About the Song

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” is a classic rock song recorded by the British band The Animals in 1965. Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, the song became one of the group’s most enduring hits.

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” is often interpreted as an anthem for disillusioned youth longing to escape their mundane surroundings and find a better life elsewhere. Its raw, gritty sound and emotive lyrics resonated with audiences, particularly during the tumultuous 1960s.

The song’s defiant chorus, with its memorable refrain “We gotta get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do,” captured the spirit of restless youth seeking change and freedom. It struck a chord with listeners who were grappling with social and political upheaval, as well as personal struggles.

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” remains a staple of classic rock radio and has been covered by numerous artists over the years. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless message and powerful musical delivery.

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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

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And 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

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, baby

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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