The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Track from Columbia DB 7639 (7" vinyl)

The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
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We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
"We Gotta Get out of This Place" is occasionally written "We’ve Gotta Get out of This Place". In fact, the spelling on original Columbia Graphophone single release label used the "We’ve" form. And the original sleeve left out the "Of". Song publisher BMI registers it as "We Gotta Get out of This Place" and so do the large majority of music references sources and album labels.

The UK and U.S. single releases were different versions from the same recording sessions. The lyric most used to spot the difference is at the beginning of the second verse: the U.S. version went "See my daddy in bed a-dyin’," while the UK version went "Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’".

In the U.S. the song was included on the album Animal Tracks, released fall 1965, and again on the popular compilation The Best of The Animals released in 1966. The song was not on any British Animals album during the group’s lifetime.

Lyrics:

In this dirty old part of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me there ain’t no use in tryin’

Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know

Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
Oh yes I know it

(Yeah!) He’s been workin’ so hard
(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every night and day
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
’cause girl, there’s a better life for me and you

Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true, yeah
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know it

Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey, yeah
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
I know he’s been workin’ so hard

(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every day baby
(Yeah!) Whoa!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Somewhere baby, somehow I know it

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Believe me baby
I know it baby
You know it too

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