Flack, Roberta - Do What You Gotta Do Lyrics




Man, I can understand how it might be
Kind of hard to love a girl like me
I don't blame you much for wanting to be free
I just wanted you to know
I loved you better than your own kin did
From the very start
It's my own fault for what happens to my heart
You see I've always known you'd go

But you just do what you gotta do
My wild sweet love
Though it may mean I'll never kiss your sweet lips again
Pay that no mind
Just find that dappled dream of yours
Come on back and see me when you can

Well, I know they make you sad
They make you feel so bad
They say you don't treat me like you should
Folks got ways to make you feel no good
I'd guess they've got no way to know
I've had my eyes wide open from the start
And boy, you never lied to me
And the part of you they'll never see
Is the part you've shown to me

So you just do what you gotta do
My wild sweet love
Though it may mean I'll never kiss those sweet lips again
Pay that no mind
Just find that dappled dream of yours
Come on back and see me
Come on back and see me when you can





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  1. Mychaeltodd Robinson

    Classic Roberta, I love this song and Rev. Lee.

  2. barbara rawls

    November 19, 2019 Beautiful

  3. muzzt73

    Jimmy Webb Greatness sorry Burt !

  4. denny mills

    absolutely fking amazing ....schhhh .xxxx

  5. Vera Cheeks

    this is the one baby..

  6. ASCENSION ARTISTRY LLC

    I know just how each of you feel and could not have expressed it more eloquently! I have heard and appreciated her commercial offerings and collaborations with Donny Hathaway and Peabo Bryson. However, In my fantasy I feel like I have a secret; Iike I am the only one who really knows her because of the first 3 Albums that for me, encapsulates the realest and truest Roberta Flack; First Take, Chapter Two, and Quiet Fire. How in the world could a 7, 8, 9 year old so completely identify with her sound? How could this connection last for over 45 years? I also saw her perform briefly, by chance just once. The impression was great. She was everything that I dreamed she'd be. I am a Male Indie Artist, but beyond Stevie, Donny, Peabo, Luther, Al Jarreu and the like, Ms Roberta is the most influential of all. Her music, her delivery and tone set me on my path and is the epidemy of timeless beauty.

  7. Roger McTavish

    she certainly knows what hurting feels like.

  8. SoulfullySowingSeeds

    YEAH <3

  9. Larry Diggs

    One of my all-time favorite singers Roberta took you to places that you did not know existed she was that good. Never got her recognition that she deserves, when you have no talent idiots in the Hall of fame and she is not, what's wrong with this picture?..I loved this song the best. This was my first ❤ heart 💔 broken song. Played this album so much that I wore out the grooves on 3 albums. I was a mess. Her name was Madelyn Lewis, she put the biggest hole in my ❤ heart. I hope she had a great life...Peace and 💘 Love.
    .

  10. Everardo Cancino

    here because of paul monette's book

  11. Lalo Tolson

    Did music radio for over 30 years. Always found a place for this beautiful song. The clarity, depth , and emotion touches the heart. Love for a lifetime.

  12. Gordon S Watson

    a masterpiece ... timeless ... an heroic piece of singing ... this is what true Art is all about

  13. D. Pogs

    Never have I heard a version of this song that even comes close. This is SO beautiful. I'm so touched by the comments. So many hearts were touched by this beautiful performance. How I miss this kind of TRUE MUSIC.

  14. Michael Bracken

    One of the most touching parts of this song is when she says “come back and see when you can” those are my thoughts every time my Aaron walks out the door to go home. I love you Aaron so come on back and see me when you can.

  15. Michael Bracken

    Mr. Archer god loves you and I love you. Don’t know you but you are my brother in spirit

  16. artmusicfood

    I played this album to death as a high schooler. I had no idea what she was talking about, but I FELT it. Now I'm a grown woman and realize that most of Ms. Flacks' music has been the soundtrack of my life/relationships. This song especially.

  17. Mariana Gonçalves

    anna fucking green

  18. Paul English

    Fine version of the great Jimmy Webb song but I must admit the Four Tops do it best for me.

  19. TheXXcHr1sXx

    Do What You Gotta Do
    Roberta Flack
    Man, I can understand how it might be
    Kind of hard to love a girl like me
    I don't blame you much for wanting to be free
    I just wanted you to know
    I loved you better than your own kin did
    From the very start
    It's my own fault for what happens to my heart
    You see I've always known you'd go
    But you just do what you gotta do
    My wild sweet love
    Though it may mean I'll never kiss your sweet lips again
    Pay that no mind
    Just find that dappled dream of yours
    Come on back and see me when you can
    Well, I know they make you sad
    They make you feel so bad
    They say you don't treat me like you should
    Folks got ways to make you feel no good
    I'd guess they've got no way to know
    I've had my eyes wide open from the start
    And boy, you never lied to me
    And the part of you they'll never see
    Is the part you've shown to me
    So you just do what you gotta do
    My wild sweet love
    Though it may mean I'll never kiss those sweet lips again
    Pay that no mind
    Just find that dappled dream of yours
    Come on back and see me
    Come on back and see me when you can
    Songwriters: Jimmy Webb / Jimmy L Webb
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  20. TheXXcHr1sXx

    Do What You Gotta Do
    Nina Simone
    Man, I can understand how it might be
    Kind of hard to love a girl like me
    I don't blame you much for wanting to be free
    I just wanted you to know
    I loved you better than your own kin did
    From the very start
    It's my own fault for what happens to my heart
    You see I've always known you'd go
    But you just do what you gotta do
    My wild sweet love
    Though it may mean I'll never kiss your sweet lips again
    Pay that no mind
    Just find that dappled dream of yours
    Come on back and see me when you can
    Well, I know they make you sad
    They make you feel so bad
    They say you don't treat me like you should
    Folks got ways to make you feel no good
    I'd guess they've got no way to know
    I've had my eyes wide open from the start
    And boy, you never lied to me
    And the part of you they'll never see
    Is the part you've shown to me
    So you just do what you gotta do
    My wild sweet love
    Though it may mean I'll never kiss those sweet lips again
    Pay that no mind
    Just find that dappled dream of yours
    Come on back and see me
    Come on back and see me when you can
    Songwriters: Jimmy Webb / Jimmy L Webb

  21. Max Alberts

    Did someone just tear my heart out with a meat cleaver? She is the absolute best and for once the cliché is true that there are no superlatives strong enough to describe the magic of her artistry.

  22. dj don bentley

    the music industry needs to give roberta flack more
    love

    Mz Milz

    dj don bentley Roberta was in Philly last summer. She’s aged and was fragile. I so respected the artist she was. I was delighted to see her as a legacy.

  23. LifeWorks, ndh enterprises,llc.

    I needed him to be real, often and just to be real. a Donny Hathaway production.

  24. Edward Lee

    CLASSIC!

  25. Theodore Huxtable

    Them drums.

  26. Nonya Bidness

    My mother had this album on repeat during her divorce. I know all of the songs by heart.

  27. ASCENSION ARTISTRY LLC

    Although I did enjoy the music that Ms Flack produced, and the work that she did with Donnie Hathaway and Pebo Bryson that got radio play, MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PIECES OF MUSIC AND LYRICS:  First Take, Chapter Two, and Quiet Fire. I learned at an early age to adore the art that I would go on to share because of Roberta Flack. Impeccable music and lyrics. emotional delivery to make one's heart and soul ache.

  28. MzJanuary

    All the other artists I've heard that remade this song did it with an uptempo beat. But Roberta's version is the only one I know of that is slowed down...and a song like this is meant to be sung that way...it's supposed to be sad, a woman losing a man she loves because he wants something else but isn't sure what that someone else is. Beautiful and the very best version of this song.

    Sthe Zwane

    MzJanuary thank u the break down was abt to look up the lyrics. 👍👍👍

    DavidFromScotland

    not so sure ...the lyrics are quite 'measured'. they dont have to be taken in the ultra sad way as here. this is my fave version too (absolutely love it)  along with nina simone who had a completely different vibe. for me it is a draw.  'see you then' also by j webb is no contest . roberta is definitive in that song.

  29. Max StClaire

    THANK U

  30. Anthony Collado

    In the 70s my girlfriend Tanya gave me this album and everytime I hear this song it brings tears to my eyes I miss you Tanya Forever Yours Tony

  31. DN JAZZ

    I was 11 years old when I first heard this song. Fell in love for the first time in my love  at 32 and fully understood this song.  I'm 57 now and the love is still there with a complete understanding of what Roberta was saying. God help me!

  32. R A

    Hi everybody! Hope all is well with all of you! Listening again and feeling the same vibe that this music always gives me! The year is half done and I am doing great and im hopng everone in this stream is to!

  33. R A

    please, please the 17 down votes tell me where in your hearts does this cause you to down vote this? The raw emotion, the lyrics, the content, the syntax. There must be a hole in your chest where your heart should reside and an emptiness in your souls

    Michael Bracken

    R A those down votes are idiot votes.

  34. Desirie Folk

    "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Pablo Picasso
    In the music of Roberta Flack is her gift: and to listen is to receive what she has to give away.

  35. mister draken

    My favorite female singer of all time. If angels sing, they sound like Ms. Flack! "This is KLEO radio and I'm Daddyo."

  36. Phyllis Cook

    One of my all time favorite albums!!

    Katrina Gamble

    I remember I played this song continuously until my mother had to to ask me not to play. I would play this song on the 45 record & then I finally got on LP. Makes me think about how my mom let me play for hours repeating the record over & over. I miss Roberta Flack playing at Mr. Henry's when I went to Howard University. The 70's were so good. Miss great music!!!

  37. Rishi Soni

    This is even better than Nina Simone's version! So beautiful. :'(

  38. 122avis

    Roberta's version of this was the first I heard way back in the 70's, and while I love Nina Simone, Roberta's version--a slow meditation with hope and melancholy, hits all the right chords for me. The arrangement is spare, as are all the songs on this album, which was in such stark, welcome contrast to the fun, fab disco rage of the times. Love to you, Roberta and thanks for posting.

  39. Claudette Stewart

    Looking for something else and ran up on Do What You Gotta Do. Man I sang along with that album (all of Ms. Flacks music). Now that I am older the words seem to apply to me. I truly believe I was the wild sweet love. Wonder if he is around now. Ms. Flack, thanks for the memories. P.S. Rev. Lee still my joint.

    Bonita Anderson

    Claudette Stewar

    Sky Pilot

    Girl you said a mouth full....lol....Young folks don't know nothing about this...Like you, the words seem to apply to me also. Hope she had a great life. She was not the only one and I wish them well...Lordy, Lordy, Lordy.....Peace and Love.....

  40. Lin Ross

    This song once ushered me through a deeply painful, emotionally crippling and anguished period that sometimes happens when the one you Truly Loved breaks your tender, trusting heart.  Thinking back, I believe this song just might have singlehandedly SAVED my life.  For this and so many other reasons, I will always be grateful to Miss Roberta Flack.  Real Talk.

    Nelson Rasmussen

    This and Tradewinds are my 2 all time fave Roberta Flack songs. This is the song that sold me on Roberta . I love it to death! I'm glad it helped you.

  41. sylvia oliver

    "Come on back and see me when you can!!!!"

  42. Pamela Lovings

    One of the many favorite songs by Roberta Flack that I love since early 1974!! "Now That's Good Mello Music"!

  43. Jonathan Ontiveros

    Simply Beautiful :)

  44. Peace And Love

    This song gives me chills... just love it.

  45. T Lorsa

    Amazing to compare performances of the past to the style that's been dominate for much of the last decade in which beautiful voices aren't allowed to thrive within the space of a song and its story, but are repeatedly and continually relegated to, at least once in every song, demonstrating volume and range. Yeah, we got it a long, long, long time ago. How about showing your ability to deliver the heartfelt power and breadth of your voice in the way you can hear in Flack's performance here?

  46. Cynthia Jaurdon Simmons

    Ms. Flack, I've loved this song for sooooo long. Unfortunately, had the wrong title, but I have it now. I know it word for word. Thanks

  47. Jeff H

    One of the greatest voices. Atlantic Records needs to reissue/remaster her albums.

  48. James Langley

    love this version, but  heard johnny rivers version first and am partial to it.  this is definitely more soulful but there is just something about rivers' voice.

  49. Big Boddie Reggy

    1:37-1:48 Apollo Brown sample

  50. Helen Goode

    one of the most beautiful songs I,be ever heard.

  51. Kelli James

    my favorite since i was a child

    Veronica Jackson

    mine too.

    Kelli James

    Wow. Such a powerful song. Huh?

    Veronica Jackson

    Extremely powerful. My ten year old son heard it just now as it was playing and he had that same look of amazement as I did at the same age when I first heard it, Powerful indeed.

  52. Angelique Collins

    I love this version

  53. Russ Titelman

    Ron,
    Happy New Year. How are you doing?

  54. Kelli James

    Do What You Gotta Do is my favorite Roberta Flack song since I was a little girl.

    felony jones

    i can't even decide which is my favorite of her albums, let alone one song. she's just too amazing.

  55. Evangeline Morris

    The year my father went to Vietnam. My mother played this ever night until he returned home.

  56. Veronica Jackson

    Missing him brought me here.

  57. SANDRA WILEY

    Amazing  voices. Roberta Flack and Nina  Simone  singing this song...Love them both! I heard this song the first time in the early 70's. It is still just as powerful and realistic in the 21st century. "Do What You Gotta Do."

    Nelson Rasmussen

    I like the 4 Tops version a lot also.

  58. Bill Kelly

    I have played this album (vinyl) a thousand times. What an incredibly beautiful selection sung by a fantastic singer

    Douglas Sharpe

    Bill Kelly Jimmy Webb

  59. Ife Gail Young

    For another treat listen to her sing Just Like A Woman, Until It's Time For You To Go, You Are Gone Away, and Suzanne. She also does a wonderful job on Jesse but it is so touching and sad that I cry. She has a way of being able to convey her deepest feelings to the listener.

    Ife Gail Young

    Deborah, I love those songs. I have been singing them for years and recently I saw a video of a 'young' lady singing 'Until It's Time To Go' at a jazz club here in NY and I couldn't help thinking that her mother or some older relative played the album a lot in the same house when she was growing up. I'm sure the other jazz vocalists wanted to know where she got it. lol 

    Max StClaire

    love ur choices

    Michael Bracken

    Ife Gail Young I have and I love them all

  60. Ife Gail Young

    Perfection.

    Ife Gail Young

    Love this entire album.  The greatest.

  61. Beverly Smith

    BEST ALBUM SHE MADE. I LOVE THIS ALBUM. I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM MANY YEARS AGO, THEN HAD TO BUY THE CD...STILL LISTENING TO IT. LOVE IT. THE SONGS TAKE ME TO A CERTAIN SPACE IN TIME.

  62. R A

    i was born in 1966, listened to this album with my mother until i joined the Marines in 84, and every time i came home we would sit and listen to this album. she passed in 2008 and I go back and listen to it often. My wife just asked me why I listen if it makes me cry everytime i hear these songs. I just look at her and say its not sad tears i cry they are happy tears, i was just diagnosed with cancer and i listen even more now. i am not sad at all. i remember my mother and the other people in my life and i cry because i am loved haved loved and will be loved for ever

    Harry Smith Jr

    Ron Archer may she rest in peace

    Max Alberts

    God bless you, Ron.

    Michael Bracken

    R A bless you

    Talma Harmon

    Hello, Ron Archer! I am listening to the very talented Ms. Roberta Flack singing one of my favorite songs and found that it is one of your favorites, as well. I read your post and then had to read all of the replies. I pray that you are still in remission and doing well. I will remember you in my prayers. Continue to 'Do What You Gotta Do' :-) :-)

    vickij1955

    This is one of her most beautiful albums. And I loved reading about how you used to listen with your mom, and listen with "happy tears" now that she's gone. Even though this was originally posted 4 years ago, I do hope you are doing well and still playing this album and shedding happy tears! All the best to you!

  63. Darlene Davis

    Oh my goodness what a voice, when I first heard this song in the early 70's it bought tears to my eyes and forty something years later it has my teary-eyed again.

  64. Max StClaire

    ONE OF THE BEST VOICES OF ALL TIME . I LOVED THE LYRICS!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Sallie Mullinger

    The best of her. I first heard this song way back in the 70s and when I listened to the lyrics, I knew I would be a fan forever.

    Lyrics like this never go out of style and they never leave your soul. Thank you Roberta Flack for the voice and Jimmy Webb for the incredible lyrics and music.