"You Gotta Be" as written by Ashley Ingram and Desree Annette Weekes....
Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may 'cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears
Stand up and be counted
Don't be ashamed to cry

You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day

Herald what your mother said
Read the books your father read
Try to solve the puzzles in your own sweet time
Some may have more cash than you
Others take a different view
My oh my, yea, eh, eh

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day

Time ask no questions, it goes on without you
Leaving you behind if you can't stand the pace
The world keeps on spinning
Can't stop it, if you tried to
This best part is danger staring you in the face

Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears
My oh my, eh, eh, eh

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day
Yeah, yeah, yeah

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day
Yeah, yeah

Got to be bold
Got to be bad
Got to be wise
Do what others say
Got to be hard
Not too too hard
All I know is love will save the day

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together


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"You Gotta Be" as written by Ashley Ingram Des'ree Weekes

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is just PERFECT! I can't stop listening!!!! All the things she sings is just... just... just SO TRUE!!!! I adore it, I love it, I... gosh!!! It's awesome!
    Feon May 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely one of the best pop/soul songs ever!!
    Non July 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti remember when i was in middle school and this song came out. and now that im in college..i still love it...just as much as i did when i first heard it. THAT, my friends, is a good song.
    cowgirl18on July 26, 2002   Link
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    kittieloser88on June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are only so many songs that you actually remember where you are when you first hear it. For some reason, I remember every moment of the first time I heard this song-the beginning just catches you and you can't bring yourself to turn it off...I was 8 when I first heard this-now I am 17 and I too, still love it.
    4methisisheavenon March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a memorable song. I like it, it's so inspirational. I was like, 10 years old when this song came out
    sire_of_black_eyesson November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's true. I remember the first time heard this song. I was 12, and I was riding in my dad's car, and it was summertime. I remember where we were, I remember it was late afternoon, I remember how warm it was, and I remember exactly how I felt. I do love this song, and I love the simplicity of her voice.
    itsALLprogramMUSICon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember this song from my childhood as well! I'm 19 now and in college, and it's still catchy and I love it so much! I remember the video specifically played immediately after 9/11 on MTV and it was so inspirational. The words are so honest and it has helped me to become a better person.
    raysrealityon April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so positive and uplifting. I have loved it since i was a young child because it is true. In order to succeed, you have to be strong, honest, patient, and a good person. You have to love to live. This is an excellent song.
    inoticethingson December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is timeless. its just so uplifting and inspirational, makes me want to go out the door and tackle life head on lol. a great tune
    jesus quintanaon August 10, 2006   Link

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