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​Gotta Serve Somebody

This song is by Patti Austin and appears on the album Sound Advice (2011).

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You might like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock 'n' roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have money and drugs at your command
And women dancing in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you a Doctor or they may call you a Chief

But you're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil, it may be the Lord, oh
But you're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
You may be the head of some big TV network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
You may be living in another country under another name

But you're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve, serve somebody
It may be the devil, it may be the Lord
But you are gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion, you might live in a dome
You might own some guns, you might even own tanks
You might be somebody's landlord, you might even own some banks

But you're gonna have to serve some, somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil, it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Starting up right now

You may be a preacher with all your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be working in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody's mistress, might be somebody's heir

Guess what you're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil, it may be the Lord
But you and you and you have to serve
You know you got to serve somebody

You might like to wear cotton, you might like to wear silk
You might like to drink whiskey, you might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

Don't you know you got to serve somebody
I'm telling you you got to serve someone
Well, it may be the devil, it may be the Lord
Don't you know you got to serve somebody
Said you got to serve somebody

You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve someone
You're gonna have to serve
You're gonna have to serve somebody

You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve someone
You're gonna have to serve
You're gonna have to serve somebody

You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve someone
You're gonna have to serve it up
You're gonna have to serve somebody

You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve someone
You're gonna have to serve it up

You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve somebody
You're gonna have to serve it up, yeah
You're gonna have to serve it up

It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve
You're gonna have to serve somebody
You got to serve, serve somebody