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It's Gotta Be That Way

This song is by Gladys Knight & the Pips and appears on the album Neither One Of Us (1973).

Now if I should walk away,
From this freedom I now possess.
Honey, you must do the same,
Without having any regrets, no.
And you must offer me more,
Than your promise of treating me right.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.

Now I don't mean to save my bill,
I must have money to be extreme.
Just give me a lot of love and care,
Oh honey and all of those things.
And I won't ask no more of you,
Than I wouldn't do for you myself.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.
It's gotta be that way.

Now we can't judge what we've got,
By the people living next door.
Even though Mr. Jones makes,
Ooh and he has a whole lot more.
But instead let's make each other feel,
That having our love is twice as much.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.

Now should our mothers say something,
About maybe doing each other wrong.
I'd simply say we can work it out,
And politely ask them to leave us alone.
And we won't let our friends interfere,
Let our problems to them be unknown.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.
It's gotta be that way.

I want to say it's gotta be that way.

It's gotta be that way.
It's gotta be that way.
Lord, Lord.
And if I give you all I've got,
I want all that you've got to give.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.
It's gotta be that way.

Now if you should sometimes,
Want to be out with the boys.
It's all right with me, go ahead,
If that's really what you enjoy.
And if I want to be with the girls,
Playing cards and all those kinds of games.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.

Now I'm not trying to be demanding,
I just want to have a little understanding.
'Cause this ain't no game we're about to play,
Lord, Lord.
And a good foundation is based on,
A lot of love and sacrifice.
Whoa oh oh it's gotta be that way.
It's gotta be that way.

I wanna say it's gotta be that way.
Can't you understand, can't you understand,
It's gotta be that way.
No matter how much I love you babe,
It's gotta be that way.
If I give all I've got to you,
It's gotta be that way.