky but you're right - it's kind of the R&B version of My Funny Valentine ('your looks are laughable, not photographable')

david wells

if a guy can find a gal like this, he'd better hang on to her. she will go anywhere with him.she will love him and do anything he wants within reason. they will grow old together in love.

Daniel Burns

this song went to #10 on the pop charts in 1960!!!

Darryl Evans

Such a great song by the late and great Marv Johnson. Play this on my internet radio show Classic Soul me the Masterblaster RIP brotha.

Jack Smith

One of the 1st records I remeber my brother playing in the morning before going to school, still love it....

sauquoit13456

On this day in 1967 {March 26th} the Dave Clark Five performed "You Got What It Takes" on the late Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand'... Six days later on April 1st it entered Billboad's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #7 and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100... It reached #28 on the United Kingdom Singles chart... Two other versions have charted; Marv Johnson {#10 in 1960} and Showaddywaddy {#2 in the UK in 1977} Was originally recorded in 1958 in Bobby Parker, his version didn't chart

mkl62

This hit from Marv Johnson went to #10 on the Top 40 charts. It also went to #2 on the Rhythm & Blues charts and to #7 in the United Kingdom. It would finish at #46 for the year, 1960.

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