"Get It While You Can" as written by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman....
In this world, if you read the papers, darling
You know everybody's fighting ah with each other
You got no one you can count on babe
Not even your own brother
So if someone comes along
He gonna give you some love and affection

I'd say get it while you can, yeah
Honey, get it while you can, yeah
Hey hey, get it while you can
Don't you turn your back on love, no, no

Don't you know when you're loving anybody, baby
You're taking a gamble on a little sorrow
But then who cares, baby
'Cause we may not be here tomorrow, no

And if anybody should come along
He gonna give you any love and affection
I'd say get it while you can, yeah
Hey, hey, get it while you can
Hey, hey, get it while you can
Don't you turn your back on love
No no no, no no no no no

Oh, get it while you can, yeh
Honey get it when you're gonna wanna need it dear, yeah yeah
Hey hey, get it while you can
Don't you turn your back on love
No no no, no no no no, get it while you can

I said hold on to somebody when you get a little lonely, dear
Hey hey, hold on to that man's heart
Hey hey, get it, want it, hold it, need it
Get it, want it, need it, hold it
Get it while you can, yeah
Honey get it while you can, baby, yeah
Hey hey, get it while you can


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"Get It While You Can" as written by Mort Shuman Jerry Ragovoy

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    General CommentWhat a great song.. Contrary to popular belief, Janis is not implying to get sex whenever possible, though she herself seemed to do so.;) She simply means live while you can. Get the most out of life while you can. Janis was indeed amazing, my idol. This song was probably was one of her best.
    SarDine49on April 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSardine, I wasn't aware that "popular belief" was that this song was about sex. It is clearly about love and companionship, and I believe the majority of Janis fans realize this. Of course, sex sometimes comes with "companionship"; and almost always comes with romantic love, but the song still isn't implying "sex". I think your mind is in the gutter, haha. = )

    Anyhoo, this song owns.
    ohwhocareson June 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti used
    Don’t you know when you’re loving anybody, baby,
    You’re taking a gamble on a little sorrow,
    But then who cares, baby,
    ‘Cause we may not be here tomorrow, no.
    as my senior quote. janis was amazing. rock on!
    ambrmoondragnon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutely wonderful. Janis Joplin is one of my idols. I can't believe more people haven't commented on more of her stuff.
    x_nikole_xon December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho cares whether it was about sex or love! i think she means that life is short so hold on to anybody you can for as long as you can. if you can't count on anybody then life is just a series of moments - take advantage of it!
    startnowgoon January 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so inspirational and beautiful
    lilymariex3on August 01, 2011   Link

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