It's All Up to You
The Dells Lyrics


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If I knew the words to say
I'd write you a letter
If I had the blues today
You could make me feel better

I tried to be independent but
I know I'm fooling myself
I know I can only be
Just what you make of me
There'll never be anyone else

I would always be happy
I would always be blue
I'll be your friend or your lover
Baby, it's all up to you

I will be your fancy
(I'll be your fancy)
And I will be your dancer
(I'll be your dancer)
And if you want romance
Just count on me
(Count on me, count on me)

And I will be your pleasure
(It's all up to you)
And you will be my treasure
(It's all up to you)
Just give me half a chance
And you will see, you will see

If you want some music tonight
I'll sing at your window
If you wanted colors of life
I'd bring you a rainbow

Honey, for what it's worth
When you get down to Earth
I need your love to be mine

I'll? wait for you
Do what I got to do
To make sure it works out all right

I would always be happy
I would always be blue
I'll be your friend or your lover
Baby, it's all up to you

I will be your fancy
(I'll be your fancy)
And I will be your dancer
(I'll be your dancer)
And if you want romance
Just count on me
(Count on me, count on me)

And I will be your pleasure
(It's all up to you)
And you will be my treasure
(It's all up to you)
Just give me half a chance
And you will see, you will see

I will be your fancy
(I'll be your fancy)
And I will be your dancer
(I'll be your dancer)




And if you want romance
Just count on me...

Overall Meaning

The Dells's song "It's All Up to You" is all about surrendering oneself to the will of another. The song begins with the singer admitting to not being able to find the right words to express his feelings, wishing he could write a letter or find solace in the presence of his lover. He asserts that despite his attempts at independence, he knows that he is incomplete without his partner's guidance and support. The chorus then follows, highlighting the singer's willingness to be everything his partner needs him to be. He promises to adjust himself according to their needs, to be their friend and lover, and to fulfil all their desires. He implores his partner to give him a chance, suggesting that he has everything they could want in a partner.


The second half of the song is a repeat of the first, however, the singer adds another layer to their plea. He promises to be their "fancy" and dance to their tune, promising to be their "pleasure," while designating them as their "treasure." He reiterates his loyalty multiple times and promises to wait for them until they come around to their love.


Line by Line Meaning

If I knew the words to say
I wish I knew what to say to you.


I'd write you a letter
I would express my feelings for you through writing.


If I had the blues today
If I'm feeling down today.


You could make me feel better
You have the power to make me happy.


I tried to be independent but
I attempted to be self-sufficient, but


I know I'm fooling myself
I understand that I'm pretending.


I know I can only be
I realize that I can only become


Just what you make of me
What you create me to be.


There'll never be anyone else
No one else can take your place.


I would always be happy
I could consistently be joyful


I would always be blue
I would be persistently sad


I'll be your friend or your lover
I can be a platonic friend or a romantic partner to you.


Baby, it's all up to you
It's your call, darling.


And I will be your pleasure
I will provide you with satisfaction.


(It's all up to you)
(It depends on you)


And you will be my treasure
You will be highly valued by me.


Just give me half a chance
Allow me an opportunity to prove myself.


And you will see, you will see
You will observe how I can be of benefit to you.


If you want some music tonight
If you're in the mood for music tonight


I'll sing at your window
I'll serenade you outside your window.


If you wanted colors of life
If you desire the vibrancy of life


I'd bring you a rainbow
I'll present you with a colorful symbol of hope.


Honey, for what it's worth
My dear, for the value it holds.


When you get down to Earth
When you return to reality.


I need your love to be mine
I yearn for your affection to be directed at me.


I'll wait for you
I will patiently anticipate your response.


Do what I got to do
I will do whatever is necessary.


To make sure it works out all right
To ensure that everything goes well.


And if you want romance
And if you desire a romantic relationship


Just count on me
Just rely on me.




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