You Get What You Get


words and music by Rick Paul

When I was a little boy, my mama said to me
"You have to eat your vegetables if you want to be
As strong as your daddy and get that piece of pie"
So I gagged each bit of broccoli down until I thought I’d die
My daddy said, "Boy, I feel for you,
But someday when you’re older you will see our point of view"

"Oh, you get what you get
I think you’re gonna like it
You get what you get
You’ll understand someday
You get what you get
I don’t know why you fight it
You get what you get
You’ll see it’s better that way"

Now I am a father and I’ve got a little girl
She’s cute as a button, and she brightens up my world
When bedtime story rolls around, I’m thinking "Sam I Am"
But she goes to her bookcase, and she pulls out Peter Pan
I try to bargain for The Cat in the Hat
But then she tells me, "Daddy, no, you can’t have that"

"Oh, you get what you get
I think you’re gonna like it
You get what you get
No Dr. Seuss today
You get what you get
I don’t know why you fight it
You get what you get
You’ll see it’s better that way"

Sometimes when I’m feeling down ’bout all my overtime
Tryin’ to pay a stack of bills too high for me to climb
I think God must be looking down from somewhere up above
Seeing how I’ve got my health and people that I love
He’s probably saying, "Son, I’ve given you
Everything you really need, so why you look so blue?"

"Oh, you get what you get
I think you’re gonna like it
You get what you get
You’ll understand someday
You get what you get
I don’t know why you fight it
You get what you get
You’ll see it’s better that way"