"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 with each other.
You got no one you can count on, dear,
Not even your own brother.
So if someone comes along,
He gonna give you love and affection,

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

When you're loving somebody, baby,
You're taking a gamble against some sorrow.
But who knows, baby,
'Cause we may not be here tomorrow.
And if anybody comes along,
He gonna give you love and affection,

I'd say get it while you can, yeah!
Honey, grab it when you're gonna need it!
Yeah hey, hold it while you can,
Don't you turn your sweet back on love,
No no no, no no no no no!

Ah! Once I had me a man,
But I didn't know enough at the time
To count my blessings, no no,
But I wish he could see me crying today,
'Cause his love don't feel to listen.
And if anybody comes along,
He gonna give me love and affection,
Yeah, hey!, Hey! Yeah! Hey!

Get it while you can, yeah!
Honey, get it while you can, yeah!
Honey, 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, yeah!
Honey, grab it while you can, yeah!
I said, hold on to that man, love,
Hold on to that man whole,
Yeah, get it, want it, need it,
Get it, get it, hold it, need it, want it,
Get it, need it, want it, hold it,
Get it, squeeze it, love it, touch it,
Use it, need it, want it, get it,
Need it, want it, hold it,

Yeah hey, get it while you can, baby,
Yeah hey, get it while you can,
Honey, don't you go and turn your sweet back on love,
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, daddy, you'll be sorry,
No, no, no, no!

Why, thank you! I don't smoke.
I just don't sleep, man, that's the trouble.
I gotta sleep sometime.
There's too much happening, why sleep, man?
I might miss a party.

Ball and Chain! Ball and Chain! Ball and Chain.

Stay short tonight man, shorten it, shorten it, shorten it.

Three, four!

Yeah!


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

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  • +1
    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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